President's Report - February 2017
Welcome to 2017 and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s! It’s always a lovely time of year with holidays, celebrations, partying and just catching up with family and friends.
During November last our Society was invited by the Campbelltown Mayor, Cr George Brticevic, to a ‘2016 Gift of Time Ceremony’ to acknowledge and thank the city’s volunteers for their selfless work in the community.
Also, the Campbelltown Library invited its volunteers to a ‘Library Volunteer’s Afternoon Tea’ to acknowledge appreciation of the generous time given to them throughout the year. All volunteers received a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ and enjoyed a splendid afternoon. Congratulations to all the volunteers in our Society who give endless hours each year to help the library provide a professional service for our Family History Room (see attached group photo).
Our December meeting was followed by a fun-packed Christmas Party at Cataract Dam where we had good weather, food, laughter and games enjoyed by all.
This year of 2017 is aiming to be both memorable and exciting with our one-day Seminar “Examining the Past” on Saturday 20th May, where there will be three fabulous speakers…Prof Michael Gillings from Macquarie University, his topic DNA Origins; Gail Davis from NSW State Records and her topic will be Pioneer Probates and Wills; and Danielle Lautrec the Education Officer from the Society of Australian Genealogists. Tickets are now available at just $35 per person and this cost not only gives you entry to the seminar, but also provides morning and afternoon tea with a light luncheon. The venue is the Campbelltown Catholic Club with plenty of on-grounds parking.
Throughout the year at our monthly meetings, there will be a variety of different speakers like Heather Garnsey from SAG talking on ‘Caroline’s Story’ in April; along with Dennis Allsopp in May giving us the latest information on New Software; and a host of many others to encourage us throughout the year.
There will be our ‘Beginner’s Course’ on Sunday 19th February and later in the year a much- awaited workshop ‘Brick Walls in Family History Research’ to be held on Sunday 24th September.
Our Social Secretary is also looking to book more outings for us to enjoy during the year, beginning with a trip to ‘Elizabeth Farm’ at Parramatta for March.
Wow! 2017 is going to be jampacked with lots to enhance our interests and I hope you feel as excited as I do about the events coming up. As President, I’m looking forward to a very successful year for us all.
Bye for now and all the best,