Well, darn! When you think you’ve completed something, and then someone pulls the rug out on you, that’s pretty much all you can say….
We thought we were being so good to get our yearly reminder out to you early — in the September newsletter where it belongs. And so just less than a week ago for printed copy newsletter recipients, and this weekend for those getting the IGS Newsletter by Email delivery, our front page announced that it woud be time again on September 1st to sign up again (or for the first time) in Ralph’s Community program. This is the program that refunds a small percentage of your grocery purchases at this Southern California subsidiary of the Kroger grocery chain as income to the Immigrant Genealogical Society (as well as scores of other non-profits).
And, naturally, it was just about this time that our president got an announcement from Ralph’s saying that our program ID had changed from the number we’ve seemingly always had to something new — HW858, if I heard the message correctly. I’m presuming that this shouldn’t be too much of a problem if one chooses the option of typing in the name of the preferred organization until that desired organization’s name pops up in a window. Then one merely selects that choice, and the registration is good for another year. And since we all have to wait until September 1st is here to sign up again, no one has been able to enter a wrong ID yet anyway. We just ask that those of you who participate be extra cautious this time around. THANKS!!
The International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) has just released its new 2-page brochure on next year’s conference. We’re closing in on final speakers selection and program definition plus some special events!
The Ventura County Genealogical Society is presenting a Family History program on “Finding Online Resources from Lineage Societies.” The date is Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It is a free event, open to all. For more information, visit their web site: https://venturacogensoc.org/.
Our Handwriting Workshop with Dr. Fritz Juengling on June 9th is now sold out. There is a waiting list, but we do not expect that we’ll have too many cancellations. So, while we’re always willing to add names, it’s probably unwise to get one’s hopes up.
The good news is that this encourages the IGS to offer more programming in the future. We used to be very active in this regard, until the internet and decreased membership made it seem unwise to continue offering programs — while paying speakers and presenters to come for declining audiences.
This workshop represents the first time in years that we’ve been able to pay a presenter for their work and cover transportation costs. That being something of a gamble, we did not want to add more risk by contracting for a hall somewhere for this event. The result is that we’re squeezing as many as we can into limited space at SCGS and IGS, but having to turn away those for whom we just have no available room. We hope you understand.
We’re pleased — VERY pleased — at the turnout, however. This means we’ll try to “think bigger” next year. Please keep us in mind!
It is important that any members who can attend, do attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the IGS Library. For reasons of illness and injury, the officers cannot be present. Still, our Bylaws require a certain level of participation in the election of the new Board. You need not stay long, but your presence will be appreciated!
For reasons of illness, the December newsletter will be late.
Are you thinking you’ll not attend Jamboree this year because you don’t have the time or money for a full day’s activities?
Why not just come over for an hour or two to visit the IGS table and the other exhibitors? The Jamboree Exhibit Hall is free and open to the public all weekend. If you’re within commuting distance, you can still participate without making a major commitment!
If you park in the lot of the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, you can expect to pay for parking. But the Exhibit Hall alone — with all the displays, products, and connections-to-be-made — can be well worth it.
Thank you to all who came to hear her this afternoon, and welcome to those who plan to come on Tuesday evening to hear this engaging presentation. Remember, May 16th at 1310 W. Magnolia Blvd. with informal reception at 6 pm and the talk beginning at 7 pm. However, please plan on coming a bit earlier than you had planned, as we’ve received notice of filming that evening in the next block to our west — and parking could be at a premium. [We have three lanes, for three cars each, behind our building off the alley.]
Now, here are photos from today’s talk….
When you come to hear her Tuesday, be sure to sign in at the front desk. Astrid will be selling copies of her books — which she will inscribe for buyers if they wish — so come prepared. She has done a great job telling the story of emigration to America from her home region, and these two books will make great gifts to family members who may wonder why genealogy fascinates you so!! The first explains what the journey was like, and why people chose to make it. The second tells the specific stories of eight families from her home town, including how they managed to adjust to their new country.
This just in — there’s going to be filming activity in the next block of Magnolia Tuesday afternoon and evening. What does that mean to us? Simply that parking may be at a premium!
We received notice from TVM Productions, Inc. that filming will commence at 5 p.m. at 1420 W. Magnolia (Tyerman’s Automotive). While we’ll be mostly unaffected, we learned that parking may well be restricted in front of our building, on Magnolia Blvd. all the way up to Mariposa Ave. The West side of Griffith Park Drive, from Magnolia south to the alley, is also potentially “off limits.”
We’ve called to alert the company to our event, and it may be that part of the restricted spaces may be released for our use — but we won’t know for sure until Tuesday. So, if you’re planning to come Tuesday evening (6 pm reception, 7 pm talk & book signing), do plan on coming early enough to secure parking. Thanks!!