Over 20 years ago a group of Norwood community neighbors founded the Norwood Area Historical Society. Since then the group has grown in size and accomplishment. Early fund-raising and donations allowed the society to publish a book of Norwood’s history 2001 and purchase the 1890 school house in the village as a headquarters in 2004. Much work was required in establishing the society and a historical presence in the community. Beginning in 2006, those efforts were recognized through the presentation of a Volunteer of the Year Award.Over the years many members of the society have helped honor and restore the historical aspects of life in Norwood and been recognized by the society. Each year the past winners propose and vote for the person or persons who have made a difference in the present year. The winner’s name is engraved on a plaque.In addition to our thanks and their name on the plaque, the winner receives a gift from the society and a traveling trophy to take home for the year, a tile of the school. They also have the honor of organizing and preparing for the presentation the following fall at our annual potluck.
Our winner for 2015 is Sandy Miles, a newer member of the society but she has already had a great impact on our operations. Sandy has served a term as secretary of the Norwood Area Historical Society and helped maintain the website. She also stepped up to serve simultaneously as treasurer this last year, and besides keeping the books and governmental filings done, has paid the bills and mailed the correspondence. She has participated in the Hunters Lunch and the making of the Norwood Needles quilt and actively sold raffle tickets. She also has provided treats for our meetings as well as nuggets of local history that she has researched in our archives. She presented a Summinar program on the Norwood Census.
Sandy has also contributed to the community by using her technical talents to develop a data base of Norwood Cemetery lot sales and burials for Norwood Township, and a data base for maintaining the inventory of the society’s holdings. She is also active in the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts.
Thank you Sandy for your enthusiasm and for being such a helpful, dependable, supporter of the Norwood Area Historical Society and sharing your many talents with us.