This is getting a little frustrating! I’ve put up…or tried to put up…a few new posts. Then POOF!
They’re gone and I can’t find them. And WordPress can’t find them!
But, I’m going to just soldier on and hope for the best. Lots of interesting things are going on. That was the inspiration to post “Busy Year.” But I have no idea if it’s out there somewhere. So here goes.
First, I was nominated for and elected to be the president of NEAPG, the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. High regional profile and I’m getting to know some of the best known and most talented genealogists throughout New England.
But I also want to tell you this little story. In early January, I was invited to join a private Google+ Community, “NEAPG Lunch with Dave.” It came from a highly credentialed and well known genealogist, Barbara Mathews. Barbara is a Certified Genealogist, author of several genealogical books and articles, and was recently named Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. I’ve known Barbara for about 2 years mostly through NEAPG. I also participate in her NGSQ study group once a month. So, in order to maintain good relationships, I accepted the invitation naively unaware of which “Dave” she was referencing. I had to wait to see who else was invited. Turns out, 3 other well respected and highly accomplished genealogists were also invited. I mean, to be invited to meet with this group was flattering to say the least. As it turns out, the purpose of the lunch was to provide me with some background and working knowledge of the status of NEAPG and offer me their assistance in my new role. I was not a complete stranger to NEAPG. I had been a member for a little over a year before taking the Vice President’s role. But the “top spot” carried with it quite a bit more in the way of responsibilities.
So on a Friday a couple of weeks ago, I met with Barbara, Kate Lowrie, Tim Firkowski and Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, all past board members of NEAPG and equally accomplished professional genealogists in their own right. Lunch, or more accurately, school was at Amici Trattoria in Shrewsbury, Mass. I admitted to them that my visceral reaction to the invitation for “Lunch with Dave” left me wondering “Who’s Dave” but I was quick to figure that out!
The lunch was great and the help they collectively provided was priceless. Polly invited us all back to her house for some socializing so the day turned out to be quite an “event,” at least from my perspective!
Now all the pieces are coming together nicely. I’m accompanied in this adventure by Michelle Fontaine our new Treasurer, Jennifer Shoer as Secretary and Brent Chadwick, Vice President. We’ve already begun a good stream of communication, held a few “virtual” board meetings and our new Program Committee co-chaired by Polly and Cathi Wiest Desmarais has the year pretty much mapped out! I’m determined that as a group, we’re going to put together an interesting, educational and mutually helpful year for all the membership!
More later, especially if I’ve fixed the phantom blog-post problem!!
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