Tuesday, October 25, 2005
BCG Honors Retired Trustees
For immediate release
For additional information contact:
Connie Lenzen, CG, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Lenzen, President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, announced the retirement of three trustees and the resignation of a fourth, effective on October 16th. Together, these four former trustees represent a grand total of fifty-seven years of service on the Board. All have served as officers.
- Submitting her resignation in September, Helen F. M. Leary, Certified Genealogist Emeritus, of North Carolina, had served nearly eight full terms, for a total of 23 years on the board. She was President from October 1989 to October 1994 and again from October 1998 to October 1999. She authored the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual, undertaken with Tom Jones, CG, CGL. Helen also designed the certification logos used today by the society and its certificants.
- Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, of Alabama, retired after seven full terms, a total of 21 years on the board. She was BCG President from October 1994 to October 1996. Her tenure saw the development of the BCG Application Guide and the creation and fundraising for the BCG Development Fund which underwrites BCG publications. Elizabeth is nationally recognized as the author of Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. She conceived, developed and edited Professional Genealogy: A Manual, a comprehensive textbook of all aspects of genealogical work. Her most recent publication, QuickSheet - Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style, is currently a best-seller on the BCG website www.bcgcertification.org/catalog.
- Kay Germain Ingalls, CG, of California, retired after ten years of service on the BCG Board and was the Executive Committee Member At-Large from October 2001 to October 2004. In addition, she chaired two crucial committees recommending changes for BCG: the 2004 Nominating Committee that developed term limits for trustees, and the Single Credential Committee that recommended the consolidation of the three previous research credentials into one, the Certified Genealogist (CG). Both of these crucial changes were ratified before her retirement.
- Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL, of Georgia, was Treasurer of BCG in 2004 and 2005; she retired after three years as a board member.
According to President Lenzen, "All four of our out-going trustees have been committed to promoting excellence in genealogical practice, and to ensuring that BCG itself grew and responded to changes in the genealogical world. The Board for Certification of Genealogists wouldn't be the nationally recognized and respected organization it is today if it were not for the individual contributions of each of these able trustees."
At the October 16th board meeting, the remaining trustees signed certificates of appreciation for the retirees. The fifteen current members of the BCG Board of Trustees are:
Connie Lenzen, CG, of Oregon, President
Barbara J. Mathews, CG, of Massachusetts, Vice President
Beverly Rice, CG, of Oregon, Secretary
Claire Mire Bettag, CG, CGL, of Washington, DC, Assistant Secretary
Brian W. Hutchison , CG, of British Columbia, Treasurer
Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, of Virginia, Executive Committee Member-at-Large.
Laura DeGrazia, CG, of New York
Donn Devine, CG, CGI, of Maryland
Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, of Pennsylvania
Amy Larner Giroux, CG, CGL, of Florida
Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, of Virginia
Joy Reisinger, CG, of Wisconsin
Beth Stahr, CG, of Louisiana
Helen S. Ullmann, CG, of Massachusetts
Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, of Virginia
Since its founding in 1964, the Board for Certification of Genealogists has promulgated--in research, lectures, and publications--attainable, uniform standards of competence and ethics that have become generally accepted throughout the field. Its publication The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual sets forth the currently accepted standards for all areas of genealogical research.