President's Report

< > Aims and objectives of our State:

  1. Perpetuate the memory, the spirit, and the deeds of our Huguenot Ancestors

  2. Commemorate the great events in their history

  3. Collect and preserve historical data and relics illustrative of Huguenot life, manners, and customs

  4. Encourage social fellowship of Americans of Huguenot descent

  5. Encourage the research and preparation of papers and manuscripts relating to the settlement of the Huguenots in the United States of America, their biographies, public acts and influence upon society, and to present these papers and manuscripts at meetings

 

< > Goals of this Administration

  1. Distribute the new National Trifold Huguenot Pamphlet to a minimum of one location for each Florida Chapter and keep it stocked. 

  2. Recruit one member to each Chapter each year

  3. Create a member’s only tab on the State website

  4. Create a database of Huguenot programs that the chapters can use for their Chapter Programs

  5. Create Member and Officer Workshops to help encourage the research and preparation of papers and manuscripts relating to the settlement of the Huguenots in the United States of America, their biographies, public acts and influence upon society, and to present these papers and manuscripts at meetings

  6. Minimize the negative impact of the disbandment of the Fleur de Lis Chapter

 < > Membership

 

Passages

 4 April 2019 - 13 July 2020

Coligny: 

  • Charles P. Garrison (2019)

 

Ernst d' Erlach

  • None

 

Fort Caroline

  • David J. Bahn (2019)

 

Jean Calvin

  • Cora M. Abbott (2019)

  • Virginia S. Chase (2019)

  • Audrey P. Peacock (2019)

  • Alice T. Hornback (2020)

Louis DuBois

  • Edward D. Sullivan (2020)

  • Cynthia R. Van Buren (2020)

 

(As of 13 July 2020)

Full members - # 150

Associate member - # 0

Junior member - # 2

Honorary Member - 1 (does not count in member total)

Life member - 1

(accepted in the Huguenot Society of Florida has not been allowed since the fiscal year 1978)

Total State membership - 153

 

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State Dues $10

State Application and Supplemental Fee $10

(22 February 2014 Annual Meeting)

Membership fees

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President – Jo Lee Potts

Vice President – Catherine Paunov

Recording Secretary – Peggy A. Stottmann

Treasurer - J. Courtney Reilly

Registrar – Melva Bartush (pending State Board approval)

Corresponding Secretary - Judith  J. Adams

Historian - Katherine E. Sapp

Parliamentarian - Linda L. Smith

Counselor - Mary N. Morgan

 

Officers of the State

 

< >Committees

Scholarship – Ed Ferree

Website / Facebook / Membership / Public Relations -  Jo Lee Potts & Linda Smith

< >Finance

State monies are held in 1st Citizens Bank. We have no mutual funds.

Our bank accounts are flat at this time.  

 

< >Note: The State Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the State. The financial year of the chapter will end on December 31 of each calendar year. An audited per the State By-Laws. Reported per the State By-Laws

 

I attended and represented the State as newly Installed State President at the 2019 Mid-Year National Meet in Washington DC 10 April 2019.

We hosted the 84th Annual National Congress in October 2019 and was installed as the 2nd VP General. I serve as National Membership Chair, National Insignia Chair, and on the website committee.

We had two special session Florida State Board Meetings

  • 22 April 2019 – the meeting was called to discuss the handling of business related to the passing of David Bahn as State Treasurer

  • 12 July 2019 – the meeting to elect J. Courtney Reilly as State Treasurer

 

I represented the State as 2nd VP General and Florida State President on two National virtual General Board Meetings 15 May 2020 and 4 June 2020.

 

I was able to physically attend one Jean Calvin Meeting, one Louis DuBois Meeting and the final Fleur de Lis Chapter Meeting.   

 

< >Note: No less than 21 days’ notice is to be given to all members for travel meetings.  COVID 19 has made it challenging to find our new normal. A quorum is required per the State By-Laws. General thoughts good, bad, indifferent on the State:

  • I would like ideas on how we engage the membership.

  • What can I do as a leader to make you better leaders? What tools do you need?

  • Training or help for me on how to create a member’s only tab on WIX it website.

  • In general, I feel that the State is going in a good direction. Slowly.  Slowly is not negative. 

< >Topics or goals needing support from the State:

  • We need to start to lay mid-term plans. Who can we start to groom/grow in our Chapters? Let’s put together 1, 3, and 5 - year plans.

  • Who can we groom/grow for State positions?

  • When do the other Florida state heritage societies meet? Can I get to them as a speaker at their state meeting? How? We need visibility.

 

< >Resources or help needed from the State:

  • Ideas from you.

 

 

 

Signed:                                                         Date:  17 July 2020

Name:         Jo Lee Potts                             

Title:           Florida State President & Chaplain                                        

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Last update 2 Sept 2020