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22 January 2011

What you Missed: Annual Meeting 2011

Things were hopping at the library on Saturday, January 8, 2011, as approximately fifty members gathered for the annual business meeting, a used book sale and a reception to honor our volunteers.

Arlene Miles and Henry Snyder organized the book sale which was staffed by members of the library committee. The sale netted more than $700 for the library.

President Stephen Harris called his first annual meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. He welcomed the members and noted that the society has much to celebrate as we start another year. The minutes of the 2010 Annual Meeting were approved.

Nominating Commitee Chair Jane Lindsey presented the slate for the board of directors for 2011. Laura Lee Karp, Pat Magnuson and Jim Sorenson were nominated as new board members. Sandy Fryer, who was appointed to fill a vacated position in 2010, was nominated for her first term. All nominees for directorships were elected. Continuing on the board are Kathryn Doyle, Nancy Fike, Tom Gesner, Stephen Harris, Craig Manson, Christine Pattillo, Nancy Peterson, Lavinia Schwarz, Jeff Vaillant and Diana Wild. Jane Lindsey serves as Past-president.


Treasurer Sandy Fryer presented the 2011 budget which was approved by the membership. Laura Lee Karp, who is a Certified Public Accountant, will assume the duties of Treasurer. 

Activities of the various committees were reported by chairs Tim Cox, Kathryn Doyle, Sandy Fryer, Bill O’Neil, Chris Pattillo, Nancy Peterson, Lavinia Schwarz, Laura Spurrier and Lorna Wallace.

Of particular interest were statistics reported by Tim and Sandy. As Events Chair, Tim noted that the society held fifty-one events in 2010 with a total attendance of 746. Implementation of the online registration system has streamlined the process, saving time and greatly reducing the number of telephone calls coming into the front desk. Upcoming events scheduled for 2011 include sixteen confirmed lectures and workshops in addition to the bimonthly membership meeting programs.

Sandy Fryer shared statistics from the Membership Committee. This year the society added over 200 new members totaling a record number of 1,039. The overwhelming majority – 735 members – live in the Bay Area, 181 are from the rest of California and 127 live out of state. We have four international members.

Director Jeffrey Vaillant announced the acquisition of an additional 650 sq. ft. of space for the library. The new room will be used for media productions, seminars, webinars and membership meetings.
Past-president Jane Lindsey announced her new role as volunteer coordinator and displayed a poster with the names of 114 active volunteers contributing to the work of the society in 2010. The meeting adjourned to a volunteer appreciation reception.

Photographs courtesy of Tim Cox, Arlene Miles and Kathryn Doyle, 1/8/2011, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library


Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

As one of the 127 out-of-state members, I must say a big THANK YOU for sharing the proceedings and photos of the annual meeting. It really does make me feel like I'm part of the group.

Chris Pattillo, FASLA said...


This a good report on an excellent meeting well facilitated by President Harris.