Adelson, We Salute You!
2008 - IAJGS Salutes Nancy
Adelson, First Vice President of Programming for the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Washington State for founding the Northwest Speaker’s
In charge of programming for JGSWS from 2001-2007, Nancy has found
first-rate speakers for her local society. At first she found speakers
from the local Seattle area. Then, while attending conferences she
learned about other pertinent topics and speakers that could bring
valuable lessons to her constituency.
Nancy started her efforts in 2005 when she asked Ron Doctor of JGS
Oregon if he would consider coordinating efforts. As a result of
this collaboration, out-of-town speakers have traveled to the Northwest,
to present to several groups. Multiple JGSs worked together to reduce
the travel expenses so that speakers can be brought in for a reasonable
cost, which no one group could afford alone resulting in the opportunity
to host quality speakers on a wider range of topics at an affordable
The effect on Nancy’s local society has been staggering – JGSWS’s
membership has doubled over the past few years. One new member states
that his primary reason for joining the society was simply that
he, “Saw quality programs being offered to help in my research.”
JGSWS also noticed an increase in the number of its members attending
the annual IAJGS conference.
Ron Arons, Chair, IAJGS Salutes
with Gary Mokotoff and Elsebeth Paikin