ILWACO - The annual meeting of the Ilwaco Heritage Foundation (IHF) is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, in the main hall of the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, beginning at 2 p.m. The museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco, between First and Williams Streets, one block south of US 101 and across from the post office. The public is welcome to attend.

The annual meeting will begin with a brief business meeting, during which the principal order of business will be electing members of the IHF Board of Directors. All current members of the IHF are invited to participate in electing members of the Board.

Following the business meeting, our program will be presented by BM1 Kyle Betts of US Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment. He will talk about rescues and operations of the Coast Guard on the Columbia River bar, at the invitation of IHF Board member Mark Dobney, recently retired commander of the National Motor Lifeboat School.

This promises to be an engaging and lively program, with video clips, and a full-gear outfit to demonstrate how motor lifeboat crews prepare for this dangerous assignment.

Please help us give Boatswain's Mate Betts a warm welcome on Saturday, March 27. The presentation will begin at approximately 3 p.m. (1500).

Also please join us for updates on our facilities development project at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum. The cover over the museum courtyard, the return of IR&N railcar Nahcotta, and the refurbishment of our institutional kitchen are simply the first steps in this process.

The IHF annual meeting is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served. Please call 642-3446 for further information or for directions.

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