When it comes to group photographs, I've got four goals: (1) Avoid being in them (having the only camera in the room helps); (2) make sure everyone's face is showing; (3) make sure everyone's eyes are open; and (4) try to convince everyone to smile. Three out of four on this shot of Lucas County Genealogical Society members last evening.
These are the folks who have built, organize, maintain and staff the genealogical library on the ground floor of the Chariton Free Public Library; assist all comers (writers and callers) with their research; gather for monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Lucas County Historical Society Museum; and, once a year, pig out during a pre-Christmas potluck in the meeting room at the library. Not everyone does all of these things, but each is an important part of the society. And of course there are other members who could not be present.
The potluck was last night. I had the broccoli soup with carrots (chili also was available), plus salad --- and sampled as many of the desserts as possible. It was wonderful.
Then, I forced everyone to line up for this photograph. Seated in the first row are (from left) Darlene Arnold, Wanda Horn, Bonnie Cox and Betty Cross. In the second row (also from left) Evalene Paxton, Sue Terrell, Char Asell, Virginia Cox, Marilyn Johnson, Dorothy Allen, Karen Patterson, Mary Ruth Pierschbacher and Ilene Church.