Obetz Historians continue to gather historical information and seek funding

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By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer

The Obetz Historians continues to plan on how to document Obetz’s history.

On Dec. 8, the group discussed ho to incorporate as a non-profit 501(c)(3). Incorporating as a non-profit will cost abo ut$200, which concerns Obetz Historians President Joyce Blake.

“We don’t have any money,” said Blake. “Does this mean I will have to pay for it until we do some fundraisers to be able to reimburse me? If I make a mistake, how much will the amendments cost.”

The group decided to approach city of Obetz Law Director Gene Hollins to ask for legal guidance. Blake and Jerry Benson talked to Hollins during a break at the recent Obetz City Council meeting where he suggested they use the 501(c)(3) filings from the now-defunct Obetz Historical Society and the Secretary of State’s website as a guide to the necessary documents for the Obetz Historians. He also suggested looking for an accounting firm for IRS purposes to become a non-profit. The IRS rules for nonprofits have changed over the years.

The Obetz Historians will also need a federal ID, which is free to do online.

After incorporation, the group will focus on collecting more stories of Obetz’s history. They asked everyone in attendance at their recent meeting to write something about their own family to get everyone involved.

The group is considering fundraisers so they can afford to proceed.

The Historians elected Connie Callander as the new hospitality coordinator and Heather Coffenberry is the new membership chairperson. These officers add to the ranks of President Joyce Blake, Vice President Jerry Benson, Secretary Bonnie Wiley, and co-Treasurers Becci Thacker-Dunn and Diane Brooker.

The next Obetz Historian meeting is Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center, 1650 Obetz Avenue. All meetings in 2022 will be on the third Wednesday of the month.

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