Volunteer Recognition Events
Historical Records Volunteer Recognition Event
Hosted by the Office of the Secretary of State
Yakima Valley Museum
July 24, 2009
Yakima, Washington was the location for the Seventh Annual Historical Records Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held on Friday, July 24th at the Yakima Valley Museum. This year’s event included 102 volunteers, guests and staff.
After registration, guests toured the museum’s wonderful exhibits. At 11:00 we gathered in the ballroom and John Hughes, Chief Oral Historian, welcomed everyone to the event and then introduced Secretary of State, Sam Reed who presented volunteers with certificates of appreciation. In addition to the certificates, state seal lapel pins were presented to Steve and Lynne Baylor, Margie Lloyd, and Linda Patton for five years of volunteer service. Special recognition plaques were awarded to Maggie Rail, for her cemetery transcription work, and to Forest Gilchrist, who indexed over 1000 Polk directory pages amounting to an estimated 43,000 names! In addition to the certificate and award presentation, John Hughes, Lori Larson and Trova Heffernan talked about the newly created Legacy Oral History Project and importance of volunteer contributions. Lunch was provided by New Hope Catering Services. The menu included chicken parmesan over a bed of seasoned buttered pasta, garlic toast medallions, Caesar salad, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. After lunch, June Timmons and Todd Henderson from the Digital Archives gave a power point presentation about the new Web Indexing Portal, an online indexing tool that is now available for volunteers to use.
The event concluded with door prizes and final comments made by Sam Reed and Jerry Handfield.