General Meeting Minutes October 1, 2016
The meeting was called to order at 10am by President Marjorie Lowe. The invocation was given by Andra Vanarsdel. President Lowe led the group in the pledges to the US and Texas Flags
In the President’s opening remarks, she led a discussion of the motion to raise HGF dues from $20 to $25. The following was discussed and clarified:
- Family dues will be $35 beginning January 1, 2017.
- Anyone renewing before Dec. 31, 2016 will only pay $20 for an individual and $30 for a family.
- Any individual joining today will pay only $20 that will include membership for the rest of2016 and all of 2017.
The motion to raise the dues was made and seconded. It was passed on a voice vote.
The President then reminded everyone of the Nov. 5, 2016 meeting which is an all day seminar on DNA presented by Diahan Southard. If members wanted to order a box lunch for this meeting, they needed to complete the form located at the back of the room and send it to Sharron Newhouse by Oct. 24.
Approval of the Sept. 10, 2016 Minutes were postponed until the Nov. 5 meeting due to some members not being able to access the minutes on the website.
Treasurer Sharron Newhouse reported that HGF has $12, 244. 49 in their checking account and $8, 125.46 in their money market account for a total of $20, 369.95. Sharron also reminded everyone to pick-up a book mark with a listing of the HGF regular meetings for this year.
Membership Chairman Rae Bryant showed the group the new membership form that her committee had developed. She also encouraged members to renew early for 2017. When asked, she stated that HGF has about 160 members, but the number was constantly changing.
First VP Alan Leeds took over the meeting. He first asks for a show of hands of those who would be attending the lunch at Carmelita’s for our speaker after the meeting. He then introduced the speaker Allen Peterson.
Allen Peterson, CG, has authored numerous articles on British and US genealogy including many published in THE NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL QUARTERLY. He was the Director of the Katy, Texas Family History Center for 17 years. Mr. Peterson’ presentation was entitled “Found It Online; Must Be True: The Case of Plato Denney of Liverpool, England.” He used a case study approach to illustrate how to use various sources to prove or disprove something that you find on-line. In the course of trying to resolve the conflict of whether Plato Denney died in a ship wreck in 1772 or lived a long life dying in 1802, Mr. Peterson used books, newspapers, birth records, death records, city directories, tax records, letters, and journals of a variety of people who had come in contact with Plato Denney. Following his presentation, Mr. Peterson answered questions for 15 minutes.
Alan Leeds and the speaker distributed the door prizes.
Alan Leeds adjourned the meeting at 11:35am.
These are the minutes of the HGF Oct 1 General Meeting respectively submitted on Oct. 3 for review.