The Williams County Genealogical Society held their 33rd annual banquet on June 13, 2016 at the Moose Lodge in Montpelier, Ohio. President Pat Goebel welcomed everyone, a prayer was said by V. Pres. Mary Alice Roth and then a buffet-style dinner was enjoyed. After dinner, the 2016 First Families of Williams Co. were inducted by First Families Chairman Kim Smith.
Roena Bayes’ surnames were Brown, Fickle, Partee and Wasnich dating between 1833 and 1858.
Barbara Engelhardt’s surname was Palmer dating between 1850 and 1852.
Sara Schafer was unable to attend. Her surname was Palmer dating between 1850 and 1852.
John McDonald was unable to attend. His surnames were Deal, Delp, Kriger and Myers dating between 1850 and 1858.
The 2016 board members were presented: President Pat Goebel, Vice President and Publicity Chairman Mary Alice Roth, Treasurer Jane Huffman, Secretary Alice Meuleman, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster Ronda Garbin, Membership Registrar Fred Strobel and Assistant Nancy Chamberlain, First Families of Williams County Chairman and banquet decorations Kim Smith, Publications Chairman Pam Lash and Bookkeeper Melody Turner.
Our guest performers for the evening were Colleen Rufenacht and John Huffman. Colleen gave John guitar lessons and one day they decided they sounded pretty good together. They became known as Colleen and GoCart John. They took us on a stroll down memory lane with songs performed by legendary country and gospel artists. Colleen ended their performance with the song, I Can Only Imagine, in memory of Carolyn Pfiester. Carolyn was a member of our society and a very close friend of Colleen’s.
The purpose of the WCGS is preservation of county records and family research. Monthly meetings are at 6:30pm on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. For further information concerning the WCGS, visit the website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write the WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan, Ohio 43506.