Saturday, April 12, 2014

Society Saturday - Annual Spring Seminar

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

If you missed Root Cellar SGS's Annual Spring Seminar, here is a recap of the event.............

When: April 5, 2014
Where: Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, Fair Oaks, California
Who: Geoff Rasmussen

Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. more........

Topics Presented:
Timelines & Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success
The Latest in Digital Imaging for Genealogists
Googling Around with Google & Other Fun Technology
What's New in Legacy 8

'Googleing Around with Google & Other Fun Technology' was live streaming out to an additional 500+ attendees on the internet plus the 200+ sitting live in front of Geoff. What a great experience. Geoff gave us a look from his side of the webinar....  how he keeps track of things, how is knows who is connected and where they are from....  and all sorts of other statistics.  

Thank you to our Seminar co-chairs Diane Maltase and Denise Miller and of course their fabulous committee of volunteers.

What a good day. The weather was perfect, thank you. People came and enjoyed the day.  Our vendors were ready for lots of business. Janaway Publishing - our book vendor this year,  Cox Black & White Lab to help with our photo needs, frames etc. Root Cellar SGS also had a table showing off their publications, tote bags, t-shirts, charts etc. And the freebie table was full...... older Root Cellar SGS Preserves, postcards, flyers and sheets/forms announcing other events coming soon. 

Lunches were distributed to over 200 people in less than 10 minutes. Now that is a record.  Great job!  lead by Fran Marlow.  Fran & her crew were also responsible for keeping the table full of all types of finger foods which were set out at the beginning of the day and during the afternoon hours, plus coffee, water & soda pop. 

The busiest table of the day was headed by Billie Helms and her crew..... YES! you guessed it- the Raffle Ticket Table. Again this year we had available cash and/or charge. AND again Billie and Barbara at the table and Marilyn Ulbricht out on the floor selling, selling, selling. Great Job!!  

As you may know there is a lot of work & time that goes into this event- up to a year before the seminar day and continues till the day of the seminar and planning the following years seminar in the midst of it all. 

Root Cellar SGS is well known for good, well run, very organized seminars. It is also known for its grand raffle baskets. And this is year is no exception. Each basket had extra's with it. Amazing, just amazing! Winners went away very excited and happy, as usual. These baskets are being planned and being filled most of the year. We receive donations for the baskets all year long and 80% of the actual basket returns so that it can be refilled for the next year. A dedicated committee of members are responsible for just the baskets and it shows. (Thank you!)

Ahhh!! I think we are ready to open those doors and let the participants come in.

Great shot taken by Rick Hansen
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, Fair Oaks, California 

Check out the post for this coming Wednesday for the seminar in pictures.

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