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GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL MEETING

September 24, 2013 - 1:00 P.M.

IRONWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY/MUSEUM - IRONWOOD, MI

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 1:00 P.M.  Board members present:  Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, and Tim Egan.  Absent with notification was Gail Speer.  Also in attendance was:  Margaret Livingston

Gary extended a warm welcome to all.

 

Introduced was Margaret Livingston who provided information regarding her knowledge of the surrounding areas.

 

Motion by Tim, seconded by Dwight, to accept the August 22, 2013 minutes as printed; motion carried.

 

There are three director vacancies.  There were no nominations from the floor.  There were no Write-Ins.  Ballots were counted with a unanimous vote for Gary Harrington to be re-elected.  Tim moved to keep our present and temporary officers for 2013-2014, seconded by Dwight; and motion carried.  Margaret Livingston volunteered to serve as a Board member and the present Board members unanimously agreed.  Welcome, Margaret.

 

Dwight reported that our bank statement indicated a balance of $1,252.44.  Diane moved, seconded by Tim, to file Dwight’s report for audit; motion carried.

 

Gary is in the process of preparing a Newsletter.

 

There being no further business, Diane moved and Tim seconded to adjourn at 1:33 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Diane M. Egan

Acting Secretary

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

AUGUST 22, 2013 - 12:30 P.M.

IRONWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY/MUSEUM - IRONWOOD, MI

 

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 12:30 P.M.  Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, and Tim Egan.  Absent: Gail Speer.

 

Agenda:  No Additions.

 

Minutes:  Motion by Tim, seconded by Dwight, to accept the May 15, 2013 minutes as printed; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  Poster from Northern Waters Genealogical Society announcing their September 3rd program.

 

Treasurer's Report:  Dwight presented a verbal accounting for May thru July 2013:

                        May                                                      Balance   $1,776.87

                        June                                                     Balance   $1,801.17

                        July                                                      Balance   $1,597.92

                        August                                                  Balance   $1,499.14*

            * Balance as indicated on bank statement

A motion by Tim, seconded by Diane, to file the report for audit; motion carried.

 

Committee Reports:

Research:  Gary has volunteered to take care of the obit requests.

Website:  Everything is running smoothly.

Programs:  Any suggestions for topics/speakers would be appreciated.

Newsletter:  A new Newsletter is “in the works” by Gary.

Obits:  Diane is current with inputting.

Membership:  Membership renewal notices are up-to-date.

Cemetery:  Dwight reported questions are referred to the proper offices along with the Mattson website.

 

Old Business:

 

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 24th, 1:00 P.M., at the Ironwood Historical Society/Museum to be followed by an Open Help Session – the Board members will be there to assist people with their genealogical research.

 

The Pioneer Recognition Program membership application has been placed on our website with no responses to date.

 

Suggestions for future programs and/or speakers would be appreciated.

 

New Business:

 

The Nominating Committee (Tim and Dwight) announced that Gary has volunteered to be placed on the slate of proposed Board members, which leaves two more persons needed.  The ballot will be placed on the website.

 

There being no further business, Diane moved and Dwight seconded, to adjourn at 1:27 P.M.; motion carried.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                                                                Diane M. Egan

                                                                                                Acting Secretary

 

ANNUAL MEETING:

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 – 1:00 P.M.

IRONWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY/MUSEUM

IRONWOOD DEPOT, IRONWOOD, MI

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL MEETING SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 – 11:00 A.M.
ELK & HOUND RESTAURANT – IRONWOOD, MI

 

Following a delicious lunch period, President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 12:15 P.M. Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini and Tim Egan. Absent with notification: Karen Bielawski and Gail Speer. Also in attendance were: Bruce Cox and Linda Harrington.

 

Gary extended a warm welcome to all.

 

Gary counted the ballots and announced a unanimous vote for the re-election of Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini and Gail Speer; each for a three-year term. Everyone expressed his or her congratulations.

 

Tim moved to keep our present officers for 2012-2013; seconded by Gary; motion carried.

 

The date of November 9th, 10:00 A.M., at the Bessemer Heritage Center was set up as a work day/move out day. The records, supplies, and all other materials will be removed from the premises as a budget-saving measure. Tim will contact the Hurley Historical Society to see if they would like the microfilm reader as their present one is in need of parts, etc.

 

Gary will be working on another issue of the Newsletter soon.

 

There being no further business, Diane moved, Dwight seconded, to adjourn at 12:45 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Egan Acting Secretary

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

AUGUST 20, 2012 - 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER - BESSEMER, MI

 

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M.  Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Karen Bielawski, Tim Egan, and Gail Speer.

 

Agenda:  No Additions.

 

Minutes:  Motion by Dwight, seconded by Tim, to accept the July 10, 2012 minutes as printed; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  (1) June-July Newsletter from Ionia (MI) County Genealogical Society; (2) Brochures from the Great Lakes Visitor Center for the Penokee Range and Art Exhibit.

 

Treasurer's Report:  Dwight presented a verbal accounting for June and July 2012:

June     Receipts  $70.00           Expenses   $50.00         Balance   $2,669.99

July      Receipts  $0.00             Expenses   $109.20       Balance   $2,560.79

A motion by Tim, seconded by Karen, to file the report for audit; motion carried.

 

Committee Reports:

            Research:  Karen reported the number of people requesting obits has slowed down.

Website:  Gail reported everything is running smoothly.  The Internet has changed the procedure

 of doing searches and she will check into how this may affect finding our website.

Programs:  Any suggestions for topics/speakers would be appreciated.

Newsletter:  During July, Gary put a Newsletter on the website – suggestions are welcome.

Obits:  Diane is current with inputting.

Membership:  Membership renewal notices have been sent for September.

Cemetery:  Dwight reported no activity at present.

 

Old Business:

 

The Pioneer Recognition Program was discussed and a membership application will be placed on our website.

 

A list of Marinesco, MI burials thru 1980 has been entered on the Find-A-Grave website by Gail.

 

Following a discussion of our cash flow situation, Diane moved and Dwight seconded, to sever the lease agreement with the Bessemer Area Historical Society by the end of 2012 and any office equipment and supplies owned by the Gogebic Range Genealogical Society be donated to other genealogical societies and/or historical societies or disposed of as the Board sees fit.  Motion carried.

 

The Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 27th, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., at the Elk & Hound Restaurant, Country Club Road, Ironwood, MI.

 

New Business:

 

The Nominating Committee (Karen and Tim) announced that Diane, Dwight and Gail have volunteered to be placed on the slate of proposed Board members, which leaves one more person needed.  The ballot and RSVP for lunch will be placed on the website.

 

Gary suggested a joint Open House be done with the Bessemer Area Historical Society in October and will check into the feasibility of this. 

 

There being no further business, Gail moved and Dwight seconded, to adjourn at 11:49 A.M.; motion carried.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                                                                Diane M. Egan

                                                                                                Acting Secretary

 

 

2012 ANNUAL MEETING:

 

 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 – 11:00 A.M.

ELK AND HOUND RESTAURANT

COUNTRY CLUB ROAD

IRONWOOD, MI

 

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Annual Meeting, at the Elk & Hound Restaurant, Ironwood, MI

September 22, 2011 11:30am

 

Following a delicious lunch period, President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 12:14 P.M.  Board members present:  Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Karen Bielawski, Dwight Filippini and Tim Egan.  Absent with notification:  Gail Speer.  Also in attendance were:  Bruce Cox, Carol Forslund, and Linda Harrington.

 

Gary extended a warm welcome to all.

 

Gary and Diane counted the ballots and Gary announced a unanimous vote for the re-election of Tim Egan for a three-year term.  Everyone expressed his or her congratulations.

 

Tim moved to keep our present officers for 2011-2012; seconded by Karen; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  Two copies of “Rockland, The Opera” and “The Rockland Season” booklets from Peter Van Pelt, Executive Director, Pine Mountain Music Festival, were donated.  One copy of each booklet will go to the Ironwood Historical Society and the Gogebic Roots Genealogical Society.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Dwight reported our income and expenses for August; leaving a balance of $3,843.14.  A motion by Karen, seconded by Diane, to file the report for audit; motion carried.

 

Gary welcomed the Board to celebrate the 2011 Holidays with a gathering at his home; more information will follow at a later date.

 

There being no further business, Diane moved, Karen seconded, to adjourn at 12:33 P.M.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

                                                                        Diane Egan

                                                                        Acting Secretary

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

AUGUST 10, 2011 - 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER - BESSEMER, MI

 

 President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M.  Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Karen Bielawski, Tim Egan, and Gail Speer.

 Agenda:  Approved as printed.

 Minutes:  Motion by Gail, seconded by Karen, to accept the May 11, 2011 minutes as printed; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  (1) Dwight provided an email dated 08/09/2011 indicating receipt and acceptance by the IRS of Form 990-N; (2) Federation of Genealogical Societies brochure for the Conference to be held in Springfield, IL on September 7-10, 2011.

Treasurer's Report:  Dwight presented a verbal accounting for May 2011 thru July 2011; leaving a balance of $3,946.73 in our account.  A motion by Diane, seconded by Karen, to file the report for audit and any outstanding bills are to be paid; motion carried..            

Committee Reports:

Research:  Karen reported that the volume of inquiries is steady.

Website:  Gail reported that everything is running smoothly and updating will be done today.

Programs:  Any suggestions for topics/speakers would be appreciated.

Newsletter:  Gary will prepare a Newsletter within the next week.

Obits:  Karen is up-to-date on replies and Diane has input obits thru August 8th, 2011.

Membership:  Membership renewal notices are sent one month prior to expiration with members added/up-dated on our active membership list as payments are received.

Cemetery:  Dwight reported no activity at present.

Nominating Committee:  Gail reported that Tim has volunteered to be placed on the slate of proposed Board members.

Old Business: The Pioneer Recognition Program was tabled.

New Business:The Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the Elk & Hound Restaurant, Country Club Road, Ironwood, MI, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Due to time constraints, there probably will not be a program. 

 

There being no further business, Karen moved and Dwight seconded, to adjourn at 11:00 A.M.; motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Diane M. Egan  Acting Secretary

NEXT MEETING:

ANNUAL MEETING –

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 – 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

ELK & HOUND RESTAURANT, COUNTY CLUB ROAD, IRONWOOD, MI

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

MAY 11, 2011 - 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER - BESSEMER, MI

 

 President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:30 A.M.  Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Karen Bielawski, Tim Egan, and Gail Speer.

 

Agenda:  Approved as printed.

Minutes:  Motion by Gail, seconded by Karen, to accept the October 6, 2010 minutes as printed; motion carried.

Correspondence/Announcements:  (1) Dwight distributed the items received over the winter months; (2) Announcement from the Northern Waters Genealogical Society of a Czech, Irish, and French Canadian Heritage program scheduled for June 4th at the Community Center in Presque Isle, WI; (3) Brochure from the Federation of Genealogical Societies for their Conference to be held in Springfield, IL on September 7-10, 2011; and (4) the various requests for information recently received.

Treasurer's Report:  Dwight presented an itemized accounting for October 2010 thru April 2011; leaving a balance of $3,908.74.  A motion by Diane, seconded by Gail, to file the report for audit.          

Committee Reports:

Research:  Karen reported that the volume slows during the winter season.

Website:  Gail announced an increase in her rates to $50.00 per hour.  Dwight moved, Karen seconded, that we keep our Webmaster at the increased rate of $50.00 per hour; motion carried.  Discussion on posting events held by other societies on our website was held.  Karen moved, Dwight seconded, that we post events being held by the Northern Waters Genealogical Society if they will advertise the obituary services done by Gogebic Roots Genealogical Society and also increase our Webmaster services by one hour per quarter; motion carried.

Programs:  June 11th at 2:00 P.M. will be a program on Immigration/They Came in Ships to be presented by Carol Williams and held at the Bessemer Heritage Center.  Set up will be at 1:00 P.M.  The Board will provide snacks and refreshments.  Topic suggestions for a September or October program would be appreciated.

Newsletter:  Gary has a Newsletter ready to placed on our website.

Obits:  Karen has received some payments in a “hit-and-miss” fashion and if requests are not paid for within three months, they will automatically be removed from the active list.  Diane continues to input the obits from the Ironwood Daily Globe.

Membership:  Membership renewal notices are being sent one month prior to expiration by Diane and the members are added/up-dated on our active membership list as Dwight receives payments.

Cemetery:  Dwight reported no activity at present and expressed his willingness to do rubbings or research if requested.  Gary will check into the availability of a special paper for doing tombstone rubbings.

Old Business: The cost of subscribing to Newspaper Archives will be sent to Dwight, who in turn, will reimburse Karen for this expenditure (a motion was made and seconded by the Board on June 2, 2010 to this effect).  Gary will draw up a rough draft for a Pioneer Recognition Program.

New Business:Payments for obit requests via Paypal are becoming more plentiful, but there is still some confusion as to the exact amount to be paid. 

 

There being no further business, Dwight moved and Tim seconded, to adjourn at 11:42 A.M.; motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted, Diane M. Egan  Acting Secretary

  

NEXT MEETING:

 JULY 13, 2011 – 10:00 A.M. – BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER

GOGEBIC ROOTS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

OCTOBER 6, 2010 – 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER – BESSEMER, MI

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:20 A.M.  Board members present:  Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Karen Bielawski, and Tim Egan.  Absent with notification:  Dwight Filippini and Gail Speer.

 

Agenda:  Approved with the addition of:  New Business – 1. Pioneer Recognition Program.

Minutes:  Motion by Karen, seconded by Tim, to accept the September 16, 2010 minutes as printed; motion carried.

Correspondence/Announcements:  An email from Andree Carlson (former Board member and Joe Carlson’s wife).

Treasurer’s Report:  No report.

Committee Reports:

Research:  See Obits.

Website:  All is working well.

Programs:  Diane will contact Carol Williams for the possibility of her presenting a program on Immigration/They Came in Ships at our May 2011 meeting.

Obits:  Karen reported there are 26 outstanding obits to be processed.  A discussion followed regarding free obit look-ups as part of membership benefits.  Diane in-puts current obits on a regular basis.

Newsletter:  Gary will be publishing one this month and welcomes any newsworthy items from the membership.

Membership:  Diane continues to send out monthly reminders.

Cemetery:  No report.

Old Business: Gary reported that births in the State of Michigan must be over 100 years old in order for the clerks at the Court Houses to look them up for you..

New Business: A discussion was held on establishing a Pioneer Recognition Program and this will be on the Agenda for 2011.

 

There will be no meeting in November.

Gary reminded the Board of the December 1st Christmas Celebration to be held at his home at 11:00 A.M.  The Board extended thanks to Gary and Linda for their generosity.

There being no further business, Tim moved and Karen seconded to adjourn at 11:22 A.M.

 

Respectfully submitted, Diane Egan  Acting Secretary

GOGEBIC ROOTS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL MEETING

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 – 11:00 A.M.

ELK & HOUND RESTAURANT – IRONWOOD, MI

 

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 11:35 A.M.  Board members present:  Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Karen Bielawski, Tim Egan and Gail Speer.  Also in attendance were Bruce Cox and Linda Harrington.

 

Gary extended a warm welcome to all.

 

A lunch break was taken.

 

Our next Board meeting will be October 6th, 10:00 A.M., at the Bessemer Heritage Center, in Bessemer, Michigan.  A Christmas get-together was discussed and through the generosity of Linda and Gary, this will be held on December 1st, 11:00 A.M., at their home.

 

Gail suggested the members be notified via email of our Annual Meeting and other events that may be planned.

 

Gary is in the process of putting together a Newsletter and if anyone wishes to contribute an article to send it to him.

 

After counting the votes, Gary announced the following Bylaw change was passed:

          ARTICLE VI:  BOARD OF DIRECTORS

                   Section 4.  Four Board members shall constitute a quorum.

 

Diane counted the votes and announced the unanimous vote for the re-election of Karen Bielawski and Gary Harrington for a three-year term each.

 

Tim moved to keep our present officers for 2010-2011; seconded by Gail; and motion carried.

 

There being no further business, Gail moved and Karen seconded to adjourn at 12:30 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Egan

Acting Secretary

 

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

August 4, 2010 - 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER - BESSEMER, MI

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M.  Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Tim Egan and Karen Bielawski.  Absent without notification:  Gail Speer.

 

Agenda:  Approved as printed.

 

Minutes:  Motion by Karen, seconded by Tim, to accept the July 7, 2010 minutes as printed; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  (1) Northwoods Genealogical Conference co-sponsored by Eagle River, Lakeland Area and Northern Waters Genealogical Societies will be held on September 11, 2010 at the Woodruff Community Center in Woodruff, WI; and (2) Gary and Karen summarized the various requests for information recently received.

 

Treasurer's Report:  Dwight reported the following activity for July:

                                        Income 

                        Dues    Obits    Donations                     Expenses                     Balance

                        $36.50  $236.00   $0.00                          $346.00                         $4,069.68

A motion by Diane, seconded by Tim, to file the report for audit.

                       

Committee Reports:

Research:  Karen volunteered to continue on in this capacity.

Website:  Continues to be working smoothly.

Programs:  A discussion was held on speaker/s for future meeting/s and at this point there are no definite arrangements for a speaker for our Annual Meeting.

Newsletter:  Gary has finished the July Newsletter and this will be placed on our website.

Obits:  Karen has received many requests for information and one contained approximately 50 names.  Diane continues to input the obits weekly from the Ironwood Daily Globe.

Membership: Diane is sending Membership renewal notices one month prior to expiration and the members are added/up dated on our active membership list as Dwight receives payments.

Cemetery:  Dwight reported no activity at present and the Board discussed the possibility of doing some work in the Ironwood Cemetery.

Nominating Committee:  Tim and Dwight reported that Karen and Gary have volunteered to be placed on the slate of proposed Board members, which leaves one more person needed.

 

Old Business:

 Gary will handle the reservations at Elk & Hound for our Annual Meeting.  Diane will send a copy of the Call to Meeting, Board Members’ Ballot, and Bylaw Change Ballot to Gary and Gail.  These will be put onto our website will the hope that all members will vote.

 

Our next meeting (Annual Meeting) is scheduled for September 16th – 11:00 A.M. – at the Elk & Hound Restaurant.

 

New Business:

 None.

 

There being no further business, Dwight moved and Karen seconded, to adjourn at 11:10 A.M.; motion carried.

  

Respectfully submitted,

Diane M. Egan

Acting Secretary

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

JULY 7, 2010 - 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER - BESSEMER, MI

 

 

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M.  Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Tim Egan and Gail Speer.  Absent with notification:  Karen Bielawski.

 

Agenda:  Approved with the addition of Bylaws under New Business.

 

Minutes:  Motion by Tim, seconded by Gail, to accept the June 2, 2010 minutes as printed; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  (1) Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference is August 18-21, 2010 in Knoxville, TN; (2) Joint Societies Workshop will be held on September 11, 2010 in Minocqua, WI; (3) National Genealogical Society Conference is scheduled for May 11-14, 2011 in Charleston, SC; (4) Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference is planned for September (no date available at present) 2011 in Springfield, IL.

 

Treasurer's Report:  Dwight reported the ease of using Paypal appears to be bringing in more timely payments with the following activity for June:

                                        Income 

                        Dues    Obits    Donations                     Expenses                     Balance

                        $24.00  $106.00   $17.00                        $50.00                          $4,101.61

A motion by Gail, seconded by Tim, to file the report for audit.

                       

Committee Reports:

Website:  Gail supplied the Board with passwords and id’s for our website and the original copy was filed.  She also mentioned that it is necessary to make our website renewal payments in time or the website would be erased.  Dwight requested an invoice be made by Gail so all charges can be brought up-to-date.

Programs:  Gail will contact Sharon Cook (her great-grandmother perished with the Lady Elgin on Lake Michigan), and Dwight will contact Jim Ghellar (of the Bessemer Historical Society and Piave Society), as a possible speaker/s for the Annual Meeting.  The Board decided to send a post card to all members announcing the Annual Meeting once the speaker and date have been established.

Newsletter:  Gary has plans to publish one this month.

Obits:  Diane continues to input the obits weekly from the Ironwood Daily Globe and Karen reported via email that the current obit requests are completed.

Membership: Diane is sending Membership renewal notices one month prior to expiration and as payments are received the members are added/up dated on our active membership list.

Cemetery:  Dwight reported he has not received any new cemetery lists recently.

 

Old Business:

 

Karen’s subscription to Newspaper Archives expires May 2011 and the Board will then check into current subscriptions available at the Godfrey Memorial Library.

 

Our next meeting is scheduled for August 4th – 10:00 A.M. – Bessemer Heritage Center and the Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 16th  – 11:00 A.M. - at the Elk & Hound Restaurant.

 

New Business:

 

Gary appointed Dwight and Tim to the Nominating Committee and Gary has agreed to be placed on the slate of proposed Board members.  Karen will also be contacted.

 

Following a discussion, Dwight moved and Tim seconded, to send to a membership vote the following Bylaw change:

            ARTICLE VI:  BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Section 4.

            Five Board members shall constitute a quorum.

            Change to:

            Four Board members shall constitute a quorum.

 

There being no further business, Dwight moved and Tim seconded, to adjourn at 11:10 A.M.; motion carried.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Diane M. Egan

                                                                                                Acting Secretary

 

 

GOGEBIC RANGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

JUNE 2, 2010 - 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER - BESSEMER, MI

 

 

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M.  Board members present: Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Tim Egan and Gail Speer.  Absent without notification:  Karen Bielawski.

 

Agenda:  Approved.

 

Minutes:  Motion by Gail, seconded by Dwight, to accept the May 13, 2010 minutes as printed; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  None.

 

Treasurer's Report:  Dwight reported the following activity for May:

                                        Income 

                        Dues    Obits    Donations                     Expenses                     Balance

                        $72.00  $26.00     $7.00                         $90.00                          $4,096.68

                       

Committee Reports:

Website:  Following a discussion, Diane moved and Tim seconded, that Gail invoice us quarterly for the monthly charge of $40.00 to maintain our website.  Motion carried.  The Board is very pleased that our website continues to run smoothly.

Programs:  Gary attended a Consortium meeting in Ishpeming, MI and returned with no new ideas for a program on mining.  Possible ideas for future meetings were discussed and suggestions are welcome.

Newsletter:  Gary will continue to write our Newsletters and welcomes input from all of our members.

Obits:  Diane reported that obits thru May 15, 2010 have been input.  Gail has January thru July 2006 done and will continue as soon as information is available on the Internet.  The process of payment via Paypal is running smoothly.

Membership: Diane is sending Membership renewal notices one month prior to expiration.  Payment of dues can now be made via Paypal.

Cemetery:  Gary will help with Ironwood cemetery research and Dwight will do the same for the Bessemer cemetery.  A special paper is available to do tombstone rubbings with the use of the paper and a tennis ball.

 

Old Business:

 

A group subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library in CT. is not available was reported by Gary.  Following a discussion, Gail moved, seconded by Dwight, that when Karen’s present subscription to Newspaper Archives expires, GRGS will pay for her Scholar Blue Package subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library; motion carried.  Diane will check as to the expiration date of Karen’s subscription.

 

Dwight reported that an E-filing receipt has been received from the IRS notifying that our 990-N form for 2008 has been accepted.  This form is necessary to maintain our non-profit status.

 

New Business:

 

A tentative Annual Meeting date of September 16th, 11:00 A.M. at the Elk & Hound Restaurant was set.

 

For security purposes, Gail will provide the Board with passwords and id’s for our website at our next meeting.

 

There being no further business, Dwight moved and Tim seconded, to adjourn at 11:15 A.M.; motion carried.

 

 

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Diane M. Egan

                                                                                                Acting Secretary

 

 

GOGEBIC ROOTS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

MAY 12, 2010 – 10:00 A.M.

BESSEMER HERITAGE CENTER – BESSEMER, MI

 

President, Gary Harrington, called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M.  Board members present:  Gary Harrington, Diane Egan, Dwight Filippini, Karen Bielawski, Tim Egan and Gail Speer.

 

Agenda:  Approved with the addition of:  New Business – A. Newspaper Archives.

 

Minutes:  Diane moved to approve the minutes of January 6, 2010 as printed, seconded by Dwight; motion carried.

 

Correspondence/Announcements:  Northern Waters Genealogical Society is planning a Beginners Workshop on June 5th at the Presque Isle Community/Library building from 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Dwight reported a balance of $4,054.94 and the following:

        January     Income $103.00  Expenses $241.00

        February   Income $  87.00 Expenses $585.22

        March       Income $149.00  Expenses $0.00

 April          No totals available

Diane moved to file for audit, Karen seconded; motion carried.  Our post office box rental has increased from $38.00 to $40.00 per year.

 

Committee Reports:

1.   Website – Karen and Dwight expressed thanks to Gail as Paypal has made responding to obits and corresponding payments for them flow more smoothly.

2.   Cemetery – No report.

3.   Newsletter – Gary has prepared one for April and is continuing with the Enlistment Records for Company 1, Third Infantry, of the Michigan National Guard.  Also to be included is a “searching for” section and items of local history.  Anyone having items they wish to contribute, please contact Gary.

4.   Obit/s – Karen has been busy processing the many requests.  Also see #1.  Diane will continue to input the obits from the Ironwood Daily Globe.

5.   Membership – Diane has sent notices to expired memberships and also those that come up for renewal thru June.  The Board decided to mail renewals if the email addresses fail to work.

6.   Program/s – Any suggestions for programs would be appreciated and can be directed to any Board member.

 

New Business:

 

A discussion was held on future programs.  Dwight will check into the possibility of a speaker on Italian Heritage and Gary will do the same for Mines/Mining.  The Board welcomes any, and all, suggestions.

 

Gail reported that payments for obit requests are accepted via check/s, credit card/s and Paypal.  International payments can now also be made thru Paypal.  A big thank you was extended to Gail for her enthusiasm and dedication in helping our website to be a success.

 

Old Business:

 

Karen stated that the charge for subscribing to Newspaper Archives was approximately $119.00 per year and Gary stated for Godfrey Memorial Library it was approximately $80.00 per year.  Information on various types of memberships for each will be researched for our next meeting.

 

Our next scheduled meetings are:  June 2nd and July 7th at 10:00 A.M. at the Bessemer Heritage Center.

 

There being no further business, Dwight moved and Gail seconded to adjourn at 11:50 A.M.

 

                                                        Respectfully submitted,

                                                        Diane M. Egan

                                                        Acting Secretary 

 

 

 

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