Sunday, 15 June 2014


Saturday 14 June 2014 saw a large group of members, well above the 25 needed for a quorum, attend the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Annual General Meeting.
President Glenn Wright summarised the annual reports. which are available on the society website. He noted there was an average attendance of about 180 at monthly meetings. Membership had declined slightly, from 628 in 2011 to 625 in 2012 and 623 in 2013.
The financial statement showed a surplus of $15,737 for 2013, up from 4,309 the previous year thanks in large part to a particularly successful conference.
It was announced that owing to a large increase in costs for renting the auditorium at 395 Wellington monthly meetings will be moving to the former Nepean Council Chambers at Centrepointe in January, a move which appeared to be greeted with membership approval when the magnitude of the rent increase at 395 was explained by Treasurer Marnie McCall.
After considerable debate it was decided to retain the services of an accredited auditor for 2014.
President Glenn Wright presented two certificates in recognition of excellence for presentation and writing, the subject of another blog post.

All directors whose terms were ending, Marnie McCall, Susan Davis, Kathy Wallace and Mary-Lou Simac, offered to stand again and were acclaimed. Ken McKinlay was acclaimed a director at large.
Barbara Tose was acclaimed as the new society President. Shown in the photo (l-r) are Anne Sterling, Mary-Lou Simac, Susan Davis, Marnie McCall, Glenn Wright, Jane Down, Barbara Tose and Ken McKinlay. Directors not present were Dave Cross and Mary Donnelly.

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