MGS is modernizing. Thanks to a donation from Friesens Printing, Altona (http://www.friesens.com/) a new brochure has been designed and printed. We will be distributing it widely to MGS branches, public libraries, archives, universities, etc. Click here to download a copy of the new brochure MGS_brochure_nov.30.2016.
We have also developed a new Membership Form. Click on membership-form-dec-16. Please destroy copies of the old form. If you are not using MANI to pay your membership fees and wish to mail in a form, please use the new form from now on.
The Library Committee under Mary Bole has been working hard sorting out our library collection. They have culled some duplicate copies and older books to make room for other books. The culled books are available free of charge. Just drop into the MGS Library to look at the collection or email the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a particular book. Maybe you will find a “gem”. Click here for the list of available books mgs-free-books-nov-16 .
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joan McMurdo Whiston on October 23, 2016. Joan was president of MGS from 2006 – 2010. Donations can be made in Joan’s memory to the Manitoba Genealogy Society. A copy of her obituary can be found at http://passages.winnipegfreepress.com/passage-details/id-240154/WHISTON_JOAN#/
Oriole Veldhuis, author of the book “For Elise: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead”, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards, recognizing excellence in Canadian independent publishing. The awards were presented at the 15th Annual Whistler Writers Festival on October 16. http://www.tidewaterfestival.com/whistler-independent-book-awards-2016-finalists/ A synopsis of the book can be found at https://vanecriddle.wordpress.com
Sun., July 31 to Sat., August 6
MGS will be hosting an informational display at the Pavilion of Scotland, Glenwood CC, 27 Overton St. Drop in and find out more about your Scottish ancestors. MGS Outreach chair, Bill Curtis, is organizing the event and requires volunteers to assist in talking to people.
More information on the pavilion – http://www.pavilionofscotland.ca/
The Eric Jonasson Award of Merit is the major award given by MGS. It was created in 1999 to honour Eric Jonasson for his contributions to MGS. He was one of the founding members of the Society in 1976. He was the first President and served until 1980. Eric wrote his first genealogical guide “Tracing Your Icelandic Family Tree” in the 1970’s, followed by “The Canadian Genealogical Handbook” in 1976. In 1983, he published “Untangling Your Family Tree”. Eric was involved in many community and cultural organizations in Manitoba.
The 2016 winner is Shirle McGimpsey from the Dauphin Branch. The photo shows Dauphin Branch President, Don White, making the presentation.
The Florence Cox Volunteer Service Award was created in 1999, Flo passed away in 2000. Flo was a member of MGS from 1979. She was a very active member in the Library and helped out in the indexing of many Manitoba Cemeteries. Flo donated a new photocopier in her will to the Society, for which we were all very grateful. The Florence Cox Awards are presented in grateful acknowledgement of exceptional service to MGS. More than one award can be made each year.
The 2016 winners are Helen Ellingson from the Swan Valley Branch, Jan Gowan from the Winnipeg/South-east Branch, and Sandra Havig from the Winnipeg/South-east Branch. Photos show MGS President, Jim Oke, presenting certificates to Jan Gowan and Sandra Havig.
Congratulations to all the recipients.
The 2016 MGS Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 am in the Library/Resource Center in Winnipeg. This was the 40th Anniversary of MGS. The meeting included the 2015-16 Annual Reports, election of Executive officers, and presentation of MGS awards. Here are the 2016-17 Executive officers elected at the AGM (for 1-year terms):
- President – Jim Oke, VP Administration – Virginia Braid, VP Finance – Rick McLellan, VP Information Technology – Gordon McBean, VP Communications – Janice Butcher
The following officers were appointed by the MGS Executive at the first meeting held after the AGM:
- Secretary – Pat Sundmark, Treasurer – Linda Wray
The 8-member MGS Executive also includes Past President, Kathy Stokes.
A 40th Anniversary cake was prepared for the MGS AGM, with the same colour scheme and picture as the new MGS web-site. It was cut by Don White (Dauphin President) representing the branches, Kathy Stokes representing the MGS Executive, and Louisa Shermerhorn representing the volunteers – see photos below.
On Saturday, May 14 the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg is hosting an Arts, Culture and Heritage Fair in Alloway Hall from 11 am. – 5 pm. MGS will once again be hosting an information display along with many other community organizations. The celebration includes free admission to the Museum Galleries, Science Gallery and Planetarium, and special events throughout the day. More information at https://manitobamuseum.ca/main/manitoba-day-2016/
Birthday cake (Manitoba’s 146th) and other refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for MGS to inform the general public about our organization. We need volunteers to staff our display – two volunteers per hour. If you are available, please contact Bill Curtis (Outreach Chair) at email@example.com. Why not volunteer for an hour and then take advantage of the free admission?
Successful MGS Council Meeting in Portage la Prairie yesterday.
Thanks to the Branch members from Brandon and Dauphin for attending. It was a session full of ideas, discussion and sharing of insights! It was agreed that we would do it again.