After the end most major genealogy conferences, I usually host a Saturday night dinner for readers of this newsletters as well as their friends, families, and anyone else who wishes to join in. Despite the short notice of this week's event in Cincinnati, 42 folks joined me at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, just two blocks from the convention center where we had spent many hours this week. I think the dinner was a success.
The dinners are a tradition started years ago with an informal "pick up" dinner at a local restaurant. The dinners have since grown into far bigger events, now held in hotel or restaurant banquet rooms. The dinners are always completely informal with no presentations or speeches, except for a few welcoming remarks by myself.
The last event of the evening was the awarding of door prizes, including two Plus Edition subscriptions to this newsletter. In addition, several books and a gift card were donated by Family Chartmasters. A Flip-Pal battery-powered scanner was donated by Dianne Miller and Patrick Johnson of Couragent, the company that produces the Flip-Pal.
The Flip-Pal scanner was won by Alvie Davidson of Lakeland, Florida, shown above with Dianne Miller and me. Click on the image to see a larger picture.
All in all, I enjoyed the evening immensely. I think the others did as well. Ask anyone who attended.