Once again the Walworth Historical Society annual meeting is being held at the Lodge in Ginegaw Park on Monday, May 21. Festivities will start with a pot luck meal at 6:15 PM, followed by the annual business meeting, election of officers and two trustees, presentation of the Community Service Award, unveiling of the completed Holstein paintings, and the evening’s program - “Mr. Lincoln’s Army” by Dr. Preston Pierce.

Once again the Walworth Historical Society annual meeting is being held at the Lodge in Ginegaw Park on Monday, May 21. Festivities will start with a pot luck meal at 6:15 PM, followed by the annual business meeting, election of officers and two trustees, presentation of the Community Service Award, unveiling of the completed Holstein paintings, and the evening’s program - “Mr. Lincoln’s Army” by Dr. Preston Pierce.

The WHS will provide beverages and ham. Attendees are asked to bring their own table service and a dish to pass.

The 2012 Community Service Award will be presented to John Baxter, a tireless volunteer in our community.  John has been a member of the Walworth Fire Department and the Walworth Lions Club for the past 40 years. This fire fighter has served as fire commissioner, captain, and second assistant chief and currently is safety officer; 2006 he was chosen Fire Fighter of the Year.  As president of the Walworth Ambulance, John was instrumental in the building of their new headquarters. In April he received two awards from this organization - Ambulance Person of the Year and 2011 Past President.

John’s other community involvement is the Walworth Lions Club, which also is celebrating its 40 year anniversary this year. He is one of three people who are Charter Club members. John spends numerous hours soliciting for donations for the club’s spaghetti dinners and Breakfast with Santa events. He served as president in 1978-1979, in addition to holding other positions and is currently a board member.

John has served the Town of Walworth as Parks Department chairman and is currently a member of the Parks and Recreation Master Planning Committee.

Last year WHS presented the restored oil painting of the early Holstein herd in Walworth. The project has been completed, and the paintings of the herd and also of Aaggie are now restored, properly framed, and ready for their first public appearance.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Preston Pierce, Regional Archivist at the Rochester Regional Library Council and Ontario County Historian. His program tells the story of how the Union Army was recruited, expanded, and changed to fit the needs of the Civil War. The story is told through documents and images typically found in local and state archives, as well as those family researchers may encounter in personal files or local historical societies. It will be a great evening with family, friends and something of interest for everyone.