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Submitted by:   Marilyn Jones, Charlotte, NC

2019 Board of Directors Nominations Announced

At the Olde Meck General Meeting on 14 November 2018, the nominations for Officers for the Board of Directors for 2019 were announced to the assembly. The nominations were as follows:
President – Jeff Houser
1st Vice PresidentVacant
2nd Vice President - Lynn Bancroft
Recording Secretary - Leslie Wilson
Treasurer - Debby Arnold
Corresponding SecretaryVacant
Membership Secretary – Marilyn Jones
Past President - Ted Lucas
Directors - Queen Thompson, Louise Nottingham, David McCorkle, 1 vacant
The assembly was asked to vote on these nominations, with all in attendance accepting the nominations with none opposed. These Officers will be installed at the Old Meck Holiday Celebration meeting on 12 December.
It should be noted that there are currently three vacancies within the board, that being the position of 1st Vice President, Corresponding Secretary and one Director. It is important that Olde Meck keeps a full board as this helps facilitate the different responsibilites that each position holds and also ensures that a quorum is present during Board meetings if it is necessary for votes to be cast on matters that affect the Society.
In order to provide members with more information on what the responsibilities are for the vacant positions, please read below:
1st Vice President - The First Vice-President shall preside in the absence of the President and accede to the  office of President in the event of a vacancy; and is generally responsible for maintaining membership name tags that are handed out and worn during General Membership meetings or other special events that Olde Meck may be involved with.
Corresponding Secretary - The Corresponding Secretary is generally responsible for processing publications orders that are received by either mail or e-mailand and sending the orders out. They are also asked to keep track of sales from the orders and mailing costs.
Director - A Director in Olde Meck is requested to attend Board Meetings whenever possible and offer their ideas to the Board for consideration. They may also be asked to perform some task relating to Society business by the President. The Directors make up 1/3 of the entire Board, so their input and presence to cast votes is very important!
Newsletter Editor - In addition to the Board of Directors, Olde Meck has many other subsidary efforts where volunteers are greatly appreciated. Olde Meck is currently looking for an individual with editorial experience to help compile the monthly newsletter, the Mecklenburg Messenger. You may have been receiving the Messenger either through the mail or electronically and likely know the value of getting monthly updates of what's been going on with Olde Meck and upcoming events.
If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors for 2019, helping to edit the Messenger newsletter, or would like to see how else you can contribute, feel free to e-mail me and I will be happy to respond to you to discuss how you can fit in with Olde Meck. We'd be happy to have you!
Jeff Houser
President, Olde Meck

Olde Meck Hosted WWI Celebration

On Friday, November 9, 2018, Olde Meck hosted a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice. Ellouise Schoettler, a professional storyteller, told the touching tale of her great uncle, John Walter Cobb, Jr., who fought and died in France just days before the Armistice. Originally from Charlotte, Sergeant Cobb was buried in France, but will be honored with a special cenotaph stone in Elmwood Cemetery. Ellouise has been telling stories for twenty-five years and related this narrative from the perspective of Sergeant Cobb's mother, Mary Louise, a Gold Star Mother who went to France to visit his grave.


A variety of WWI memorabilia was displayed during this special evening, including the silk flag given to Mary Louise and a collection of beautiful silk embroidered postcards sent home from the front.


Here are photos from the celebration:  WWI Photo Gallery.


You can follow Ellouise on her website, her blog, and TV channel MMCTV or cable channel 16.

Olde Meck Attends NCGS

Olde Meck attended the North Carolina Genealogical Society conference on 27 October 2018, with an exhibit displaying information about the Society. Several members staffed the exhibit and attended the numerous seminars throughout the day. Dozens and dozens of conference attendees stopped by the exhibit, talked about their Mecklenburg County connections, and showed a good bit of interest in doing further research with the assistance of Olde Meck in the near future.
A special thanks is extended to member Louise Nottingham, who helped represent Olde Meck during the event and put together a video loop showing clips of our monthly meetings and benefits of being an Olde Meck member.

CMH & The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite

The Charlotte Museum of History serves as both the physical home and a valued partner to Olde Meck. The museum was recently featured on the Trail of History series on our local Public Television channel. The program described the importance of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite and the many other resources available through the museum. We think you would enjoy viewing the video to discover more about what this local treasure has to offer.
"On this Trail of History, we explore the oldest house in Mecklenburg County, a rock house that you can still walk into. The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite takes us back to 1774. We’ll also show you how the Charlotte Museum of History is redefining itself to best serve the region by making our history relevant, engaging and timely."  --- PBS Charlotte

Family Stories Writing Group Workshop

The Olde Meck Writing Group has gotten off to a great start!
Image result for free clipart journal writingDo you want to preserve your family stories for future generations but don't know where to start? Come to the Olde Meck Family Research Center on Thursday afternoons (12:00 noon to 2:00 pm) and join with others who have the same goal. We'll share our stories, provide constructive comments, and generally encourage each other to begin this worthwhile process that we've all been putting off.
This group is free for all Olde Meck members AND you can bring a friend. No RSVP is needed. Please come any Thursday you can.

What to bring:

  • Memoir writers: pictures of yourself at various ages.
  • Ancestor writers: clippings or timeline or pictures of your taret ancestor.
  • Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch for yourself.
For more details, take a look at Genealogy Family Stories Writing Group.

December 7
Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were ...
December 12
Monthly Meeting
Join us to celebrate the holidays, review Olde Meck's activities for the year, install new officers, and sample tasty refreshments! We will also be treated to some of our Writing Groups' favorite stories and a chance to see what that ...
January 9
Monthly Meeting
January 26
RUSA Genealogy Midwinter Institute
On Friday, January 26, 2019 the RUSA Genealogy Midwinter Institute will once again explore diverse topics in genealogy and historical research during the ALA Midwinter Meeting at the Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle, WA. The all-day Institute will feature ...
February 13
Monthly Meeting