The Tularosa Basin Historical Society (TBHS) held their monthly meeting at the First National Bank in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I didn't get a total attendee number, but noticed there was a scramble for chairs as people kept drifting in.
New officers were installed: President Josette Herrell; Vice President Joseph Lewandowski; Secretary Sharon Hodges; Treasurer Debra Lewandowski and also new Board Members: Program Chairman Claudia Powell; Plaza Chairman Francine Heckert; La Luz Pottery Chairman Janie Furman; and Member-at-Large Dr. Rick Miller.
Outgoing President Elizabeth Padilla, resigning due to health reasons, gave a lovely speech and presented her officers with gifts of appreciation.
Janie Furman reviewed her latest book "They Rode from Las Moras" and it is such a revelation about these forgotten scouts, the Black Seminoles, who served so well in various capacities and were then conveniently forgotten. Janie is a good speaker and keeps you alert and interested as she tells her story. Many of us, myself included, bought copies of her book which she personally autographed. The book may be purchased at the TBHS Museum on White Sands Boulevard next door to the Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in history from the surrounding area, I highly recommend this book to you.
|New President Josette Herrell|
|Program Chairman Claudia Powell|
|Janie Furman, author, La Luz Pottery Chair and speaker for the evening|
|Outgoing President Elizabeth Padilla|
|L to R: Secretary Sharon Hodges, Josette Herrell, Program Chairman Claudia Powell, Member-at-Large Dr. Rick Miller, Past President Elizabeth Padilla and outgoing Treasurer Brad Shelton|
|Back Row L to R: V.P. Joseph Lewandowski, Sharon Hodges, Claudia Powell, Brad Shelton, Front Row L to R: Treasurer Debra Lewandowski, Josette Herrell, Dr. Rick Miller and outgoing President Elizabeth Padilla|
|Plaza Chairman Francine Heckert|
|New member Carla Ker with Sharon Hodges|
|Josette Herrell and Carla Kerr|
|Judy Stroud and Carla Kerr discussing the purchase of Janie Furman's new book|
This is all I have to say for now.