Kentucky Genealogical Society
In all organizations, good things don't just happen. People make them happen!
Over the past few years, KGS has made huge strides in serving the genealogy community. Plans for expanding those services and adding new ones are ambitious, but they're achievable – IF enough people join the effort.
Here's a list of committees, what they do, and the skills needed for each. Please decide which committee(s) best fit your skills, talents, and interests. Then email the committee representative or click on the link at the end for a quick form for expressing interest. Easy!
Finance Committee: Prepares the budget; arranges an annual audit for presentation at the annual meeting; determines new sources of income for KGS.
Skills needed: Do you have a budget, finance, tax, audit, metrics, or analytics background?
Chair: Brenda Hume –
Grant Committee: Considers, evaluates, and selects the recipient of the digitization grant.
Skills needed: Do you have experience evaluating grants or have a passion for seeing rare record sets get digitized for researchers?
Chair:  – Kathy Keyser –

Membership Committee: Prepares and implements a plan for soliciting new members and encouraging renewals.
Skills needed: Do you have experience with promotion to help grow an organization's membership – or enthusiasm for doing that?
Chair: Rosemary McFarland –

Program Committee: Arranges for all KGS programs (for example, 2nd Saturday Genealogy events).
Skills needed: Do you have organizational skills? Do you want to help bring innovative programs to the membership?
Chair: Jodi Roessler –

Projects Committee: Initiates and conducts all projects approved by KGS.
Skills needed: Do you have experience or an interest in digitizing or indexing Kentucky records for members to access?
Chair: Rosemary McFarland –

Communications, Publications, and Publicity Committees: Informs the membership and the general public about KGS programs and events through periodical publications, social media, the KGS website, media releases, and other formats and platforms.
     • Bluegrass Roots: Writes, edits, designs, and publishes the KGS quarterly magazine Bluegrass Roots.
Skills needed: Do you enjoy writing, editing, taking photos, designing, or formatting digital publications?
Editor: Fran Salyers –
     • Newsletter: Develops and distributes the monthly KGS electronic newsletter.
Skills needed: Do you enjoy writing or editing short articles and announcements, taking photographs, or formatting electronic newsletters?
Editor: Jodi Roessler –
     • Social Media: Manages the content of the KGS Facebook page.
Skills needed: Do you have experience communicating information via an organization’s Facebook page?
Chair: Cynthia Maharrey –
     • Webmaster: Manages the content of the KGS website.
Skills needed: Do you have experience planning, writing, or designing an organization’s website?
Chair: Johnna Waldon –
     • Publicity: Keeps members and others informed about KGS programs and services.
Skills needed: Do you enjoy promoting events, projects, and activities to the public and the media?
Chair: Fran Salyers –
Seminar Committee: Organizes the annual KGS Seminar usually scheduled for the first Saturday of August.
Skills needed: Are you willing to help organize and bring to life this popular event?
Co-Chairs: Christopher Padgett and Terry Smith –

Technology Committee: Keeps the organization up-to-date on advancements in technology and how technology can benefit the society and its members.
Skills needed: Do you have experience using/managing websites, webinars, videos, software, or new media?
Chair: Jo Olson –

Bylaws Committee: Considers amendments to the bylaws.
Skills needed: Do you have legal, governance, contract, or compliance experience?
Chair: – Kathy Ryan –
Want to start soon as a KGS volunteer? Please send an email to the chair of the committee that is the best fit for you.
Ready to volunteer? Use the quick and easy form.
Updated 2 March 2021