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TIGS Monthly Meeting Notes
June 2007


The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the M.J.’s on the Avenue in North Troy, New York.   The following individuals were in attendance:

Kris Ayotte                              Eileen Shea
Kay Brearton                           Rick Shea
Bill McGrath                             Lizette Strait
Mike Rainey                             Jan Sullivan
                        Kris White

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Kris Ayotte, Vice President, in the absence of the President, Donna Vaughn.   The members were pleased to welcome Mike Rainey, a TIGS member, who was visiting from Sarasota, Florida.

A motion was made by Rick Shea and seconded by Jan Sullivan to approve the minutes of the May 17, 2007 meeting.   The motion passed.  The minutes have been published on the TIGS website.


According to a report from President Donna Vaughn, the next issue of the TIGS newsletter will be available in July.   Donna has requested that the Treasurer keep her apprised of any new members and their e-mail addresses so that they will be able to access the newsletter.

There were no reports from the Vice President or Secretary.

Representing Cathy McGrath, Bill McGrath reported that the beginning balance in the treasury was $906.29.  The Antique Appraisal event raised $270.  A check in the amount of $23 was paid to Lizette Strait for the poster board she purchased.   A petty cash fund has been established in the amount of $30 to cover small incidental expenses not requiring checks.   The current balance in the treasury is $1123.29.   There are 95 paid members.   

Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported that there are 198 list members.

Bill McGrath, Project Chairperson, reported that Volume III of the marriage index and the city directory death records and are ready to be put on line.  They will be put up on the site when Jeanne returns from out of town and is able to catch up on her work.


The election results report was submitted by Ed Dyer, Chairman of the Elections Committee.   The slate of officers was elected; all votes registered were in favor   The Secretary cast one vote for all the candidates.   The officers for the 2007-2008 are:   Donna Vaughn, President; Kris Ayotte, Vice President; Secretary, Kay Brearton; Treasurer, Cathy McGrath; Web Master, Jeanne Keefe and List Administrator, Lizette Strait.

Kris Ayotte reported that she is still working to develop the best itinerary and price for the proposed Ireland trip.

Orders will be taken at the July meeting for TIGS T-shirts and sweatshirts.   Orders must be paid when the orders are placed.

The new resource list on the website was discussed.   Rick Shea has two sources he would like to add to the list.   He will contact Kris Ayotte to add his sources to the list.   Bill McGrath will advertise the resource list on some of the other lists.

A motion was made by Kris Ayotte and seconded by Rick Shea to donate $50 to the Mountain View Fire Department for allowing TIGS to use their facility for the recent Antique Appraisal Fair.   The motion was approved.

Kris Ayotte suggested that an appraisal fair be held again in the Fall.   Members were asked to suggest some other locations where it could be held.   Lizette Strait has added information about the Fair to the poster board presentation that will be used at functions.  TIGS will have a table at the Irishfest.   The poster board display and the TIGS banner will be placed on the table in addition to membership applications and TIGS brochures.


Kris Ayotte reported that she will submit a grant application to request funding from the “Honoring out Ancestors” Grant program.  She has been in contact with Amy Halloran of Troy regarding the grant.  There is a website – - where additional information is available.

Kris White has compiled a list of past Exalted Rulers of the Troy Lodge of Elks.


A motion was made by Jan Sullivan and seconded by Mike Rainey to adjourn the meeting.   The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.   The next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 6:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Brearton, Secretary

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