COVID 19 has changed the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) ‘modus operandi’ for the annual meeting normally conducted at the DoDDS Reunion. We have a very special Slide Presentation that will give the highlights of the work performed by the volunteer Board of Directors since the last reunion. As the Pointer Sisters would say in that oldie but goodie, “I’m So Excited”! You may ask, why are you so excited? I am so excited because what you will see and read following this introduction, will amaze you!
Reflecting on the cause for excitement, you must remember Dr. Thomas Townsend Drysdale had a vision in 1989 to preserve our history and develop our legacy. It was his desire for others to take up the unfinished task of preserving our priceless legacies.
As I continue to reflect, I am passionate about the progress that has been made by this exemplary board and staff. You will be impressed with the floor plans of the new AOSHS Museum and Archives. What an accomplishment. You will get excited about the Drysdale Gallery and the Muehring Digital Studio. You will definitely be astonished by our accomplishments.
A few years ago, the Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) partnered with us in order to support our combined mission. We were able to make these advancements because of this partnership as well as all of the faithful members who annually make substantial donations for operational support. The informative Financial Report will reveal our current status.
You will be pleased to see how the Memorial Program has developed and various Commemorative Tiles that are displayed in the office. A virtual program will be forthcoming and it will incorporate many of the same concepts on a different platform.
Membership in AOSHS is the backbone of our organization. We need you, your artifacts, and your financial donations. In order to continue our efforts, it is essential that our members and others continue to provide generous support. As you view this presentation, you will surely comprehend the root cause for my passion and excitement! You will also better understand the importance of AOSHS to continue our mission.
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) provided financial support to American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) to ensure the preservation of the history of the school systems that have educated the overseas children of American military service members and DOD civilians for more than seventy years.
|AOSHS Assets (Not including building and furnishings)||$478,144.35|
|NON-FENCED ASSETS (Available for operations and unpaid obligations)||$324,419.04|
|Unpaid Obligations (Museum furniture and building façade)||$14,000.00|
|NON-FENCED ASSETS AFTER OBLIGATIONS ARE PAID||$310,419.04|
|Projected expenses to 12/31/2020 (Office Manager & 20% of operations)||$26,500.00|
|PROJECTED NON-FENCED ASSETS AS OF 12/31/2020||$283,919.09|
NOTE: Physical Assets (Buildings 704 and 708) estimated value of $188,000.
A note on Reimbursable Support: The American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) collects, displays, and preserves Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) artifacts, memorabilia and additional materials on behalf of DoDEA. This includes operating and contract costs to archive and digitize the DoDEA portion of the inventory in the current AOSHS collection. AOSHS submits an invoice annually to DoDEA for the cost of reimbursable support done on behalf of DoDEA. Qualifying expenses are reviewed and approved by DoDEA. This revenue generated for reimbursable support performed enables AOSHS to provide a much needed and ongoing contribution to the legacy of schools, students, and employees who have served the nation around the globe.
To continue the work AOSHS is doing, we need more members and we need more donations. Please contribute to the goals of AOSHS to preserve the history of DoD schools around the world. Please see the AOSHS website at www.aoshs.org.
AOSHS is dedicated to preserving history for American overseas schools. Your donation to establish a Memorial Fund will allow individual(s) who had or have an impact on the American overseas school history to continue impacting generations to come.
Currently only $25.00 is needed to open a Memorial Fund to commemorate an individual(s) or group. It remains open for six (6) months to receive donations for a specific Fund. After this timeframe, you will be contacted to discuss the options of a Commemorative Tile that corresponds to the monetary amount in the Fund.
Our Commemorative Tiles are currently available and physically located in the AOSHS’s archival office as an in-person remembrance. These Tiles are shown in the photos that follow. All Tiles can be purchased using the monies from any Memorial Fund or purchased directly by any individual or group.
The following are the different price levels to buy while they are still available.
Eventually, there will be no more space for these Tiles. Soon AOSHS will be offering an online Memorial Program that will keep legacies alive in our virtual world. The specifics about this new digital program will be announced very soon.
* Complimentary memberships are offered to those who contribute artifacts or memorabilia to the museum.
Membership in AOSHS has been fairly steady over the past year. Currently there are 923 individuals who have joined the organization (only 369 of which are paying yearly dues since 543 are life members). AOSHS is a non-profit organization that is supported by memberships and donations from folks around the world. From the start-up of the organization, Dr. Tom Drysdale had a vision of keeping the memory of overseas education of military dependents alive and able to be shared. We have a tremendous story to be told! This past year has been an inspiration due to the new virtual access of thousands of archived pieces of memorabilia, yearbooks, and documents. In addition, the upcoming museum grand opening will take place in the near future in Wichita, Kansas. Never before has there been so much to be proud of and so much to share.
Which brings us to our plea… WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you are a new member, thanks so much for joining us and if you have renewed your membership, that is certainly appreciated. But now it is time to promote memberships and needed donations to friends, acquaintances, family, and others who may be interested. As members, you know “the story” and you are considered an integral part of this organization. Since we are all volunteers, your participation is critical for spreading the word and encouraging others to become members and explore the many archived items. Membership fees and especially donations (financial and artifacts) are required to ensure the AOSHS organization succeeds and thrives. Help us to “TELL THE STORY” and keep our history alive.
Thanks for your continued support!
In closing, I am sure you were impressed with the progress made by the AOSHS Board of Directors. The fundamental basis for our progress is totally dependent on the financial support of our membership and the partnership with DoDEA. Your donations have been used wisely and we will continue to do so as we accomplish our goals. The bottom line is we need your financial support. I am closing out my term as the President of the Board of Directors. I am excited about the progress! When I started, we had just paid the balance of our real estate properties. As I pass the gavel to the new AOSHS President, Linda Connelly, those real estate properties have been transformed into a museum and archives. With this transition, Linda will finalize the plans and arrangements for the Grand Opening of the AOSHS Museum and Archives.
AOSHS has come a long way since Gayle Vaughn-Wiles assumed the Presidency. Our entire organization is indebted for her perseverance and leadership. And now we look forward. The AOSHS Museum and Archives is scheduled to celebrate its official opening on Thursday, 15 April 2021. The opening is the culmination and the generosity of so many DoDDS educators located all over the globe, who have shared their stories, mementos, yearbooks, and yes…funding…to make this possible. DoDEA’s partnership has been both supportive and instrumental in helping us to reach this milestone. It is our hope that the current health conditions that are so troubling, will be mitigated in time for many of you to visit YOUR museum in Wichita. Thank you for your service and continued support of AOSHS! We have so much to celebrate…and so much yet to accomplish. I look forward to serving you as the new AOSHS President.