Donald Gray-Donald stepped down as president of the Brome County Historical Society, leaving the institution he led for five years in much better shape than when he took over.

Visitors were up by 100% to more than 4,000 in 2017. The finances are solid with a surplus of about $800,000. A successful capital campaign and grants from Heritage Canada have enabled the Museum to turn the financial corner.

“This was our best year ever,” said Peter White, acting President of the Brome County Historical Society at their AGM on Saturday, March 3.

All the rebuilding projects are almost completed with the firehall to be ready in May 2018. “The buildings are good for at least another twenty years,” said Richard Santo in his report for the Building Committee.

There was a change to the bylaws relating to whether directors could also have paid positions or not. It was decided that directors would not be paid.

While Donald Gray-Donald stood down as president, he was re-elected as a director along with the following existing directors: Richard Santo, Armand Gaudet, Peter White, Chris Marks and Peter McAuslan.

The following new directors were elected: Gib Rotherham, Tommy McGovern, Patrick Lacroix, Allan Mass, Adèle Hébert and Gillian Eastley.

Peter White extended the gratitude of the board to the retiring Donald Gray-Donald and all the many volunteers.