The Society as an Organization
The Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) is a nonprofit corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of Arizona, effective July 12, 2005. Click here to read the Bylaws.
OVHS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Town of Oro Valley Historic Preservation Commission. Our mission is to promote research, preservation, education and dissemination of history related to the greater Oro Valley area.
Board of Directors
The three Incorporators, Jim Kriegh, Dick Eggerding, Pat Spoerl, the first president, V-President, and Sec/Treasurer) shall serve as Directors until the first annual meeting of the general membership which will be held in March of 2006 at which time new Directors shall be added to the Board (5 to 9 Directors). All of whom will serve as volunteers. The Society will be run by its members. (first meeting agenda)
The Board voted in January of 2008 to increase the Directors from 7 to 9. Officers are appointed by the Board Members from within the elected board Members.
President: Lois Nagy (2014) home phone (520) 297-3448
Vice-President: Warren Lazar (2015)
Secretary: David Clement (2013)
Treasurer: Paul Loomis (2014)
Jack Evert (2015)
Josephine (Jo) Di Gennaro (2014)
Krista Neis (2014)
Marilyn Pincus (2013)
Jim Skalicky (2015)
Note: The year listed after each name is the year in March that their 3 year term expires.
Per the OVHS Bylaws, the elected Board members can fill vacant Board Member positions.
The round circle with the dots on the outside is a 17th Century symbol for gold. Being that the town name is Oro Valley (Gold Valley) and the Canada del Oro wash is a major and historically significant wash, the gold symbol seems very appropriate for the Oro Valley Historical Society.
Another significant symbol for the Society is the Water Well Pump Jack (converts rotary motion to vertical motion for the rod string going down to the pump in the bottom of the well). The large pulleys were driven by a steam engine with large flat belts connecting the two. The second pump used at the Steam Pump Ranch is depicted on the top left side of each page. The sketch was drawn by Joyce Rychener. This pump is currently in storage at the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson.
Purpose of the Society
* To aid the Town of Oro Valley in protecting and preserving buildings and sites of historic importance.
* To collect and preserve historic documents and photographs.
* To conduct interviews for oral and visual histories.
* To commemorate places of historic interest with suitable monuments and markers.
* To promote community interest and knowledge of local history.
* To provide a curator and curatorial aides in historic museums and visitor centers.
* To work with our local schools in encouraging student awareness and interest in local history.
The Oro Valley Historical Society is an Organizational Member of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Their web site is AASLH.ORG
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