Members of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society met recently for their annual holiday gathering, meeting and election of officers. The group met at the Fredonia American Legion, and was hosted by Legion Commander Walter Sedlmayer.
President George Davis called the meeting to order and welcomed all. The minutes of the previous meeting, which was a field trip for research, were read by Secretary Deborah Kotar. The financial report was given by Treasurer Donna Keith. Many snacks were available for all to enjoy, and extra special cookies were provided by some of the members. Member John Sipos brought some of his historical notebooks of the history of Cassadaga for all to examine. Sipos serves as the Cassadaga Village Historian.
Nominating committee chairman Ruth Nichols read the slate of officers for 2013, and asked three times if there were any other nominations from the floor. The secretary then cast one ballot for all nominations. Elected for president is Walter Sedlmayer of Fredonia, Norman Carlson of Busti for vice president, Deborah Kotar of Cassadaga for secretary and Donna Keith of Dunkirk for treasurer. Wayne Leamer was thanked for all of his work with the newsletter and will continue to serve as the editor. Current president Davis was thanked for serving his term of office.
The group was on a recent field trip to Warren, Pa., to the Historical Society, the County Court House and the Warren Library Research Room. Thanks was extended to Jack Ericson for arranging this field trip, as much research was accomplished by the members that day.
The Genealogical Society will be on a winter break until the next meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Barker Library in Fredonia. New members are always welcome.