Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stephen Cornick 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 Stephen Roe Cornick was nominated by the Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS).  He was recognized for his exceptional leadership to support the goals and operation of the Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS).

Mr. Cornick has been an active member of the CCGS for over eight years. He is their immediate Past President, having served as President for four years prior to which he served as Secretary to the Board of Directors for two years.

Mr. Cornick was called on by the CCGS to reshape a dysfunctional organization which was trying to recover from an exodus of approximately 300 members in a short period of time. He commenced a redefinition in leadership roles, redefined the Board from being discrete role players to being part of a super-management team. He also broke through the protocol that caused some members to suppress their opinions or suggestions for fear of offending each other.

Mr. Cornick also revised the CCGS annual fund appeal, resulting in a nearly 100 percent increase in support from the membership. As a result of his leadership efforts, he richly deserved the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Award.


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