WAGS BOARD MINUTES 2021

 

WAGS Board Meeting Minutes
22 February 2021

The Watauga Association of Genealogists Board met about 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 22 February 2021 as an online Zoom session with Lisa Krekelberg as moderator. Board members present were Margaret Hougland, Sada Johnson, Jim Wilson, Janette Guinn, Wanda Manning, Linda Blanton, and Betty Jane Hylton. The minutes of the last WAGS Board meeting held on 2 February 2021 were approved.
Margaret expects to have the spring Bulletin Vol. 50 No. 1 ready to proof by the end of the week.
Wanda will contact those who have not renewed yet this year. A new member is Alana Masters. Betty Jane says she is also researching the Good family as she is and they are in contact.
Any questions we have can be forwarded to Lisa at JCPL.
Old Business
WAGS programs for 2021
April – Jennifer Randles
October – Judge John Keiner
November – Allen Jackson – if it is an in person meeting at JCPL
May –
June –
July –
August –
September –
Ideas discussed:
RootsTech – get ideas for programs from the presentations there
Roundtable on individual genealogy success– suggestion by Linda
Genealogy Series
JCPL – Universal Class – link on webpage
Brainstorming about increasing membership
Suggestions offered:
“Talk it up!”
Stress the benefits of membership: Bulletin, queries, programs, . . .
Lisa Louise Cooke – Animoto video for the Fresno, CA genealogy society
Get program announcements published in the JC Press and the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune.
How to research old houses
Mrs. McCowan’s tour
New Business
Budget for 2021
Treasurer Sada had emailed a Proposed Budget for 2021 listing the paid in 2020 and the allocated for 2020.
FGS dues? Betty Jane has heard nothing from FGS for two years.
Jim suggested we spend on really good programs.
WAGS has about $3600 in certificate balances and about $2900 in the business primary share according to the 01/31/2021 treasurer report.
Additional
WAGS needs to get an announcement to the newspapers that 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the association.
JCPL is celebrating their 125th year this year and have bricks for sale for $125 to be set in front of the JCPL. The bricks can have 3 lines with 20 spaces per line. A motion for WAGS to buy a memorial brick was made by Jim. It was seconded by Sada and passed. Betty Jane has the form to apply for one of these memorial bricks for WAGS which she will fill out and get to Sada to write a check to make the purchase.
JCPL is planning to move some of the magazines in the Tennessee Room to regular magazines area.
The library does not have the four DVD set of Bulletins. Wanda will take a complete set of the WAGS DVDs to JCPL.
The WAGS March 2 Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. will feature Judy Fambrough-Billingsley. Margaret will send out information about the meeting tomorrow.
Lisa stated the library employees are getting vaccinated and hope to be able to open JCPL by April or May or so.
The meeting was adjourned about 7:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Janette F. Guinn
Recording Secretary

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WAGS Board Meeting Minutes
30 March 2021

The Watauga Association of Genealogists Board met about 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 as an online Zoom session with Lisa Krekelberg as moderator. Board members present were Margaret Hougland, Sada Johnson, David Ownby, Janette Guinn, Etta Mays, Linda Blanton, and Betty Jane Hylton. The minutes of the last WAGS Board meeting held on 22 February 2021 were approved.
David Ownby was welcomed as the new Vice Chairman of WAGS.
Membership Report — Corresponding secretary Wanda had emailed her report stating that we now have 71 members. She included information from two new members. There were no book sales.
Treasurer Report — Treasurer Sada stated there would be no information until after 31 March.
Webmaster Report — Webmaster Betty Jane shared a website report printout showing views per day from 15 through 29 March with 184 views on 26 March, the day after Wanda announced the Bulletin was uploaded to the page. These were the only days shown due to an error message about the whole month not being up loadable.
Bulletin Editors Report — Bulletin editor Margaret reported the Bulletin has been uploaded to the WAGS website Members Only area.
Library News – Library Liaison Lisa expects the JCPL to be open to public meetings by October. April 19 the library will be open for grab and go items from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Tennessee Room will be open with limited seating for scan and copy – get and go. The computers will be available for 20-minute sessions at the start. The Friends of the JCPL will have their book sale in the front right side room. Wednesday 14 April will be a soft opening from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Friends of the Library. Roundtable will be held when the JCPL is open.
Old Business
WAGS programs for 2021
April – Jennifer Randles
October – Judge John Keiner
November – Allen Jackson – if it is an in person meeting at JCPL
May –
June –
July –
August –
September –
Discussion: Etta cannot reach DePew to ask about a presentation.
Margaret will contact Steve Watson, the gentleman who wrote the Bulletin article about Revolutionary War spies, to see if he could present a program.
Genealogy Gems by Lisa Louise Cooke would be an excellent choice for a program for May. Please log in to her website and review some of her Gems you think would be good. The logon is WAGS54US and the password is preservingthepast!2017.
Etta said Mel could call Tim Massey to see about having a program on Davy Crockett.
JCPL has new upgraded software to view microfilm there; that could be demonstrated. Also available is interlibrary microfilm loans.
Etta suggested genealogy societies during the pandemic by Genealogy Squad. Margaret will send the URL to all of us.
A roundtable discussion would be a good program after the library opens.
Increasing membership
No ideas offered.
Backup plan discussion
Board members, someone needs to know where all your WAGS board information and data are stored. Bulletin editor Margaret stated she realizes a different program needs to be implemented or purchased to create the Bulletin because the one she uses is very outdated.
Additional information
PayPal information is being sent to Betty Jane – this needs to go to treasurer Sada.
Kingsport Public Library will have a virtual presentation by Lori Thornton titled Branching Out: Online Family Trees on Tuesday 13 April from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Betty Jane shared we need to send short notes of support for the Washington County Archives in their effort to get the Washington County Deed Book A back from the Tennessee State Library in Nashville. Send the letters to our representatives Alexander, Crowe, and Hicks.
The meeting was adjourned about 7:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Janette F. Guinn
Recording Secretary

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