This year’s annual meeting allowed us to honor some of the incredible people who’ve made this museum a reality.
First among our strongest supporters are “The Has-Beens”… that group of Old Campus athletes, cheerleaders and Alpha Sig brothers who’ve spent the past half-century sharing their indomitable spirit and generous donations with the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society, the Town of Wake Forest, and Wake Forest University. The group was honored with this year’s Distinguished Service Award, and each member in attendance received a framed print of an original artwork depicting the historic Calvin Jones House.
And who better to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award than Donna Lynam? Not only has Donna put in more hours than any other docent… she calmly and efficiently handled a museum emergency earlier this year, while enduring three-hours of constant blaring from a tripped fire alarm. We cherished this opportunity to let Donna know how much we appreciate her contributions.
It took several people… Executive Director Ed Morris, Co-Secretary Jill Bright, Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones and WFU Provost Emeritus Dr. Ed Wilson… to properly present the many honors bestowed upon outgoing WFCBS President Susan Powell Brinkley, as she stepped down from more than twenty-years as leader of our organization.
Susan received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine… one of the highest orders the governor can give to a North Carolina citizen… for a long and proven record of service to the community. October 28, 2012 was declared Susan Powell Brinkley Day in the Town of Wake Forest. Susan was also presented with an inscribed granite block from Bright Funeral Home, with which the musuem courtyard was dedicated to the Brinkleys. And the museum’s archival room was officially renamed the Susan Powell Brinkley Library.
Rounding out the meeting, three speakers shared memories and laughs with their tales of life on the Old Campus. Abe Elmore (WFC ’55), Jack Murdock (WFC ’57), and Jack McGinley (WFC ’57) each spoke… describing how before dinner at the old Colonial Club, the athletes sometimes kept the saying of grace to the super-concise, “Thank Peahead for Supper”… how Coach Greason’s broken nose went six different ways… and how Bones McKinney performed every player’s marriage ceremony.
The afternoon ended with good conversation and refreshments… and with everyone lookiing forward to another amazing year in the company of supporters so selflessly dedicated to preserving the history of Wake Forest… Town, College and University.