VAN WERT - The next meeting of the Van Wert County Genealogical Society has been set for Oct. 16 at Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third St. at 7:30 p.m. the speaker for the evening will be Rita K. Thelen who successfully combines humor with facts and fiction for an enjoyable presentation. She has over 30 years experience working for National Parks and various Ohio Metro Parks. During this time she designed and developed historic gardens, herb gardens, butterfly and hummingbird gardens. She is a Master Gardener and enjoys reading, gardening, history and travel. She will be speaking as an 1840 herbalist, dressed in period clothing, sharing plants, cures and stories of life in 1830's Ohio. After the speaker will be the induction ceremony for new members of First Families, Pioneer Families and Century Families of Van Wert County Ohio.