Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gwen Earley Named Outstanding Volunteer

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 their 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.

Today we're introducing Gwendolyn James Earley who was nominated by the Chelan Valley Genealogical Society (CVGS).  She was recognized for her exceptional leadership to support the goals and operation of the CVGS.

Several years ago the City of Chelan's library was so overcrowded, CVGS was asked to remove its books and materials, dispersing everything to various members’ homes. Ms. Earley, owner/manager of Company 107, a local high-quality men’s clothing store, and the daughter of a CVGS member, helped the society regain prestige by inviting them to participate in the downtown sales promotion called “First Friday.” With Ms. Earley’s optimistic support, CVGS members staffed a table monthly during the event to encourage family history research.

Ms. Earley also helped CVGS establish a Facebook presence to announce their meetings and services. The society has now regained its presence at the new Chelan Community Library, and its meetings are well-attended.

Ms. Earley’s enthusiastic promotional efforts were much appreciated by the CVGS and she certainly deserved the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Award.

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

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