October 2014 ~ Chapter of the Year
In October 2014, the Central Maryland Chapter received the Chapter of the Year award at the Society’s Annual National Conference. This award is bestowed on an AAHGS chapter who has made outstanding contributions to the AAHGS mission to preserve African American history and genealogy through sponsorship of quality chapter programs, activities, and services over the past year.
Central Maryland Chapter was selected the 2014 Chapter of the Year, based on the chapter’s outstanding contributions to the AAHGS mission. The chapter has been on a mission this year to teach, inspire, and promote genealogical and historical research in the community. A relatively small chapter when chartered, as part of their mission the chapter set out to increase their membership to at least 50 financial members. The chapter initiated an ‘Each One Bring One’ promotion; fun activities such as genealogy challenges and genealogy crossword puzzles; QuickSheets, Genealogy at a Glance, and other research guides as door prizes; a genealogy book club; classes for beginners; and mentoring. The chapter has grown to 52 financial members and, more importantly, has established a niche as genealogy trailblazers in the local community [ Taken From: AAHGS News September/October 2014]