August 2, 2016 > Museum holds lunch to honor volunteers and donors
Museum holds lunch to honor volunteers and donors
Submitted By Kelsey Camello
On July 9 the Washington Township Museum of Local History held its volunteer lunch at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Mission San Jose. This event takes place annually to honor the dedicated volunteers and donors of the museum, a local non-profit that in 2015 celebrated twenty years of service to the Tri-City community. Over seventy guests turned out for the event, all contributing to a special day.
This yearÕs lunch honored two longtime patrons of the museum Ð volunteer, Sister Loretta Marbach, of the Sisters of the Holy Family, and donor, Mr. Lionel Goularte of Fremont. The late Lila Bringhurst, who was the museumÕs active president before she passed away this May, was remembered as well. In addition, longtime member, donor and volunteer, Mr. Eilif Andersen was mentioned, as he is currently unwell and was therefore unable to attend.
Interim-president, Kelsey Camello spoke about all that has been accomplished in the past year by the many hard-working volunteers; Dianne Holmes, dedicated volunteer, spoke about school-age programs at the museum and adobe; Gil Garza, Development Director, introduced and gave some background information about Mr. Goularte, who spoke about his time living at the Higuera-Adobe ranch from about 1923-1945; Patricia Schaffarczyk, longtime volunteer, spoke about Sister Loretta and her service to the museum; and Al Nagy, Mayor of Newark, outlined the many exciting things that are planned for the next few months.
The event included a wonderful potluck lunch, photographs of recent events and volunteers hard at work, and a display of items that had been donated since January 2015.
Everyone at the museum would like to publicly express their thanks for all of the hardworking volunteers who keep the museum open, looking beautiful, and running smoothly day-to-day.
A video recap of the lunch can be viewed by visiting the museumÕs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/museumoflocalhistory. To learn more, or to find out how to volunteer, visit www.museumoflocalhistory.org, call (510)-623-7907, or stop in at 190 Anza Street in Fremont.