Club holds monthly meeting

Club holds monthly meeting

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:01 am

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Martin Fine Arts Club year was held Sept. 5 in the beautiful home of Mrs. Harold Clifton. Assisting Mrs. Clifton as hostesses were Mrs. Joe Exum and Mrs. Jerry Gresham. The gathering of 22 members and one guest was served a fresh, peach-layered dessert atop a pecan crust with accompanying baked nuts and fruit punch. After the delicious dessert was enjoyed, the president, Mrs. Lee Pritchett, called the meeting to order and led the club in the collect.
The speaker for the day, Warner Pace, was introduced by Mrs. Jerry Gresham. Mr. Pace is on the staff of the Tennessee Department of Education and is owner of Kirkland’s Antiques, Lighting, Interiors, and Gift Shop in downtown Martin. In addition to being the owner of other businesses downtown, he is the chair of the Martin Historic Zoning Commission.
Mr. Pace gave members the history of this commission. Interest in a historical zone in Martin started in 1983 with a study initiated by the Martin Planning Commission. This study, with the help of the UTM History Department, resulted in the city creating in 1986 the Martin Historic Zoning Commission. The purpose of the commission is to promote the historic and architectural character of Martin. Mr. Wipps (Wilbur) and Mrs. Jenny Vaughan were very instrumental in this process and in the scope of the district.
It started on Poplar Street, then spread to Broadway and Lindell streets. With each improvement in this area came the need to write grants to get funding for sidewalks, new building fronts, streetlights, etc. 
Mr. Pace stated that his dream was that downtown Martin would be a place where people of all generations would want to go to eat, shop, live, and enjoy the area parks.  That has become a reality and it is promoted through a beautiful brochure that is available at the library and city hall and other downtown businesses. The brochure gives 21 sites on a walking/driving tour of historical places in Martin. Mr. Pace considers Martin his home and he wants to see it prosper – a sentiment shared by all of those present about their hometown. Community members owe Warner and other visionaries a big thank you for preserving their heritage and look forward to even more areas being included in the future.
Mrs. Pritchett thanked Mr. Pace for his presentation and opened the business portion of the meeting. Mrs. Michael Hinds, secretary, called the roll and read the minutes. The treasurer, Mrs. George Pritchett, gave the beginning balance. Mrs. Pritchett noted that the Club will send a memorial to the Weldon Library in memory of Mrs. Ellen Schleich, mother of Mrs. Tom Gallien. After announcing that the next meeting will be in the home of Mrs. Sandy Truitt, the meeting was adjourned.
Those present and not already mentioned were Mrs. James Cannon, Mrs. Bob Cheeseman, Mrs. John Chester, Mrs. Harold Clifton, Mrs. Donnie Davis, Mrs. Tom Farmer, Mrs. Lowell Fields, Mrs. Tom Gallien, Mrs. G.T. Hall, Mrs. Dale Overton, Mrs. Bob Peeler, Mrs. E. B. Pritchett Jr., Mrs. James Pritchett, Mrs. James Shore, Mrs. Sanford Truitt, and Mrs. Fred Vowell. 
Published in The WCP 9.18.12

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