Third Haven Friends Meeting Trustees
2019 Annual Report
The Trustees of Third Haven Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends was incorporated in 1948. Attendance had been at a low point for several years, and it was feared that the Meeting might be put down, in which case the property and grounds would revert to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This step on the part of the Meeting was to make sure that the care of Third Haven would remain with the people who had been involved with our historic meetinghouse and grounds for decades.
This year's annual meeting was held on April 26, 2019, during a raging thunderstorm that shook the windows of the Brick Meetinghouse. The seven current trustees are Larny Claggett, Marsie Hawkinson, Bill Lane, Allan Mielke, Sumner Parker, Diana Rein and Adrienne Rudge.
The Trustees are the owners of the buildings and property, and manage the assets that have been acquired over more than half a century, mainly through legacy and other gifts. Most of the funds are invested with Friends Fiduciary Corporation in Philadelphia. There is a smaller investment account at Vanguard and a small checking account at Shore United Bank in Easton. Members and attenders are encouraged to consider a gift to Third Haven Monthly Meeting by designating the Trustees in their estate plans.
The Trustees' responsibility is preservation and maintenance of the property. Traditionally the Trustees pay or contribute toward capital expenses such as a new roof, heating system or the removal of hazardous trees, while the Meeting covers operational expenses. This is accomplished in cooperation with the Meeting, particularly the Property and Grounds Committee. In addition to paying the insurance bill for the buildings and grounds, the Trustees paid for the new steps and railing for the Brick Meeting House in fiscal year 2018-19.
This report is given for the information of the Meeting each year and requires no action.
Adrienne Rudge, President, Trustees of Third Haven Monthly Meeting Members appreciated the thorough explanation.