Secretary – Nancy Mattson
Treasurer – Judy Bernetzke
Grundy County Director – Lea Sharp
Will County Director – Michael Vidmar
Additionally, Sharon Frank will serve as Past President, John Persic will chair Public Relations, Marilyn Boehner will chair Publications. The Special Projects Chair is vacant at this time. And now, for a shameless plug....We need someone to fill this position! As an appointed, voting member of the Executive Board, responsibilities include attending board meetings. The Chair will oversee the production of various special projects undertaken by the society, such as the creation of new publications from record transcriptions and extractions, assembling the materials into publication format, editing, proofreading, and submitting to the publisher. The Chair may also participate in those activities but it is not required. Please join us in this worthwhile endeavor. WGGS publications are a mainstay in numerous libraries and archives as well as in the personal collections of genealogists and family historians, throughout the region, state and country.
WGGS has been conducting a fundraiser for the Civil War's 100th Illinois Infantry Regimental Flag restoration and conservation project undertaken by the Joliet Area Historical Museum. WGGS set up a matching gift program whereby total donations up to $100 would be matched by WGGS. That goal was met! And then some! Thank you to all who contributed to this worthwhile project. A check will be forwarded to the organization to assist them with the project.
At the conclusion of the business meeting, members and guests sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed the lovely cake and ice cream.
And, finally, the much-anticipated program began, a very special treat arranged by Programs Chair Nancy Crilly. Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, C.G., is a noted author, lecturer, researcher and President of the Board of Certified Genealogists. Jeanne’s credentials also include conducting research for several genealogy-themed television programs as well as finding heirs for military casualties and estate searches. With the assistance of a Powerpoint slide show and syllabus, Jeanne presented Give Me...Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free: Immigration and Naturalization. Attendees learned about the history of the immigration process, from the earliest days of America to more recent times, changes to requirements and rules over time, what agencies and bureaus had responsibility during those various periods and how to conduct a search for those archives. With this new knowledge, attendees can greet their new research tasks with greater determination than ever.
WGGS hopes to bring more of this caliber of programming to our members, but it cannot be done without YOU. If you have not renewed your membership for the 2015-2016 society year, or if you are still thinking about becoming a member, please do it now. For only $20 for a 1 year basic membership, programming such as this can be brought to our local group. Your Society also provides the Quarterly 4 times a year delivered in electronic format straight to your email inbox, packed with local historical information, local genealogical information, society news and news from throughout the genealogical world, including digital. Where else can you get that kind of material and information for only $20? The WGGS membership form can be downloaded here, please print, complete the form and mail it with your check as soon as possible so you don‘t miss a thing!
Thanks for reading all the way to the end!
We hope to see you at the next meeting, September 12, 2015, Coal City Library, Coal City, Illinois 10:00 a.m., with Jane Haldeman presenting Dusting Off Those Old Court House Records.
Sharon Frank, Past President and Quarterly Editor