Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Doreen Johnson 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 Doreen Quayle Johnson of Greenbank, who was nominated by the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island (GSSWI).  She was recognized for her leader­ship, knowledge, and volunteer efforts toward the goals and operation of the GSSWI.

Ms. Johnson has been an indispensable member of the GSSWI for more than ten years. She used her extensive genealogical knowledge and skill for numerous presentations to the society, the community, and interest groups. She also was the society’s computing expert, leading basic computing classes and visiting members’ homes for hands-on help.

One of Ms. Johnson’s largest projects enabled more than 23,000 Island County obituaries to be available on the society’s website. Ms. Johnson was perhaps best known for the excellent GSSWI newsletter that she published for several years.
Ms. Johnson has now moved from the area for more travel and genealogical research. The GSSWI greatly miss her knowledge, willingness, and cheery disposition. All of her accomplishments and contributions proved that she 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 of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at

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