At its annual convention, the Ohio Genealogical Society honors individuals who provided valuable service to the Society and to the field of genealogy over and above the job to which they were elected or appointed, through: volunteer work, special projects, or their expertise or skill in accomplishing a goal for the Society.
At its 2009 Conference, OGS conferred this honor on Jean Barnes, a long-time trustee representing the Cleveland District, which includes the counties of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina.
Seeing a need for communication among her groups, she soon formed the Cleveland District Round Table that included all of the OGS chapters of the Cleveland District and eventually expanded to include other ethnic and genealogically related organizations. This group meets twice a year to share success stories and failures as well. It is the only group in the state of Ohio that meets regularly with their OGS District Trustee.
Jean has travelled almost 100,000 miles and logged close to 9,000 volunteer hours, visiting each and every chapter to attend meetings and functions. She has helped chapters on the brink of disbanding come back to life again; she has helped chapters with their by-laws and parliamentary procedures; and she has helped induct new officers.
She has also served on several committees within OGS, including the Membership Committee and has for a number of years chaired the Nominating and Election Committee.
Congratulations, Jean! The honor is well-deserved.