2005-2006 Branch News
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Branch 25th Anniversary
Written by Marilyn Harry, Photos
by Nancy Trimble
"HEAR YE! HEAR YE! IT'S A
On arrival, we were greeted with the
smell of coffee and an offering of donuts and muffins--a good way
to start the party. The 25th Anniversary Celebration,
September 24, 2005, was opened by the local Town Crier, Bruce Bedell,
reciting a genealogy cry and announcing the celebration activities
of Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Carole Foshay, the acting-chair,
welcomed everyone and conducted a moment's silence for departed
members and the loved ones of our members. Then she turned the
meeting over to Marilyn Harry, the anniversary chairperson.
The agenda included periods of door
prize draws and ticket draws throughout the day, interspersed with
recognition of volunteers, charter members, committee helpers,
past-chairs and interesting readings of a topical nature. The
readings: "I'm My Own Grandpa", "The Census
Taker", "Do You Live Your Dash?", "A Poem for
Genealogists" and "Murphy's Laws of Genealogy" were
presented by,Dick Hughes, Don Dulmage, Tina Gemmell, Stacy Goddard
and Brian Tackaberry.
Mr. Ron Walsh, OGS President, brought
greetings from head office and presented a 25th Anniversary plaque
to the group. Mrs. Nancy Trimble, Region VII Director, brought
greetings from the other Regional Branches, Kawartha & Durham,
and spoke on next year's Seminar to be hosted by Durham Region. Bob
Daws, during a presentation of 3 transcriptions of Assessment Rolls
on the Stirling Rawdon area, brought greetings from the
Stirling-Rawdon Historical Society.
The morning speakers were Mr. Roy
Bruce and Mrs. Ann Rowe. Roy was a charter member and is still a member, first
vice-chair, originator of our newsletter--The Searchlight, second
chair, and second coordinator of the 1871 Census Transcription project.
He spoke about his years as chair, early happenings and how the
newsletter has changed over the years. Ann joined the Branch during
the first year of operation and is still a member, was an early
chair, a willing volunteer on different committees, Regional
Director, Chair of the ‘Places of Worship Project' and a cemetery
transcriber. She brought greetings from the Campbellford Seymour
Heritage Society and gave an interesting overview of her years of
being involved with the Branch. The speakers were thanked and
presented with a commemorative certificate and a small gift of
The afternoon speaker was Ms.
Kathie Orr of KORR Enterprises, explaining about the Archives of
Ontario-- what numerous documents we might expect to find and how
and where to locate them. Now if we can just remember all that she told us, it
will make our next visit to the archives much easier and not so
daunting. She was also, thanked and presented with a commemorative
certificate and an honorarium.
Bush and Harriet Richards
registration with Town Crier,
OGS President Ron Walsh
Plaque to Acting Chair
Early Chairpersons Ann Rowe
and Roy Bruce
Anniversary Committee Chair
presents awards to volunteers.
Left to right: Noreen
Smith, June Dafoe, Terry
(behind Tina Gemmell)
and Dick Hughes.
The Laughtons from Calgary AB
The day's formal line-up was topped
off by a musical presentation by local entertainer, Andy Forgie. Carole Foshay closed the day's
festivities and then we enjoyed a time of socializing with everyone,
before heading home.
To keep up our stamina for the day,
there was a pot-luck lunch with numerous, scrumptious dishes-- both
first course and desserts--to be sampled and an anniversary cake
cut by Ann Rowe and Roy Bruce.
The especially nice part of the day
was to see some of our early volunteers and members that we had not
seen in some time and that some of the newer members had not met
before. It was interesting to hear what these people were up to
these days--still busy and involved in life's pursuits.
At this time, I would like to thank
all those who came out that day to help us celebrate, bought draw
tickets, brought delicious food, and donated prizes. Also, thanks to
the members-at-large, who cannot or are not able to help with
every-day activities, but still support us with your membership
fees, publication purchases and general moral backing. Special
thanks to the committee members who came up with the ideas, did a
lot of the running around, did the decorating, etc. etc.--Carole
Foshay, Stacy Goddard, Lynn Heale, Roberta Cullin, Noreen Smith and
Mary Culloden--" thanks girls, I couldn't have done it
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