Huguenot Society of Florida
Florida State President’s Report to the Spring Gathering 2023 1 Apr 2023
The Huguenot Society of Florida met with a hybrid meeting for its 70th Annual Meeting on March 11th, 2023 at the historic Pier 22 Restaurant in Bradenton, FL. The State has five chapters, but one chapter, the Ernst d’Erlach Chapter filed the first step in the process to disband at our meeting. The initial first request was filed through Judi Adams, the President of the Fort Caroline Chapter, where the members would like to merge.
During the year 2022, the State of Florida Society gained 1 new member. Unfortunately, the State Society lost 10 members who died, resigned, or were dropped. We ended the year with 121 regular members including 2 junior members and 2 dual members.
We had co-Chapters of the Year winners for 2022 with our recurring chapter, Jean Calvin, and a chapter we have not heard from in a while, Louis DuBois. Louis DuBois is located on the east coast in West Palm Beach, FL.
A new slate of officers was elected for the 2023-2025 season. Judith J. Adams is President & Continuing Corresponding Secretary; Peggy Ann Stottmann is Vice President; Margaret (Peggy) D. Christy is Chaplain; J. Courtney Osborne is continuing Treasure; Catherine (Cathy) Paunov is Recording Secretary; Mary Morgan is Counselor and Katherine (Penny) Sapp is Continuing Historian/Librarian
Financially, the State is sound. There was a net gain of $2,204 in 2022 in our general funds account in 2022. • Actual income was a little less than what was anticipated in the proposed budget. No miscellaneous income was received. • Expenses were less than budgeted for 2022 since we skipped the in-person annual state meetings and went with Zoom. • Other expenses were in line with the budget.
The scholarship savings account had less at the beginning of 2022 before the 2022 member and chapter contributions of $1,185 and the approved closing and transferring of the $11,461 in funds from Scholarship CD B giving a total of $13,273 in the Allen-Parker Scholarship Fund Savings Account. $3,000 was transferred to checking and used to fund scholarships to three deserving recipients of $1,000 each. $1,000 is the maximum amount awarded to each recipient. We need the members to contribute to both the Chapter and State scholarship funds.
Jo Lee Potts, Outgoing Florida State President