During the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation’s April ’09 meeting, Board Members agreed it was necessary to have more than two meetings a year (April & October). The next board meeting was set for July 26th. In the interim, smaller committees met to: (1) complete a Museum Assessment Program (MAP) to understand how the PSB House can improve its operations; and (2) update the By-Laws.
With a quorum the July 26th meeting changed the By-Laws to: (1) reduce the number of Board Members from 21 to 12; (2) have Board meetings once a month; and (3) reassess the membership criteria as currently set out in the By-Laws.
They also set forth a new mission statement for the Birthplace more consistent with Pearl Buck’s original aims: “To maintain the house and property of the birthplace of Pearl S. Buck and to foster her wish expressed in the book My Mother’s House that it should be a living ‘gateway to new thoughts and dreams and ways of life’ wherein art, music and education are valued and promoted.”
In addition the meeting produced several committees: membership/marketing, human resources, grants, and previously a nominating committee. The Board’s next meeting will be August 9th.
Also notable, the PSB House had a summer intern, Phi Nguyen, who conducted with great success art and cooking classes.
For more information contact Lucinda Tyler, Board Member email@example.com or (304) 653-2097 and /or Stacie Gilmore, VISTA firstname.lastname@example.org or (304)653-4328. The PB House (304) 653-4430 offers guided tours May 1 to Nov. 1 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.