Minutes of the March 2014 General Meeting

President Darwin Thornton called the meeting to order at 1 PM.  He welcomed 64 members and 3 guests today.

During the “Wait ‘till You Hear What I Found” segment, stories were shared about using Genealogy Bank for its historic documents, not just its obituaries, and finding maiden names of female ancestors in small town newspapers; also, member Bill Armstrong discovered he is 12th cousins with astronaut Neil Armstrong.

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

  1. Pima County GS meets Saturday, March 15th featuring Pam Ingermanson on “Ins & Outs of FamilySearch.org.”
  2. Green Valley GS meets Thursday, March 20th with speaker Charlene Anzalone on the topic of “Irish Research.”
  3. SaddleBrooke GC meets Thursday, April 3rd – speaker not as yet announced.
  4. A special event sponsored by Pima County GS is scheduled for April 12 at 1 PM.  The topic is “Using DNA to Predict Inherited Diseases.”
  5. Upcoming events:  May 7-10, 2014 in Richmond, VA with the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference; and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference August 27-30 in San Antonio, TX.

The minutes of the Feb. 11, 2014 meeting were approved as posted on our website Feb.13th.

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


Membership – Russ Krecklow reports we have 151 members.

Ancestral Search – Barb Krecklow is back at the lab on Friday mornings and available to train monitors.  Next year’s Beginners’ Class, beginning in January 2015, is almost full.  There is a signup sheet and a waiting list at the back table.

Field Trips – Joan Eddy will help arrange transportation for members wanting to attend meetings and events in the area.

Hospitality – Shari Norris & Judy Fairchild – Many thanks to those who provided today’s refreshments. Volunteers are needed to provide goodies for the May meeting.

Display Case – Sue Huffer asks that members who leave for the summer and do research in their respective states, to let her know what they find.  Their discoveries could be used in a future exhibit.

Genealogy Room Photos – Karen Jonaitis says that the next display will feature Frances Rubino’s Irish ancestors.  If anyone has photos of their Irish ancestors, there is still time to get copies of them to Joan.

Library – Mike Carroll welcomes all suggestions from members regarding books to add to the library.

Programs – Karen Haider announced that the committee has so far planned programs for all but one month of the 2014-2015 season.

SIGs – Cleo Wolf:

-Family Tree Maker SIG is on hiatus but Karen Haider will announce when she is available at the Havasu Room for questions, probably one day a week.

-Legacy SIG meets Wed. March 19th at 1 PM in the room across from the lab. Topic: Sources.

-German SIG is on hold.

-DAR SIG is on hold until fall but Sue Huffer is available for questions. Contact her anytime.

-Mike Carroll is proposing a new SIG with the working title “Red Meat,” meaning the subject of proof in genealogical research.  There is a signup sheet on the back table.  Mike has some good books to draw from for discussion, for example, “Mastering Genealogical Proof.”


The Courtyard Sale is March 29th.  Chairman Mike Carroll has signup sheets at the back table for volunteers to price items on Friday afternoon (March 28th); to pack items in vans and hold them overnight, bringing the vans to the Courtyard Saturday morning for unloading; and to help in selling the donated items.  The timeframe is about 5:30 AM to noon – volunteers will be scheduled in shifts.  Donated items are still being accepted and stored at Carol Bowman’s – call her at 520-265-2058 to arrange drop-offs.


There are openings for Vice-President and for Board Member-At-Large.  Please contact Darwin for more information.

Nominations are requested for “Volunteer of the Year.”  Contact Darwin or any Board member with your nomination.

Darwin opened a discussion about whether to allow non-resident membership in the Club.  SCOV bylaws allow up to 20% non-resident members.  Jan Bahnson made a motion to allow non-resident members up to 15% with Helen Jennette seconding the motion.  After more discussion Karen Hasselbach motioned to amend the percentage of non-residents to 20%.  This was seconded by Bill Armstrong.  A vote on the percentage, by a show of hands, approved the 15% figure.  Following more discussion, the vote to allow non-resident members was defeated by a show of hands.

The speaker for the April 8, 2014 general meeting is Ann Eccles on “Irish Records.”

Today’s speaker is Amy Urman on the topic “Finding the Living.”

The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Margie O’Hare, Secretary

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