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Annual Membership Meetings


2016 Membership Meetings-

Fall 2016- We will be meeting on Monday,September 12, 2016, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the WCGS at the Library of Michigan. Ms. Judy Chamberlain has arranged for the meeting to be held in same “Lake Superior” room where the WCGS began 20 years ago, in the Michigan Library complex.  Judy also provided information on the area for those of us who have never ventured to Lansing.  She reported- As to lodging, the best area will be in the Eastwood Town Centre and surrounding area, which is classified as East Lansing.  This is a large shopping center with hotels and restaurants.  There is a Holiday Inn Express and a Hampton Inn nearby.  It is about 15-20 minutes from downtown Lansing where the Historical Center/Library of Michigan is located.  Nearby restaurants include Smokey Bones, Claddaugh Irish Pub, Max and Irma's, PF Chang, Mitchell's Fish Market, Bravo (Italian), Tony Sacco's Pizza, Champs, and Applebee's.  There are a number of restaurants/fast food places in downtown Lansing, but these can be quite busy during the lunch hour as a lot of State employees eat there. Look for planning updates during the summer as the meeting date approaches in both the Chamberlain Key Hole, WCGS Facebook page, and this website

Spring 2016- We met Wednesday, May 4th in Sturbridge, Massachusetts for our spring meeting.  The Spring 2016 edition of the Chamberlain Key contains the meeting minutes.  We are thankful to all who joined us and took advantage of the opportunity to share brick walls, ask questions about those lines, and get answers to navigating this website.

2015 Membership Meetings-

Fall 2015– General Membership meeting

  • The WCGS general membership met in Charleston, SC on Saturday, Sept 26th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Express located in Mountt Pleasant, SC. The meeting started 9:00 a.m. and lasted approximately two hours. A detailed agenda and meeting minutes are found in the Fall 2015 edition of the Chamberlain Key.
  • WCGS members who attended found help with their family tree, and how to navigate this website.
  • Several of us arrived a few days early to enjoy all Charleston has to offer.  During the weekend we found time to socialize and renew acquaintances.

Spring 2015– WCGS Executive Board meeting

During our fall 2014 meeting it was decided to hold the spring 2015 board meeting in the Lynchburg/Appomattox, Virginia area the weekend of April 4th. The following week was the 150th anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse.  Friday night we gathered for dinner at a local Italian restaurant to renew acquaintances.  Saturday, the meeting started around 9:00 a.m. and ran approximately two hours.  Minutes of the meeting are available in the Chamberlain Key news letter.  Following lunch, we enjoyed a guided tour of many historic sites in the area.

2014 Membership Meetings
  • Fall 2014 WCGS Annual Meeting, Fort Wayne, Indiana- The WCGS membership met in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on Saturday, Sept 6, 2014 at the Allen County Public Library.  The meeting started around 9:15 a.m. and lasted approximately three hours.  A detailed set of meeting minutes will be published in the next Chamberlain Key.  We had several folks join us for the meeting.   Some of us did arrive a few days early for research.   During the weekend we found time to socialize at dinner Friday and lunch Saturday.  It was great to not only make new, but also to renew, acquaintances.  
  • Spring Executive Board- We held the meeting Monday, April 21, 2014 in the La Quinta Inn, located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  WCGS President Ted Chamberlain called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.  with a quick review of the agenda.  He also noted this is the nineteenth time since the inception of the WCGS the board has met.  Minutes of the meeting can be found in the spring 2014 edition of the Chamberlain Key publication.  Upon adjourning the meeting, the group enjoyed lunch at the nearby Cheesecake Factory restaurant before heading home.

2013 Membership Meetings

  • WCGS Annual Meeting, August 9-11, 2013
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  • We met at the Captain Daniel Stone Inn, Brunswick, Maine.  This year’s meeting was earlier than usual to coincide with “Chamberlain Days” because Brunswick is the hometown of Maj. Gen’l Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.  "Chamberlain Days" featured a keynote by Civil War historian Scott Nelson, musical performances, a Civil War encampment by re-enactors, special museum tours, auction of Chamberlain art and paraphernalia, and much more. It was hosted by the Pejepscot Historical Society (  This group shot was taken Thursday evening after we dined at the "Dolphin Marina", Harpswell, Maine.

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  • Our meeting was held in Gettysburg, PA the weekend of April 9-11.  We stayed at the Days INN, on York Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA.  The hotel is located about three miles from the heart of Gettysburg.  Patrick Fairbairn a living historian spoke Saturday at our Gettysburg event.  His talk dealt with the role played by William Lloyd Garrison in the abolition of slavery in the United States. Friday; dinner [supper] was at La Bella restaurant.  Sat. Meeting, in the morning at the Days Inn; dinner was at the Appalachion Brewing Company.  Special thanks go out to all who traveled to the meeting.  (Updtd-4/9/2013)
2012 Membership Meetings
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  • We recently met in Hampton, VA the weekend of 21-23 September 2012.  The meeting and lunch were at the former Hotel Chamberlin, a historic landmark  co-located at Fort Monroe.  This is where Jefferson Davis was imprisoned following the Civil War. Mr. John V. Quarstein, an expert in colonial Virginia history was our guest speaker.  He is an award winning historian, preservationist, and author.  Following the meeting we visited the Casemate Museum on Fort Monroe. You can read all about the meeting in the minutes found in the Fall 2012 issue of the Chamberlain Key.  The result of the election for the years 2013 and 2014 is that each incumbent office holder who ran was re-elected.(Updtd- 10/8/12)
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(front L-R: Faye Chamberlain, Pat Sugg, Jean and Neil Chamberlain, Lynn and Bill Mennel
rear L-R: Ted Chamberlain, Jim Sugg, Don Chamberlin)
Spring Executive Board Meeting
-  - Our meeting was held in Gettysburg, PA the weekend of May 11-13.  We stayed at the Hampton Inn, 1280 York Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA, 17325   The hotel is located about three miles from the heart of Gettysburg.  Patrick Schroeder, historian at Appomattox Court House National Park spoke Friday evening at our Gettysburg event.  His talk dealt with the role played by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in Lee's surrender at Appomattox in the waning days of the Civil War. Friday; dinner [supper] was at Farnsworth House.  Sat. Meeting, in the morning at the Hampton Inn; lunch at the Dobbins House at 1:15 p.m.  Special thanks go out to Neil and Jeannie Chamberlain for all their effort in making the arrangements.  (Updtd- 5/13/12)
2011 Membership Meetings

Spring Executive Board Meeting
was held in Salisbury, Maryland May 13-14, 2011. The minutes of that meeting can be found in the Spring 2011 edition of the Chamberlain Key.  The meeting had been previously scheduled for Berrien County, Michigan. This change of venue came about when the WCGS recently gained the materials collected by the late Chamberlain researcher Mrs. Alison Ogilvie Ainsworth.  (Mrs. Ainsworth died in Salisbury on January 29, 2011.) For 20 plus years Mrs. Ainsworth had headed what we have been calling the CAA(2). Thanks to the cooperation of her husband and son, the complete files and research materials, were entrusted to the WCGS for final delivery to the New England Genealogical and Biographical Society (NEH
GS) in Boston.  Within this material are portions of the original CAA Chamberlain Collection gathered between 1897 and 1941.  We accomplished quite a bit, but much scanning remains to be done.Contact George Richard if you wish to help.


WCGS General Membership & Executive Board Meetings-

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The annual meeting of the WCGS was held in the Spring Hill Suites Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina on September 17, 2011. The meeting convened at 9:25 a.m., Vice-President, Bill Mennel presiding and Executive Secretary, Pat Sugg recording the minutes.  The minutes of this meeting will be published in the Fall 2011 edition of the Chamberlain Key newsletter.  Executive board and assorted committee reports, Old, and New Business items were discussed.  The members present chose to conduct future WCGS meetings in the following locales.  2012 Spring Executive Board, - Gettysburg, PA,  Annual 2012- Hampton/Williamsburg, VA, and Annual 2013- San Antonio, TX.   Besides conducting the business of the society, we did visit historic Charleston sites.  Special thanks are extended to Loren and Marian Chamberlain for their efforts to suggest places to dine and things to see in Charleston.  Friday night we gathered for dinner at an Irish Pub and Restaurant for a “get reacquainted” dinner.  On Saturday a group lunch followed by a Charleston harbor cruise was the order of the day.  Later, wine and cheese offerings were hosted by Loren and Marian before our group dined at a local Italian Restaurant.


2010 Membership Meetings

Fall Meeting- The fall 2010 meeting was held Sept 25th in Albany, New York at the Comfort Inn of Colonie.  You can read all about the meeting in the minutes found in the Fall 2010 issue of the Chamberlain Key.  Some members arrived early for independent research in the New York state archives, or a day trip to nearby New England towns with Chamberlain connnections.  Most mornings would find us sharing our adventures over breakfast at the hotel. The results of the election for the years 2011 and 2012 are that each incumbent office holder who ran was re-elected.  Additionally, Mr. Ernest Frey joins the Executive Board as a Trustee.  Another key accomplishment is formally establishing a policy and process to create and maintain a "World Chamberlain Genealogical Society- Chamberlain Data Base".  Everyone will certainly want to read about this endeavor in the meeting minutes.

Bill, Neil, Judi, Ernie, David, Don, Richard, Jim
Spring Meeting- The Executive Board Meeting and a CAA Collection working session occurred at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS); 99 -101 Newbury Street in Boston.  All members were invited to attend the Board Meeting and we had  quite a few members take advantage of the opportunity. The working session consisted of volunteer's scanning and copying pages of the Chamberlain Collection -- the work product of the first Chamberlain Association of America collected during the period 1897 to about 1915.  The work products of this copy/scan effort will be posted on this web site as part of the WCGS's on-going effort to share the collection with Chamberlain's around the world.

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