Minutes of the February 2014 General Meeting

President Darwin Thornton called the meeting to order at 1 PM.  He welcomed 65 members and 4 guests today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Details for the below events can be accessed from our club’s website.

  1. Pima County GS meets this Saturday, Feb. 15th featuring Jodi Strait on “Verifying Your Sources.”
  2. SaddleBrooke GC meets Thursday, March 6th at 1 PM.  Kathleen Stewart Goodrich will present “Everything I Know about My Family’s History I Learned from Nancy Drew.”
  3. Green Valley GS meets Thursday, March 20th.  Charlene Anzalone’s topic is “Irish Research.”
  4. The annual National Genealogical Society Family History Conference gathers May 7-10, 2014 in Richmond, VA. (NGS)
  5. The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference is Aug. 27-30 in San Antonio, TX. (FGS)

The minutes of the Jan. 14, 2014 meeting were approved as posted on our website on Jan. 16th.

The January 2014 Treasurer’s Report, posted Feb. 3rd, will be filed for audit.


Membership – Russ Krecklow reports we have 146 members.  2014 dues are still being accepted.

Ancestral Search – Barb Krecklow announced that 3 new monitors have been trained.  The Genealogy Room is now open on Saturday mornings when monitors are available.  The signup calendar for monitors is at the back table.  This year’s Beginners’ Class is almost completed.  Barbara will accept signups for Beginners’ Class 2015, which is scheduled for Jan/Feb 2015, Fridays, from 1 – 4 PM.

Field Trips – Darwin standing in for Joan Eddy stated there are no scheduled field trips, but suggested that members may arrange carpooled trips to the Family History Library in Langley or other locations.

Hospitality – Shari Norris & Judy Fairchild –Thank you to those who provided today’s refreshments.  Volunteers are needed to bring goodies for the April & May meetings.

Display Case – Sue Huffer said the “Family Skeletons” is currently on display.  For the next exhibit, she asks for someone who is willing to share their family tree.  Her committee will assist in illustrating it.

Genealogy Tree Photos – Darwin standing in for Karen Jonaitis stated that 4×6 photos of members’ ancestors, with identifying information attached, can always be placed in Karen’s drawer in the Genealogy Room, for future display.

Library – Mike Carroll suggested that members are welcome to send in book reviews, positive or critical, of books they have read or used for research, whether the items are in our library or not.  He is happy to post such reviews on the Club website.

Programs – Karen Haider announced that the October 2014 general meeting will feature the topic “Break Down Your Brick Walls.” A potential future topic on DNA and genealogical research is in the planning stage.  Also, if any member has ever hired a professional genealogist or done genealogical research in foreign countries, she would like to hear from you about your experiences.

SIGs (Special Interest Groups) – Cleo Wolf announced that the Legacy SIG will meet Wed. Feb. 19th from 1-3 PM in the room across from the Genealogy Room.

-Darwin reminded members that we are welcome to form a SIG if the need or interest is there; at this time, a coordinator for the German SIG is needed.

-Frances Rubino verified there is no longer an Irish SIG, but mentors are available.

-Sue Huffer had two announcements regarding DAR:  on Thursday, March 6th, SIG members will be in the Genealogy Library at 1:30 to answer DAR-related questions and to provide research guidance.  Secondly, this Thursday, Feb. 13th, from 12:30 – 4 PM, there is a DAR meeting at the Wheeler-Taft Library in Marana where the topic “Tucson’s Role in The Revolutionary War” will be discussed.


  1. The SCOV Courtyard Sale is Sat. March 29th. Mike Carroll has volunteered to chair the event for our Club’s table.  Mike needs the following:  volunteers with vans/pickups to load & transport items from Carol Bowman’s garage to the Courtyard at 5:30 AM the morning of the sale; volunteers to price donated items at Carol’s garage the Friday afternoon before the sale; people to help unload items the morning of the sale; and people to help with sales at the Club’s table.  A signup sheet for volunteers is at the back table.
  2. Darwin reported the Club Fair a success.  Board members talked with lots of people and handed out several membership applications.
  3. The computer lab in the Genealogy Room is now officially open on Saturday mornings when monitors are available.  The lab is open this coming Saturday.
  4. The Mentoring Program is viable.  Darwin asked for mentors in German research. Frances Rubino volunteered to mentor the subject of Microsoft Publishing.


A member announced a worthwhile destination:  The Museum of the Horse Soldier, near Tanque Verde/Kolb Road, in Tucson.  Hours are 11 AM – 8 PM, Wed thru Sun, $3 admission fee. One can research the history of the U.S. Military’s mounted services.

The speaker for the March 2014 general meeting is Amy Urman on “Finding the Living.” Urman is a private investigator and the current president of the Pima County G.S.

Today’s speaker is David Fryxell on the topic “Military & War Records.”

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Margie O’Hare, Secretary

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