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TIGS Monthly Meeting Notes
August 2007

Troy, New York


The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at the home of Bill and Cathy McGrath.  A potluck dinner was enjoyed by the following that were in attendance:

Lizette Strait
Donna K. Vaughn
Cathy McGrath
David Symons
Bill White
Ann White
John Zima
Ellen Anne Zima
Clyde Robbins
Patt Robbins
Bill Mc Grath
Mimi Nicotina

The meeting was called to order at 7:20 p.m. by Donna Vaughn, President.  Donna Vaughn welcomed the many new list members and guests.

A motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Mimi Nicotina to approve the minutes of the July meeting.   The motion passed.  The minutes have been published on the TIGS website.


Donna Vaughn, President – No report.

Kris Ayotte, Vice President – No report.

Cathy McGrath, Treasurer, reported that the current balance is $1293.29.  There are two outstanding checks to be written; one for $17.00 for brochures, and one for the totes and shirts.  There are now 96 paid members.

Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster - No report.

Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported that there are 199 list members.

Bill McGrath, Project Chairperson, reported that Volume III of the Marriage Index and the 1903 City Directory Death Records have been put on line.  He is currently gearing up for Volumes IV & V of the Marriage Index.  Members discussed possible new projects.  One possible new project is church memorials, they can have a wealth of genealogy information on them.  Bill McGrath thought this can be an important project since many churches are closing and contents being sold off.  Another project could be the 1904 City Directory.  This will be discussed at the next meeting.


The proposed trip to Ireland was tabled since Kris Ayotte was not in attendance.  The trip is scheduled for sometime in mid-April 2008.

TIGS T-shirts and tote bags were available to members that ordered them last month.  Prepaid orders are still being taken at meetings from members who would like to buy one.  It was mentioned by Donna Vaughn that from now on only shirts provided by the printers will be used. 

Donna Vaughn discussed the fall edition of the newsletter, which will be coming out soon.  She is looking for a volunteer to chair this issue of the newsletter.  The committee will be meeting shortly to discuss the upcoming issue.

The grant application for “Honoring our Ancestors Grant Program” was tabled till the next meeting since Kris Ayotte was unable to attend.

The annual Irishfest at the Altamont Fairgrounds is scheduled for September 15th  from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Donna Vaughn discussed the volunteers for the TIGS table.  She also mentioned that the volunteers will have to pay the admissions fee.  200 brochures were printed for distribution. 


Donna Vaughn congratulated the TIGS members that were able to join Jeanne Keefe at the WMHT fundraiser.  She mentioned that Jeanne gave a wonderful interview on the air about TIGS.


A motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Mimi Nicotina to adjourn the meeting.   The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.   The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 6:30 PM at MJ’s on the Avenue. 

Respectfully submitted,

Lizette Strait, List Administrator

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