September Pot Luck Dinner meeting to Kick Off Year

Our WCGS September kick-off-the-year-meeting is a pot luck dinner like last year beginning at 6 p.m. next Monday (Sept. 19) at the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library. We will also hold one of our two yearly business meetings that evening. You’ll meet the new officers and committee chairman and have a chance to walk up and say you’d like to help on their committees and hear about some plans for meetings and events this coming society year. By the way, it’s okay to help on several committees if you have interests and skills in those areas. Remember, as for all our events, if you would like to bring a family member, friend, or other guest that would be great.

In order to coordinate what we need to bring, please contact Sally Allcorn, our Hospitality Chairman for the 2011-12 society year, and let her know what you plan to bring that evening. That’s to make sure we don’t get too much of the same items and come up short on others. Contact Sally at rsalcrn@peoplecom.net or 903-763-4191.

To those who live in other states, we realize that a trip from California or elsewhere at great distances might not be possible. However, if you are in the area, come on down. We would love to have a chance to see you and visit in person.

This Year’s Society Business — Dues Can Be Paid Now

Two important notices about the 2011-2012 Wood County (TX) Genelogical Society year beginning in September and the September 19 (at 6 p.m.) kick-off meeting and potluck dinner at the library:

1. Dues ($15 for individual members and $20 for family membership) are payable in September. You can bring them to the meeting or mail them starting now and through September to Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783. It is important to get them in as soon as possible so that we can start funding 2011-2012 society activities.

2. Officers and chairpersons for the year:
President – Ronnie Vance
Vice-President – Deason Hunt
Secretary – Shirley Patrick
Treasurer – Wayne McCluney

Chairpersons
Ways and Means – Ronnie Vance
Editorial – Deason Hunt
Membership – Shirley Patrick
Budget and Finance – Wayne McCluney
Requisition and Acquisition-Shirley Bates (co)
-Dorothy Harbin (co)
Publicity – Kathy Lutonsky
Obituary – Mary Ann Niswanger
Hospitality and Gift – Sally Allcorn

A number of members indicated they would like to work with the various committees. Now is a great time to contact the chairpersons and let them know what you are ready and willing to do in those areas.

WCGS Calendar July-August 2011

This is the calendar for the next two months — so far. Other items will probably be added and posted here and on our Facebook page. Check your email often.

July 18 (Monday)
>>>> 5 p.m. — Pre-training meeting at Peralta’s. (This is open to all members and guests even if you aren’t going to the training.)

>>>> 6:30-8:00 p.m. — Computer training at the Quitman Public Library. This week: Mousing, Mailing, and General Connecting (If you signed up and don’t plan to attend, let us know as early as possible. Also, if you have a wifi enabled laptop, don’t forget to bring it.)

August 3 (Wednesday)
>>>> 8 a.m. — Setup tables, chairs, Canopy

>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 4 (Thursday)
>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 5 (Friday)
>>>> 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Genealogy Workshop (open to members and the public) at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library by national genealogy expert and speaker George G. Morgan.

>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 6 (Saturday)
>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth (and close down booth)

This is one of our biggest and busiest weeks of the year. Please plan to volunteer to help if at all possible. More details on the Friday workshop will be out soon.

You can volunteer for times and tasks with an email to wcgstx@gmail.com. We will put a sign-up sheet in the library soon, and bring one to the July 18 meetings.

Handbell Group, Officer Election at May Meeting Next Week

The Golden Bells, an ensemble of handbell players at the First Methodist Church of Quitman, will entertain at the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society regular May meeting next Monday, May 16 with a program of old folk tunes, some hymns, patriotic tunes.

The society will also elect officers for the 2011-2012 society year at the meeting which begins at 7 p.m. at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library.

The pre-meeting gathering (optional but open to all members and guests) at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant will be at 5:30 p.m. rather than the normal earlier time for this month only. Also, the pre-meeting help period for members and public desiring help getting started on their family tree or overcoming brick walls will not be held at the May meeting.

March Minutes & March/April Treasurer’s Report Posted

Minutes of the March 2011 meeting and the March/April Treasurer’s Report have been posted on the member-only page.

Allen Brings Back Song Memories

Pat Allen of Mineola entertained and took members of the society and guests back many years in our memories with banjo and fiddle songs which would have been familiar to our parents and grandparents and other early settlers.

Pat Allen fiddling tunes at the April meeting

Pat Allen shared "old timey" music


Members of the audience could be seen tapping their toes in rhythm to the old familiar tunes as Pat explained the role that “making their own” entertainment played in the lives of folks before we had all the electronic gadgets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

A survey of members was taken at the meeting to see who would be interested in computer lessons starting at the regular meeting times in June, July, and August as well as an interest survey of which jobs members might like to do in helping the society meet its goals in the 2011-2012 society year. Payment for room use in the summer months was also approved at the meeting. Details concerning both the surveys will be compiled and shared in the coming months.

It was also announced that to accommodate the meeting plans of the Retired Teachers Association on our meeting night in May, the fun meeting at Peralta’s would be moved that one time only to 5:30 at Peralta’s. The 6 p.m. research help session at the library will be cancelled that day, and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. as usual.

Allen to Perform “Old Time” Music April 18

Pat Allen playing the fiddle

Pat Allen


A program of old time music will be brought to the next Monday’s Wood County, TX. Genealogical Society April meeting by Eugene “Pat” Allen of Mineola. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library. The public is invited.

Free help is available with getting started on a family tree and for genealogy brick walls for members and the general public starting at 6 p.m. at the Shamburger Room and will also be available after the program if time permits.

Members and guests are also welcome to the pre-meeting gathering for dinner and conversation at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman.

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