Starting our first fiscal year in January of 2005, the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization (SPSPO) had its officers in place: Mary Jordan, President; David Draper, Vice President; Lillian Holland, Secretary; and Bobby Dalton, Treasurer. A Board of Directors had also been elected: J.E. Pigg, Pasty Quesenberry and Carl DeHart. Committees were formed, and work began on basic infrastructural matters like heating-the two older wings of the Spencer-Penn School still used coal heat, while the lower wing used oil.
The Renovations Committee considered whether we should employ a project adviser. A group from the SPSPO had toured Montpelier, James Madison's estate near Richmond, and the project advisor there offered to take on our project, but could we afford him? Work continued to make the deadline to have the Spencer-Penn Centre placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the first step toward obtaining a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and Miek Pulice in Roanoke became one of our first angels, essentially writing the application.
The Fundraising Committee investigated holding antique consignment auctions and an antique fair open to vendors; they also worked on sales-tax exempt and 501(c)(3) status. We also planned a book drive to get the community library going. There were meetings, lots of meetings, not only with the SPSPO membership, but with area nonprofits and county officials, as well as telephone calls to state and federal offices to learn how to get this baby growing!