DECEMBER MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

DECEMBER MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hard to believe that it has been almost a month since returning from our annual trip to Salt Lake City.
Read more about our exploits a little further on. Needless to say, if you haven’t visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, it really should be on your ‘bucket list’. Not everything has been digitized, so there is still a lot to find in the microfilms and books that are housed there.

Our November meeting with our Remembrance/Armistice Day theme was very interesting. Thanks to Colin MacGregor Stevens for his presentation and to the other members who shared their stories of their military family member, Carol Rudek and Sherry King, and to Bill Clayton for sharing his ancestors’ medals. Jane Murphy gave a short presentation on her recent family reunion, and how this has inspired some of the younger members of the family!
Still looking for that little gift for someone who has helped you genealogically? Perhaps consider one of our 2020 calendars. Contact Sharon Clayton. Or perhaps even a membership in BCGS for 2020. Contact the Membership Team.
The December meeting will be our annual social. It is always lots of fun, with yummy food, the Silent Auction, the infamous pocket book sale and the winners of the Most Improved Genealogy Contest . We hope to see
you then!
One item that the Board of Directors has been wrestling with is the discussion regarding increasing membership dues. Right now, the British Columbia Genealogical Society has one of the least expensive memberships in Canada at $45.00 per year. Unfortunately, costs are constantly going up – internet costs, hydro, heating, lighting, etc. Regrettably, we are now considering it necessary to increase the membership to $65.00, for the 2021 membership year. The last time we increased our dues was back in 2003. We ask the membership to contemplate this increase, and we will vote on it at the Annual General Meeting held at our March 2020 meeting.