Monthly planning meetings for the 40th Triennial Old Home Week started Monday evening with about 40 members of the Old Home Week Association on hand to hear brief reports from more than 40 committees during a 40-minute meeting.

Andy Everetts, president of the Aug. 3 to 10, 2019, celebration welcomed the group gathered in the multi-purpose room of the Rescue Hose Hose Co.

"Honor the past, encourage the present and grow the future," is Everetts' mission statement.

Everetts said he is honored to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, the late Tom Fox, and all the other Old Home Week presidents and wants to build on the success of the past 39 Old Home Weeks and make sure the celebration prospers into the future.

One way to do that is to welcome new volunteers and new ideas. A meeting for that purpose will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, also at the Rescue Hose Co.

People with ideas for new events will have five minutes to present them for consideration by the board of directors. Information should include who, what, when, where and a budget. In addition, new volunteers are welcome to help with the committees.

Reports from the committees Monday night indicated everyone is getting ready for the celebration. Some committees are are well along, while others will kick into high gear early next year.

"Bring it on, we can start tomorrow," said Greg Hoover, who is almost finished lining up groups for music on the Square."

"It will happen," said John Alleman, who is in charge of organizing the parade.

"We'll be ready," was the popular report from many other committee chairmen. More than 40 committees are involved in Old Home Week — ranging alphabetically from the alumni reunion to the window displays.

A few changes were noted, such as discontinuing the adult dances because attendance is down and seeking a replacement activity. A couple of committees need new chairmen.

Everetts said Bob Johnston is interested in having someone replace him as registrar at headquarters. It's like running a retail store, lost and found and information location for a week.

Whoever volunteers will have "a great coach and notes" from Johnston, who has a mailing list of 3,000 and tries to keep up with deaths and people who have moved.

Headquarters will remain in the Conn building in the northwest corner of Center Square, despite a change in ownership and use since the last Old Home Week. Dr. Carter Davidson, who purchased the building from BB&T, and Growing with Music, which now is located in the Old Home Week headquarters space, are willing to make room for headquarters, Jeff Shank reported.

The association will continue to meet at 6:30 p.m. the last Monday of the month, except December, through next July to plan the 40th Triennial Old Home Week. Anyone is welcome at the meetings.

For questions, contact Everetts at 717-729-7078 or president@oldhomeweek.org

Additional information can be found at www.oldhomeweek.org