The Lawson Center Elects New Officers



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The Lawson Center for Boating Heritage on Lake Chautauqua elected new officers to guide its progress for the next two years. Outgoing President David Wesp turned over the “helm” to David Bargar of Lakewood, NY at the August board meeting.

David Bargar brings almost forty years of successful executive experience in a variety of industries and deals in Western New York real estate and manufacturing.

As Trustee and incoming President, Mr. Bargar’s vision is to focus on the programming and educational missions of The Lawson Center. “These goals will continue to be guided by Trustees using a sustainable business plan,” Mr. Bargar said, “The Lawson Center is pleased with the fabulous support and growing membership base. All the tireless volunteers and trustees will continue the growth of The Lawson Center as a Chautauqua county educational asset and focal point in the Bemus and WNY community.”

Patricia Baldwin or Bemus Point and Dallas TX is the new Vice-President. Involved with The Lawson Center since its beginning as a volunteer, Board member and Board Secretary, Mrs. Baldwin provides four decades of experience in international business analysis in various high-tech industries.

Mary Hutchings, who lives in the Pittsburgh area when not at her home on the lake, takes over the role of Board Secretary. Mrs. Hutchings recently retired from the Naval Nuclear Laboratory where she was the department manager of Acquisition Management for the laboratory.

When asked about her new position, Mrs. Hutchings said, “I am excited about the progress The Lawson Center has made since opening in 2012, and hope that the growth of the museum climbs at a rate that allows us to continue to meet the mission of educating the community and exhibiting information about boating and Chautauqua Lake.”

The position of Treasurer is now in the capable hands of Dick Johnson, of Ashville, whose successful background in business computer software design, consulting and accounting is an excellent fit for the board. Mr. Johnson commented that “The Lawson Center is in excellent fiscal shape, and I intend to keep it that way.”

The new board also re-elected David Lipsey, David Graper, Bill Locke, Joseph Mitchell and Sharon Graper as trustees. David Lawson Jr. remains a lifetime trustee.