Activities & Plans Discussed at First Meeting of Year

Introductions of officers, program plans for Fall 2011, an activity for Old Settler’s Reunion week, and a possible fundraiser project were among the activities at the Pot Luck dinner kicking off the 2011-2012 Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society year September 19 at the Shamburger room at the Quitman Public Library.

A luncheon honoring those who have volunteered time and effort in support of the society activities will be held Monday, October 3 at noon at the Texas Tea Room. We will treat our invited guests to lunch, but the luncheon will be Dutch treat for members attending. It is important that local members who do not have schedule conflicts attend to show support for these folks.

The October 17 regular meeting of the society will be an obituary workshop. All members who have clippings of obituaries or who have been working on our newspapers collected for obituary searching are asked to bring all their papers and clippings to the 7:00 p.m. regular meeting that night. The usual social gathering at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant will be at 5 p.m., and the Shamburger room at the library will be open at 6 p.m. to help members or the general public with genealogy research questions. Materials also will be made available for beginners to family tree research at the same time.

The society will be responsible for the display case in the library lobby during October in recognition of National Family History month. If you have family history items to display, ideas for the display or would like to help, contact Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairs Shirley Bates and Dorothy Harbin next week before the end of September.

Plans were made to provide exhibits at the library during Old Settlers’ Reunion week next year which carry the theme of early families in Wood County. Also, planned was for the society to participate in a fund raiser during the Annual Highway 37 Garage Sale.

A committee consisting of President Ronnie Vance and Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Shirley Bates will work on adoption of criteria for a Distinguished Service Award for deserving members of the society.

Funding a Quitman Public Library subscription to Ancestry.com for use of the general public and members was discussed at the meeting. The biggest question about such a project revolved around funding and how to accomplish that. No motions were made, and further investigation is expected.

Officers and committee chairs were introduced. They are President Ronnie Vance, Vice-President Deason Hunt, Secretary Shirley Patrick, Treasurer Wayne McCluney, and these chairpersons: Ways and Means Ronnie Vance, Editorial Deason Hunt, Membership Shirley Patrick, Budget and Finance Wayne McCluney, Requisition and Acquisition Shirley Bates (co) and Dorothy Harbin (co), Publicity Kathy Lutonsky, Obituary Mary Ann Niswanger, and Hospitality and Gift Sally Allcorn.

President Ronnie Vance thanked all members who helped with the George Morgan workshop and Old Settlers’ Reunion Display

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.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Thanks to all of you who volunteer time and money (memberships and donations and books, and supplies, etc.) to keep our society going. Right now we have officers and committees doing things we can’t see to help us accomplish our group goals. Every bit helps whether its a short-time or long-range thing that you do.

For instance just recently we had members answering queries, meeting with visitor researchers in the library and over the telephone, sending suggestions and ideas for our organization and for resources for our members. Mark Reid, Barbara Nichols, and Vice-president Dorothy Harbin have recently been helping with researchers. Dorothy and Mary Ann Niswanger recently spent time working on organizing books and recording usage of books in our library. Shirley Bates is working on getting some publications out and ready for sale. The currently operating Nominations Committee (Barbara Coleman, Secretary Kathy Lutonsky, and Mary Ann Niswanger) and budget committees (Treasurer Wayne McCluney, Deason Hunt, and Ethel Kelley) are working behind the scenes to be ready for the May meeting. President Shirley Patrick looks for ideas for online resource links and examples of what other societies are doing and forwards them to the newsletter. And, recently webpage participants such as Bill Lukenbill, Doug McCreight, and Paula Randolph have joined in helping answer others’ queries. I know that I am leaving people out because we have just had a lot of work by groups like the Constitution Revision Committee (Ronnie Vance, Shirley Bates, and Wayne McCluney) and other service such as the help Sally Allcorn gave to Forever Young recently. We appreciate also people who move chairs and tables at meetings, who show up for our programs and business discussions and, not least, join us for eating at Peralta’s and helping other with research before regular meetings. Everybody who participates helps us be more successful.

We welcome suggestions, help, etc., and if you see something that needs doing, just jump in. We appreciate all your time and efforts. We’ll be suggesting things that people can do over the next few months to help out. If you see something you would like to do, let us know.

Printer-Copier Doing Great Work Again

Regarding our discussion at the November meeting: the Genealogical Research Center sheet-feed printer-copier is once again churning out good black and white copies. Thanks to member Shirley Bates for getting that taken care of for us.

Our Christmas Party Dec. 20th

The Wood County Genealogical Society Christmas party will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20 at President Shirley Patrick‘s Home. All members and their guests are invited. Holiday finger foods brought by members and other refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

Shirley lives at 323 CR 2377 which is the road that runs behind Alba-Golden schools. Those local and area members who don’t wish to drive (since the party will end after sunset) should contact member Shirley Bates at 903-976-7296 as soon as possible to arrange for transportation. She will match you up with a member near you who is driving that night. Maps to the Patrick home are available on the member-only site available by the link in the upper right corner of this page.

If you know of local or area members who do not get email or have access to the internet, please give them a call and a reminder about the party.

Covered Dish Dinner for Sept. Meeting

Next Monday (Sept. 20) at 6:30 p.m., the Wood County Genealogical Society will kick-off its 2010-2011 year with a covered dish dinner in the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library. We will eat, visit, and probably talk about some things that we might like to do this year. We hope that you will be able to join us.

It would be helpful if you would contact Dorothy Harbin ( 903-967-2458 – home, 903-571-4965 – cell, reddot77@aol.com) this week and let her know if you are coming and perhaps if you plan to bring meat, veggies, salad, dessert, breads, etc. Deason Hunt is bringing fried chicken and a dessert and eating utensils and plates. Dorothy is bringing iced tea and ice. Shirley Bates and Lahoma Clanton are providing a ham, Sally Allcorn a casserole and salad, Willie Kay Paredez unsweet tea and glasses, Vickie Petersen burritos. Those are all we’ve heard from Tuesday night. Remember, potluck means bring whatever you feel comfortable bringing. Also, if you would like to bring guests feel free to do so.

We won’t meet at Peralta’s at 5:30 p.m. this month only.

Also, MEMBERSHIP FEES for the 2010-2011 year ARE DUE IN SEPTEMBER. You may mail them to Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783
OR
you can bring them to the meeting next Monday night.

We look forward to seeing you next Monday where we’ll do social networking the old fashioned way: side by side and face to face.

I’m My Own Ancestor

Following up on a discussion while sitting at the booth at the Old Settlers Reunion and specifically an idea by member Shirley BATES, research revealed an old Ancestry.com library article about Family History Month ideas.

One article by George G. Morgan in his “Along Family Lines” column was for an “I’m My Own Grandpa” party. It fit in with Shirley’s idea for a costume party dressing like an ancestor. I wasn’t sure if I could duplicate an authentic 19th Century farmer outfit, but I could perhaps do one of the following ideas:

Bring an artifact or object an ancestor used or might have used if not an original.
Prepare and serve a recipe (and maybe give out a copy of the recipe?) handed down from an ancestor [nothing heavy just something that could be dessert, appetizer, or other finger food or drink — excluding moonshine, etc. :-) ].
Tell a story about an ancestor or ancestors.
Share a favorite story or song or music handed down from an ancestor.
Bring and display and/or tell about ancestors, ancestral places, etc.
Dress in period clothing, etc appropriate to an ancestor.
Or other ideas along these lines.

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