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ANCESTRAL TRAILS HISTORICAL SOCIETY (ATHS)
FINANCIAL STATUS REPORT
An Important Message from Your Board of Directors
 Our monetary reserves and very generous donations from our membership have enabled us to maintain our services without raising our dues or book prices. But our reserves are rapidly dwindling to the degree that we must act to remain financially solvent.  Your ATHS Board of Directors is now considering several options to ensure we can continue to operate and provide services to the level our membership has come to expect. 
 Our sources of income are membership dues, book sales and donations. Our income enables ATHS to publish new books every year and maintain our research library that serves researchers on site, Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, as well as research queries via telephone and email.  Our members reside in 35 different states and visitors to our library and annual book fair come from across the United States to avail themselves of our genealogy/history resources and expertise.
 The cost of maintaining and operating our research library includes telephone, book purchases, internet service as well as those miscellaneous supplies related to office operations.  Our library has a group of dedicated volunteers for whom we are grateful.  Thanks largely to the generosity of our members, we recently acquired a microfilm reader/printer for use by our patrons and library staff.  This equipment allows access to our several hundred microfilm reels of deeds, marriage, probate and settlement, circuit and county court records as well as newspapers pertaining to Hardin and several other KY Counties.  We have seen a significant increase in library visits since the acquisition of the microfilm reader/printer. 
 Our quarterly publication, Ancestral News, consists of 60 pages of articles addressing history and genealogy of our Kentucky family of counties (Hardin, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, Jefferson, LaRue, Meade, Nelson as well as Harrison County, Indiana) as well as other Kentucky Counties.  Our annual membership dues of $20.00 are intended to cover the cost of the quarterly and have remained the same for several years.  With the increased cost of printing and mailing, dues no longer cover the cost of printing and mailing our quarterly.  Your ATHS Board of Directors is now considering a few options to ensure we can continue to operate and provide quarterly publication services to the level our membership has come to expect.  Those considerations include raising dues, reducing the number of pages presented in the quarterly and perhaps securing a sponsor from the business/professional community to cover the cost of one or more quarterlies – or any combination of the afore noted.
 Historically, our book prices have been significantly less than those of our sister societies in our Kentucky family of counties.  We switched book printers last year to keep our printing costs from nearly doubling.  As other book publication costs have increased over the years, we have tried to absorb much of those increases rather than increase our retail book prices.  That practice is no longer feasible.  Effective July 1, 2019 we are increasing most of our book prices.   Even with the price increases, our books will still be competitively priced with our sister societies.  If you have ATHS books that you have wished to purchase but have not to date, we encourage you to do so prior to July 1.  A book order form is included in this quarterly for your convenience.  Any book orders postmarked June 30, 2019 or earlier will be processed using the retail prices in effect as of this Summer 2019 quarterly.    We must return any book orders postmarked July 1 or later if a pre-July 1, 2019 book list is used to compute the order total.      
 Your ATHS Board of Directors takes its fiduciary responsibility very seriously.  In that regard, we would appreciate your input, whether suggestions or comments. Please email (athslibrarian@outlook.com), call (270-982-0881 & leave a message), or mail (ATHS, PO Box 1796, Elizabethtown, KY 42702) all to my attention.   We will keep you informed as our decision process continues.  Thank you all for your support!


Carol Stromatt, President
With support of your Board of Directors
Ancestral Trails Historical Society

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