Volunteers and Donors Renovate Meeting House

By Wilma Jozwiak

Thir­ty-eight years ago, the Lan­dis Con­fer­ence Cen­ter (now known as the Meet­ing House) was com­plet­ed. Since 1985, the build­ing has been the home to Scout meet­ings, Star Par­ties, class­es and pre­sen­ta­tions, wed­dings, and memo­ri­als. Per­form­ers for our Lan­dis Full Moon Music Series dis­cov­ered its out­stand­ing acoustic properties.

The years have seen many improve­ments: a deck and, in 2013, new win­dows, floor­ing, and oth­er upgrades. How­ev­er, the years and Upstate New York win­ters have tak­en their toll. It became evi­dent that some seri­ous reha­bil­i­ta­tion was required.

The Meet­ing House ren­o­va­tion was the tar­get of our 2022 Annu­al Appeal, and those funds allowed the repairs to begin, but there was much – too much – to do beyond what those dona­tions fund­ed. Just this year, how­ev­er, the Nicholas J. Juried Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion pro­vid­ed a $40,000 grant for the pur­pose of ren­o­vat­ing the Meet­ing House. 

The Nicholas J. Juried Foun­da­tion is no stranger to fund­ing local projects. Mr. Juried grew up in the Schoharie Val­ley, and his foun­da­tion has used its resources to sup­port the county’s non­prof­its like the Jef­fer­son His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety and the Old Stone Fort. With those funds and the efforts of our team of con­struc­tion vol­un­teers, we were able to achieve our goal. 

The exte­ri­or ren­o­va­tions now are now near­ly com­plete: new win­dows, slid­ing doors, and sid­ing that match­es the emer­gency shel­ter annex, which was built with New York Ris­ing funding.

We are thank­ful for the many hours of time and exper­tise donat­ed by the con­struc­tion team. The core group includ­ed Peter Bakal, Shawn Bevins, Craig Blevins, and Lan­dis Board pres­i­dent Jim Paley.

Future improve­ment will be focused on the inte­ri­or, with new sun-block­ing shades, new tables and chairs, and a Smart Board and LCD pro­jec­tor, all of which will enhance pre­sen­ta­tions and classes.

Two snakes and one bat were evict­ed when they were dis­cov­ered as old win­dows were removed. We hope they’ve found suit­able accom­mo­da­tions elsewhere.

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Fall 2023

Volume 41 , Number 3

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