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Dear ICRC Membership,
I am writing to introduce myself to you and to tell you about a few things that are happening at ICRC. My name is Kimberly Hatcher-White. Not only do I volunteer at the ICRC, I am the newly elected President of the ICRC Board of Directors. It is an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of working with the members of the board, my mentor Joan Cohn, our dedicated volunteers and you our loyal members to ensure ICRC is able to carry out its mission.
My first introduction to ICRC was in the summer of 1999 as an undergraduate student at Eastern Connecticut State University. I was completing an internship and independent study at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (MPMRC) under the guidance of Dr. Kevin McBride. I visited the ICRC on several occasions using its resources to not only learn how to conduct research but to learn more about my family.
In 2010, as the Executive Director of the MPMRC, I had the honor and privilege of sending staff and resources to assist the ICRC during the “Flood”. My admiration and appreciation for those from both organizations that volunteered during this difficult time has not diminished. I am in particular grateful to former Board President Joan Cohn. She has unselfishly taken me under her wing passing her expertise and knowledge of ICRC on to me. Thank you Joan!
I hope that you share my opinion that ICRC is a gem whose sparkle has the ability to reach a wider audience. I am constantly learning and discovering something new and fascinating of historical/genealogical importance that needs to be shared. In order to share what ICRC has to offer with a broader public, the Board is working on several initiatives that address the current and future state of ICRC. The list below is just a small sample of what we are working on:
- Revision of by-laws
- Review and revise current strategic plan
- Researching/applying for grants from different sources that will help us with building repairs, improve access to our collection and create educational programs.
Currently our volunteers are working hard entering information from ICRC’s notebooks into our database using Past Perfect software. This is a tedious but necessary job that will allow access to the collection without disturbing original documents and images, many of which are in a fragile state. We are very grateful to those who volunteer their time to ensure the collection is protected.
While ICRC has quite a bit of work to do, I believe that it is important to get input from those that we serve. Soon ICRC will be sending out an online survey/questionnaire that will help us determine the best way we can serve you.
On behalf of the ICRC Board of Directors and volunteers, I would like to thank you for your continuing support of our gem. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, I can be reached through the contact information at the top of this letter.
ICRC Board of Directors President