I am writing to wish you a season of good health and gratitude. One of the things that I continue to be grateful for is this amazing society. I plan to put this group at the top of my annual donation list, and I hope that you too will consider making the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society one of your giving priorities. We have set a goal again this year of raising $17,000 to support our many activities on your behalf.
Your society has not skipped a beat during this pandemic. Look at all that we've accomplished in 2020:
*We began holding monthly meetings by zoom, expanding our ability to hear from distant speakers.
*We arranged with Ancestry for free access from home for our members during the Lockdown.
*We added Genealogy Bank to remote services available to members.
*The Education Committee held our bi-annual Seminar successfully on zoom.
*We held Lunch and Learn Zoom Sessions with as many as 59 people attending.
*We held many additional zoom classes each week during Family History Month.
*We began sending Free Tips for Stay-at-Home Genealogists.
*The JewishGen Interest Group with the Outreach Committee created a virtual Jewish Heritage exhibit.
*Outreach also continued our annual children's art exhibit and made it virtual this year.
*The Preservation Committee has scanned to-date over 206,000 documents that are available for research.
*A well-attended presentation of genealogy was made to Residents of Encina Royale (prior to lock down).
*The landscape committee hired a new gardening firm to maintain the landscaping at the Sahyun library.
*Volunteers continue to assist with gardening, repairs, etc.
*The board created a new split budget to separate the operation of our society from the maintenance of the library facility itself.
*We created a new Property Committee to manage the property grounds and the structures.
* The board also created a new Technology Committee.
* The property committee installed a new roof on the redwood building, resurfaced the parking lot, and painted the Victorian house.
*The Ancestors West Committee continued creating wonderful quarterly issues.
*We restructured the organizational chart of the Board of Directors and created new job descriptions.
*Your board selected Property Committee and Tech Committee chairs. Whew, that was a lot!
Finally, I hope that you are keeping a journal for your descendants, describing the year of the 2020 Pandemic... And after creating your 2020 pandemic diary, please send your annual donation in the enclosed envelope!
All the best,
Marei Sue Parsons