The meeting was turned over to presenter Bob Kroff.
Bob Kroff is a retired Teacher/Administrator from the Tooele School District. He taught and was principal at Hurricane Middle School in the early 70's, and has owned a grocery store in Springdale, adjacent to Zion National Park.
While employed in the District Office in the Tooele School District he was a Teacher Trainer and traveled Utah and Idaho presenting skills in teaching.
Bob is currently serving a Mission at the St. George regional Family History Training Center, with a special interest in personal histories, as well as currently serving as Vice-President of our Washington County PAF Users Group.
Bob has given several presentations on the importance of personal family history and personal journal keeping to local family history groups and will present at the up-coming Family History and Genealogy Jamboree in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, September 12, 2009. (We'll get more information out on that Jamboree in August.)
Bob and his brother Joel first presented their Uncle Verl to our group several months ago. Since then they have added more to their presentation.
Due to a prior commitment Joel will not be with Bob today with this presentation.
'Revisiting Uncle Verl' - Bob began his presentation with the song 'Remember Me' written by his son Rob Kroff. http://kroffproductions/com/Remember%20Me.pdf
Words and music by Rob Kroff
Copyright 2007 Kroff Productions
When the golden wheat fields bend and speak of summer
When the autumn colors glide upon the wind
In the winter cold or when spring gives birth to flowers
But not for trophies I have won for they do not matter
Fortunes I may have gained mean nothing in the end
But if I was a friend to you or lent to you my shoulder
And if you'd grant me one last wish,
I wish that you could see
The wonder that I saw
In every tree and flowing river
All the beauty there.
I hope you learn from all the things I've done
Mistakes that I have made
My humble legacy
Is to leave with you my story
Then you will remember me
As you turn the pages, chapters of a lifetime
As you open memories sketched upon the soul.
Smile when you come across the colors of my journey
Let the joy around you, ease the aching spirit
I have only passed beyond the realms of what you see
I am not so far, I am just a thought away
When you remember me
I am just a thought away
When you remember me
What is personal history? To LDS members it is sometimes just looking for ancestors name and ordinance data. The rest of the world perhaps it's wanting to know who their ancestors were and a bit about their history. Our personal history is just as valuable as that of our ancestors.
And so we were introduced to the personal history of 'Uncle Verl' through his small note books and the video of 'Uncle Verl' put together by Bob and Joel Kroff - the music by Rob Kroff and the video narrated by Bob's niece.
Some excerpts from just the fishing note books of Uncle Verl. There are other note books about deer hunting, goose hunting, etc.
A quiet man who walked, rather than driving when possible, who lived in Tooele, Utah, left for those of us privileged enough to hear his story, a great legacy.....
Every personal history is important. Learn from Uncle Verl and keep those every day thoughts and begin, or continue with your personal history for those generations to come.
Thanks to Bob and his family who put this great lesson on how important and exciting personal histories are.