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Historical society holds organizational meeting

Board members of the newly formed Lincoln County Historical andGenealogical Society met Thursday for an organizationalmeeting.

Society chairwoman Rita Rich welcomed members to the home of Dr.Jack Tindall, the driving force behind the historical group.

Tindall, who has recently released his book “Early History ofLincoln County, Mississippi”, has pledged the proceeds from thebook’s sale to the formation of the society and a possiblehistorical museum.

“We’re seeking people who are interested in the history ofLincoln County to join,” Tindall said.

The meeting’s purpose was to formally set up the society’s 12board of directors and to begin forming a few committees, one ofwhich will set up the group’s bylaws.

“We need people that are willing to work,” Rich said.

Rich and the group’s secretary, Marti Parker, have beencontacting other historical and genealogical groups to researchinformation for bylaws. They have also sent off tax forms, whichwill recognize the group as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization andsent in papers to register with the Attorney General’s office.

“We hope to set these (bylaws) up as quickly as possible,” Richtold the group.

The directors present also voted to begin setting up amembership committee and to start gathering new members for thesociety.

Seth Allen agreed to start compiling a list of names andaddresses for the membership rolls. Anyone interested in joiningthe group can call him at (601) 833-4961, (601) 833-1041 or (601)754-1236. Meeting dates will be announced at a later time.

Board members also discussed setting membership dues at $20 peryear.

Tindall suggested that with each book purchased the buyer begiven a membership to the society for one year.

Books currently sell for $30 each. Books are available from Dr.Tindall at (601) 833-4739 or at the following locations: State Bank& Trust, Brookway Boulevard branch; Bank of Brookhaven;Trustmark, Lincoln Plaza branch; Tillotson’s Service Station;LaRue’s Drug Store; Stan King Chevrolet; Farmbelt Equipment Co.;and the Brookhaven Recreation Department on Highway 51. The groupis also planning another book signing for Tindall in the nearfuture.