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Events in Lewes, Delaware

2020 Annual Meeting

The Lewes Historical Society Board of Trustees would like to invite you to the Annual Meeting of the Society to be held on Saturday January 25, 2020 at 11 AM at the Lewes History Museum located at 101 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE.

We will report on the successes of 2019 and present our thoughts for 2020. Light refreshments will be served.  In addition, a slate of Trustees will be elected.

Slate of Candidates for election to the LHS Board of Trustees 2020
For Chairman, Elizabeth Owen. This will be Libby Owen’s second two year term as Chair of the Lewes Historical Society. Libby has deep Lewes roots.  Her maternal family goes back four generations in Lewes. Ms. Owen spent her professional career in public elementary education, first as a teacher and then as a school counselor. Prior to moving to Lewes permanently, Libby was active in community organizations in York, PA, dealing with education, community development, neighborhood preservation, and the welfare of others in need in the community. Libby and her husband Tom moved to Lewes permanently in 2006. Ms. Owen was Chair of the Campaign Committee for the Lewes History Museum. She is currently Chair of the Lewes Historical Society Board of Trustees. 
For Vice Chairman, Stan Divorski, Ph.D. This will be Stan’s second two year term as Vice Chair. He is a full time resident of Lewes and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Lewes Historical Society since 2014. He is Chair of the Society’s Governance Committee and sits on its Executive Committee. He has served as a docent at the Society’s Cannonball House and on the Collections and Ad Hoc Museum Committees. Currently retired, his career of over 30 years focused on the performance of government agencies and nonprofit organizations. He worked in both the Canadian and US federal governments, consulted for the British Home Office and the World Bank, was associate editor of a major international journal and has been involved in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the cofounding of a dispute resolution center. After retiring, he obtained a certificate in painting and drawing from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and has studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.
For Corporate Secretary, Dr. B.J. Clark, for an additional year, completing his second two year term. He is a retired physician and physician administrator.  He has lived in Lewes since his retirement in 2012.  He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2012.  In that capacity he has served as Chair and now member of the Finance Committee, member of the Endowment Committee, member of the Executive Committee, and Corporate Secretary. 
For Treasurer, William Roeder. This will William (Bill) Roeder’s second two year term as Treasurer. He has been on the Board of Trustees since 2017.  Currently, he is the Chair of LHS’ Finance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee and Endowment Committee. Prior to this he served on the Facilities and Grounds Committee. Bill is a retired senior executive from the Federal government.  He worked in both the executive and judicial branches.  Bill served in various positions relating to contracting and procurement where he provided expert advice and guidance to project teams involved in the planning and implementation of complex acquisition projects. Bill has a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and an MBA in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University. Bill has had a home in Lewes for 37 years and has been a permanent residence since 2010. 
For Trustee, Ilona Holland.   Dr. Holland spent most of her professional life in education.  She was on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for 14 years and an evaluator for numerous educational technology projects including several at WGBH-TV.  She has served on many boards including the University of Delaware and was an advisor for the PBS Emmy Award-winning WordGirl.  DR. Holland is on the leadership council of the National Park Trust. She holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, a M.Ed from University of Delaware and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. She currently serves on the Delaware Council on Libraries, the Educational Advisory Board of the National Park Trust and is a trustee for the Lewes Historical Society and the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, DE. She currently spends most of her time writing for children and visiting schools. IIona was previously appointed to the Board to fill a vacancy, this will be the first time that she is standing for election to a three year term as Trustee.

For Trustee, Harold W. T Purnell, II, Esq. This will be his second two year term as Trustee. Mr. Purnell is an attorney in the firm of Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A.  He maintains offices in Georgetown, Delaware, concentrating in business, estate and tax planning matters.  He also handles probate and trust administration matters.  Mr. Purnell received his B.A. degree from Gettysburg College, his J.D. degree from Delaware Law School and his L.L.M. degree from Villanova University Law School.  He is admitted to practice before the United State District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States Tax Court.  He is a member of the American, Delaware State (Taxation and Estates and Trust sections) and Sussex County bar associations.  Mr. Purnell is a frequent lecturer on estate planning issues. He is married with four adult children, and resides in Lewes, Delaware.

For Trustee, Denise Clemons. This will be Denise Clemons’ initial three year term as Trustee. She holds a BA in Biopsychology from Vassar College and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She spent the early years of her career as an executive in the technology industry, then turned to the non-profit arena, focusing on museums. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rehoboth Art League and volunteers with the Lewes Historical Society. She is past-Regent of the Colonel David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and serves the Society at the State and National levels.
Denise has written a weekly food column for the Cape Gazette newspaper since 2005 and her award-winning book, A Culinary History of Southern Delaware, was published by the History Press. She has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in journals, cookbooks and anthologies. She conducts writing workshops, cooking demonstrations and history lectures across the region.
For Trustee, Peter Keeble. This will be Peter Keeble’s initial three year term as Trustee. He gained a Master’s degree from London University and embarked upon a career in International Human Resources culminating as Head of Global HR for a US software company. He has also worked in International Finance and Telecommunications, with assignments spanning 5 continents. Peter was Board President of the DC based “HR Leadership Forum,” and frequent guest lecturer at US and International seminars. He holds dual US and UK nationality.
For Trustee, John Abood. This is John Abood’s initial three year term as Trustee. He is a Certified Financial Planner and has operated an independent financial planning business for the past 25 years.  He continues to work full-time and maintains an office in Greenville, DE although he spends the bulk of his work time in his office at his house in the Reserve at Pilottown.
A graduate of East Stroudsburg (PA) University with extensive post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, John earned his CFP designation, considered throughout the financial planning industry as the gold standard of academic and practice excellence, in 2001.  His practice focuses on helping individuals, families and small businesses identify and achieve their financial goals.
John and his wife, Cindy, are originally from Scranton, PA, and moved to Delaware in 1988.  They lived full-time in the Wilmington area until February 2017 when they decided to make Lewes their permanent residence.  But John and Cindy were not new to the city, having established a foothold here more than a decade ago.  They are active in a number of community and charitable endeavors, and John currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Lewes Historical Society.

We hope to see you there.  If you are unable to make it and would like to submit your vote for the above slate, please email your vote to [email protected]
Thank you!