January 29, 2016
Our December meeting was an outstanding success! We celebrated the Christmas/Holiday/New Year Holidays, enjoyed delicious treats furnished by members, elected officers for the 2016 Society year and Tom Mullins opened gifts for the Alabama Room, which were quite generous. The Alabama Room check for $1,000 was formally presented to accompany monetary gifts from individual members, and local hereditary societies, bringing the total contributions to $2,005.
At our January, 2016 meeting, we enjoyed our own Annette Smith's presentation of the history of the fine institution of serving tea. Connecting it to the significance of dumping tea into Boston Harbor at the Boston Tea Party, she branched out into the history and interesting sidelights of the custom of serving tea, and the evolution of accountrements involved. This included an explanation of the difference between "high tea" and "low tea."
We still have some genealogy T-shirts, including a new design, which are fun casual wear and a nice way to promote genealogy, for sale in the Alabama Room. If you would like to buy one, they are $10 for S, M, L and XL, and you can purchase a larger size for $12.
The February meeting will give us a chance to hear Pete Morgan tell us about his research on the Jones family of Alabama and Georgia.
The next meeting will also give us a chance to pay our dues for the 2016 Society year, so if you didn't turn in your check at the last meeting, please remember to bring it with you on February 13. At that rate, it's still a great bargain! (It breaks down to $1.25 per meeting, and for that, you get monthly meetings featuring programs of interest to genealogists, enjoyable snacks, and the fellowship of like-minded individuals.)
Don't forget--our members are our greatest asset. We thank every one of you who serves or has served AlaBenton, in either a leadership role or a support role. Please keep up the good work!
Keep supporting your local Society, your local library, and especially the Alabama Room!