Meeting Minutes, March 2009
MARCH 2009

March 17, 2009

The regular monthly meeting of the Whitewater Valley Genealogy Association met Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in the Trinity Church parish house, 6th and Eastern, Connersville, Indiana.

President, Karen Creamer called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Robert Price, treasurer presented his report which was approved. He also reported that the association now has forty six (46) paid members.

Heritage days that was held last year at the Miller Center in Roberts Park was discussed. It was reported that after talking with Donna Schroeder, who spear headed the event last year, that if they were going to have it this year it probably would be in June and probably not be in the Miller Center. It was felt that if the event does happen that we should try to participate. It was also discussed that someone should check with Brett Biscoe at the Miller Center to see if they are using the cut out of a tree that the group donated to them last year to hang the names, of people who donated live trees in the park, is being used. Also if they have the easel that belongs to Charlie Hughes, that was used last year, in storage somewhere.

Sandy Brown almost has the indexing of book one done for WVGA's web site of the Showalter Blackwell Long funeral home records.

Karen will gladly put any information on the web site that people would like to contribute.

It was again discussed a money making project of taking pictures of tombstones for people and possibility of putting flowers on graves for the same people at a cost of $25.00. There was no decision made.

A discussion was held pertaining to the By-Laws. Sandy Brown said she has them on her computer if anyone would like or needs a copy.

Karen also announced that a nominating committee would be appointed and that a report would be due at the April meeting and voted on at the May meeting. Those appointed to the committee were: Barbara Smith, John Johnson and Sandy Brown. Officers to be elected are: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Sandy Brown said she gave all the past secretary records to Michelle Orr Hobart. They have never been returned and she also had the group's lap top computer which was never returned. Michelle is no longer a member nor is her mother.

Karen said that there had been 386 visits to the web site.

Pat Summan, who is on the State Heritage Advisory Board, reported that digital records replace records every 3 to 5 years. Pat also told us about preserving records in case of emergencies such as floods. Wet records need to be taken care of in 48 hours.

She also announced that the Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair would be held Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the State Library in Indianapolis and is free. Karen said she would try to get WVGA brochures to them for this event.

The program for the evening included Jane Miller giving a reading called Census Taker with the author being unknown. After which a general round table discussion was held.

Karen passed out sheets to each member present to give ideas on programs.

Sixteen members enjoyed refreshments provided by Pat Summan.

Those present were: Karen Creamer, Bob and Nancy Price, Doug and Sandy Brown, Jane Miller, Donna Powell, Pat Summan, Pat Cudworth, Sue Frank, Pam and Ron Wood, John Johnson, Barbara Smith, Charlie Hughes and Jim Wicker
Nancy Price, Secretary