Ben Franklin Society

Independent and Collaborative Research on Matters of Importance to Franklin County, NC

 

 

Welcome to the Ben Franklin Society
of North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


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SOCIETY NEWS


2014

 

 

Annual Society Membership/Board Meeting Highlights

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 @ 7:00pm

 

TWO NEW Board of Directors for 2015-2016

Roberta Douglas and William (Bill) Lord

 

Renewed Board of Directors for 2015-2016

Bob Radcliffe, Kerry Carter, Steve Stadelman and Peggy McGhee

 

Associate Membership Dues Adjustment for 2015

was $5 per year, now $7.50 per year

 

BY-LAW Change

Article XV Section 6 - $500 Grant Award Application exemption added

 

NEW Non-Research (Fund-raising) Project Created

Peggy's HEARTH&GARDEN

 

Outstanding Lecture by Steve Stadelman, PhD

 


 

Annual Society Membership Meeting

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 @ 7:00pm

 at Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER - Steve Stadelman, PhD

 

Plan to attend our upcoming Annual Meeting. Hear, Steve Stadelman - Novozymes, N.A. Scientist and Ben Franklin Society Board Member - speak about "The origin, nature and implications of historic soils and sediments in the Upper Tar River Basin".

 

Also VOTE on some important Society matters and get an update on our Society activities since the beginning of the year. Learn about our growth plans for 2015.

Invite a guest to join you and learn about the Ben Franklin Society.

 


NOVEMBER 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

SUNDAY BRUNCH November 2nd at 1:00PM

and

SUNDAY BRUNCH November 16th at 1:00PM

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Reservations Required - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin & Grounds


OCTOBER 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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Tom Magnuson - Tar Heel of the Week - Sunday August 17th, 2014 Edition
In the Sunday, August 17, 2014 edition of the N&O, Tom Magnuson was featured as the "Tar Heel of the Week". The article titled "Finding clues in old paths" detailed Tom's lifetime work in NC to re-discover old paths and stream fords in NC. The Ben Franklin Society honored Tom with its Emeritus Membership Award in April 2014. The story is available online at the N&O website. Read more about Tom's accomplishments at http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/16/4074093/hillsborough-man-finds-clues-in.html

2014 "Sowing Seeds, Growing History" Feature Story by Marion Blackburn

DOWNLOAD THE FEATURE STORY .pdf HERE
Use the hyperlink above to download a .pdf copy of a "Project Perspective - Progress Report" about Peggy McGhee's "Colonial Kitchen Garden" Project. We commissioned noted North Carolina writer - Marion Blackburn - to document this Project in a creative fashion. Your generous support of the Ben Franklin Society - through your dues and BreadWorks Event participation - have made this Project possible. We also thank Novozymes, N.A. for their funding support. We are evolving Peggy's "Hearth & Garden" into a destination tourist attraction. More details this fall.


Summer BreadWorks Schedule

Ben Franklin Society Members - we are abbreviating our Summer Monthly Schedule this year to provide some needed R&R for Bob, Kerry and April, and to create a block of time to complete some construction details inside the Cabin: staining of the Loft floor, hanging of new closet doors in the Basement, painting of all new doors, installing the permanent stairwell handrails and some touchup painting throughout.  We will only offer Outdoor Tomato Pie Buffet Events in July and August, but will resume our “normal” monthly Saturday Dinner and Sunday Brunch events in September.  After nearly 1-1/2 years of continuous use, we want to “finish” everything inside the Cabin before we begin our busy Fall 2014 schedule and expanded plans for 2015.  We thank you for your past support and your understanding as we transition into another year of outstanding Dining and Entertainment Fund-raising Events - Bob Radcliffe


AUGUST 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) Grant Application Status - June 2014 - GRANT AWARDED

We have been notified that we were awarded a $1750 Grant in support of our 2014 "Colonial Hearth Day" project scheduled for October 23-24. We submitted our Grant Application for Peggy McGhee's 2014 Research Project in April and made our Grant Award Committee presentation in May. The Project will have a two-day format like last year, and will accommodate over 200 Franklin County 4th Grade under-privileged students from elementary schools across the county (selected by school administrators).


Emeritus (Lifetime) Membership Awarded to Tom Magnuson - April 8th, 2014
A crowded Quarterly Meeting at the Cabin heard Tom Magnuson (Trading Path Preservation Association) speak about "North Carolina's Oldest Roads" underwritten by the NC Humanities Council - Roads Scholar Program. Following Tom's talk, we held a special Lifetime Membership Award Ceremony that honored Tom for his significant contributions to the formation and growth of the Ben Franklin Society since 2008. On behalf of the Society's Board of Directors, Chairman Bob Radcliffe awarded a framed certificate with the following inscription:

TOM MAGNUSON
"For his mastery of finding old paths and roadways in North Carolina and his encouragement and direction during the formative years of the Society to develop a strategy for Franklin County - initially expressed by the Grist Mill Inventory Project - and the work that will continue with his help and assistance."


 

2nd Quarter Society Meeting - Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 @ 7:00pm

 at Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER - TOM MAGNUSON

 

Plan to attend our upcoming Quarterly Membership Meeting. Hear, Tom Magnuson, with The Trading Path Preservation Association speak about "North Carolina's Oldest Roads".

This presentation is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

DON'T MISS IT!

 

 

Get an update on all Society activities since the beginning of the year.

Learn about the status our growth plans for 2014.

Hear about our expanded schedule of BreadWorks Fundraising Events.

Bring a friend.

 


Franklin BreadWorks Monthly Newsletter - Online Subscription Form


Lynch Creek Farm began a collaboration with the Ben Franklin Society to initiate a Fund-raising Project called the Franklin BreadWorks. Our first Event was held on Memorial Day Weekend in May 2012

All BreadWorks Dining and Entertainment Events raise funds for the Ben Franklin Society. A portion (20%) of the fee for each Event is a donation to the Society and is tax-deductable.

Society membership is required to attend these Events. You can become an Associate Member for just $5 per year.

Several BreadWorks fund-raising Events are scheduled monthly, year-round.

Our BreadWorks Newsletter (email-only) provides complete details of the scheduled Events for the upcoming month, as well as the latest Society Project News, together with information about our Affiliated Member Organizations.

Subscribe to our free Monthly Email "BreadWorks Newsletter"

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JULY-AUGUST 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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JUNE 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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MAY 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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APRIL 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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MARCH 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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2013 "Hearth of the County II" Feature Story by Marion Blackburn DOWNLOAD THE FEATURE STORY .pdf HERE
Use the hyperlink above to download a .pdf copy of a "Project Perspective" about Peggy McGhee's 2013 "Colonial Hearth Day" Project. We had excellent coverage of the day in The Franklin Times and The Wake Forest Weekly, but for those of our members that do not subscribe to these newspapers, we commissioned noted North Carolina writer - Marion Blackburn - to document this Project in a creative fashion. Your generous support of the Ben Franklin Society in 2013 - through your dues and BreadWorks Event participation - made this Project possible. We thank you!

 


fEBRUARY 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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jANUARY 2014 BreadWorks Schedule

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2013


HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - December 29th, 2013 - Emeritus (Lifetime) Membership Award Ceremony
A festive, full-house, social event at the Cabin was highlighted by a special Lifetime Membership Award Ceremony that honored "Joe" Elmore and "Bill" Hill for their significant contributions to the formation and growth of the Ben Franklin Society since 2008. On behalf of the Society's Board of Directors, Chairman Bob Radcliffe awarded framed certificates with the inscriptions for each noted below:

JOSEPH E. ELMORE
"For his mastery of the history of Franklin County, North Carolina and his contributions to the Grist Mill Inventory Research Project that has spanned more than five years of research. The significance of his work, from both a local and state perspective, will continue to emerge, gain recognition and bring stature to the Society"

WILLIAM M. HILL, JR.
"For his legal guidance and advice to initially incorporate and
 create by-laws that helped secure non-profit tax exempt status for the Ben Franklin Society"


DECEMBER 2013 BreadWorks Schedule

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NOVEMBER 2013 BreadWorks Schedule

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OCTOBER 2013 BreadWorks Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 2013 SCHEDULE

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Annual Membership Meeting Set - Sunday, October 6, 2013 @ 3:00pm - Cabin Headquarters

Plan to attend our Annual Meeting to be held at our Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm. Come hear about our progress this year and see several ongoing Project Presentations. Vote on some important Society matters. Welcome new Board Members. Hear about our plans for 2014. Please make a special effort to attend. Light refreshments provided. Download AGENDA HERE


 Novozymes Community Relations Committee Awards Ben Franklin Society $1750 Grant

 We are pleased to announce the award of this generous donation by Novozymes in support of our 2013 Colonial Hearth Day AND Colonial Kitchen/Herb Garden Projects. Committee Chairperson, Laura Terry, wrote "Our team is very impressed with what Peggy and your team has done. . . We are so thankful that there are initiatives in Franklin County like yours to teach children hands-on. . . Novozymes fully believes in and supports education and we really love the Colonial Hearth Day program". The Board and Membership of the Ben Franklin Society thank Novozymes for their help with our efforts to improve Franklin and surrounding Counties.


AUGUST 2013 SCHEDULE
Franklin BreadWorks FUND-RAISING EventS
SUNDAY August 18th at 1:00pm - Sunday Brunch
SATURDAY August 31st
at 6:00pm (Labor Day Weekend) - "Tomato Pie, Ribs & Bluegrass"
Reservations Required - Limited Seating - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin & Grounds
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United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) - Teaming for Technology (T4T) Laptop Update

Thanks to UWFC, on July 17th, 2013 the Ben Franklin Society again qualified and purchased a second laptop computer for only $60. Bob Radcliffe will prep the hardware, virus and application software and make it ready for general Society Project use. Our present laptop was acquired from T4T in August 2010 and is now will exclusively be used for Society Administration (membership database, email mailings, BreadWorks newsletters, etc.). This second laptop will be available as a "floater" for use by ongoing Research Projects.

 


JULY 2013 SCHEDULE
Franklin BreadWorks FUND-RAISING EventS
Saturday July 13th at 6:00pm - Outdoor "Tomato Pie & Bluegrass" Event
Sunday July 28th
at 1:00pm - Indoor Sunday Brunch
Reservations Required - Limited Seating - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin & Grounds
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United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) Grant Application Status - June 19, 2013 - GRANT AWARDED

We have been notified that we were awarded a $1750 Grant in support of our 2013 "Colonial Hearth Day" project scheduled for October 24-25. We submitted our Grant Application for Peggy McGhee's 2013 Research Project on April 12th and made our Grant Award Committee presentation on May 15th. The Project has been extended from a one-day to a two-day format, and is being expanded to accommodate 200 (just 100 last year) Franklin County 4th Grade under-privileged students from elementary schools across the county (selected by school administrators).


 

Third Quarter Regular Membership Meeting Set - Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

 at Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm


Plan to attend our upcoming Regular Quarterly Membership Meeting and get up-to-date with all the exciting developments underway. See a presentation about our newest BFS Project - "Peggy's Colonial Kitchen and Herb Garden". Get updated on all business activities since the beginning of the year. Learn about the status our growth plans for 2013 and our expanded schedule of BreadWorks Fundraising Events. Plan to attend! Bring a friend. A Draft Meeting Agenda can be downloaded using the hyperlink below.

 

DOWNLOAD DRAFT AGENDA HERE

 


JUNE 2013 SCHEDULE
Franklin BreadWorks FUND-RAISING EventS
Saturday June 1st at 5:00pm - Outdoor "Tomato Pie & Bluegrass" Event
Sunday June 23rd and 30th
at 1:00pm - Indoor Sunday Brunches
Reservations Required - Limited Seating - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin & Grounds
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United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) Grant Application Status - May 15, 2013

We have submitted our Grant Application for Peggy McGhee's 2013 Research Project - "Colonial Hearth Day". The Project has been expanded from a one-day to a two-day format, and is being designed to accommodate 200 Franklin County 4th Grade under-privileged students from elementary schools across the county (selected by school administrators). We have also made our Grant Award Committee presentation and are awaiting notice if we will receive funds in early June 2013.


 

Franklin BreadWorks FUND-RAISING Event
April SUNDAY BRUNCH Event Schedule
April 7th and 21st, 2013 at 1:00pm Only
Reservations Required - Limited Seating - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin
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2012 "Colonial Hearth Day" YouTube Video by Lydia McGhee     View the Slideshow HERE
See another view of Peggy McGhee's "Colonial Hearth Day" held October 26, 2012 created by her son's (Scott) wife. Lydia created this slideshow from photography she shot during the event. It's obvious the children really enjoyed the event.


Franklin BreadWorks FUND-RAISING Event
More SUNDAY BRUNCH Events Scheduled
March 10th and 24th, 2013 at 1:00pm Only
Reservations Required - Limited Seating - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin
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Combined Q1/Q2 Regular Membership Meeting - Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 @ 4:00pm - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin
Plan to attend our upcoming Regular Membership Meeting and get up-to-date with all the exciting developments underway. Vote on some new Research Project Proposals, BY-LAW changes, see a video of Peggy McGhee's Colonial Hearth Day, and learn about our growth plans for 2013 and expanded schedule of BreadWorks Fundraising Events. See you there! DOWNLOAD DRAFT BY-LAW HERE


Franklin BreadWorks FUND-RAISING Event
2013 BreadWorks Kick-off - SUNDAY BRUNCH
February 17th and 24th, 2013
Accepting Reservations at 10:00am and 1:00pm Only
Lynch Creek Farm Cabin
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2012 "Hearth of the County" Feature Story by Marion Blackburn  DOWNLOAD THE FEATURE STORY .pdf HERE
Use the hyperlink above to download a .pdf copy of a "Project Perspective" about Peggy McGhee's 2012 "Colonial Hearth Day" Project. We had excellent coverage of the day in The Franklin Times and The Wake Forest Weekly, but for those of our members that do not subscribe to these newspapers, we commissioned noted North Carolina writer - Marion Blackburn - to document this Project in a creative fashion. Your generous support of the Ben Franklin Society in 2012 - through your dues and BreadWorks Event participation - made this Project possible. We thank you!

 


Annual Board of Directors Meeting RESCHEDULED - Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 7:00pm - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin Headquarters

Board Members will assemble to discuss our Growth Strategy for 2013 and to address other outstanding business matters.


2012


Annual Membership Meeting Set - Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 6:30pm    DOWNLOAD AGENDA

Plan to attend our Q4/Annual Meeting to be held at our Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm. A Draft Meeting Agenda can be downloaded using the link above. Please plan to attend and Vote on matters of importance to the future of the organization. Hear about our first completed Research Project - Peggy McGhee's "NC Colonial Hearth" Education Day. Learn about our plans for 2013.


Peggy McGhee's Research Project "Colonial Hearth Day" set for Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 10:00am-2:00pm

Over 100 4th grade students from Long Mill Elementary School will arrive at Peggy's Farm to step back in time a few hundred years and see how Colonial NC folks lived and worked - with over 12 learning stations manned by volunteers in colonial attire. Attendance by invitation only (not open to the public). News coverage by Franklin Times and Wake Weekly. Independent feature story coverage by Marion Blackburn. Represents the culmination of over a year of preparation and the involvement of about 50 volunteers. The first of many such future Ben Franklin Society community enrichment projects. More details to follow.


Franklin BreadWorks FUND-RAISING Event
Quilt, Artisan Bread & Jam Tasting SALE
Saturday, October 13th, 2012 from 1:00-5:00pm
with Live Music
Lynch Creek Farm Cabin and Grounds
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Franklin BreadWorks DIning/Entertainment Event
BOB's "TOMATO PIE" BUFFET
Friday, September 28th, 2012 from 5:00-8:00pm
with Live and Recorded Music
Lynch Creek Farm Cabin Grounds
[Rain Date Saturday, September 29th, 2012]
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Franklin BreadWorks ENTERTAINMENT Event
Labor Day Weekend Concert
Saturday, September 1st, 2012 from 6:00-9:00pm
Folk Musician - Dave Debonzo
Lynch Creek Farm Cabin Grounds
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BEN FRANKLIN SOCIETY TRI-FOLD BROCHURE AVAILABLE - August 10, 2012   DOWNLOAD LATEST BROCHURE

We finally completed drafting our first Society Brochure - thanks to help and guidance from Kathy Harrelson and Jay Lamm. Please use this document to help explain our mission and function to prospective members. Forward any suggested improvements, additions or corrections to Bob Radcliffe.


Quarterly Society Meeting Set - Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 10:30am   DOWNLOAD AGENDA

Plan to attend our third quarterly meeting of 2012 to be held at our Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm. We have Guest Speakers and other Invited Guests. Please plan to attend. Lunch is included. See the Agenda for details. Plan to make your Project Presentation using our Computer and Display. A Meeting Announcement with complete details will be e-mailed/mailed to all members as a reminder.


Proposed BY-LAW - BFS Grant Award Process    DOWNLOAD DRAFT BY-LAW

You can download a Draft Version of this New BY-LAW under consideration for adoption at our Annual Meeting in October 2012.


 

BreadWorks Dining Event

Independence Day (Fourth of July)

Saturday July 7th, 2012, 5:30pm

Lynch Creek Farm Cabin Grounds

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United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) Grant Application Status - June 20, 2012

We have "unofficially" been notified that we were granted $800 by UWFC for Peggy McGhee's Research Project - "The NC Colonial Hearth". This award is the first successful Grant Application for the Ben Franklin Society. A milestone achievement. More details to follow at our upcoming July Quarterly Meeting.


Memorial Day Weekend Fundraising Event Results

Nearly forty (40) individuals attended our successful Event, and we added $300 to the Society treasury - even better, we more than doubled our membership and now have fifty (50) members. More details to follow at our upcoming July Quarterly Meeting.

 


 

Inaugural BreadWorks Dining Event

Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday May 26th, 2012, 4:30pm, Lynch Creek Farm Cabin Grounds

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United Way of Franklin County Grant Application Status - May 1, 2012

Peggy McGhee and Bob Radcliffe have collaborated to satisfy Phase I and have been notified that a Panel Interview (Phase II) is scheduled for  10:00am, Friday, May 4, 2012 at Novozymes NA, Inc.  in Franklinton. A joint presentation will be made to explain the Ben Franklin Society and in particular, Peggy's Research Project proposal - "The NC Colonial Hearth" - for which $1500 in funding has been requested in 2012. Award notification will be made in June.

 


Quarterly Society Meeting Set - Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 6:00pm    DOWNLOAD AGENDA

Plan to attend our second quarterly meeting of 2012 to be held at our Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm. Plan to make your Project Presentation using our Computer and recently acquired Computer Projector. A Meeting Announcement with complete details will be e-mailed/mailed to all members.

 


Society acquires GPS capability - March 24, 2012

Research Projects now have professional-quality GPS (Global Positioning System) data mapping and collection support. A Garmin eTrex30 GPS was purchased, together with 16GB microSD flash memory extension card and expertGPS Software for our Dell notebook computer that can load/unload both data and maps to the eTrex30. All data inventory-oriented Research Projects now have everything they need to initiate their field work. Field pre-and post-trip planning activities can load/unload data and maps to/from the GPS. The expertGPS software also enables Digital Camera Photography to be automatically linked with GPS field location "waypoints". Additional "freeware" digital photography editing software has also been acquired to support the addition of "metadata" to each JPEG image to identify, document and copy-protect each photo. A demonstration of these impressive capabilities will be made at our next Society Meeting in April 2012 (date t.b.d.)

 


 

Quarterly Society Meeting Set - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 6:00pm    DOWNLOAD AGENDA

Plan to attend our first quarterly meeting of 2012 to be held at our Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm. Plan to make your Project Presentation using our Computer and recently acquired Computer Projector. A Meeting Announcement with complete details will be e-mailed/mailed to all members.

 


2011


 

2012 Membership Categories and Dues adopted at Annual Meeting

 

               Child/Student/Guest                    $0/yr            Non-voting/Project-exempt

               Associate                                      $5/yr            Non-voting/Project-exempt

               Individual                                      $15/yr          Voting

               Family                                           $25/yr          Voting

               Non-Profit                                    $50/yr          Non-voting/Project-exempt

               Corporate                                     $100/yr        Non-voting/Project-exempt

 

               Download 2012 Dues Renewal Form HERE

 

Annual Membership Meeting Set - Sunday, November 6, 2011 @ 2:00pm

Plan to attend our Annual Meeting to be held at our Cabin Headquarters - Lynch Creek Farm. The Franklin Breadworks will provide refreshments and formally initiate the use of our recently completed Wood-fired Oven. Plan to make your Project Presentation using our Computer and newly purchased Computer Projector. A Meeting Announcement with complete details will be mailed to you.

 

Board Meeting - August 19th, 6:00pm - Lynch Creek Cabin Headquarters

The Board of Directors will meet to set the direction and plans for upcoming promotional events this Fall and 2012. Results of this meeting will be a topic of discussion at our next Regular Membership Meeting in September.

 

4th of July OPEN HOUSE, 1:00-5:00pm - Lynch Creek Farm Cabin Grounds

 Plan to share part of your holiday weekend with us. Stop by and snack on some great food and drinks. All businesses, non-profits and individuals are free to attend. Visit our unique Cabin headquarters and grounds at Lynch Creek Farm (1973 Rocky Ford Road) on July 4th from 1:00-5:00 pm. Learn how our facility can service your future business meeting and organizational event requirements. Become a Society Member and enjoy the benefits of our private dining club – the Franklin BreadWorks. Hope to see you there! Any questions, contact Bob Radcliffe at 252-433-0272

 


2010


2011 Membership Categories and Dues adopted at Annual Meeting

 

               Child/Student/Guest                    $0/yr            Non-voting/Project-exempt

               Associate                                      $5/yr            Non-voting/Project-exempt

               Individual                                      $15/yr          Voting

               Family                                           $25/yr          Voting

               Corporate                                     $100/yr        Non-voting/Project-exempt

 

Franklin Times 2010 Annual Meeting Article Available for Download

The Franklin Times Weekend Edition (January 29, 2011) included an article describing our Annual Meeting held at Betsy Benning's Wolfpit on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011. Download a .pdf copy of the article HERE

 

Wake Electric Foundation Grant Re-Submitted December 10th, 2010

Our initial grant request submitted September 10th will be revised and resubmitted for consideration by December 10th for consideration during the next quarterly award cycle.

 

New Research Proposal Accepted- The Franklin BreadWorks

At our October 10th, 2010 Quarterly Meeting, the Franklin BreadWorks project was voted upon and unanimously accepted. The BreadWorks will be a Ben Franklin Society Private Dining Club -  a collaboration between Lynch Creek Farm and the Society - to help build membership and revenues for the Society. "Member-only" Events will be scheduled that feature Local Foods and Entertainment. Our first Event will be held early next Spring (2011). Stay tuned for more details.

 

October 2010 Meeting Highlights

Thanks to the outstanding weather, our quarterly membership meeting at Lynch Creek Farm featured a delightful picnic and business meeting. Ongoing research project updates were presented and discussed. It was revealed that the Lynch Creek Farm Cabin will serve as the "permanent" headquarters for the Society - providing computer projection, library and meeting space - beginning in 2011.

 

United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) - Teaming for Technology (T4T) Update

Thanks to help from board member Kathy Harrelson, on August 16, 2010 the Ben Franklin Society qualified and purchased a laptop computer for only $60. Bob Radcliffe has prepped the hardware, virus software and it is ready for Society use. More details will be provided at our upcoming meeting.

 

Wake Electric Foundation - Operation RoundUp - Grant Application Submitted

On September 10th, Bob Radcliffe submitted a $500 Grant Application for the purchase of handheld, Garmin eTrex GPS (Global Positioning System) unit to support the Society's research project field work and a 3M LED Computer Display device for presentation purposes. A decision on approval is expected by October 15th.

 

IRS Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) Status

We received our IRS "favorable determination letter" on February 16, 2010 granting our tax-exempt status as a public charity effective from November 14, 2008.

 


About BFS


 

Our non-profit, service organization - the Ben Franklin Society - was formed in 2009 and welcomes everyone, of all ages, to join who wish to work to better the future of Franklin County. We are a non-political, enabling organization – committed to helping its Members produce practical results from their research efforts.

 

The Society promotes individual and collaborative research efforts; communicates the importance and relationship of Research Projects to the future of Franklin County; fosters synergy with other Society Projects and ongoing County initiatives; and pursues Funding support when appropriate.

 

Research Project Teams plan, schedule and independently control their own work. Society Membership requires participation in a Research or Non-Research Project. Special efforts are being made to include Franklin County High School Students in the Society. (See http://www.seniorproject.net/Senior_Project_Overview.html)

 

Plan to attend our next Quarterly Meeting and learn about this new and exciting opportunity for you to help transform Franklin County into a model of innovation in North Carolina! Society Membership will be fun and productive; satisfying and rewarding; meaningful and memorable.

 

 


SAMPLE RESEARCH PROPOSAL IDEAS


  1. Inventory of Indian Paths and Stream Fords throughout Franklin County - GPS coordinates, location description, photography and mapping - to establish a baseline for future historical and archaeological study. http://www.tradingpath.org/
     

  2. Inventory public and private County Birding Sites - eagles, hawks, buzzards, turkey etc - for the future integration into the NC Birding Trail project. http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/
     

  3. Select and map preliminary bicycle touring routes throughout the County for their use by tourists from nearby Counties.
     

  4. Design, build and install a large display case for an Indian Canoe, circa 1700, recovered from the Tar River north of Louisburg.
     

  5. Inventory the best private and public fishing spots in the County.
     

  6. Complete the County cemetery inventory - public and private - that was initiated some years ago.
     

  7. Assemble and publish insightful stories about long-time County residents to establish a character profile of life in Franklin County.

    What Research Project Ideas do you have?

 


 

( For more info about Bob Radcliffe see www.lynchcreek.com )


CONTACT:       webmaster@BenFranklinSocietyNC.org


UPDATED:         Friday, November 21, 2014 11:25 AM


CREDITS:          Benjamin Franklin Portrait/Logo - Michael J. Deas


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