Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) membership on Friday, July 11th approved the selection of Kevin Scott as board president for 2014-2015. The annual meeting, held at the 1880 Garten Verein, marks the beginning of the GHF year with elections of officers and comments from GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones; past-president Debbie Morris and incoming president; Kevin Scott.

“I honestly don’t know of a more engaged or vital survival chord of Galveston Island and its surrounding areas,” states Scott. “Whether it is through the preservation of historic commercial buildings and homes, providing a unique and enriching education through tours and programming, epic heritage-saving endeavors like the purchase and on-going restoration of Bishop’s Palace and the Tall Ship Elissa, or advocating for the historic fabric of our grand historic city through initiatives like the Heritage At Risk List – GHF is committed to serving the legacy of our community.”

Past-president, Debbie Morris, gave an overview of accomplishments during a significant year in the organization’s history. “This year we saw the completion of two enormous goals, the purchase of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace and completed restoration of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. We have to look to our past, remember where we have been learn from the challenges met and move forward with greater understanding.”

Officers elected for 2014/2015 are: Kevin Scott, President; Jeri Kinnear, Vice President; Dwayne Jones, Secretary; John B. Smith, Treasurer; Debbie Morris, Immediate Past President; Robert Lynch, Past President; Joseph Wilhelm, Past President; Genette Bassett, Business Development ; Monty Bludworth, Texas Seaport Museum; Tino Gonzales, Public Policy and Advocacy; Fred Huddleston, Preservation ; Jody Larriviere, Events; Peter Moore, Membership and Development and Leonce “Hank” Thierry, Jr., Cultural and Historic Sites.

In addition to the 2013-2014 appointments, GHF also recognized individuals for their continued support and service. The Foundation’s highest award, The Spirit Award, was presented to Robert Lynch. Additionally, GHF’s Phoenix Awards, acknowledging preservation efforts and assistance by area supporters, were presented to Moody Permanent Endowment, Moody Menders and Bay Area Habitat for Humanities.

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