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Handbook 2012

Amended 15 September 2012

Duties of committees will be accomplished by the Handbook Committee and the Board at a later date.


  • To stimulate interest in genealogy and aid individual members in compiling their family records.
  • Seek genealogical and historical knowledge.
  • Preserve and perpetuate the records of our ancestors.
  • Promote the preservation of public and private genealogical material.


The late CarolLe Berry of Auburn, Washington founded the South King County Genealogical Society in the summer of 1979. CarolLe had been teaching a series of genealogical research classes at the Kent Public Library, and she noticed that the same people attended most of the classes. It was suggested that a club or society be formed, with regular meetings.

In the fall of 1979, an agreement was completed making this fledgling group a branch of the Seattle Genealogical Society. This provided the newly formed group the benefit of the SGS newsletter and library collection. Officers were elected and a schedule of regular meetings was established.

Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew was elected the first President. She recalls, "No one volunteered to be President. CarolLe said if no one volunteers, we can't form our society. It seemed very hopeless to me, so I thought, 'why not?' I had no idea what I was doing, but we learned fast and it was a challenge, and fun and very rewarding."

Words she wrote in the Society's first newsletter continue to reflect the philosophy of the Society to this day: "To leave a record of the past as a guide to future generations, to be able to penetrate the past, solve a problem or meet and conquer a challenge, is an experience of great satisfaction."

Changes occurred over the years. In June 1984, members voted to break from SGS, and in September 1984, South King County Genealogical Society became a society in its own right. A logo and motto, "Searching for Our Roots", were chosen. Anyone who joined prior to 31 May 1985 became a charter member.

SKCGS has published pedigree chart books, cemetery books and death indexes, hosted seminars and workshops, and taught research skills classes at local libraries. Its members remain committed to the goal of preserving the legacy of our past for future generations, helping each other along the way.


South King County Branch, Seattle Genealogical Society:

Hilda Meryhew 1979 - 1981
Donna Grothaus 1981 - 1983
Rebel Kreklow (co) 1983 - 1984
Richard Sell (co) 1983 - 1984

South King County Genealogical Society:

Rebel Kreklow (co) 1984 - 1985
Richard Sell (co) 1984 - 1985
CarolLe Berry 1985 - 1987
Kathleen Field 1987 - 1988
Elsie Trautloff 1988 - 1989
Velma Rice 1989 - 1991
Erma Swift 1991 - 1993
Jean Whisler 1993 - 1994
Betty Cooper 1994 - 1996
Susan Coles 1996 - 1998
Colleen Rockwell 1998 - 2000
Phyllis Haynen 2000 - 2002
Tracy Arnold (co) 2002 - 2004
Cathy Wooden (co) 2002 - 2004
Lauren Richardson 2004 - 2005
Cathryn E. Vannice 2005 - 2007
Susan Coles 2007 - 2008
Tom Hammond 2008 - 2010
Lin Bress 2010 - 2011
Winona Laird 2011 -

Charter Members

  • William L. Adams
  • Judith Dempsey Aeschliman
  • Margaret Oakley Alder
  • Lillian Wanamaker Anderson
  • Clemence Rhea Baker
  • John Baker
  • Mary Kitchell Baker
  • Elva Barber
  • Patsy Barber
  • Marilyn Bell
  • Peggy Bentz
  • CarolLe Stratton Berry
  • Laura Anderson Billy
  • Patricia Bristow
  • Elizabeth Graber Borgner
  • Francis Bosshart
  • Waneta King Bosshart
  • June Wilson Branch
  • Gerald L. Burke
  • Marcella Seright Burkett
  • Norma Kibby Burroughs
  • Robert A. Butler
  • Clarice Doerner Bryan
  • Jacqueline Walling Cadle
  • Constance Artz Cain
  • Arlene Clark Carley
  • W. Ray Carley
  • Frank E. Carnahan
  • Sharon Poulsen Carnahan
  • Helen Roberts Carpenter
  • Jackie Glen Cedarholm
  • Virginia Roberts Chubb
  • Lois Knadle Clapper
  • Susan Coles
  • Joyce Schroeder Cornelius
  • Doris Arkills Cornell
  • Janice Porter Cornell
  • Ina Randall Cornell
  • Beverly Marks Cotter
  • James M. Cotter
  • Janet Wilkie Crowley
  • William J. Crowley
  • Ardice Bennett Cunningham
  • James A. Cunningham
  • Barbara Kern Devine
  • Lois Brin Diemert
  • Frances Love Dills
  • Fred Dills
  • Jean Boughton Doering
  • Lawrence Dome
  • Patricia Beagle Dome
  • Melissa Nash Donner
  • Marilyn Kemp Dorval
  • Patricia Lanway Dowling
  • Braxton M. Dunn
  • Klara Haty Dunn
  • Lois Piper Ebbert
  • Jack Edwards
  • Betty Morris Falk
  • Kathleen Field
  • Grayce Peterson Fremow
  • Robert L. Fremow
  • Clella Fox Galbreath
  • Margaret Leach Ganung
  • Elaine Ebbert Gauthier
  • Harriet Havener Greenfield
  • Florence Woodward Grillo
  • Donna Burkert Grothaus
  • Sarah Harding
  • Doris Harris
  • Daniel L. Healy
  • Karen Furman Healy
  • Margaret Woods Heller
  • Donald Henderson
  • Ruth Walter Henderson
  • Barbara Stokey Heutchy
  • Nancy Hamblin Hill
  • Virginia Williams Hill
  • Geneice Wilson Hoag
  • Maurice L. Hoag
  • Vivian Drake Howe
  • Sammie Dudley Hudlicky
  • Katherine Fugate Huhn
  • Gaetano Iodice
  • Louise Owens-Fortier Iodice
  • Judith Ivanovich
  • Ivan Jacobs
  • Flora Rollins Janke
  • Wesley F. Janke
  • Anne Jensen
  • James H. Johanneck
  • Maryann Heiling Johanneck
  • Audrey Lamb Johnson
  • Roma Leaming Judge
  • Anita Huntley Jump
  • Mary Raybeck Kilbourn
  • Lola Hinman Kimmel
  • Athella Thompson King
  • Shirley Plattor King
  • Sharon Martin Kline
  • Alexis Alexander Kolb
  • Rebel L. Kreklow
  • Carol Wigen Krull
  • Alice Kubisky
  • Beverly Schalow Lagasca
  • Margaret Parslow Larson
  • Melvin E. Lee
  • Mariette B. Lee
  • Grace Mooney Lee
  • Dorothy Wilson Legge
  • Helen McGreer Lewis
  • H. Donald Linehan
  • Margaret Hofling Linehan
  • Colleen Young Linzi
  • Emma Heustis Livermore
  • Marlene Frostad Lundin
  • Clara Jacobson MacPherson
  • Marian Hoge Mackenzie
  • Janice Eberly Maguire
  • Echo Coats Mallery
  • Louise Jones Manning
  • Roberta Crisp Morley
  • Patricia Huse Marshall
  • Eugene M. Mason
  • Ina Hardman Mason
  • Beatrice Whaley Mathewson
  • Maxine Greggs Maulsby
  • Helen McConnell
  • Iris McDaniel McCrabb
  • Violet Ranne McElhinney
  • Anna Otteman Meltvedt
  • Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew
  • Arliene Kammeyer Miller
  • Phyllis Pahl Mitchell
  • Margaret Curtis Moen
  • Alice Graden Montgomery
  • Betty Herr Moore
  • Donald Morisch
  • James Mulkins
  • Edna Kreutz Murtishaw
  • Fred Murtishaw
  • Betty McAlexander Myette
  • Mary Riddle Nation
  • Francis Near
  • Shelagh Walters Near
  • Betty Hawkins Neilson
  • Clarissa Wedeking Nelson
  • Patricia Schnyder Niederkorn
  • Deborah Oskam-Davis
  • John C. Palstring
  • Barbara Matthes Parker
  • Julia Wennersten Patterson
  • Bernice Graber Paull
  • Edna Rowan Peak
  • Mary Penberthy
  • Judy Knopp Pepper
  • Donald L. Perkins
  • Joyce Hart Perkins
  • Veronica Peterson
  • Freda Swayne Peterson
  • Helen Cushman Peterson
  • Gladys Isdell Plemmons
  • Catherine Byrnes Ploegman
  • Jeanette Gray Price
  • Myrtle Green Prohaska
  • Mary Riffey Propst
  • Willis Propst
  • Sue Kane Quigley
  • Mable Peck Rayback
  • Vivian Marick Richardson
  • Carmen Phelan Rock
  • Ardeth Allden Rollwagon
  • Richard Ryan
  • Margaret Overton Salais
  • Richard Salais
  • Carole Bierman Sayers
  • Gayle Eastman Schnell
  • Geraldine Rawls Scott
  • Glenn I. Scott
  • Richard H. Sell
  • Theodore S. Sholdra
  • Kathleen Hargiss Sidwell
  • Marcia Hoag Smith
  • Doris Thompson Smith
  • Ina Curless Sparks
  • Erma Chapman Swift
  • Joan Koppenheffer Thorson
  • Jean Richards Timmermeister
  • Ruth Diehl Toland
  • Elsie Sandberg Trautloff
  • Henry I. Trautloff
  • Donna Kennedy Tucker
  • Donna Kisner Turrelli
  • Madge Lee Vashoe
  • Milton B. Vaught
  • Ruby Gilderhus Vaught
  • James Walters
  • R. Maxine Leitzinger Walters
  • Maureen White
  • Shirley Whitehead Wiese
  • Sheila Wilson
  • Claire Lookhart Wood
  • Sandra Blye Woodworth
  • Barbara Workman
  • Roberta J. Yates


Article I     NAME

The name of this organization shall be "South King County Genealogical Society," hereinafter referred to as the "Society."

Article II     FISCAL YEAR

The Society's fiscal year shall be from 1 June through 31 May.


The purpose of this Society, organized as a nonprofit corporation, shall be educational as provided in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It shall be devoted to furthering genealogical research.
The objectives of this Society shall be:
To stimulate a popular interest in genealogy
To seek genealogical and historical knowledge
To preserve and perpetuate the records of our ancestors
To aid individuals in compiling their family histories
To promote the preservation of public and private genealogical material
To cooperate with other organizations in furtherance of mutual objectives


Membership shall be open to any person interested in research and study of family history upon application and payment of prescribed dues.
Membership categories shall be:
INDIVIDUAL: An individual member shall receive periodic copies of any newsletter or bulletin produced by the Society, and shall be entitled to submit queries to the newsletter and to check out materials from the traveling library.
DUAL: Any two persons residing in the same household may be eligible for a dual membership. Each person is entitled to the same privileges as an individual member. Dues for such two persons shall be 50% more than that for an individual membership.
CHARTER: Any person who joined the Society before 31 May 1985 shall be recognized as a charter member.
LIFE: The sale of lifetime memberships was suspended indefinitely as of 1 June 2005. Lifetime membership includes dues paid for life. Upon the death of a lifetime member, a book will be purchased in the deceased's name and placed in the SKCGS library collection.
Annual dues are payable as of the first of June.
"Members in good standing" are those whose dues are not delinquent. Any member whose dues have not been paid by 30 June shall be considered delinquent. If dues are still delinquent by 31 August said member shall be dropped from the membership.
The Board of Directors may recommend a revision of the annual dues. This recommendation must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those members in good standing present at any general monthly meeting, provided that the membership has been notified in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting date established to revise the dues.


The elected officers of the Society shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The term of office shall be two (2) years. President and Treasurer will be elected on the odd years and the Vice President and Secretary shall be elected on the even years.
No Officer shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office.
The Board of Directors, hereinafter referred to as the Board, shall consist of the elected Officers and the appointed chairs of the following committees: Education, Genealogist, Librarian, Membership, Newsletter, Program, Publications, Publicity, and Webmaster.


Nominations for officers shall be made by a Nominating Committee, consisting of three (3) members to be appointed by the President no later than the February general meeting: one (1) member to be selected from the Board of Directors and two (2) members from the general membership, plus one (1) alternate from the Board. The Nominating Committee shall be given a list of each officer's duties, together with names of members in good standing, and accordingly select at least one nominee for each office to be filled. The Committee shall report the slate of nominees to the general membership at the March meeting and the slate shall be published in the April "So King Extra" news flyer.
Nominations may be made from the floor at any general meeting prior to the election, including the May general meeting.
Only members in good standing for one year prior to the election and who have consented to serve if elected shall be eligible for nomination.
In the event that there is more than one (1) nominee for any office, written ballots shall be required and an Election Committee shall be appointed by the President to count the ballots and report the results.
The Officers shall be elected by a simple majority of all members present and voting at the May meeting. Newly elected Officers shall assume office on 1 June.
In the event of the resignation or incapacity of any Officer, the unexpired term of office shall be filled by a member elected by a majority vote of the Board. Should this be the office of President, the Vice President shall succeed and the Board shall elect a Vice President.


The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society, shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Society, shall be ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee, and shall appoint the Chair of each committee, subject to the approval of the Board.
The Vice President shall assist the President in the administrative duties and shall perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the President to serve.
The Secretary shall record the minutes of all Board and general membership meetings; email a copy of the draft minutes to the Board and read such minutes as requested at the respective Board or general meeting. The Secretary shall record the roll at meetings of the Board and shall preserve all minutes and reports. The Secretary shall be responsible for all business correspondence of the Society, including sending appropriate cards for illness or death.
The Treasurer shall collect and record all funds received by the Society and shall pay all authorized bills of the Society in a timely manner. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all receipts and expenditures, submit an annual report to the general membership at the first meeting after the end of the fiscal year, and as requested. The Treasurer shall serve on the Budget Committee.
The Treasurer shall provide access to all fiscal year accounting records as requested by the Review Committee.
The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining a list of all assets owned by the Society, including original cost and current location of each item.
The Treasurer is deemed to be the registered agent, as required by Washington State law and shall file all IRS reports and forms required by our organization's 501(c)3 status.
Authority to sign checks is delegated to the President, Vice President and the Treasurer of the Society. Two (2) signatures shall be required on all checks over $100.00.


The chairs of all committees shall be members in good standing.
Duties of the committees shall be set forth in a separate section of the Handbook.

Article IX     MEETINGS

General membership meetings shall be held monthly except in July, August and December.
Special meetings or activities may take place in addition to the general meetings at the request of the President or by special request of a minimum of five (5) members in good standing. All special meetings must receive approval of the Board.
The Board shall meet monthly prior to the general membership meeting. When there is no general meeting, the Board may meet at the discretion of the President.
The May general meeting shall be the Annual Meeting.

Article X     QUORUM and VOTING

Seven (7) members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for any meeting of the Board.
Thirty (30) members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at general meetings.
Voting shall be either by voice or by written ballot at the discretion of the presiding officer except for the election of officers which shall be subject to the provisions of Article VI.
No member in good standing shall have more than one (1) vote on any given issue at any one time.
There shall be no proxy voting.


All proposed amendments to the Bylaws shall be submitted to the Board in writing and must show the wording of the entire paragraph to be amended and the proposed change. The Board shall report its recommendation for approval or disapproval to the membership.
Amendments to the Bylaws shall become effective upon two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of those members in good standing, present and voting at any general meeting or meeting called for such purpose.
Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws shall be published and/or delivered to all members at least thirty (30) days before the meeting.
NOTE: In order to maintain the "non-profit organization" status, Articles III and XII must not be amended or deleted except to conform to new directives of the Internal Revenue Service.


Upon dissolution of the Society, the Officers who serve as the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities of the Society, offer the assets of the Society to any Washington State organization having objectives substantially like or similar to those of this organization, under Section 501 (c) (3) of Internal Revenue Code.


These Bylaws shall constitute the governing rules of this Society.
Any matter not covered by these Bylaws shall be controlled, where applicable, by The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure.

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