Gary Smith Passes

On Wednesday, the genealogical community lost a great asset, ISFHWE 1st vice president, Gary Smith. He served numerous genealogical organizations at local, state and national levels throughout his life. To say that his tireless efforts will be missed by the genealogical community is a huge understatement. ISFHWE plans to make a contribution in his honor to the American Heart Association.

Please check the first quarter issue of Columns for more on Gary’s life and passion for family history. Anyone who would like to share a memory of Gary should send them to me: Wevonneda Minis at

Upcoming ISFHWE Election!

ISFHWE logoThe 2018 election of officers and board members for ISFHWE will be held very soon. The election results will be announced 2 May 2018 at the National Genealogical Society conference. The Nominating Committee will compile the nominations and an election ballot will be e-mailed to every ISFHWE member in good standing in April 2018. (Your annual dues must be paid to maintain your membership in good standing.) We will again be voting electronically through the members-only website.

The following positions are up for election this year:

  • President
  • 2nd vice president
  • Secretary
  • Southeast region director
  • Central region director
  • Great Plains director
  • International/At Large director
  • “Excellence in Writing” Competition Chair

If you are contacted by the Nominating Committee, please seriously consider running. If you are not contacted, or if you have someone in mind for one of these positions (including yourself), send your nomination to (Please do not nominate anyone without their permission and an acknowledgment that the person is willing to serve in the position, if elected.)  Here are descriptions of the above open positions for your review:

The President shall be the principal executive officer, with responsibility for supervising the affairs of the Society. The President shall preside at all meetings; shall appoint all committees with the approval of the Board; and shall be an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.

The Second Vice President shall attend and/or delegate ISFHWE’s participation in genealogical conferences, promoting ISFHWE, the “Excellence in Writing” competition,  and the Publication Promotion Project.

The Secretary shall handle all general correspondence of the Society; shall be the custodian of the records of the corporation; shall give notice to the members of all regular and special meetings of Society members; shall keep accurate records of the Society’s meetings; shall provide minutes of the preceding regular meeting for review and approval during the business session of each regular meeting; shall keep records of Board meetings; shall provide minutes of the preceding Board meeting for review and approval during each Board meeting; and shall file all regulatory registration documents for the Society.

The Regional Directors shall act as liaisons between members of the Society and the Board. Each shall live in the region that he or she represents.

  • Southeast – AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA
  • Central – IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
  • Great Plains – CO, IA, KS, NE, ND, OK, SD, TX

The Director-at-Large shall live outside the United States; shall represent the will of members residing in countries other than the United States; and shall act as a liaison between said members of the Society and the Board.

The “Excellence in Writing” Competition Chair shall oversee the yearly writing competition; shall procure judges for the competition; shall receive submissions in coordination with the judges; and shall announce the winners.