Please forward this to another descendant or a friend.
Winter News From the Young HomePlace
At the December meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Young Foundation took two major actions:
  • Established a Board of Directors who will be responsible for the management of the HomePlace. The new board will include up to twenty-one members representing a mix of descendants and non-descendants who will bring a diverse set of experiences and skills.

  • Appointed Geraldine Plato as president and CEO for the Foundation and the Young HomePlace.

Earl Young, Chair
Nominations Please

The Board of Trustees is creating a master list of potential candidates for the HomePlace Board of Directors for this and future years and needs your recommendations.
They anticipate filling five to seven spaces available for election to a three-year term beginning April 1, 2018. To stay on schedule, send recommendations no later than February 10, 2018 for the initial review. Additional nominations will be accepted throughout the year.
The strength and capacity of the Board of Directors depends on engaging new members with a strong affinity for the mission.

You can use this form to submit a nomination or call Geraldine at 828.536.0337
First Fire in the Cabin Fireplace

The Holiday Open House was a great success. Over fifty friends and neighbors were welcomed and celebrated lighting the first fire in the fireplace of the restored cabin.
Special thanks goes to Clarence Young for hauling wood and tending the fire with the help of Ingrid Young Jenkins and Cathrine Serota . Thanks also to many volunteers under the direction of the HomePlace manager Cindy Ray Peters .

Dear Young Friends

It’s a pleasure to write my first newsletter to you as president and CEO of the Young Foundation and HomePlace. I'm delighted to assume responsibilities at the helm of this incredible organization we share. Below you can learn more about my path to the HomePlace and get an idea of how we are shaping what we believe is the perfect team.
We are planning events and programs you will not want miss. Throughout 2018, our newsletter and web site will offer opportunities and invitations for you to join us in fulfilling our goals to honor and memorialize our brave pioneer ancestors who settled this land with not much more than their bare hands.
Please be in touch if you have a question or an idea you’d like to share. I’m easy to reach through email or by calling the HomePlace.
Geraldine Plato
828.536.0337 office

Our 2018 Team
Geraldine Plato brings a unique understanding of community development from her thirty years of experience working, volunteering, and raising a family in Mitchell county. Before starting her own consulting company , she held executive level positions with various organizations including assistant director at Penland School of Crafts. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and is currently president of the board at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design . Read more here .
In partnership with the Board of Directors she will implement the vision and mission of the Young HomePlace and be responsible for long and short range planning and oversight of all aspects of the organization.
Cindy Ray Peters will continue her work as membership director and manager of the HomePlace. She is the key person on the ground for daily operations and activities. This year she is restructuring the Annual Gathering and has some new ideas for live music and storytelling events, a genealogy study-group, and offering educational conversations around history and heritage.

Her twenty-five years of experience in hospitality and events planning, as well as twenty-five years as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations makes her an excellent member of our team.
Geraldine and Cindy will work with the new Board of Directors and founding Trustees to develop successful collaborations with descendants, volunteers, funders, and local government as well as focus on the following priorities:

  • Increasing membership
  • Restructuring the Annual Gathering
  • Recording videos and oral histories
  • Researching genealogy on each of the family branches
  • Exploring storytelling
  • Initiating historical exhibits
  • Creating and implementing a long-range financial sustainability plan
Give Your Valentine a Membership
Send your favorite valentine a membership to the Young HomePlace. These beautiful certificates are ready to be sent anywhere in the United States. If you pick one up at the office it comes wrapped with a chocolate treat. Not only is it a great gift, it will help meet our 300 membership challenge goal and secure a $50,000 matching grant.
T he Young HomePlace is dedicated to preserving the history of our ancestors and memorializing the brave pioneer families who settled this land with not much more than their bare hands. We are a tax-exempt institution funded by donors like you. You can donate here.

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