The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy
Society was held on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Red Front
Restaurant in Troy, New York. The following individuals were in
Mary Grace Barlow
Doris Reilly Moak
The meeting was called to order at 6:50 p.m. by Donna Vaughn.
A motion was made by Mini Nicotina and seconded
by Rick Shea to approve the minutes of the November 16, 2006 meeting.
The motion passed. The minutes have been posted to the website.
The President had no report. She extended seasons
greetings to everyone.
There was no report from the Secretary.
On behalf of the Treasurer, Cathy McGrath, Bill
McGrath reported that there are 65 paid members and the amount
in the treasury is $473.20. There was an expenditure of $60 for
ink and paper to reprint brochures and $13.59 to purchase T-shirts
which will be offered for sale after the TIGS logo is imprinted
on them. Membership cards were distributed to the members.
Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster reported there is a new
photo on the website. She has finished compilation of Volume 2
of the marriage index . Jeanne has been asked to give her Troy
lecture at RPI. It is scheduled for March 7, 2007 at Noon at the
RPI Library and is open to the public..
Lizette Strait reported there are 185 list members.
Project Chairperson, Bill McGrath, reported on the
status of the marriage index project. Jeanne Keefe has the complete
files and is putting them in final order. Bill has the announcement
ready to publish on other mailing lists. He is in contact with
the County Clerk attempting to locate missing Volume 2 backup
documents. Jeanne Keefe also has the data that was extracted from
the 1903 Troy city directory; there were approximately 700 deaths.
Donna Vaughn discussed the status of the order for
the TIGS imprinted sweatshirts/T-shirts. At the current time she
does not have the required number of 12 to get the imprint price
of $10 per shirt. A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded
by Kris White to approve an expenditure of the necessary funds
to make up the balance. The motion was approved.
The purchase of a banner for the Society for use
at public functions and to carry in parades was discussed. Jeanne
Keefe received a price of $160 for a 3’ x 8’ banner
from One Day Sign Company in Waterford. Donna suggested that other
vendors be checked before a recommendation to purchase is made
to the membership. Kay Brearton offered to get quotes from other
vendors and to report back at a meeting.
The members discussed possible ways of increasing
the balance in the treasury. Donna asked the members how they
felt about increasing the dues; an increase to $10 a year was
suggested. Lizette recommended that members be allowed to vote
on the matter. After considerable discussion, Donna suggested
posting a message on the list to get feedback on a possible dues
increase explaining why additional funds are needed to achieve
goals of the Society. A motion was made by Kris Ayotte and seconded
by Jeanne Keefe to increase the annual dues to $10 per household.
The vote was 12 in favor; one against; one abstention. The motion
WMHT has not contacted Jeanne Keefe about TIGS involvement
in their fundraising efforts. Mini Nicotina and Donna Vaughn are
looking into creating a TIGS newsletter; Ann White will assist
them. Lizette offered to write an article for inclusion in a newsletter.
Several suggestions were made including book reviews and classified
Kris reported that the resource list she compiled
is ready and Jeanne Keefe will be placing it on the website. Kris
volunteered to laminate the membership cards for the people who
were present at the meeting.
Donna asked the members to look over the organization’s
charter and make any suggestions for changes. Jeanne Keefe is
waiting to hear back about the possibility of a tour of the NYS
Library. The Garden Tour was tabled until Spring.
There was an article in the Westchester Genealogy
Society newsletter regarding the Rensselaer County Marriage Index
project. Donna announced that there will be a planning meeting
of the Board in January. Bill McGrath left a supply of TIGS brochures
at the Rensselaer County Surrogate Court office.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January
18, 2007 at the Red Front Restaurant in Troy.
A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by
Kris Ayotte to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and
the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary