Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don Boatright Awarded Outstanding Volunteer Award

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized more than 400 outstanding volunteers, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2014 award recipients and learn why they received the 2014 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Don Boatright of Yakima was nominated by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society (YVGS). He was recognized for his leader­ship, knowledge, and volunteer efforts toward the goals and operation of the society.

Mr. Boatright has served as membership chairman of the YVGS for the last two and one-half years.  His duties included updating and maintaining membership records on the YVGS website, as well as verifying addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and other pertinent information.  He has also taken it upon himself to update the society’s life members list.

Mr. Boatright has volunteered his time at many fundraisers, including serving coffee at the Indian John Hill rest stop off Interstate 90 and at society-sponsored yard sales.  He has contributed to the society’s library needs by making, erecting and maintaining locator signs above the book shelves.

Under Mr. Boatright’s leadership, YVGS’s membership has grown while many societies have seen their memberships shrink.  As a result of his concerted efforts, he richly deserved to be a recipient of a WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page on the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at


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