Luana Darby, our association president started the evening with an overview of how the society is doing and the status of all the committees and projects that UGA is working on.
Wilma Adkins, UGA treasurer, then presented the society with the annual financial report. Although we sustained a loss for 2009, due in part to several investments in future programs and in the NGS conferences last April, Wilma hinted that these investments were well worth it. Come out to the banquet next year to find out just how successful NGS was for UGA. Boy was it!
Then, in one of the highlights of the evening, Barry Ewell presented the plans for the Virtual Chapter and the Genealogy Training and Tutorial library that the education committee has been working on this year. Stay tuned for more information on the Virtual Chapter.
And for the main portion of the evening, we were delighted to be able to hear Mark Lowe speak about "Pitfalls, Pratfalls, and Loud Mouth Children" He talked about his childhood and how he gained his interest and love for genealogy. While traveling in the car with many other siblings, he was usually put on the floor in the front seat by his mother's legs. While traveling to the family reunions he would ask his father and mother about their lives growing up. Many times this led to great stories about other family members. Mark says he was such a curious young child, which led to many questions about aunts, uncles, grandparents and other family members.
He shared the importance of knowing your family history, even at a young age. Even though family reunion season is over, this winter is a great time to start planning your next family reunion. Reunions are some of the best places to learn more about your family and the traditions which have been passed down into your own families today.
Finally, the door prizes were passed out by our venerable team of Vanna Whites, Christy Fillerup, Janet Hovorka, Luana Darby and Adele Marcum.
Again a big thank you to our door prize contributors:
- Genealogy Gems Podcast for a Premium Membership to the podcast
- RootsMagic for a copy of Family Atlas, Personal Historian, RootsMagic and the book Getting the Most out of RootsMagic.
- Legacy Family Tree for a copy of Legacy and the accompanying book.
- Heritage Collector for a copy of the book and CD/DVD Create a Family History
- Paul Larsen for a signed copy of Crash Course in Family History 4th ed.
- Family History Expos for two copies of Christmas Memories: capture a memory storytelling workbook.
- Generation Maps for two $50 gift certificates.
- FamilySearch for two shirts and a leather portfolio and pen.
A great time was had by all. Watch the blog for more UGA events where you can come associate with people who understand your genealogy passion.