Monday, September 21, 2009

Volunteer Spotlight: Dick Plotz


Some people have a talent for juggling multiple tasks without effort.  Dick Plotz, JewishGen’s Technical Service Volunteer is one of those people.  Dick started moderating JewishGen’s main Discussion Group about 10 years ago, and has increased his moderating role to include several of the smaller special interest groups.  If that were not enough, five years ago, Dick was invited to take on the management of JewishGen mailing lists as well.

Dick has been working on genealogy most of his adult life, and from many of the emails he contributes to his discussion groups, you can get a sense of the complexity of his role. He must be familiar with the major research resources on JewishGen’s website so he can direct participants to sites where they might find answers. But the moderating role often takes on more than just database knowledge.  Some of the queries take a combination of intuition and deduction reasoning to figure out the real question behind what is being asked.

Genealogy is only one of Dick’s passions.  He loves creating and solving puzzles and is an active member of the National Puzzlers’ League, www.puzzlers.org. He has already agreed to host the 2011 annual NPL convention in Providence. This is in addition to working as a full time pathologist in Boston, and attending an occasional square dance event.

Dick lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife of 38 years, Judy.  He has two children, a daughter Martha who is a costume stitcher in Boston, and a son Mike who is a software engineer in San Francisco.

JewishGen is honored that someone with such energy and sleuthing instincts is working with JewishGen to help our members in their genealogical searches.

Thank You Dick!
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14 comments:

  1. This is a well-deserved honor. Those of us who work behind the scenes have found Dick to always be fair, wise, and kind.

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  2. Connie Fisher NewhanSeptember 22, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    I congratulate Dick with a huge MAZEL TOV and Well Done!!! He has personally come to my rescue on more than one occasion and I concur, JGen is lucky to have him!
    Happy Healthy New Year to all,
    Connie Fisher Newhan

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  3. Thank you, Dick for always helping me and solving my problems. I know I can always depend on you. Congratulations!

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  4. We all owe congratulations and thanks to Dick Plotz.

    Dick trained me to be a list moderator 11 years ago. Since then I've depended on this training and frequent consultations with Dick to help me with my work as full-time moderator of the German SIG.

    I feel well qualified to confirm that Dick Plotz is a mainstay at JewishGen. I'm making a "Wall of Honor" contribution in gratitude for his work and I urge others to join me.

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  5. Congratulations, Dick! The honor is well-deserved. May the genealogy fairies help you break through all of your brick walls as a reward for your selfless service! - Janet Isenberg

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  6. As one of Dick's high school classmates, I can testify that he has been a helpful guy for a long time. His assists on Jewishgen always strike me as not only correct but encouraging. Keep up the good work!

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  7. As a moderator of four discussion groups -- JRI-Poland, LitvakSIG, Bialystok and Lodz -- I have had a number of occasions to ask Dick Plotz for his input on various matters. Without exception, his answers are not only thoughtful and knowledgeable, but most importantly, full of "sechel" -- common sense. Knowing that Dick is there makes a moderator's job w whole lot better.

    Mazel Tov, Dick

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  8. Congratulations Dick!
    Your help and your insight are important to us.

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  9. And for his latest (and greatest?), Dick showed me how to be the moderator of the discussion group for the 2009 Philly conference. Apparently, from what I've read, he's done some things for others. Congratulations, and thank you for your patience -- I was teetering on hysteria!
    Selma Neubauer

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  10. Mazal tov and a big hug.
    As a former moderator I know what a huge undertaking one mailing list is, and Dick takes care of many!
    This is well deserved. Shana Tova

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  11. It has all been said by abler writers than I--congrats to a very deserving Dick Plotz. So, I'll use an apt Israeli phrase, meaning, "Well done." Yasher koyach, Dick.

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  12. More eloquent writers have told why Dick Plotz is so deserving of this honor. So, I'll use an apt Hebrew phrase, "Yasher koyach, Dick," way to go!

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  13. I've also known Dick since we were in high school, not as a classmate, but as a member of the Tolkien Society of America, which he founded in 1965--another one of his many interests over the years. I'm very glad that people like Dick, who are so well organized, are willing to devote the time and energy to do the work for JewishGen that allows those of us who are not so organized to find our ancestors!

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  14. Congratulations Dick.

    As a relative new comer to genealogy, I have already interacted with you several productive times. Thanks for your help and cordiality.

    All the best for the New Year

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