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14 June 2018

Strategic Planning Committee Update



Chris Pattillo of the Strategic Planning Committee reports:

Since December 2017 a small group of CGS members has been meeting monthly to create a strategic plan for our society. The group includes President Vicky Kolakowski, Past President Jane Lindsey, board members Stewart Traiman, James Russell and me. Past President Linda Okazaki and member Marisela Meskus have also contributed.

In January and February Stewart and I met with representatives from all but one of CGS’s active committees. Our purpose was to solicit input on what is working well with the society and to hear ideas about what we could be doing differently. That series of interviews netted 106 specific suggestions, which were then ranked by the committee members to identify top priorities. 71 suggestions were ranked No. 1 or No. 2. 

To help focus our efforts we developed this mission statement for the strategic planning committee: 

The Strategic Planning Committee will devise a plan for the California Genealogical Society’s continued success. To insure the longevity of the California Genealogical Society and Library by identifying the society’s and members’ needs then creating a plan that will address those needs. Goals will be set for 1, 3, and 5 years that will be implemented by Committee members, Board Members and volunteers.

The committee identified 8 specific things to focus on and developed specific proposals for how to achieve them. These include:
  • A plan to update our website
  • A proposal to create a Member Interest Database
  • A plan to host webinars
  • A formalized training program
  • An update to our organization chart that better reflects how the society functions
  • A proposal to update our membership fee structure
  • A proposal to charge for some classes
  • A proposal and schedule for implementing the Strategic Plan
We received input on these proposals from the Board of Directors at the May and June meetings. The timeline is to present the final report to the Board at the September meeting. Implementation will begin immediately thereafter for a proposal approved by the Board.

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06 June 2018

Last chance to join the trip to Allen County Public Library


Curt Witcher and Jane Lindsey at the ACPL in 2015

Only a few spaces are left for our August 16-22 trip to the amazing Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Deadline to sign up is June 15!

For more than 10 years, CGS has organized research trips to ACPL, the largest public genealogical library in the country. You can browse the ACPL website to get a sense of what it has to offer. The library offers access to over 513,000 rolls of microfilm and 55,000 compiled genealogy volumes, privately published family histories, an impressive collection of state and territorial censuses, and many other unique resources. It’s an invaluable repository for genealogists, and for those with family roots in Indiana, it's one of a kind.

This year, past president Jane Knowles Lindsey leads intermediate-level researchers in a new format: participants will do independent research but have the opportunity to network with others during the week.

This year’s trip runs concurrently with the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. We have hotel rooms set aside for CGS members who wish to go to just the conference.

But the deadline to reserve your spot or hotel room is fast approaching! Contact Jane Lindsey by June 15 to confirm.

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02 June 2018

In Memoriam: Dorothy Ann Koenig, 1933-2018


Photo: Facebook
We are sorry to report the passing of longtime CGS member Dorothy Ann Koenig of Berkeley. Dorothy was an expert in the genealogy of colonial New York. She published the quarterly New Amsterdam Connections from 1996-2006, and generously donated many books on early New York to the CGS library. She was a Bay Area native, a retired UC Berkeley reference librarian, a former nun who lived 9 years in Tanzania,  a polyglot, and a lifelong learner. Her obituary, which details more of Dorothy’s remarkable life, can be read here.

A memorial service is planned for June 16 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Albany.

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