|JOPLIN – The Board of Directors for Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. elected new officers at their annual retreat.
For the 2012-2014 term, Mark Williams was elected to the office of president, Bob Morton as vice-president, Mary Anne Phillips was re-elected to the position of secretary, and Gaye Pate was re-elected to the position of treasurer. The remaining directors include Mary Ann Neff and David Pommert.
Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preservation of historic homes in Joplin’s Murphysburg Residential Historic District. The Joplin City Council designated the district boundaries to be from First Street to Fourth Street on Moffet Avenue and First Street to Seventh Street on Sergeant Avenue. The group’s mission is to implement charitable and educational activities that promote and stimulate historic preservation throughout the neighborhood.
“These new officers took an active role in past HMP’s accomplishments such as DickensFest, the beginning stages of the refurbishment of the AME Chapel at 4th and Pearl in Joplin, Missouri Statewide Preservation Conference, Evening on the Veranda Porch Tour, and much more,” stated Paula Callihan, outgoing president, board member, and district homeowner.
Williams is a consultant for the Tri-State Business Journal, a historical property developer/owner and is well known in Joplin due to his participation in civic activities. Morton is a medical device salesman. Phillips is the recycling coordinator for the city of Joplin. Pate is a retired circulation librarian and is active in the American Association of University Women. All officers own homes in the historic district.
William said, “Because historic district residency is not required, we welcome anyone who has an interest in preservation or history to become a member or a volunteer of HMP.”