The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society paid tribute to four of its long-time members — Debbie Kaska, Kristin Ingalls, Joan Jacobs and John Fritsche — at the society’s Honors Luncheon, Nov. 2 at La Cumbre Country Club. More than 100 members and guests attended.

Honorees Debbie Kaska, left, Kristin Ingalls and Joan Jacobs at Honor Luncheon. John Fritsche was unable to attend.

Honorees Debbie Kaska, left, Kristin Ingalls and Joan Jacobs at Honor Luncheon. John Fritsche was unable to attend. (Courtesy photo)

Genealogical Society president Karen Ramsdell presided over the event; awards presenters were Charmien Carrier, Kathie Morgan, Dorothy Oksner. Ramsdell offered inspiring stories of the honorees’ contributions.

Engles has served as a library volunteer, co-chair of the membership committee, and board secretary. She has been a member of the aesthetics committee, and now serves as its chair. She is also a member of the library committee, is in charge of the Book Nook, and will serve as the next editor of Ancestors West Magazine.

Jacobs is also a 26-year member and has served as a volunteer library assistant for 12 years. She started the Illinois Special Interest group. She chaired the committee to find a new location for the society’s library, which led to the donation by the Sahyun Family of the present facility.

Jacobs served for a number of years on the society’s Board of Directors and on the finance and investment committees, and as chair of the aesthetics committee. She initiated the Honors Luncheon and headed the honors luncheon committee for every luncheon since its inception.

Kaska is the current editor of Ancestors West Magazine. She is a volunteer librarian at the Sahyun, is a past board secretary, a mentor for German genealogy, and teaches Beginning Genealogy class.

Fritsche has contributed numerous articles to Ancestors West Magazine. He has been a member of the Genealogical Society for more than 26 years and served on the Board of Directors as a director-at-large. He has contributed to the construction of the new library, the new driveway project, and the purchase of records preservation equipment, and gives freely of his time.

More information about the Genealogical Society is at http://sbgen.org/.

— Glenn Avolio for Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.