Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 600 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming weeks, you will be introduced to each of the 2022 award recipients and learn why they received the 2022 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.
Today we’re introducing Karen Strelow of Burlington, Washington, who was nominated by the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society.
Karen has been a critical glue to hold together pieces of the society during absences and pandemic operation.
Karen was the secretary when the COVID pandemic began. She adeptly documented the society’s challenges, opportunities and solutions in minutes and special write-ups for posterity. With the incoming secretary and treasurer living outside of the local city post office area, Karen volunteered to continue getting the mail, distributing it, scanning checks for the treasurer, etc. Then when the membership chair was unable to continue, Karen again stepped in to fill that position until a replacement could be found. She provided a thorough transition to the new secretary and membership records position. She also assists in genealogy work by fulfilling research queries.