WHMLIS Membership Meeting
June 16, 2018 9:30AM

Called to order by President Schneider at 9:38

In Attendance: Ardi Schneider, Moya Saunders, Julia Landstreet, Kathleen Kocatas, , Pam Heller, Jan Ogden, Joan Patton, Sue Melvin, Liz Sayre, Mary Jane LeFebvre, Ardis Holliday, Margah Lips, Emily Zanios, Meredith Flynn, Carolyn Westerfield, Penny Kelly, Sheila Rockwell, Sally Hilks, Sue Lemp, Megan Tracey, Treecie Schoonmaker, Victoria Martin, Elizabeth Ellis, Lisa Jankowski, Darcy Weber, Donna Simmons, Ludia Cottrell, Ann Johnson Snowden, Jane Kearns, Heide McWilliams, Warren Miller, Susan Oliveria, Leslie Tomenson.

Necrology Report: Was read and followed by a moment of silence. Eileen Harkins, Cassandra White Sweeney, Joyce Eschenfelder, Peggy Long, Susie MacLear, Nancy Rees, Theodora Gongaware

Budget report was submitted by Treasurer Judy O’Connell and read by the President in her absence.

See attached.   

First VP, Membership:   Kathleen Kocatas

  • Submission to be extended until July 1 for July admissions in advance of New Member reception. Applications can be filled out on the website or downloaded, printed, completed and returned to Kocatas.

Candidates will be voted on by the Board as they are submitted. There are four candidates to date.

  • List membership & email addresses on website

  • Chantal Curtis introduced Buff Penrose who attended the meeting.

Second VP, House:

  • Gutters were cleaned out and vines pulled off stucco (spring 2018)

  • The wooden exterior was scraped, rot was repaired, woodwork primed and painted, windows re-glazed and cleaned (completed week of June 16)

  • Interior cleaned by Glady Richter and her staff

  • Sidewalks and patio will be power washed soon to remove moss etc.

  • The new message board is due by the end of the month.

Please email Beth Bean with any issues

Announcements & Sign-Up Sheets:

  • Art Show

  • Garden Tour

  • Children’s programs

  • Attendance

  • List of “bounced” emails for correction or comment 

President’s Report: Ardi Schneider

  • Website, updates are in the works.

    • Shared a print out of the Home Page to point out the two sections that are password protected.

    • Dues now has separate link on main menu 

  • Long Range Planning Committee to be established to generate a strategy to align mission with long-term financial stewardship 

Committee Reports:

Art Show: Moya Saunders reported on behalf of the chairs. Soliciting for volunteers. Keeping it to only local artists this year  

Grounds: Joan Lemp’s report was read by Joan Patton. Maintenance and beautification of the islands are underway. All should look great for the season. Thank you to the many volunteers and generous members.

Parks: Joan Beth Brown’s report was read by Joan Lemp. The relocation of “The Dreamer” and new landscaping is complete. Changes were made with a “nod towards resilience”. It is under consideration to remove existing plant material and replace with hydrangea.

Communication: No report

  • Some conversation that Patrick Quinn is working on website updates. 

Garden Tour: Joan Patton

  • July 18, reception and lecture at Sunset Hill, July 19 & 20 Lecture at One Bay Street in morning followed by 8 open gardens.

  • Some conversation about what is included in ticket prices.

    • $100 includes cocktail reception, both mornings lectures and garden tours.

    • $50 includes both mornings lectures and garden tours

  • Looking for volunteers, two people for each garden for a two hour shift.

  • The Misquamicut Club is lending organization van & driver for the day at no cost to WHMLIS.

Children’s Programs: Meredith Flynn

  • There is a terrific set of classes and programs for the 2018 season thanks to the generosity and commitment of many members. Calendars with a complete listing are available.

  • 4th of July Parade 3:30 decorating, 4:00 Parade. All are encouraged to attend.

  • Story Hour: Vicky Saglio as put together another great season. It as been moved to Wednesday to avoid future conflicts with WHMLIS membership meetings. Schedule is available.  

Video Oral History: Warren Miller for Olga Goff

  • Time line extended through end of calendar year versus summer season due to projects success and the quality of interviews.

Boutique Update: Donna Simmons

  • August 3 & 4th

  • 15-17 vendors with 7 on waiting list: jewelry, accessories, clothing, children’s, some household

  • Volunteers can sign-up using Signup Genius

  • Looking for a few strong and able youth to assist

Associate Organizations:  

Conservancy & Lighthouse Keepers: Ann Johnson

  • These two non-profits are collaborating and will be holding a joint event Conserve & Preserve July 7 at the Lighthouse. Proceeds will be evenly divided. All are encouraged to attend Tickets are available on line. Young adult volunteers are being sought.


  • Opens July 2, hours 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

  • Return books for Westerly Library are accepted

  • Please bring donation items for book sale to the downtown Library

East Beach:

  • A load of gravel was dumped and spread June 15 at Bluff Avenue

  • Full report in July 

Memoir Project:

  • Information available on WMLIS website

Chapel: Liz Sayre read Edith Eglin’s report

  • There are many weddings, a few memorial services and at least two baptisms already planned for summer 2018. A couple of weddings and memorial services have already taken place.

  • We have completed the faux wood painting of the metal plates tat are supporting the arches on the left side of the ceiling – amazing job- go take a look!

  • We have scheduled painting classes; SSAT, SAT, ACT classes; WHML&IS children’s programs and the art show; a literacy volunteers evening event; the annual Hymn Sing and Evensong.

If you want to know more, come to church! Services start on June 24th – please join us – Sunday school and child care begin on July 1st.

Lighthouse Museum: Chantal Curtis

  • Museum open 1:00-3:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

  • Volunteers needed

  • Signup Genius

New Business: none

Meeting adjourned 10:15 AM 

Respectfully submitted:
Julia Fry Landstreet, Recording Secretary
June 24, 2018