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President's Message: President's Message January 24, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

President's Message January 24, 2010

The economy has presented a difficult obstacle for historic sites and non-profits in general.It takes a lot of money to maintain and preserve historic properties and our chapters have managed to perform these functions well in difficult times. Please keep our Endowment Trust in mind if you wish to make charitable donations in 2010 as this fund is our "lifeblood" to provide grants to chapters to maintain and repair the buildings located at APTA sites. Also in 2009, our Board approved the creation of a "revolving fund" to enable the APTA to make purchases of historic sites or land if necessary to preserve them from destruction or demolition or detrimental development. We would welcome any donations for this fund also. I anticipate that this role of the APTA will increase as time passes. We are also interested in creating historic easements or covenants to protect historic properties in the future.

I would also like to announce that the APTA has a new Executive Director effective January 18, 2010. Her name is Elliott McNiel and she has an extensive background in non-profit management and a strong interest in historic preservation. I am certain that she will introduce herself to our chapters and members as the opportunity arises. Feel free to call or e-mail her with questions or just to say hello to her.

Let us know if you wish to become active with the APTA or its chapters in 2010 as there is always a need for assistance.Thank you for your interest in and support of the APTA.