Reno county Genealogy Society

Reno County Genealogical Society

Welcome to Reno County, Kansas

Preserving Our Yesteryears!

Welcome to Reno County sign


As a member of the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, the Reno County Genealogical Society is able to offer an exciting award package to our members that involves not only recognition RCGS (your local Society), State recognition from the Kansas Council, and National recognition through KCGS from the Corporation For National and Community Service and the Points of Light Foundation.

Award Levels are based upon AGE and ANNUAL VOLUNTEER HOURS:

Local State Presidential Award
5-10 yrs 1 12 26 50 75
11-15 yrs 1 12 50 75 100
16-25 yrs 1 24 100 175 250
26+ yrs 1 24 100 250 500
Hour Hours Hours Hours Hours

All volunteer hours must be generally related to the collection, preservation, transcription, organization, and helping others in using genealogical or historical records; basically, serving in a volunteer capacity in genealogy or history-related activity. Attending Society meetings, helping with projects, all meet the volunteer service requirement. You can count conference and other educational time IF you reasonably believe you will have opportunity to potentially use the information you learn to assist or share with others in any volunteer capacity

You must log your volunteer service hours. RCGS has forms you can use for this purpose. You will turn in your log to the designated coordinator at the Reno County Genealogical Society, either quarterly or annually as requested. This is not to "keep tabs" on you but we are required to certify that to the best of our knowledge we believe the hours turned in are reasonable and accurate.

Methods of contributing:

• Coming to meetings
• Serving on boards
• Presenting educational programs
• Researching and answering genealogy queries sent in to our Research Committee
• Retyping or transcribing books and indexes pertaining to Reno County
• Preparing articles and assisting the The Sunflower editor
• Helping other members with their research
• Promoting the RCGS throughout the county and state

We want to keep it as simple as possible while still fulfilling the National requirements and making the awards themselves a measure of success and achievement for your members.

Requirements for the National President's Award also include:

• Recipient(s) must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.

• Awards are issued for volunteer service only; additional levels of participation with the organization (i.e., charitable support) are not a factor considered for the award.

• Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.

• Volunteer Service must be with projects directly or indirectly connected to the overall purpose of your local Society or Museum, or in achievement of the purposes of the KCGS; primarily, in promoting genealogy and family history research, collection and preservation of genealogical and historical records, assisting others in their research, educating others in any aspect of family history, etc.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Burgess at [email protected]

Paper service award log in PDF format

Electronic service award log using Excel 2007 format


The workbook file is in Excel 2007 format. If asked in a dialogue box or on the command line at the top of the worksheet, Yes you DO need to enable macros in order for it to work properly.

"Summary" tab

Simply enter your 1) Name, 2) Address, 3) Age Level, and 4) Email. The rest of the sheet will fill out automatically. At the end of the year, you will hit the PRINT button, sign the PERSONAL AFFIDAVIT, and turn it in to RCGS with your quarterly log sheets attached.

"Quarterly" tabs

To start logging your service, enter the DATE (only month and day will display), and a short DESCRIPTION of your volunteer service. It does not need to be detailed but in some way represent the time you spent.

Enter the hours you spent in the activity in an appropriate column. It is not as important which column you use for a particular activity, as long as it makes sense to you and is basically consistent for your purpose.

To print a copy to turn in, click the PRINT button on the page, for each QTR page in the year.

IF you have problems with the electronic version, you may create a similar worksheet of your own, or use a similar paper log.