LONG AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Each year the Texas Society recognizes one of our members with The Long and Distinguished Service Award. The individual has often contributed to our society on the local colony, state and national levels.
The 2020 recipient was Peggy Marsh who resides in Sugar Land and she is a member of the Houston colony. On the state level, she has served as Publications Chairman, State Recording Secretary, Junior Committee Chairman, a member of the Public Relations Committee, and Co-Chairman for the 2020 Planning Committee. As Junior Committee Chairman, she developed age-appropriate curriculum, she distributed newsletters, she suggested a way to simplify junior membership, she helped draft a bylaws amendment concerning their membership and she encouraged each Texas colony to locate their own junior chairman. As a member of the Public Relations Committee, she created interesting and catchy news releases for public service announcements during 2020. As a Co-Chairman for the 2020 Planning Committee, she helped organize the float and participants for the Tyler Rose Parade and she helped organize an event held at Washington on the Brazos. On the national GSMD level, she worked on the Junior Committee where she made educational flash drives that are a great resource used to improve all state junior programs. In the Houston colony, she launched their junior program by organizing their meetings and activities.
The 2021 recipient was Elizabeth Heise who resides in Brownsville and she is a member of the Corpus Christi colony. On the state level, she has served as Co-Historian since 2017. She has not only served, but she has implemented many programs that have streamlined the application and supplemental progress both at the Texas and the national level. She has assisted over 200 members in joining our society. She has also provided guidance and programs on DNA for our society as well as for other genealogy societies. In addition, this year she has worked endless hours to set up a membership database that members can access on our website. On the national GSMD level, she is currently serving on the bylaws committee.