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History  2003-2004


When it became apparent that, due to health problems,  Mary Cooper would not be able to continue her role as leader of Research Ramblers, the Ramblers decided to organize as a research society with elected officers and by-laws to govern the organization.

On July 30, 2003, the Texas Research Ramblers met at the Annex of the College Station Conference Center, approved by-laws for the Society and elected the following slate of officers: President, Bill Lay; Vice President, Patti Kruger; Secretary, Gail Sewell; Treasurer, Sue Foy.  The President appointed the following Committee Chairs: Commnications - Beth VanCleave and Frances Martin; Seminar - Shirley McCaskill; Travel: Conroe - Georgianne Bigham; Clayton - Bliss Wolfe; Long Trips - Mary Elizabeth Dresser; and Education - Barbara Althaus.  Later in the year, Elton Lacey was appointed Historian and Carol Lyon was appointed Corresponding Secretary.  The next meeting would be held at The Exit on Rock Prairie Road which has become the permanent meeting site.

A memorial of $5000 was given by the Ramblers in memory of Mary Collie Cooper to the Bryan Carnegie History Library in April of 2004.

Trips for conducting research for our family history were made to The Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah; Montgomery County Library, Conroe, Texas; Texas State Library, Austin,Texas; Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas; Clayton Genealogy Library, Houston, Texas; and Texas A&M Library, College Station, Texas.

On April 17, 2004, Ramblers held their 10th Annual Seminar.  Presenters were Ella Sheffield, Mic Barnett and Robert deBerardinis.  We had 92 registered for the Seminar.  After a thorough review of the seminar, Ramblers voted not to sponsor a Seminar in 2005, but would conduct workshops pertaining to needs expressed by members.

During the year, we started having programs at each of our regular meetings. The topics have been varied and have been well received by the membership.  Membership has been opened to all who have an interest in researching their family history.  This has added many new members.

Members who are interested in learning more about how to write their family histories have been meeting to share ideas.

This has been a transitional year during which the Society has tried to develop an organizational structure on which to build for the future.  The membership has made great strides in meeting its purposes and objectives.

Elton Lacey, Historian

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