President's message - July 20, 2015

Greetings to all Members and Friends of the Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack,

In lieu of a regular RT meeting in the month of July, the CWRTM has always held a picnic for its Members, and this year was no different.  We are not one of those groups who do not meet during the summer; never have been.  We have something for our members each & every month of the year.

On our regular meeting night, the 2nd Wednesday of the month - July 8th - a few of our Members gathered to enjoy the cool breezes under the pines on the banks of the Merrimack River at the Moseley Woods Park pavilion in Newburyport.  We had a lovely time, enjoying one another's company, as we have for many years.

It is too bad so many of our membership did not attend.  Whether this is due to illness, family obligations, or what have you, we have no way of knowing.  But the lack of support for the group is disappointing and it may well be that this will be our last picnic.  If the membership is no longer interested in meeting together, perhaps this will be the last year of the Roundtable as well.

The picnic was announced at our regular meetings for several months, and it was on the schedule on our website.  A reminder email was sent out.
Apologies go out to those who do not have email; each month 4 or 5 postcards are mailed out to these folks, and this month, due to unforeseen circumstances, postcard reminders were not sent out for the picnic.  In the past, many members made an effort to attend and have brought their spouses and families.  

Our next regular meeting is Wednesday, August 12th at 7:30 p.m. where Larry Olasky will speak to us on Civil War Railroads.

There are a number of people who have not yet paid their dues for 2015, and now we are past the halfway point of our year.  Please check in with our Treasurer as you arrive at the meeting to see if you are one of those.  We have many, many new books to add to our book raffle, so please come and bring a friend, relative, or neighbor.

The Roundtable is 20 years old this year, and we are hoping to have a special meeting this October in celebration, but to do so takes effort on ALL of our parts.  Please do your best to support your Roundtable.  If no one cares, it will cease to exist.

Elizabeth Hallett
President, CWRTM