VBRGS NEWS
2017 PROGRAM AND EVENT SCHEDULE
These programs are
FREE
and we invite anyone who wishes to learn and share with others their passion for family history.

January  
NO MEETING

Monday, February 27, 2017
Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m., all members are encouraged to attend
Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Program:
"Books, etc.: Researching at the VBDL"
Presented by Joyce Beedie and Pam Pender
Refreshment hosts for the evening are VBRGS board members

Monday, March 27, 2017
Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m., all members are encouraged to attend
7:00 p.m.
Program:
Civil War, Dearest Eleanor
It is the story of a 1st Michigan Infantry  soldier in the Civil  War as told  through his letters home to his
sweetheart. It will presented in first person as the soldier James Henry Wheaton.  
Presented by Steven Rigoni from the Van Buren County Historical Society
Refreshment host for the evening is Jane Wagel


Monday, April 24, 2017
Board Meeting will be at 6:00 p.m., all members are encouraged to attend
Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Program:
Heirlooms: Preserving Your Family Memorabilia
Presented by Steve Rossio, History Library for the Portage District Library
Refreshment host for the evening is Ann Flora

May
No Society Meeting
There will be a board meeting in May. The date and time to be announced.

June 1st
Memberships for 2017 - 2018 are due.




Monday, June 26, 2017
Our 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY begins at 6:00 p.m.
Everyone is Welcome
Annual Meeting and Board Elections
Program presented by Karen Krugman
Karen has been a genealogist since 1990 and a professional researcher since 1998. She is also a well known
author and speaker and enjoys sharing her many experiences doing research using her unique humor.  
Refreshment hosts for the evening are VBRGS and Van Buren District Library


Monday, July 24, 2017
Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Program:
Organizing Your Genealogy and Researching in Lake County, IN
Presented by Marlene Polster from the Larry J. Clark Genealogical Center at the Valaparaiso, IN Public Library
Marlene is the Vice-President of the Indiana Genealogical Society and a member for 20 years.
Refreshment host for the evening is Jeff Fisher


Monday, August 28, 2017
Board meeting at 6:00 p.m., all members are welcome to attend
Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Program:
Life After Andersonville
Presented by John Urschel,
Refreshment hosts for the evening are Bonnie Pardike and Lynn Martin


Monday, September 25, 2017
Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Program
presented by Dr. Sharon Carlson from the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, WMU
Refreshment host for the evening is Jodi Wesaw


Monday, October 23, 2017
Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Program
presented by Marcus Winchester, Director of Language and Culture, Pokegan Band of the Potawatomi
Refreshment host for the evening is Kay Gray



MANY THANKS TO OUR REFRESHMENT HOSTS AS YOU PROVIDE A
VERY NICE WELCOME FOR OUR MEMBERS AND GUESTS.


Meetings are held on the 4th Monday in the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, September,
and October at the
Webster Memorial Library, 200 N. Phelps St., Decatur, MI  
The evening begins at 7:00 with a short business meeting followed by social time and then a program of
genealogical/historical interest.
Any changes in date, time or location will be posted as soon as possible.
Contact Joyce Beedie at 269-657-4409 if there is a question about a meeting or if weather conditions are such
that a meeting would be cancelled.


There are no society meetings held in November, December, January or May.