December 2005 Presidentís Report
By Ira Pollack
††††††††††† This month Iíd like to wish you good health and best wishes. Iím also hoping your holiday season will be good with all of your wishes coming true.
††††††††††† Iíd like to
update you on a project that has taken a long time to happen; in fact, it has
been a dream of mine which has come true. Iíve always felt very strongly about
publicizing our Museum - letting the public know what we have to offer and
especially where we are located. I had written and communicated some months ago
with the Connecticut State Department of Transportation requesting signage on
I-84 to indicate our Museum location and the proper exits to take to reach it.
(Earlier in the year, the state had erected a small directional sign at the end
of the exit ramps of Exit 5 and Exit 6 off†
†I-84 which were a big help if visitors already knew about our
Museum, and also which exit to take off of the highway.) To make a very long
story short, the DOT has graciously placed two very large brown ďPoint of
InterestĒ signs at exits 5 and 6 on the highway. This was a wonderful surprise
because I had been led to believe that they could be a long time in coming.
This is a great step for the Museumís publicity. We have already seen some of
the results during the few weeks since their installation. There are
approximately 20,000 vehicles passing through
††††††††††† Iíd like to extend my sincere thanks to John Carey and Joe Ouellette of the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton, for their support and success in this long-awaited project.
††††††††††† The next time you visit the Museum, try looking at our guest book. There are people coming here from many states and all over the world. In 2005, through October, visitors writing in the log book had traveled from 38 states and 13 countries. In 2004, over 20,000 people visited our Museum. It was very important that we have directional signage. They have made many positive comments about what we have and do here at the Museum. These are the things that make the efforts of us volunteers worthwhile.
††††††††††† We have
reached a time of the year when we reflect on the current yearís
†achievements and assess how close
we came to reaching the goals that we set for the Museum at the yearís onset.
We extend appreciation to our family and friends for the love, giving, sharing
and friendship that they gave during the year. This has happened throughout the
year at the