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TIGS Monthly Meeting Notes
October 2007

Troy, New York

The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at the M.J.’s on the Avenue in North Troy, New York.   The following individuals were in attendance:

Kris Ayotte                              Karen Minahan                                    
Kay Brearton                          Michael S. Minahan
Lynne Gould                           Aven Miter
Mary Griffin                              Brad Miter
Jeanne Keefe                         Frank Miter
Mary Kohli                               Mrs. Frank Miter
Pat McAvey                             Mimi Nicotina
Bill McGrath                            Pat Plunkett
Cathy McGrath                       Lizette Strait
                           Kris White

The meeting was called to order at 6:45 p.m. by Kris Ayotte, Vice President, in the absence of President.   Kris welcomed Brad Miter and his wife from Ohio, Mary Kohli and Mary Griffin from Iowa and Pat McAvey, originally from County Longford and now residing in Troy and the Minahans who have returned to the Troy area from Connecticut.   The members were also happy to meet Frank Miter and his wife as well as Lynne Gould who was attending her first TIGS meeting.

A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Mimi Nicotina to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2007 meeting.   The motion passed.  The minutes have been published on the TIGS website.


There were no reports from the President, Vice President or Secretary.

Cathy McGrath, Treasurer, reported that the beginning balance was $1323.29.  Expenditures made and income received was reported.  The current balance in the treasury is $1087.73.   There are 97 paid members.   

Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster, reported that everything is up to date on the website.  Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported that there are 197 list members.

Bill McGrath, Project Chairperson, reported that scanning of Volumes IV and V of the Rensselaer County marriage index has begun.   He asked for volunteers to assist with the scanning.   Pat Plunkett and Lynne Gould volunteered to assist and learn the process.  


Kris Ayotte discussed the upcoming trip to Ireland.    She explained that the tour will be from April 17 to April 24 in conjunction with CIE Tours; the cost is $1650.  There are 14 seats available and anyone who would like more information should contact Kris.

Lizette reported that the newsletter is scheduled to be published shortly and will be available to paid members.  Kris has not received a response to the grant funding request she submitted on behalf of the Society.   The list of names of past Exulted Rules of the Troy Elks has been completed by Kris White and will be published on the website.



The members discussed inviting a speaker to a future meeting.    Mimi Nicotina offered to contact Jack McEneny to determine if he would be available to speak at a meeting. 
Kris Ayotte had an opportunity to look at some of the old records from the former Stanton Brewery in Troy.   The records will be given to the Rensselaer County Historical Society.   She reported on some of the interesting information she found.

After a brief discussion, it was agreed that payment of dues by new members after October 1, 2007 will constitute payment of 2008 dues.


A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Pat Plunkett to adjourn the meeting.   The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.   The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 6:30 PM. 

Brad Miter shared information regarding his genealogy work and demonstrated equipment he uses to copy records and to store information.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathleen Brearton, Secretary

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