I Am Rhoda. Hear Me Roar.

I Am Rhoda. Hear Me Roar.

by Kerry Scott on 17 October 2011

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So here’s an interesting thing:

I’m on the ballot for the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

And here’s an even more interesting thing:

I told four people about this. Three of them immediately said the same thing: “Are you going to delete that one blog post then?”

No. No I’m not. In fact, if you’re here because you saw my name on the ballot, let me save you the trouble of searching for it. Click here. See? There it is. That’s the post I wrote that people think will keep me off of the APG board.

Now, those people may be right. But you know what? I wrote that post. I am the sort of person who frequently uses humor to make a point, and the points I’m making in that post are…well, pretty clear, I think. If you don’t want someone like that on the APG board, don’t vote for me. I’m cool with that.

I figured out by third grade that I’m a Rhoda, not a Mary. I spent 14 years in HR, where I learned that you should never pretend you’re a Mary to get a job, because you’re never going to be able to keep that whole pretending thing going indefinitely. If the group you’re trying to join doesn’t want what you have to offer, not getting the job is a good thing. It means you’ve just saved yourself and everyone else a whole bunch of grief.

One of the great things about having a blog is that no one will ever pick me for any job without knowing exactly who I am. There’s absolutely no guesswork involved. It’s all right here. If it’s not your cup of tea, that’s totally fine. There are other excellent candidates to choose from.

But deleting a post to get elected? Nope. Rhoda would never do that, and neither would I.

Note: If you don’t know who Mary, Rhoda or Phyllis are, you need to correct that immediately. Start here (Yes! On Wikipedia! I use Wikipedia! O the horror!). Then go here to watch some episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. You’ll thank me later.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy October 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

That post is exactly why I am voting for you. APG needs you. Badly.

Congratulations and good luck.


JJT October 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

That other post makes me want to join APG just so I could vote for you!


Barb Poole October 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

Wonderful news Kerry. I know if you get elected you’ll be able to handle it. Congrats.


Diane Boumenot October 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

Kerry, I would almost consider becoming a professional genealogist just so I could vote for you.


Alison Green / Ask a Manager October 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

“One of the great things about having a blog is that no one will ever pick me for any job without knowing exactly who I am. There’s absolutely no guesswork involved. It’s all right here. If it’s not your cup of tea, that’s totally fine. There are other excellent candidates to choose from.”

I love this and may steal it at some point.


Elyse Doerflinger October 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

If you deleted the post, I wouldn’t vote for you – because APG needs people with a sense of humor like yours.


Rondina Muncy October 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I loved that blog post. It’s why I signed up for your blog. Yours is my favorite blog. (With apologies to the person that believes he/she writes my favorite blog.) I actually go back about once a month and read that post because it cracks me up. The thing is, I’m exactly the type of person that blog post was about (“Is that a dash or an en dash?” “You need a period after you abbreviate a month.”) and there is no way APG would let me run for the board. (So why do members that get nominated have to get some kind of approval to run anyway.) I would love to have you on the board.


Kerry Scott October 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I tell you what…I have NO idea how the nominating process works. When I got the email saying I was going to be on the ballot, I actually checked the header to see if it was a hoax.


Jennifer Shoer October 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

You ALWAYS make me laugh. Thanks for the link to THE post because I found you after I started blogging and it would have been sad if I had never read this. And if someone doesn’t understand the post’s intent, perhaps they should, well I don’t know…there’s room for all of us, right?

Thanks for the laughs and brightening up my Monday.



Sheri Fenley October 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

It’s not just the sense of humor Kerry, it’s the plain old common sense that many seem to have forgotten. Go show ‘em how it’s done!


Chris Klauer October 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Once again you have made my day! I wish I was on APG so I could also vote for you! You leave the old fogy (had to look that word up on Wikipedia!!) attitude behind that just does not work for so many of us. You say it like it is and that is who you are!!! Good luck I hope they all vote for you!


Debi Austen October 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Go get ‘em, Rhoda!!!!!


Mary Rieder October 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I’ve already voted for you, Kerry! And it’s BECAUSE of posts like that one. Good luck!

Mary (who’s really more of a Rhoda, despite the name ;-)


Laura Prescott October 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I first heard of you because of that blog post while I was deep into my first year as president of APG. I can’t believe anyone, excuse me “three” anyones, would even think that you would delete it! In a few months, I’ll have time – and maybe the opportunity – to write things like that, too.

Good luck, Kerry!


Kerry Scott October 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

You need to start a blog the second your term is up. I’d totally read that.


Paula Hinkel October 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Yup. What they said.


Cheryl P October 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Stay true to yourself, I love it! Bottom line is, what is meant to be is meant to be. I personally hope you get elected! If not, we still have you here! Have a wonderful day Kerry!


wally Anderson October 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Well, I am impressed and hope you are elected.elected. You placed the problem and the solution right on the table where it belongs. Good luck!


Sue Daigle October 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Love it! Actually, Rhoda and Mary were much alike. They both knew what they wanted, and did what they had to do to get it. One was like a kitten rubbing against your leg to get a treat, and the other, … well, you know.


Kerry Scott October 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm


I’m allergic to cats anyway.


Nancy Shively October 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Kerry, I love you in a completely platonic, non-stalkery, I-wish-I-could-write-like-you kind of way.


Sheila October 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I loved that post when you originally wrote it, and I’m so glad you linked to it again so I could reread it and laugh at it again. I wish I was able to vote for you because I absolutely would!


Susan Tiner October 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Hi Rhoda, congratulations on getting yourself on the ballot even if you don’t know how you got there! I really hope you’re elected.


Deb H. October 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Bravo…I’m plenty old enough to know and love both Rhoda and Mary. Go get ‘em!


Lisa Alzo October 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I agree with the others, and you are definitely getting my vote!


Eileen Souza October 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I agree with all the above. That post is what made me subscribe to your blog. I’m voting for you. I love a good sense of humor.


Chris Sansone October 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Congrats, and yeah, it’s really all about the authenticity.


Kimberly Powell October 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Ditto what everyone else said. That’s one of my favorites of your blog posts too! And contrary to seemingly popular opinion, the APG Board is not a bunch of old “stick in the mud” genealogists. I can’t think of one person on the Board who wouldn’t laugh at and appreciate the humor in that post – it’s great! Glad to see you on the ballot :-)


Kerry Scott October 19, 2011 at 7:34 am

That’s my theory too. I keep hearing that stuff like this will get me banished from glitterati-dom…but my own experience (so far, at least) does not support that theory.


Margaret E October 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I got my email about the APG elections, skimmed through it, and then forgot to vote. Now I WANT to vote. So, perhaps your blog has INCREASED participation in APG! No matter what the outcome of the election I will always look forward to what you have to say in your blog. It’s one of the few in my blogreader that I ALWAYS read.


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