General Meeting Minutes
April 1, 2017
Bayland Community Center
President Marjorie Lowe called the meeting to order at 10 am. The Invocation was given by Alexander Scott. Marjorie Lowe led the group in the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
President Lowe conducted the election of the 2017-2018 Board using the procedure outlined in the by-laws. She called up each person individually. After each person was named, she asked if there were any nominations from the floor. When there were none, a voice vote was taken on each individual separately. She did this for each office. All were elected by voice vote. The following individuals were elected:
President- Rae Bryant Rec. Sec.- Jackie Devine Historian-Mary Frances Townsend
1stVP- Alan Leeds Cor. Sec.-Marilyn Perry Director- Monica Andersen
2ndVP- Gay Dowdy Tres.-Sharron Newhouse Director- Becky Childers
THE RECORD Editor Jen Sansbury anticipates publishing the next edition next month. She is looking for articles for the Fall Edition and the Anniversary Edition.
Second VP/Membership Chair Rae Bryant shared that HGF has 140 members with 15 new this year.
Treasurer Sharron Newhouse gave the treasurer’s report. She noted that HGF had about $400 of expenses for the Sayre Event. HGF broke about even on the Sayre Event. She said the survey for the event for on the back table and that this survey and all future surveys would be used to plan future programs.
Recording Secretary Glenda Hayes ask if there were any additions or corrections to the March Meeting Minutes. None were given, so the minutes will be filed as printed.
First VP/Program Chairman Alan Leeds made the following announcements:
* Bear Creek Genealogy will have Phylliss Stehm on Thursday, April 13 speaking on “Taxes, Taxes, Taxes.”
* HGF’s next meeting is on May 6 and will feature Kelvin Meyers in an all day seminar. Lunch order forms are available on the back table.
* HGF will be taking today’s speaker to a nearby Cuban restaurant after the meeting. Anyone who wants to go is welcome.
Alan Leeds then introduced the speaker for today’s program, Mary Anthony Startz. She is an active member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as a National Vice Chair for the Units Overseas Committee and board member of the Lady Washington Chapter here in Houston. She is also NSDAR Texas chairman for the Spanish Task Force. Mrs. Startz is also a board member of the Order of Granaderos y Damas de Glavez which works to promote the history of Spain’s role in the American Revolution. Mrs. Startz spoke on “Researching Spanish Patriots of the American Revolution.” She began with a brief historical overview of Spain’s role using a timeline. She then discussed the people living in Spanish America who could qualify as patriots: Canary Island Recruits to Louisiana Infantry Regiments, members of the Galvez Expedition, Donativos, and Texas Cattle Ranchers and workers. Mrs. Startz informed the membership of THE CUBAN PAPERS which are located at the Clayton Library and are an invaluable resource for what went on in Spanish America from 1570 to 1820. She shared several examples of their value as a genealogical resource. Mrs. Startz’s presentation was followed by a question and answer period.
A door prize of John Colleta’s book “Only a Few Bones” was given.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:22 am.
These minutes of the HGF April 1, 2017 General Meeting are respectfully submitted by Corresponding Secretary Glenda Hayes.