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Summer 2011
Mini Classes
WMGS Program Schedule Mini Classes are held in the Grand Rapids Public Library from
12:15 to 1:15 in the Adult Computer Center. They are free to
The following programs will be held in the Grand the general public.
Rapids Public Library in the Ryerson Auditorium.
Meetings begin at 1:30 pm, starting with WMGS business June 11: Protecting Your Data from Catastrophic Loss –
and followed by the speaker. Admission is free and Backing up Your Files
everyone is welcome! Parking is free at the Library on
Saturdays. Remember to have your parking ticket WMGS Beginner Classes
validated in the Library’s main lobby. Refreshments are
served after the speaker’s presentation. Books and June 16, 2011
supplies may be purchased from the Sales Table before Dutch Heritage Databases
and after the programs. The class will be held in the GRPL Adult Computer
Center on the Lower Level from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Basic
computer skills are required. This class will teach you
June 11, 2011 how to access Genlias and Zeeuws Archief in English,
locate abstracts of vital records and make copies.
Hunting Your Hoosier Ancestors: Resources
You May Have Overlooked
This talk could also aptly be subtitled: “There’s more in
Indiana than the Allen County Public Library.” David WMGS Family History Writers’ Workshops
Eisen will describe some of the more useful, but largely
unsung, genealogical resources in Indiana, from libraries June 21, July 19, August 16 at 1:30 to 4:45 p.m.
to museums to personal collections. Like Michigan, Dominican Center, 2025 Fulton St East
Indiana is rich in genealogical history and resources as
well as the dedicated people who know how to use the The Writers’ Workshops are designed to help and
materials. We will explore some of these repositories to support each other’s desire to write about our families
provide listeners ideas on new places to search for those with a kind eye and lots of humor. Everyone is welcome.
elusive ancestors. We informally discuss questions relevant to each
person’s work, provide helpful, non-judgmental feedback
on writer’s current projects and have fun learning about
each other and our research. Everyone is welcome to
No meeting in July and August bring their latest writing project rather than the
suggested topic for the meeting.

September 10, 2011 June: Teenage angst.

July: What we did for fun in the summer
Over Wayne County Way from ages five to ten.
Researching in Detroit and Wayne County (MI) can be August: Describe one grandparent and what
overwhelming. Diane Oslund will present tips on how to you learned from him or her.
find what you need, where to go or decide if you really
need to go there at all. The workshops are held at the Dominican Center on the
corner of East Fulton and Lakeside Drive. Please call
November 4-5, 2011 Sister Michael Ellen Carling at 616-643-0206 (home) or
616-643-0225 (office) if you wish to attend. You may park
Got Ancestors?! Seminar in the Dominican Center parking lot on Lakeside Drive.
Mark your calendar for the annual Seminar featuring Use the lower entrance on the east side of the large
Tony Burroughs. Watch for portico. Go down the steps or down the cement ramp to
details. enter the building. The receptionist will direct you to the
Great Lakes Events

July 16, 2011 Civil War Related Activities

2011 Abrams Genealogy Seminar Many museums, historical societies, genealogy
This year the seminar will be held at the Archives of societies and communities will be sponsoring
Michigan. David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FamilySearch Chief activities, events and exhibits related to the Civil
Genealogical Officer, will be the keynote speaker. More War in remembrance of the 150th anniversary.
information and registration details will be posted at
They represent a great opportunity to learn about when they become available.
many aspects of the war and people involved.

July 23, 2011
Fort Wayne Ancestry Day July 9-10, 2011
Join experts at and the Allen County Public Civil War Days at Historic Fort Wayne
Library’s Genealogy Center for a full day of family Civil War Days is an annual event hosted by the
history, classes and more. Classes include: Insider Search Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. It is a Civil War re-
Tips for, How to Find Civil War Roots at enactment sponsored to bring back to life the Days of, Hidden Treasures of the Genealogy Center our country’s Civil War for the education of the public.
in Fort Wayne, A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family 2011 will be the sixth time this event has been held by
History Project, and Ask the Experts (a panel discussion.) the Coalition, though its roots go back to the Civil War
Registration for the full day is $20. Register online and Days hosted by the Detroit Historical Museum in the
find information about places to eat and hotels at 1980s and early 1990s. Admission will be $3 per person, children under 12 will be free and parking will be $5
per car.
For more information about hours, location and
July 29, 2011 schedule visit
GRPL Lock-In
The Grand Rapids Public Library will hold their next May 26 – September 5, 2011
Lock-In on July 29, from 5:30-10:00 p.m. This is a great
opportunity for people who are new to genealogy to get Discovering the Civil War Exhibit
help from members of WMGS. As always, printing is free The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan will sponsor
and, and NEHGS are free. the traveling Civil War exhibit from the National
Registration at is normally open 30 Archives. Commemorate the sesquicentennial of the
days prior to the event. This is a very popular event with a American Civil War through this limited-engagement
long waiting list. If you register for this event and later traveling exhibit that takes a fresh look at the conflict
learn that you are unable to attend, PLEASE call the GRPL through little-known stories, seldom-seen documents
to let them know you won’t be attending and give and unusual perspectives. Walk in the shoes of
someone else the chance to attend. researchers, unlock secrets, solve mysteries and
uncover unexpected events. The exhibit combines great
original treasures and engaging touch-screen
interactives in a physical environment inspired by 21st-
September 7-10, 2011 century research rooms. Letters, diaries, photos, maps,
FGS Conference: Pathways to the Heartland petitions, receipts, patents, amendments and
This year the annual FGS Conference will be in proclamations all become powerful tools to let visitors
Springfield, Illinois. For more information visit take a fresh look at a conflict that still touches our lives. A ride sharing program For more information visit To
has been set up using the website. More see other locations and dates for this exhibit visit
information about and a special link can be and click on
found at the FGS conference webpage. WMGS will have a the EVENTS link.
booth with books for sale and a database demonstration. If
you are attending the conference, stop by WMGS’s booth August 26-28, 2011
and say “Hi.”
Jackson, Michigan Cascades
Civil War Muster
October 12-13, 2011 This is the largest Civil War reenactment event in
Michigan. It will be held in Cascade Falls Park in
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne Jackson. This year the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry,
Save this date for the next WMGS bus trip to the Allen
Co. B., Inc. are reenacting the Battle of Bethel Church,
County Public Library. Details about the hotel and prices
Virginia. See for more
will be announced in the Fall Newsletter.
2011 Membership List
WMGS is nothing without our Members. Here is the most recent list of those who make us something. Thank
you to all of our 353 new and renewing Members!
Sharon & Scott Adrian, Fremont, MI Rachel Connell, Wyoming, MI Barbara Greene, Caledonia, MI
Sara Akehi, Grand Rapids, MI Barbara Conner, Hastings, MI Lora Greenland, Rockford, MI
Linda Allen, Stockbridge, MI Kathy Cook, Grand Rapids, MI Shirley Nason Greenwood, Santa Cruz,
Evelyn Allerding, Freeport, MI John Cosgrove, Ada, MI CA
Janet Alpert, Holland, MI David R Cosper, Downers Grove, IL Bill Grinstead, Grand Rapids, MI
Mary A Alt, Marne, MI Roger Cotner, Grand Haven, MI Sally Grove, Wyoming, MI
Judith Anderson, Grand Rapids, MI Allan Couch, Grand Rapids, MI JoAnne K Gulliver, Sugar Land, TX
Bob & Marian Avink, Grandville, MI Ann Covey, Grand Rapids, MI Sylvia Gurk, Pierson, MI
Barbara Bacon, Grand Rapids, MI John Dale, Fenton, MI Ruth Gustafson, Spokane, WA
Charlyn Bailey, Ravenna, MI Dale & Claudette Darling, Comstock Park, Linda Guth, Jenison, MI
Judy Baird, Lowell, MI MI Nancy Guzzo, Grand Rapids, MI
Donald & Jane Barsema, Grand Rapids, MI Sharynanne Davey, Rockford, MI Sue Haadsma-Svensson, Indianapolis, IN
Steven C Bassett, Plymouth, MI Dona David, Muskegon, MI Charlotte E Haag, La Marque, TX
Lynnette Bean, Shelbyville, MI Kelly Davidson, Cold Spring, KY Linda Haney, Grandville, MI
Hattie Beenen, Grand Rapids, MI Darlene Dawood, Sand Lake, MI Joan Hansen, Grand Rapids, MI
Eleanor Benz, Kalispell, MT Claudia S Day, Grand Rapids, MI Patricia Gruse Harris, Michigan City, IN
Shirley A Bergman, Plymouth, IN Shirley DeBoer, CG, Grand Rapids, MI Carolyn Hart, Jenison, MI
Herbert Besemer, Grand Rapids, MI Marvel M DeBois, Grand Rapids, MI Becky Haywood, Grand Rapids, MI
Cheryl Bignall, Grand Rapids, MI Leona R DeBruyne, Grand Rapids, MI Judy Hebert, Grand Rapids, MI
Susan Billow, Dorr, MI Robert DeFer, Chesterfield, MO Arvin Heilman, Holland, MI
Melissa Bird, Peoria, AZ Lillian S DeHart, Cincinnatus, NY Dorothy Heney, Grand Rapids, MI
Gail Blanco, Goffstown, NH Lori Demmink, Marne, MI Eleanor M Henze, Grand Rapids, MI
Patricia Blood, Ionia, MI Richard H Dewey, Benicia, CA Larry Herrington, Rockford, MI
Karen M Blumenshine, Cedar Springs, MI Tom Dickenson, Ada, MI Jane Hesselschwerdt, Grand Rapids, MI
Sue Bogard, Grand Rapids, MI Susan Dietz, Rockford, MI Megan and Jim Heyl, Holland, MI
Tammy Bond, Rockford, MI Frederick Dolehanty, Rochester Hills, MI Alyce Hole, Rockford, MI
Fred Boogaard, Grandville, MI Sue Dombrowski, Grand Rapids, MI Ann Hole, Comstock Park, MI
Nancy L Borst, Grand Rapids, MI Judith L Dood, Byron Center, MI Graham Hollis, Kalamazoo, MI
Pauline Bosch, Grand Rapids, MI Lorrie Dowling, Wyoming, MI Mrs Noel C Horn, Grand Rapids, MI
Gerald Bott, Grand Rapids, MI Micky Drollinger, Alto, MI Bobbe & Roger Horton, Grand Rapids, MI
Gerald L Bowersox, Hudsonville, MI Betty J Dunham, Kalkaska, MI Linda Huffaker, Rockford, MI
Pat Brewer, Dorr, MI Ann Ed, Grand Rapids, MI Marvin Huizingh, Kentwood, MI
Jack Briggs, Ada, MI James & Frances Eddy, Salem, OR Janice K Hulbert, Grand Rapids, MI
Willa Brown, Grand Rapids, MI Sandra L Einig, Byron Center, MI Connie Ingham, Grand Rapids, MI
Mary Bruining, Jenison, MI David J Eisen, Mishawaka, IN Shirley Ingraham, Grand Rapids, MI
Don and Mindy Bryant, Grand Rapids, MI Laurel A Emerson, Richmond, MI Sue Irvine, Grand Rapids, MI
Kenneth Buehler, Rio Rancho, NM Gayla J Endahl, Marne, MI Kathryn Jackson, Hot Springs Village, AR
Irene Bultman, Grand Haven, MI Christine Evans, Grand Rapids, MI Thomas E Jarvis III, Grand Rapids, MI
Valerie Egan Burhans, Grand Rapids, MI Margaret M Evans, Lansing, IL Janet Jensen, Rockford, MI
Janice Burke, Grand Haven, MI Marlene Fabbro, Wyoming, MI Johnie B Johnson, Bath, MI
Robert A Bush, Grand Rapids, MI Patti Faist, Caledonia, MI Dixie L Johnston, Delton, MI
Bruce B Butgereit, Kentwood, MI Connie Fales, Muskegon, MI Marilyn Jones, Bolivar, MO
Catherine Butler, Grand Rapids, MI Joanne Fast, Comstock Park, MI Philip Jones, Annapolis, MD
Jean Butler, Walker, MI Norma J Fick, Grand Rapids, MI Henrietta Jordan, Columbus, WI
Keith G Calkins, Berrien Springs, MI Joshua Fields, Grandville, MI Dawn Marie Kelley, Muskegon, MI
Kathy Campbell, Grand Rapids, MI Kaye L Fish, Grand Rapids, MI Julaine B Kern, Barryton, MI
Carol Caraccia, Ypsilanti, MI David Fitzgerald, West Bloomfield, MI Kay Kiel, Wyoming, MI
Paula B Carbone, Collinsville, OK Denton W Fitzgerald, Royal Oak, MI Beth Kleersnyder, Grand Rapids, MI
Sister Michael Ellen Carling, Grand Steven E Flowers, Pinto, MD Doris Knight, Grand Rapids, MI
Rapids, MI Shantell Ford, Lowell, MI Doris M Koehn, Kentwood, MI
Sherry Carney, Grandville, MI Wenda - Rae Fore, Jenison, MI Mindy Koole, Greenville, MI
JoAnn Carpenter, Coopersville, MI Lori L Fox, Portland, MI Carol Kroll, Grand Rapids, MI
Suzanne R Carpenter, Comstock Park, MI Susan Frasier, Grand Rapids, MI Kathleen Kross, Wyoming, MI
Sarabeth Carr, Grand Rapids, MI Cindy Skiles Frie, Stevensville, MI Gail Kukawski, Grand Rapids, MI
Patricia Cedarholm, Conklin, MI Kenneth R Gackler, Caledonia, MI Alan Landheer, Jenison, MI
Gail Chambers, Grand Rapids, MI Patricia A Galloway, Grand Rapids, MI Mary M Lane, Dearborn, MI
Maurice R Chase Jr., Palo Alto, CA Charles E Gasper, Grand Rapids, MI Rick & Kim Lanting, Byron Center, MI
Fran Christensen, Grand Rapids, MI Charles Gates, Lake Worth, FL Kathy Larson, Grand Rapids, MI
Roger Moffat & Lisa Christensen, Patricia Gemmen, Allendale, MI Margaret Laskowski, Comstock Park, MI
Caledonia, MI Noralyn Gillette, Grand Rapids, MI Marlene Leistico, Comstock Park, MI
Gerald M Church, Humble, TX Tim Gleisner, Grand Rapids, MI Frederick W Leonard, Alto, MI
Kathleen E Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI Shirley Goodspeed, Grand Rapids, MI Gail Lilly, Grand Rapids, MI
Fred Cole, Hudsonville, MI Karen Grant, Grand Rapids, MI Martha "Marti" Lind, Clarksville, MI
Nancy Collins, Grand Haven, MI Gary L/Barbara J Green, Rockford, MI Char Livermore, Cedar Springs, MI
Shirley Compton, Cedar Springs, MI Patricia H Green, Kentwood, MI Eric Piehl and Martha MacCleery, Ada, MI
2011 Membership List
WMGS is nothing without our Members. Here is the most recent list of those who make us something. Thank
you to all of our 353 new and renewing Members!
Margaret Maksymowski, Grand Rapids, Susan J Rabick, Sparta, MI Sue and Jim Swanlund, Grand Rapids, MI
MI Patrick Rademaker, West Olive, MI Pamela K Swiler, Lake Odessa, MI
Lynda Manning, Grand Rapids, MI James E Radja, Vienna, VA Cindy Swix, Portland, MI
Jerilyn Marshall, Cedar Falls, IA Betsy Randall, Reed City, MI Barbara Termeer, Grand Rapids, MI
Marilyn Mazie, Grand Rapids, MI Mary Raper, Grandville, MI Thomas R Thiell, Ashley, MI
Harriet McCarthy, Lansing, MI Allan Rau, Rockford, MI Coral E Thomas, Clarksville, TN
Janet McFarland Idema, Wyoming, MI Lucille A Read, Grand Rapids, MI Dian Thomas, Ada, MI
Lynne McHoskey, Lansing, MI Wilma Jean Rees, Grand Rapids, MI Tracy Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI
Patricia McIntyre, Grand Rapids, MI Therese Rich, Hudsonville, MI Elizabeth W C Thompson, Holland, MI
Ronald & Joyce McMichael, Lakeview, MI Diane M Rider, Grand Rapids, MI Rodger Timmer, Ada, MI
James M Meadows, Three Rivers, MI Patricia Riley, Grand Rapids, MI Sheryl Tisdel, Rockford, MI
Elaine P Medich, Flushing, MI Mary Jo Robertson, Thousand Oaks, CA Denise J Toogood, Coopersville, MI
Bernice Meekhof, Grand Rapids, MI Donna J Rogers, Belmont, MI Jessica Trotter, Lansing, MI
Susan Merizon, Walker, MI Judy Ross, Greenville, MI Daniel Van Meurs, Grand Rapids, MI
Don Meyer, Covington, KY Susan Rydell, Lapeer, MI Marion VanderVeen, Grand Rapids, MI
Linda Meyer, Grand Rapids, MI David Ryder, Columbus, OH Trenna VanderWoude, Lowell, MI
William Meyer, Wyoming, MI Erica Schaidt, Wyoming, MI Ann VanDusen, Rockford, MI
John J Miller, Rockford, MI David A Schantz, Kentwood, MI Robert & Esther VanHammen, Honor, MI
Mary Julia Mitchell, Lansing, MI Shirley Schepers, Hudsonville, MI Marjorie VanTuinen, Trufant, MI
Shirley Mitchell-Jones, Three Rivers, MI Esther Schichtel, Grand Rapids, MI Janet C VanWyck, Alto, MI
Rita M Modderman, Grand Rapids, MI Nan Schichtel, Grand Rapids, MI Barbara Vredevoogd, Hudsonville, MI
Betty Mollo, Richland, MI Bobbi Schirado, Sparta, MI Susan Waalkes, Grand Rapids, MI
Marilyn Moored, Allegan, MI Wanda Schottler, Grand Rapids, MI Robert B Walsh, Bothell, WA
Helen C Morey, Belmont, MI Marcia L Schulz, Cedar Springs, MI Ann Edison Walz, Naperville, IL
James R Moses, Lansing, MI Suzan Schumacher, Wyoming, MI Pamela Warren, Troy, MI
Michael L Muilenberg, Amherst, MA Caroline J Shearer, Ada, MI Ruth Waybrant, Grand Rapids, MI
Ruth Scarlett Muir, Grand Rapids, MI Patricia Shearer, Alto, MI Vera R Weaver, Grand Rapids, MI
Paula Naujalis, Grand Rapids, MI Marcia L Shears, Grand Rapids, MI Maryrita Weiss, Grand Rapids, MI
Phyllis A Neitzel, Wyoming, MI Brian Shumway, Hastings, MI Johanna Welke, Grand Rapids, MI
Julia Nellett, Grand Rapids, MI Caroline Sias, Grand Rapids, MI Lynn Wells, Grand Rapids, MI
John Nelson, Comstock Park, MI William J Simmons, Grand Rapids, MI Barbara Wenger, Belding, MI
Virginia Norberg, Portage, MI Patricia A Skrycki, Grand Rapids, MI Patricia Wenzel, Champaign, IL
Patrick Nugent, Ada, MI David Lee and Liz Smith, Grandville, MI Dorris White, Coral, MI
Laura O'Brock, Grand Rapids, MI Grace Bliss Smith, Harrison Twp, MI Judith A Wiers, Hudsonville, MI
Sue Osgood, Grand Rapids, MI Janet S Smith, Allegan, MI Jan Williams, Fountain, MI
Mary Anne Overbey, Caledonia, MI Rebecca Smith, Howard City, MI Judith Wilson, Walker, MI
Eleanor Palmer, Rockford, MI Sean Smith, Howard City, MI Loyd Winer, Grand Rapids, MI
Barbara Parker, Greenville, MI Gail M Snow, Ada, MI James Winslow, Jenison, MI
Vickey Parker, Coopersville, MI Darlene J Snyder, Comstock Park, MI Gerald L Wisner, Lowell, MI
Curtis & Jennette Parkhurst, Otsego, MI Elaine Snyder, Grand Rapids, MI JoAnn Wisner, Jenison, MI
Kayleen Pawloski, Kentwood, MI Arthur G Souter, Cooks, MI Vivian Wittkowski, Wyoming, MI
James C Petersen, Kalamazoo, MI Mary Southwick, Holland, MI June E Wodarek, Grand Rapids, MI
Loraine Peterson, Grand Rapids, MI Virginia L Staal, Grandville, MI Sandy Woldring, Holland, MI
Dianne Phelps, Reed City, MI Terrence M Start, Grandville, MI Sue & Ron Wortley, Wyoming, MI
Mary Jane Phillips, Wyoming, MI Julie A Steere, Jenison, MI Pat Wright, Spring Lake, MI
Alice Pickel, Grand Rapids, MI Eleanor Stegehuis, Grand Rapids, MI Sandra Yaple, Comstock Park, MI
Dorotha Simmons Piechocki, Wyoming, Lois Stephens, Grand Rapids, MI Sharon Yentsch, Grand Rapids, MI
MI Elizabeth A Stevens, Greenville, MI Marilyn Young, Yuma, AZ
Todd & Mary Pierce, St Joseph, MI Linda Love Stewart, Grand Rapids, MI Marjorie Young, Byron Center, MI
Lisa Pietrzak, Walker, MI Catherine M Stoddard, Grandville, MI Dana Zamiara, Raleigh, NC
Gloria Porritt, Alto, MI Meredith Stoehr, Centerville, OH Julie Ann Zenk, Holland, MI
Kathryn J Post, Grand Rapids, MI Linda Stoepker, Dorr, MI Margie Zylstra, Hudsonville, MI
Maxine D Postmus, Grand Rapids, MI John G Strickland, Battle Creek, MI
Dorothy & Russ Prince, Grand Rapids, MI Linda S Struman, Cedar Springs, MI
Carl and Lucinda Puite, Cedar Springs, MI Susan E Studabaker, Three Rivers, MI
Mary Quarandillo, Grand Rapids, MI Jeanette Studley, Washington, DC

What’s New at the GRPL?
Family Search Update Latzek Funeral Home records have been microfilmed
Michigan marriage records from 1820 to 1956 are currently and will soon be available in the microfilm drawers.
being indexed by volunteers. if you are already involved
with FamilySearch Indexing, you can choose a batch of Library of Michigan
records from the indexing software for the "U.S., Don’t forget to put a visit to the Library of Michigan on
Michigan—County Marriages, 1820–1956 [Part A]" your calendar this summer. The Library of Michigan’s
project. If you aren't already involved with current hours are:
FamilySearch Indexing you can get started on this Monday-Friday: 10 am to 5 pm.
project by going to Saturday and Sunday: closed.
and click the Get Started button, to start with
downloading the indexing software to your computer. Archives of Michigan
The project is open to everyone. The indexing process The Archives are doing their very best to make us feel
is easy to set up and very convenient. It can be done at comfortable and welcome. Don’t forget to spend some
your home and any time day or night and for as little time there as well. Archives of Michigan’s current
or as much time as you wish. The FamilySearch site hours are:
provides plenty of training materials, resources, and Monday-Friday: 1 pm to 5 pm
other avenues of help. The Michigan Genealogical Saturday and Sunday: closed.
Council has set up a group within FamilySearch
Indexing called Michigan Genealogical Council. They
invite anyone wishing to participate in this project to continues to grow. The Michigan
join this group. You can get started by going to
state censuses have been digitized and indexed. They and registering to
will be appearing online at before
index. If you are already an existing FamilySearch
the end of the year. The next set of records to be sent of
Indexer, the US, Michigan - County Marriages 1820-
for digitization will be Michigan naturalization
1956 [Part A] project shows in the list of available
records. Records for 66 counties have been assembled.
batches in your indexing software.
They are trying to collect records from the remaining
17 counties as well. In the future, State Land Patent and
plat maps will be scanned and made available.

If you, as a new or renewing member, would be willing and able to hold an office or work on a committee or
project, WMGS would appreciate your help very much. You may indicate your area of expertise and/or
interest on this membership form. We will be happy to contact you about your desire to help. Thank you!


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About WMGS
The Western Michigan Genealogical Society is dedicated to gaining knowledge, preserving records and teaching others
about genealogy and family history.

Membership: An annual membership to WMGS is $20 and begins on January 1st of each year. Membership benefits
include: 10% discount on all items at the Sales Table, four issues of Michigana per year, free queries in Michigana, free
online brick wall help and leadership opportunities. Your membership in the Western Michigan Genealogical Society
will also include use of the private files of the Society and publication of your genealogy online at

Change of Address: (Temporary or Permanent) If you will be permanently moving to a new address or going on an
extended vacation, please notify WMGS before your address change occurs. Be sure to include the date your address will
change or the dates when you will leave and plan to return. Email your address change information to the Society at
or write to: WMGS – Membership
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2010/2011 WMGS Officers

President Don Bryant Recording Janet Jensen
email: Secretary email:
Phone: (616) 874-8035
Vice President Marcia Shears
email: Immediate Past Mindy Koole
Phone: (616) 458-1221 President email:
Phone: (616) 691-7986
Treasurer Marlene Fabbro

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