It is official: First Presbyterian Church United is closing its doors after the Easter Sunday service next April 8th. The congregation may be moving to a new location or merging with another church. This was one of the reasons why we made the decision to move our monthly meeting location. Most of the material stored in the Parish House basement has been moved to the mall.
Our clubhouse at Shoppingtown Mall is more user friendly with a better seating arrangement. Most of you are aware that the former owner of the mall, California-based Macerich, defaulted on their final loan payment last May. The company still manages the mall but recently advised The Post-Standard that the property will be sold to a new owner by mid-2012. We have not been officially notified by the mall management team of this change.
We are officially moving our July show to the new SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. The contract has been signed which includes curtains, chairs, round tables, and camper power hook-ups at no additional charge. The rental fee is less than what we have been paying for the use of the Center of Progress Building! A letter explaining the change has been mailed to the dealers with an amendment to their contract. We are excited to be one of the first trade shows in the brand new building. There are several events scheduled prior to our show. If there are any kinks, they will be worked out by the time we arrive.
It costs the club around $10.00 a year to mail the Crack N’ Cab to those members who do not have E-Mail. The insurance policies for the club cost a total of $5.40 for each member. If you have not paid your annual dues, you will be dropped from the mailing list for the newsletter and our membership list in the near future.
We have a number of excellent speakers and field trips planned for 2012. I hope we do not have any more major changes with our club until I become a past president. I hope to see you at our November meeting. Visitors are always welcome.