Becky West giving her program:
"A Personal Journey to the Beginning - My Adoption Story"
For all of those who could not make the last TSGS Meeting... on 10 May 2011 at Willard Library, I offer a summary.
Treasurer Bettie Cook reported a balance of $6,234.67... we will have two more major expenses to the end of our fiscal year in June. The June issue of the Tri-State Packet at just under $800 and the Book Acquisition Committee's $2,000 will leave us on balance per our budget.
Lyn Martin, Willard's Special Collections Librarian, gave her report which included the library's Mid-Night Madness event of the week of June 20-24. The chart of the programs and details for each program was posted in this Saturday’s blog. Lyn & Connie Conrad will travel to the Cumberland Gap for a seminar and will bring along TSGS books to sale.
The Nominating Committee chaired by Don Counts reported the following slate of candidates for the 2011-12 year: President - Don Counts; Vice-President - John G. West; Recording Secretary - Kim Nightingale; Corresponding Secretary - Sue Hebbeler; Treasurer - Diana Davis; Tri-State Packet Editor - Brenda Legate; Program Chair - Becky West; Board Directors - Rena Goss, Larry Goss, Betty Postleweight, Mary Lou Bevers, Janet Mann, Doug Korb, Karin Kirsch, Bettie Cummings Cook. Election & Installation of new officers will be conducted at the June meeting.
Karin Kirsch, a member of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) announced a meeting for our first TSGS Special Interest Group (SIG) for German Researchers will be held on July 30th. More details will be announced in a future blog. The LRPC hopes to create several SIG's including ones for Irish researchers, computer skills, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and others!
The President announced that Janet Mann recently completed an inventory of all of our books for sale in the storage closet in the library's basement. Thanks very much to Janet! The LRPC will recommend an event like a book fair to sale some of our excess books at discounted prices to reduce the large volume of books taking up limited space.
Our Program Chair presented "A Personal Journey to the Beginning - My Adoption Story" as traveled by Becky West. She included how she found her birth family along with the documents that she passed around. There were three stories relating coincidences that makes for a small world. Here is one small excerpt that gives this journey of hers some importance to her. "I discovered my missing birth story; and, now, I know who I am! It is amazing that the name “Rebecca Louise” that I had always disliked was actually the name that my birth mother had given me and now I feel it is the best gift my mother gave me besides life. I learned that my adoption was not my fault, that nothing horrible happened and that my mother had to give me up because she had too many kids and not enough money to support them. This knowledge has filled that void I had always felt and it has lifted my confidence and self-esteem." She concluded with her poem: "Message to My Birth Mother" (who had died before Becky could meet her).
Becky announced next meeting's program - 14 Jun 2011 Speaker: Rebecca Shelton, "Founding Mothers" The Door Prize was won by Irvin Conrad who chose a book of the 1900 Census of Spencer County, Indiana. The meeting was adjourned. - Written by John G. West, TSGS President