Report from the 2023 Annual Membership Meeting

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CGS members enjoyed refreshments at the 2023 Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting was held January 14 in hybrid form (both online and in person at the CGS Library). It was great to see one another, and those who showed up in real life got to enjoy a delicious cake provided by Vice President Joanna Shear.

Highlights: Chris Pattillo is the new CGS President. She had a special message of thanks for outgoing President Jim Sorenson, who took up his post in summer 2019, little knowing what awaited the world in early 2020. Jim has ably led the society for the past two and a half years through the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges. We owe him a debt of gratitude.

Chris Pattillo holding plaque

Incoming President Chris Pattillo presented a plaque recognizing outgoing President Jim Sorenson for his service

Theresa Murphy presented the 2022 Annual Report (viewable online to members) and we had brief presentations from officers covering our proposed annual budget and other business. Members voted to approve the budget and confirmed the slate of board directors, including new board member Keith Montgomery. A look back at some of our major accomplishments in 2022 included serving as host society for the NGS Conference in Sacramento. Stewart Traiman discussed our new Member Connections feature, and Ron Madson described the Digital Historian Committee’s ongoing digitization of decades of records.

VP Joanna Shear pointing to screen

Vice President Joanna Shear spoke at the 2023 annual meeting

We are planning another research trip to Salt Lake City! Stewart Traiman and Evan Wilson will lead this outing during the second week of October.

And last but certainly not least: 2023 is the 125th anniversary year of the founding of the California Genealogical Society! We have special events planned throughout the year, culminating in a party to be held at the beautiful Temescal Beach House in Oakland.

Screenshot of Temescal Boathouse

Therese Hart-Pignotti spoke about plans for our 125th anniversary celebration

It was great to meet in person again and those of us who joined via Zoom sensed the joy of gathering. Special thanks to Joanna Shear, Keith Montgomery, Ron Madson, John Ralls, Adelle Treakle, and Karen Halfon, whose hard work helped everything go smoothly. Happy new year to all!