Friends of Freeman Station
of Annual Meeting and Election of Directors
Date: October 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Room 247 City Hall
Purpose: 1. To receive reports of President, Treasurer and Chairpersons
2. To elect or reelect Directors whose term has expired for an additional 2 year term.
3. To elect directors proposed by the Nominating Committee, and to accept nominations from the floor for additional names to be considered for Directors providing conditions of Bylaw # 1 are met.
4. To conduct other business that may properly come before the meeting.
5. Appointment of Audit Committee for fiscal yaer 2017/2018.
In order to vote or stand for election you must be a paid up member in good standing of The Friends of Freeman Station.
Reg Cooke — Secretary
Notice issued August 17, 2017
We’ve put up a selection of photos of the Freeman Station ribbon cutting ceremonies, held on July 1st / Canada Day / Canada 150. See them under the “Events” tab, above, or click on this link: http://www.freemanstation.ca/llrd-2/
If you have extra 2X4 lumber, 4X8 sheets of drywall, insulation materials, or fasteners left over from a project, we would be delighted to receive them for finishing the lower level of the Station. Your donations are 100% tax deductible. Call 905-334-0272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll coordinate delivery.
As you know, the Friends of Freeman Station is (are?) a 100% volunteer group engaged in the rewarding endeavor of relocating, preserving and restoring the historic Burlington Junction railway station. The 1906 building was slated for demolition until FOFS ( Friends of Freeman Station) was formed to save it.
To date, more than 5,000 hours of volunteer labour have gone into the project, and more than $ 390,000 in cash and corporate/ private donations and pledges has been raised. On the Station’s Lower Level, we’re planning to install a computer-driven, museum-quality interactive diorama depicting life in the hamlet of Freeman, which is now part of Burlington, in the early Twentieth Century.
We’ve a tonne of things to do in 2017 to get ready for Doors Open Burlington Burlington (September 30th). So we need your help…
We’re looking for volunteers to join the building restoration project and/or the diorama construction project. Depending on your interests, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in this historic legacy.
Curriculum development- writing teacher material for class visits
Bricklaying and carpentry
Accounting – simple, spread sheet, income & expenditures
Photography – amateur (digital!)
Computer – correspondence, spreadsheet data input and management
Web site – assistant Web master using WordPress (we’ll teach you)
Email database – adding/editing contact information
Gardening – grounds maintenance, flower beds, mowing, weeding
Community relations – arranging and staffing public appearance events
Publicity – news stories and media relations
Model railroading – garden scale design, layout, and operation
Steam boiler certification – live steam locomotive operation
Videography – video documentation and editing
Artistry – scene and mural painting
Docents – volunteer staffing to receive and brief the public
Artifact management – logging, documenting, photographing, data entry
To any extent that you can help, please email us — email@example.com — and let us know your interest.
We’ve been working with local families to capture their stories about life in the village of Freeman and early Burlington. The first of these are now published under the “Families of Freeman/Stories” link above (or click here) and include “A.D. McMillan, Fruit and Vegetable Grower,” “Memories of Freeman,” “The Freeman Family and the village of Freeman,” “The Smith Family (Smith’s Funeral Home),” and the life story of “Theo Bullock.” There are many more family histories and anecdotes which could be added to this collection, and we’d very much like to hear from you, to add your family’s memories. Just drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work out the details.
…so here we are again, Friends of Freeman Station volunteers in the 2016 Burlington Santa Claus Parade. Nice day, mild temperatures, no rain. What more could the intrepid volunteer parade participant ask for? Well, a reliable ride, what else? And a good time was had by all…
(Intrepid photos: Bob Miller)
Leslie Dawe and her Mother arrived at the Burlington Junction Station from England by ship and train in 1956. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of that occasion, Leslie invited 35 of her closest friends and relatives to meet her at the Freeman Station. The rest, they say, is history.
She was greeted this time by the Mayor of Burlington, Rick Goldring, and Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed-Ward. Greetings were also read from Hon. Karina Gould, Member of Parliament for Burlington, and Hon. Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington.
The family presented Leslie with a Whinstone named in her honour, and Friends of Freeman Station endowed her with a Lifetime Honourary Membership. “I remember arriving at the Station warmly dressed in fur-lined coat and boots, expecting to step out into a cold Canadian November,” Leslie said. “That’s what Grandma had prepared us for. Instead the temperature was in the 60’s, and we were sweltering!”
Well, Leslie, we couldn’t quite replicate that day’s weather for you, but we did pretty good: temperature around 45 degrees F and partly sunny, so really a nice day. So congratulations and thank you for thinking of Burlington Junction Station as the venue for your 60th commemoration!
P.S. If you, dear reader, or someone you know would like to come past the Freeman Station on your nostalgic occasion, we’ll be happy to accommodate you. Just send us a note to email@example.com and we’ll arrange it.
John writes, ” last Wed., Thurs., and Friday Ken Brooks and I completed the remaining installation of clapboard siding on the oval-window wall, plus the areas above the triple windows on either side of the oval window wall. Denny and Ken finished the exterior painting in these areas except for some narrow trim that can wait until Spring. This area is now all buttoned up for winter and really looks good. Thanks to everyone who helped out in this area over the last year.”
And thanks to Bob M., Gord, and Denny, who worked under Ken Brooks’ tutelage to carefully remove the 110-year-old inside wall planks in the baggage room, thus enabling insulation and wiring to be installed. Another section of the building moving toward completion…
Now, we’re not tax experts, and we hate to be the bearer of “bad news,” but tax time is almost upon us.
So if you need tax deductions to offset income, let’s discuss how you can help the restoration effort at Freeman Station, memorialize a family name or a specific family member, fund a memorial Whinstone, or otherwise set up a tax-deductible donation for tax year 2016, and make a lasting contribution to the Friends of Freeman Station’s efforts to restore/renovate/manage an important historic landmark in the City of Burlington.
YOU can make a difference and leave a lasting legacy for this community, and deduct 100% of your contribution off your income tax return. Yes, there are many tax-deductible funds appealing to you for a donation, but none offers a more intimate and meaningful opportunity to do something to preserve a piece of Burlington’s early days, make a niche for your family surname, honour an ancestor, or just make a darn good gesture for your Burlington neighbours. Even a contribution which establishes naming rights to a certain facility or feature within the Station can earn you a receipt for a 100% tax deduction.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.