From the President's Pen

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2017 09:25


Hello Members,

It's my first note to you as President and I'd like to thank those who nominated me for this position and intend to live up to your expectations.  Many thanks to Michael Murphy, our outgoing President, who did a terrific job for us during 2015-16.  Congratulations to our elected committee members for 2016-17 and I am looking forward to working with you over the next 12 months.

A special mention must be made of David Beddie, who is this year's recipient of our Life Membership Award.  David has been a member of this Society for many, many years and is our Treasurer/Magazine Editor, keeping us all well informed through our 'GhostBuster' magazines and the monthly 'The Ghost'newsletter.  He is often our lecturer at many of the courses held during the year.  Eg. The Beginner's Course; the courses on English, Scottish, Irish and European research (to name a few), supplying us with ideas and much needed information to enable us to continue our family history pursuits.  He follow in the footsteps of our previous achievers being:  Robert Gollan;  Carol Beever;  Carole Cockshott; Esma Hannah;  and Jillian Murphy.  All the best to you David and congratulations on a well-deserved award.

Over the next 12 months we're planning some exciting speakers for our monthly meetings and future informative courses.  Also up to three outings for the years which began with a Tour of State Records held on Thursday 6th October.  This was a guided tour and a behind the scenes look at just how the records are kept and restored.  It was a very successful day with 15 in attendance and most stayed till much later looking throughreels, books, packages, microfiche and computers for those ever elusive family documents.

We will be holding our one-day seminar on Saturday 20th May 2017 at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.  This will be our first seminar held in eight years and we're looking to make it a wonderful success for our members and visitors alike.

As the world is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WW1, the Society is too, with a diplay in our meeting room of our WW1 family heroes by showing their photographs and family heirlooms.  There are many pctures on display and we're looking forward to showing a lot more with photos from you before the end of 2018. Please keep passing on photoghraphs of your WW1 family heroes.  With this commemoration there will also be continuing WW1 campaign stories and interesting talks to keep you informed of the events that occurred during this tragic part of the world's history.

The end of 2016 is fast approaching and we will be holding our Christmas Party on Saturday 3rd December after the monthly meeting.  All members are welcome to join us at the Cataract Dam for fun and laughter with trivia and games .... always a great happy event!  The Committee members and I look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Bye for now and all the Best,




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