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09 October 2009

The 2009 Annual Appeal

It was all hands on deck this week as volunteers folded, assembled, stuffed and stamped the 2009 Annual Appeal letter to members.

Like many non-profits, the society sends a letter at the end of each year to request member donations. The California Genealogical Society letter is always sent from the society president. This is Jane Lindsey's last year as president and as she notes "seeing the society in good financial health would be a wonderful 'retirement' gift."

The letter highlights several of the year's successes:

Strengthening our successful education programs. Over 120 participants attended genealogy classes offered in conjunction with the Oakland Regional Family History Center. More classes will be offered in 2010.

Providing quality seminars and classes with major speakers including NEHGS.

Bringing programs to members and communities outside the local area.

Utilizing new technology and communications. The CGSL blog was recognized as one of the top 25 genealogical blogs in the nation.

Improving publications. Members are receiving The California Nugget twice a year and the monthly eNews, to improve communication.

Creating valuable new publications, authored by CGS members, that will be revenue producing.

Providing refurbished computers in the library, thanks to generous member donations. We also improved our internet connection and speed by changing providers.

Hosting group visits to the library and offering presentations to community groups such as Rotary and Lions clubs, DAR and Colonial Dames chapters

Of course, it wouldn't be an appeal if it didn't end with a request and a call to action!
Can you help us keep up this valuable work by sending a donation to CGS? Please consider a financial gift to help the society refund the Endowment Fund and support operating expenses. You may write a check to CGS or use PayPal.

Please consider making a gift to our Annual Appeal.