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Fallbrook Farm Heritage Site
Update 46

Greetings all...

In particular greetings to new members. At my last count we now number 52 paid up members, the result of our 'marketeers' successful efforts, the Quebec campaign, and interest sparked by our inaugural meeting. I've attached our brochure for the information of new members. Feel free to forward it to others who might be interested. (Or delete it if you already have one)

Our inaugural meeting went as planned with greetings from Mr. Rob Leverty of the Ontario Historical Society, necessary motions passed, a good lunch and a site visit with minimum rain. I've attached the minutes for your information. The OHS board will meet Sept. 25 to approve our application, and then it goes to the Province for registration.

The Fallbrook building is up for designation before Halton Hills Council Sept. 27. Kate Murray is leading the preparation of our Business Plan for presentation and a number of us are working full speed to have it to Council by Sept. 22. A large turnout of prospective voters would certainly be to our advantage. If you only go to one Council meeting a year, make this the one.

BEWARE - last minute agenda changes can put any item off the published agenda, so a last minute check is a good idea

Another up-date forthcoming after the designation vote.


Sept. 8, 2010

Meeting in the Ballinafad United Church called to order at 11:00 a.m. by Bill McKay. He welcomed all present including Councillor Dave Kentner, Councillor Jane Fogel and Rob Leverty from the Ontario Historical Society.

Others present were: Kate Murray, Anne McIntyre, Lloyd McIntyre, Jim Kirkwood, Mary McKay, Wayne Gates, Andy Spiece, Liz Bailey, Richard Bailey, Norm Paget, George Henderson, and Alastair McIntyre.

Guest speaker Rob Leverty was given the floor. He has been with Ontario Historical Society for 22 years. This is a not for profit, non-governmental organization whose mandate is to preserve Ontario’s history. The purpose of his visit today is to facilitate NHCHS joining and becoming incorporated through OHS.

The OHS provides an archive for all its participating groups which can use its records for reference. It is an advocate for these groups at the provincial level. OHS will write an article about NHCHS for its December issue of the OHS newspaper.


Treasurer – (Lloyd McIntyre) – NHCHS has a community bank account at Acton’s Bank of Montreal with a current balance of $1,653 and $450 to be deposited from new members.

Motion – To adopt treasurer’s report – So moved by Wayne Gates, seconded by Kate Murray. Carried.

Membership – (Anne McIntyre) – to date NHCHS has 54 paid members (23 voting and 31 supporting). Anne and volunteers have been out to 6 area markets manning a booth to make public aware of the Fallbrook project. She has collected 203 names on a petition to save Fallbrook. Our group is gaining local support which helps the cause.

Secretary – since initial meeting of NHCHS, there are no previous minutes.


A copy of the constitution was emailed to all members prior to this meeting. Bill McKay advises that we have the means to amend any points written into the constitution.

Rob Leverty pointed out a “dissolution clause” whereby if the group folds, the group decides where to disperse the assets, not only monetary, but also records of meetings and history gathered.

Motion – Be it resolved that the Society adopt the Constitution entitled “North Halton Celtic Historical Society Constitution and By-Laws as approved September 8, 2010”.

So moved by Kate Murray, seconded by Lloyd McIntyre. Carried.

Guest speaker Alastair McIntyre given floor. He is the webmaster for “Electric Scotland”. This is a social network where different forums can participate and add their stories. NHCHS is part of this forum. Alastair presented an overall view of the website on how it works and how it involves many different people and groups all relating to Scottish history.

Election of Officers

Bill McKay gave gathering option of voting for each individual member on the nomination slate or voting for the slate as a whole.

Motion – to vote the nomination slate of officers as a group. So moved by George Henderson, seconded by Wayne Gates. Carried. (5 emails from voting members supported nominated slate.)

Now that the nominated officers have been voted upon, the incorporation process was able to proceed.

Motion – Be it resolved that the North Halton Celtic Historical Society be incorporated in the Province of Ontario through affiliation with the Ontario Historical Society.

So moved by Kate Murray, seconded by Wayne Gates. Carried.


Bill McKay concluded meeting saying that this meeting has achieved our objective to incorporate with OHS. He thanked everyone who attended the initial meeting and invited all to stay for the luncheon and afterwards proceed to the Fallbrook site.

Motion to adjourn meeting – so moved by Lloyd McIntyre, seconded by George Henderson. Carried.

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