The Dallas Journal, Volume 41, 1995 Page: 6
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President's Report 1994-1995
The fortieth year of the Society began early: a Board orientation session in June, a
brainstorming retreat in July, and a planning meeting in August. By the time of the first
regular meeting of the Society, the whole year's schedule of events was laid out. We hit the
ground running and never let up. It was another banner year. The Society grew in
numbers-we hit the magic 1,000 members-as well as in the variety of events. Regular
meetings featured fascinating talks by mostly local Society members. A new Beginner's Packet
was introduced at the Beginner's Workshop; both were outstanding.
Our annual Fall Workshop was upgraded into a two-day Regional Conference by adding an
Awards Banquet the night before. After a memorable meal at the Royal Oaks Country Club,
four awards were presented: Bob Maybrier was the Volunteer of the Year, Helen Mason Lu
received recognition with the Award of Merit, the Distinguished Service Award went to Lloyd
DeWitt Bockstruck, and the Heritage Preservation Award was jointly shared by Jerry
Henderson and Black Dallas Remembered.
The Conference was again held at the Dallas Convention Center, with five sessions arranged
into seven tracks, to serve all levels. One of our major fund raisers for the library, it remains
our best-attended and most talked-about event.
The Capital Expansion project continued to be publicized with unusual fund-raising events.
This time it was a Picnic in the Cemetery at the Pioneer Cemetery adjacent to the Convention
Center. Good food, good fun, good donations. The project now has enough funding to begin
construction; review and approval by Library and City personnel is continuing.
February brought another week-long DGS trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake
City. Billed as a "No Frills Package," the thirty-nine researchers agreed it was the best trip
yet. With orientation sessions, planning brochures, on-site guides, and even a party, it could
hardly be called "no frills." The trip netted almost $2,200 for the Society to donate to the
Dallas Public Library. The success of this trip has assured that it will be an annual activity.
The Spring Seminar featured Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, whose four lectures informed and
inspired the nearly three-hundred who attended. The Annual DGS Writing Awards were
presented during the Seminar. The Summer Lecture Series continued its successful format,
with three nationally-recognized speakers: Brent Holcomb, David Rencher, and Lloyd DeWitt
Bockstruck. Co-hosted by the Dallas Public Library, the $7,400 net income supports the
Library's Genealogy Section.
Yet it was not "more of the same" that made this year so memorable; it was the many new
activities and achievements, such as: two new Special Interest Groups: one for Professionals,
one for African-American researchers; creation of a Records Preservation Committee which
aided Dallas County by coordinating the archiving of records with the State Repository in
Dallas; and the real coup: the selection of the Society to co-host the annual Federation of
Genealogical Societies' Conference in Dallas in 1997.
The year was one of excitement, activity, and progress. The Society is healthy, financially-
sound, creative, and full of active volunteers. It has been an honor and indeed a privilege to
serve as its president. My deepest thanks are extended to the members of the Board of
Directors as well as to others who gave so much of their time and talent to the Society.
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