The USGenWeb Project
N E W S
Volume 1, Number 7
GOOD-BYE AND GOOD-BYE
I have a few "thank yous."
To Ellen Pack and the entire Election Committee for a job well done—over and over again—and they just get better at it each time. This committee works very hard, but manages to have a great deal of fun while doing their work. It is a wonderful example of what a committee in a volunteer project should be.
If the EC is the bride on the top of the USGenWeb wedding cake, the groom must be Larry Stevens. Larry, who is not a member of this project, selflessly volunteers his time and provides access to the computer at Indiana University to run our elections and distribute our newsletter. Thank you, Larry.
To Roger Swafford, for his excellent advice as Parliamentarian and his dedicated leadership of the Bylaws Revision Committee. For two years he has expertly steered the committee through the morass of our bylaws and the wide-ranging opinions on how to improve them.
To Mike Jarvis and Julie McGrew-Ayres for our wonderful new website. I am still receiving compliments and the site has been up for over a month. Mike and Julie moved our site into the 21st century.
To Tina Vickery for her valiant leadership of the DISCUSS list and her effort to create an environment where all project members will feel comfortable participating.
To Greta Thompson for her essential work as Copy Editor for this newsletter and valued contribution as Board Secretary.
To everyone who has offered counsel, support and criticism -- some on a one-time and others on a regular basis. Your input was tremendously valuable.
To RootsWeb for providing the lists and webspace that make much of this project possible.
To all the people who have served as members of the Advisory Board over the last two years. It has certainly been a love-hate relationship, but in the end I believe we managed to lead this project in the right direction
But most of all, I want to thank the ordinary members of this project—Local Coordinators and File Managers, Look-up Volunteers and Transcribers. You are the people who make the project such a success. When the National Coordinator receives a thank you letter from a visitor saying in glowing terms how great this project is, it is you they are thanking. When a researcher finds a long lost cousin, or makes a connection to a great-great grandfather, or breaks down that nagging brick wall, it is because of your efforts to transcribe data, format files in html, scan and convert photos, maintain query pages and mailing lists.
Thank you all for the wonderful work you do and thank you for the opportunity to be your leader.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES
I would like to thank each of the voters for exercising their duty and privilege to vote. I'd also like to thank all the candidates for demonstrating a deep concern for our wonderful project by their willingness to serve. To those who have been elected, congratulations! I look forward to working with each of you, as well as the continuing AB members, to make The USGenWeb Project even greater. Finally, my deepest appreciation to the EC - every single one of its members worked hard and with great professionalism - and to Larry Stephens for the invaluable help.
You, the USGenWeb voters, have sent a message with your votes. You've said, loud and clear, that the POSITIVE message of teamwork, cooperation, camaraderie, peace and fun among us has resonated with you. You believe, as I do, that these principles will lead to excellence and prosperity for our project. Making this vision a reality will take a commitment from all of us. I know I can continue to count on your support, because I know that you believe, as I do, that the best days of The USGenWeb Project are ahead of us!
Thank you again for your support!
Northeast/North Central (NENC) County Coordinator
Southeast/Mid-Atlantic (SEMA) County Coordinator
Southwest/South Central (SWSC) County Coordinator
For more information about the election and winners in other races completed in July, go to the Election Committee National Election 2004 web page http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwelections/national-2004/index.html.
The EC would like to extend sincere appreciation to all candidates and voters, and especially to Larry Stephens for his invaluable assistance!
If you have questions please contact EC Chair, Ellen Pack firstname.lastname@example.org
BYLAWS REVISION NEWS
U.S. Government works are not eligible for copyright protection. Such works are considered Public Domain. Private works within a government work might be copyright protected.
Copyright is a personal property right and is subject to state laws and regulations governing ownership, inheritance, transfer, contracts and conduct.
There is no international copyright; copyright is subject to the national laws of each country. Most countries do abide by international copyright treaties. There are two international copyright conventions, the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention. For a list of countries see http://www.copyright.gov/circs/ and view Circular 38a.
Source: United States Copyright Office. Library of Congress. Copyright Basics Circular 1. Rev: Dec 2000
Source: United States Copyright Office. Library of Congress. Chapter 1, Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright, Section 107.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act applies to software, ISPs, code-cracking devices and distance education. If you are interested in further information the UCLA website provides a summary.
For complete copyright information visit the US Copyright Office website http://www.copyright.gov
A SHORT MESSAGE FROM THE NEW EDITOR
"Genealogy. An account of one’s descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own."