I am writing to you for the first time as the incoming President and Board Chair. The Friends have been very active in restructuring for the future and all of you should have received our letter in the mail regarding our approach for the future. We continue to work on the important elements of remaining a viable organization and most importantly how we can continue to provide value for our members.
Beginning in 2020 Friends of T.C. Steele will publish our newsletter in electronic edition only. This provides for reduction in print and mail costs, and helps us meet our environmentally friendly objectives by reducing use of paper. Please check our e-mail that you want to use and if this has changed be sure to let us know so we can ensure you remain current on our mailing list – send changes at any time.
We all must thank David Steele for his selfless efforts during the past six years serving on our board. Recall David was named “Volunteer of the Year in 2018” and has been the champion of several strategic initiatives of which you are aware;
- Indiana State Historical Marker: “T.C. Steele Studio and Herron” at 16th & Talbot in Indianapolis (Tinker Place) – dedicated August 2015
- Indiana State Historical Marker: “T.C. Steele Home, Studio, Gardens” at Selma’s Gardens on the T.C. Steele State Historic Site – dedicated May 2017
- T.C. Steele’s Traveling Studio Wagon: Indiana Historical Society Heritage Support Grant totaling $51,000 – delivered and installed on site Fall 2018
- Author of first comprehensive strategic plan for our not for profit 501-c3
- Website and newsletter refresh and improved communication based upon first ever member feedback and survey
As we move forward, please do not hesitate to reach out to me as I am very interested in your thoughts, ideas and inclusion in our future work. I hope to have the chance to say hello at our next Friends event.
P. Garrett Adams
President and Board Chair,
Friends of T.C. Steele