WAGS Board Meeting Minutes
12 February 2020

The Watauga Association of Genealogists Board met at 11a.m. on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 in the board room at the Johnson City Public Library. Board members present were Etta Mays, Betty Jane Hylton, Linda Blanton, Jim Wilson, and Janette Guinn. David Ownby was present as the Library Liaison. This was our first midday board meeting. The minutes of the last WAGS Board meeting held on 5 November 2019 were approved.
Treasurer Report – No report – treasurer absent
Membership Report – No report – corresponding secretary absent
Bulletin Editor Report – No report – bulletin editors absent
Webmaster Report
Webmaster Betty Jane shared a printout showing a spike of visits on February 9 – right after Wanda had sent the new password for the Members Only section.
Library News
Library Liaison David shared critical information about the 2020 Census which the JCPL is very involved in getting all to answer the questionnaire, for it means $1100 per person. JCPL now has the complete set of the Moravian Book Collection of 50 to 60 books. Two new books have been added to the Tennessee Room: Genealogy for Beginners and Preserving Materials Digitally. WAGS has access to the Jones Room for first Tuesday evening meetings through July.
Old Business
WAGS programs for 2020
March – Donna Cox Briggs and Ned Irwin – Washington County Archives
April – open meeting
May – Lori Thornton – ($100 for travel expenses)
June – Jennifer Randles – TSLA
July –
August –
September –
October –
November – Allen Jackson – who has a new book
July or September – David is in touch with Richard Cook – for a program on Oak Ridge
Etta – will get in touch with Mike Depew who teaches at ETSU
NOTE: JCPL – “Big Fish” – telling your story – 125th anniversary celebration May through June 2020
Great Eights/Surname Lists
These lists need organization and standardization. Put in Bulletin? Put on WAGS webpage in Members Only section?
New Business
Director at Large – position still open
Position of Webmaster – Make this person a WAGS officer, who now is Betty Jane.
Revision of Constitution and By-Laws – Etta will send out her combined document to the board members to evaluate.
The meeting was adjourned about 12:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Janette F. Guinn
Recording Secretary

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WAGS Board Meeting Minutes
2 June 2020

The Watauga Association of Genealogists Board met at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 2 June 2020 as an online Zoom session with David Ownby as moderator. Board members present were Margaret Hougland, Etta Mays, Sada Johnson, Betty Jane Hylton, and Linda Blanton, with Janette Guinn only listening. The minutes of the last WAGS Board meeting held on 11 March 2020 were approved.
Treasurer Report — Treasurer Sada shared the checking account report with $4438.79 in that account as of 31 May. PayPal balance was $426.67 as of 30 May.
Membership Report — Corresponding secretary Wanda had emailed a report stating WAGS now has 71 regular members. She shared the email addresses of the three new members. There were ten DVD sales and one book sale.
Bulletin Editor Report — Bulletin editors Sada and Margaret stated that articles are coming in for the next issue of the Bulletin.
Webmaster Report — Webmaster Betty Jane shared a website report printout showing views per day from May 4 through June 2. Lowest was 4 on 31 May and highest was over 50 on 21 May. She has posted information she thought others might find useful on the WAGS Facebook page, especially TSLA articles.
Library News — Library Liaison David stated that JCPL will begin curbside pickup and delivery on Monday 1 June since the JCPL has been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Program – TSLA virtual archives – will be digital in late summer or early fall. David is also waiting to hear from Mr. Cook. The 125th celebration of the JCPL community is expected sometime before or after January 2021.
New Business
FGS Renewal is $119 and is due by the end of the month. Is the amount based on the number of members? Betty Jane stated that the FGS conference is in Kansas City on September 2 – 5.
Old Business
WAGS programs for 2020
Lori Thornton – September – could do a virtual presentation
Richard Cook – maybe August – for a program on Oak Ridge – NOT a virtual presentation
Judge John Kiener – perhaps October? – have not talked with him yet – topic – court system?
November – Allen Jackson – who has a new book
That leaves July – ?Mike Depew – ?virtual program from his home?
PayPal status
WAGS website cost is $119.41 – pay out of PayPal? How much is DreamHost monthly?
Increasing Involvement in WAGS
Betty Jane and Wanda have been answering queries off the website and from emails. Some queries are made of Adult Services at JCPL and can be redirected to WAGS email. WAGS could have a virtual meeting to share with all members. Betty Jane reported she participated in a great virtual meeting with a Northeast Alabama group.
July Meeting
David will moderate another Zoom virtual meeting on Wednesday 1 July. An open general meeting will be at 7 p.m. and the board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Part of the meeting will be how to use the Zoom meeting platform. Margaret made a motion to this affect; Sada seconded the motion which passed.
Maybe the WAGS 7 July general meeting could be a virtual presentation by Jennifer Randles from TSLA.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Janette F. Guinn
Recording Secretary

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WAGS Board Meeting Minutes
1 July 2020

The Watauga Association of Genealogists Board met a few minutes after 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 as an online Zoom session with David Ownby as moderator. Board members present were Margaret Hougland, Etta Mays, Sada Johnson, Betty Jane Hylton, Lois Wetzel, and Linda Blanton, with Janette Guinn with audio – no visual. The minutes of the last WAGS Board meeting held on 2 June 2020 were approved.
Treasurer Report — Treasurer Sada shared the checking account report with $4484.16 in that account as of 30 June. PayPal balance was $461.03 with two membership payments totaling $34.36.
Membership Report — Corresponding secretary Wanda had emailed a report stating WAGS now has 73 regular members. She shared the email addresses of the two new members. There was one book sale. Margaret has sent a detailed welcoming message to the three new members from last month’s report.
Bulletin Editor Report — Bulletin editors Sada and Margaret report that 40 pages have already been contributed to the next Bulletin. Lois said she could write up fifteen DAR markers for the Bulletin. Betty Jane had taken some DAR marker information off the TNGenWeb page.
Webmaster Report — Webmaster Betty Jane shared a website report printout showing views per day from June 1 through June 29. Lowest was 8 on 18 June and highest was 38 on 22 June.
Library News — Library Liaison David stated that JCPL is still operating curbside only pickup since there has been no 14-day decline in coronavirus cases in our area. ProQuest is announcing that library users will have access beyond the library. JCPL does not have the proxy port because of the expense to set it up but perhaps McClung in Knoxville could be a partner. Margaret said the TSLA could also perhaps be available.
Old Business
WAGS programs for 2020
Mike Depew – no contact made
Anne G’Fellers-Mason – July virtual presentation
Richard Cook – no travel at all rest of year
August – share one of Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems videos??
David – Jennifer Randles – August?
David asked if we could put Genealogy Gems video behind password on members only section of the WAGS website.
Etta – has not been able to contact Mike Depew.
December WAGS meeting is usually a social.
Sada made a motion to donate $200 to Heritage Alliance in appreciation of the July virtual program by Anne G’Fellers-Mason. The motion was seconded by Lois and passed.
The Genealogy Gems membership is due by July 4 and is either $199 or $149.
New Business
Nominations committee for 2021 WAGS officers
Perhaps Jim and Tom can head this committee.
Suggestions from board
Use the membership list to invite to the virtual meeting July 7 and put meeting information on the WAGS webpage.
The meeting was adjourned about 8:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Janette F. Guinn
Recording Secretary

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