Thanks, PT Chamber!
Each year the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce mails a directory of local businesses to all residents of the community. The 2016-2017 edition features a picture of the Venetia Community Center on its cover! Now, the thousands of households will have a greater awareness of what the VCC looks like!
PT In Magazine Features Our Building
We are appreciative of writer, Nicole Tafe, and IN Magazine Peters Township for publishing an article in the October/November 2016 issue about the former Venetia School. Highlights include various VHS members airing what it was like to be a student there, history of renovations of this building, and how the structure services our community today. To learn more about the 90 year old Venetia Community Center, go to the magazine's website and go to pages 60/61.
Community Center Currents
Venetia Community Center received new LED Outdoor lighting from LaFace & McGovern Associates in partnership with Lighthouse Electric that installed them! We are deeply appreciative to Harry McGovern for donating these lights and insuring that they were installed prior to our December event. The parking lot and area behind the building are now brightly lit and provide a safer environment for those who use the building in the evening. Thank you so much to Mr. McGovern and those who installed the lights from Lighthouse!
The VHS set long-term/fundraising goals for the organization and the facility. At the February 2017 Executive Board meeting, the VHS identified long term goals that will support the Purpose of the VHS as defined in our By-Laws. We will have a Capital fFundraising Campaign designed to help meet these specific goals. Those goals are as follows:
* Replace the windows and main doors. The VHS has received an estimate and is setting a goal of $72,000 to replace the windows and the doors.
* Convert heating from electric to natural gas. : We are making progress in this area and have converted to gas heating in various rooms.
* Create a Venetia School/Peters Township History Museum room.: We continue to collect photos, news articles, and any available memorabilia that people may want to donate.
* Upgrade restrooms with new fixtures and heat: We have installed limited use faucets and automatic lights in the restrooms and we are looking at replacing other fixtures.
* Repaint the interior of the building We are exploring some options.
* Install a new light at the base of the flag(outdoors)--This has been completed as of September 2017 and was subsequently stolen.
Currently there are several local non-profit organizations using the Venetia Community Center. These organizations provide financial and other forms of support so the Community Center can be of service to the surrounding area. These groups include:
> Girl Scouts of America
> D.A.R.E. Model Railroad Club
> PT Rowing Club
> Senior citizen groups such as Area Council on Aging which provides lunch and entertainment for area senior citizens
The Venetia Community Center is available for groups or individuals to use. Please contact us using the CONTACT US tab at the top right hand side of this page or click here for more information.
Latest VHS "Chatter" Highlights
> Congratulations to Jennifer Edwards, a Peters Township resident, who was named to the Executive Board. We welcome her enthusiasm and eagerness to help us preserve the Venetia Community Center. Jennifer's father attended the Venetia School and she has kept informed about the VHS through our Facebook page.
>The VHS has investigated the financial impact of procuring new windows for the building. The Executive Board has received an estimate of $72,000. We are setting this as a financial goal, so we can replace the windows.
> VHS is identifying new strategies to procure financial support . We welcome financial support and help from our members and donors. Our first fundraiser for the year was a Flea Market on May 20, 2017 . Thanks to Susan Earley's leadership, we had a profitable sale!
> DARE Model RR Program is growing in size! The group has received donations of all types of trains and more youngsters are interested in participating in learning more about model trains and the Montour Railroad. The group is gaining recognition in the area and nationwide. Interested in joining or supporting this group? Contact leader Dave Stanton. Read more about this group in a recent Observer-Reporter article.
> We are so thankful to persons such as the DARE Model RR Club, and the PT Rowing Club, who support VHS behind the scenes by maintaining our building and grounds. The Rowing Club will be cleaning up the outside this spring. The Model RR Club will be repainting the upstairs hallway and installing a new ceiling, lights and a smoke detector.
We appreciate support and donations from the following organizations and people: Peters Township, McMurray Rotary Club and the Washington County Area on Aging. In addition, we appreciate the donation from LaFace & McGovern Associates, Inc and Lighthouse Electric for providing the new LED lights atop the building in the back.
>Membership Renewal letters for 2019 have been distributed! For more information on membership, please click here.
.You can learn more about the VHS, Venetia Community Center and other events and buildings in the "Village of Venetia Show" featuring host Erma Grego, VHS Board Member and guest, Rev. Richard Roberts, also a VHS Board Member, on "Senior Perspectives." View the show here.
The Venetia Heritage Society has adopted a new logo that was designed by Board member, David Stanton's, daughter, Ellyn. Her talent and enthusiasm for the graphic arts helped us to modernize our brand. The new logo will slowly replace the former line drawing of the school.