PORTLAND MILLS CEMETERY NEWSLETTER
annual meeting of stockholders of Portland Mills Cemetery was held on June 4,
2012. President, Carolyn Smith Collins, called the meeting to order.
Harbison, Secretary, read the minutes from the last meeting, June 6, 2011.
There was one correction to the minutes. The dues for the Farm Bureau should
have been $32.50. Otherwise, they were approved as read.
Roberts, Treasure, gave the treasures report.
Expenses $ 6,797.63
Income $ 4,764.63
book balance $ 9,652.99
stands as read.
compliments have been made of how nice the cemetery looks. There is still a
problem with moles, they have moved to another area in the cemetery. Harold is
going to try something new on the ground in hopes of taking care of them.
Roberts reported that donations are down. Donations made to the cemetery are
used, along with interest on the Endowment, to cover expenses incurred for the
up keep of the cemetery. The beauty of the cemetery takes a lot of work and
expense to make and keep it that way. There are times when trees need to be
replaced, mulching, mowing/trimming, repairs and flowers in the common areas.
The Endowment is there, as a foundation for years to come should there be an
emergency situation. We DO NOT use that money, just the interest from
it. With the interest so low, it does not generate as much interest for us to
use for expenses. You can remember Portland Mills Cemetery in your Will.
Donations are tax deductable. Please consider a donation to the cemetery and
send it to Don Roberts, 6839 Basswood Street, Terre Haute, IN 47805.
was much discussion on what we can do to get more people involved in the
business of the cemetery. Over 100 cards are sent out each year and there are
never more than 15 people who attend. It is mostly the same people each year.
We are considering changing the day of the meeting to a weekend day, preferably
Sunday afternoon. As we all know, times have changed since the first Monday in
June was set as the date for the meeting. We would appreciate feedback from all
of you giving your opinions on what would help to get more interest in the
business of Portland Mills Cemetery. You can either write to Carolyn Smith
Collins, 1039 Summerset Dr., Rockville, IN 47872, or email Janet Spencer
Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a serious situation and we hope all of you
will show an interest in the cemetery by attending the meeting each year. Let
us know what you think. We will take up the possibility of changing the meeting
day at the meeting in 2013. Would this help you?
a report for Harold, who could not be at the meeting, that the mower is working
great. As a reminder, Harold has to mow around the stones, so it is asked that
everyone take this into consideration when decorating the graves. Check your
lot deed for the rules. Harold will be putting down mulch soon.
a report on those buried this past year. Their names and death dates are listed
18, 2011 George Van Hook
11, 2011 Rosemary Coleman
2012 Helen Barker
23, 2012 Lance Lee Pefley
25, 2012 Vivien Van Huss Spencer
6, 2012 Ruth Smiley
14, 2012 Helen F. Rivers
were held and Dan Harbison was re- elected to Vice President, Don Roberts was
re-elected to Treasurer, and Harold Thomas was re-elected as Grounds Keeper.
These elections are for 2-year terms.
access the Portland Mills Cemetery by going to portlandmills.com.
Thank you, David Marrero, for managing the website. If you find any information
that is not correct, contact David. If there is any information that can be
added to our Veterans page, please let us know.
meeting will be held at the Portland Mills Christian Church on June 3, 2013, at
2 p.m. Please plan to attend. Let us all help to make and keep our cemetery the
beautiful garden that it is with our attendance at the annual meeting and with
meeting was adjourned.
Smith Collins – 765-592-5205
President Dan Harbison
Keeper Harold Thomas