The following report from the Historical Society’s president was prepared for the annual meeting in October.
I have enjoyed immensely my participation over many years in the Brethren in Christ Historical Society. Therefore, when asked to serve as President, my first response was that I was willing, but that it would not be a good idea for someone my age to move into that position. I did agree to serve, with this caveat: the Board of Directors should seek additional members who can give long-term leadership.
To meet this goal, I have encouraged about a half dozen persons to consider involvement in the Historical Society sometime over the next five years. They have all shown interest and are considering at what time their other commitments might allow them to be involved. If you know of persons who might contribute, feel free to contact us. The Board of Directors is hopeful and even confident that in the next five years we will have a more forward-looking Board.
In further reflecting on my involvement in the Historical Society, another concern is to stimulate more involvement from our traditional partners—the Old Order River Brethren and the United Zion Church. With the support of the Board of Directors, I have discussed this goal with our Brother John Dietz and the board has come up with some ideas to involve the Old Order. Moreover, our executive director and I plan to soon talk with Jay Showalter of the United Zion Church [this meeting has since taken place].
A goal that is well on the way toward implementation is a collaborating partnership between the Historical Society and Zambian Christian University to promote research and publication along common interests and to share historical materials between the two groups. This partnership was approved by the Board of Directors of the Historical Society and Vice Chancellor Muchindu and Bishop Charles Nseemani of ZACU. Both institutions are excited about the possibilities of this relationship.
In conclusion, I am delighted to announce that Ken Hoke has agreed to serve as executive director for another three-year term and Harriet Sider Bicksler will continue as editor for three more years. This will give us stability as we transition to new leadership in the next 3-5 years.
We are grateful for those who serve the Brethren in Christ Historical Society in so many ways. Pray for us as we work to accomplish our goals.