Monday, September 28, 2009

FXGS: is your society planning ahead like this one?

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here has more than a passing interest in the Fairfax Genealogical Society (of Virginia). Across my desk this morning, came this note from FxGS Program Chair Jennifer Dondero:

28 September 2009

Fairfax, VA

The Fairfax Genealogical Society Call for Papers for the 2010-11 year is quickly approaching. All proposals are due by 1 October and can be e-mailed to callforpapers@fxgs.org. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for any of our events (General Meetings, Saturday Education Classes, Fall Fair, Hands-on Workshop, or Spring Conference), details are available on our website at http://www.fxgs.org/callforpapers.htm.

At a time when many local genealogy societies are scrambling for members, it is time to redouble our efforts to plan an interesting mix of topics to meet the needs members.

In SW Florida where I served in the Manasota Genealogical Society, it took pre-planning of topics/guest speakers, but also calendar coordination with other societies in the region. Two societies wouldn't want to feature their big annual Saturday conferences on the same day since could effectively cut attendance in half. WHY?

In Florida, genealogists think nothing of driving from Orlando to Ft. Myers to attend a big all-day conference, though the driving time each way would be a good 4 hours. Some societies have hired a bus to cut down on personal wear and tear, while carpooling attendees would share driving and hotel expense. The idea is to make a weekend of genealogy out of it.

Reaching out to those members still working the 9-5 Mon-Fri gig may mean we need to think outside the box of usual Wednesday morning genealogy meetings. Where rush hour traffic is an issue for evening meetings (as with the Fairfax, Virginia group) it may just be that well-run, non-rambling Saturday morning meetings will draw the working crowd.

Speaking of well-run, non-rambling meetings, I've attended and spoken at genealogy society meetings where the business meeting was so lengthy and so tumultuous that instead having 60 minutes to speak, the time was reduced to about 2-25 minutes. But I digress.

Maybe holding higher quality meetings every other month might be better? What about moving the "business" portion of the meeting until after the speaker's presentation? Just thinking out loud.

What do my DearREADERS think?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com







28 September 2009

Fairfax, VA

The Fairfax Genealogical Society Call for Papers for the 2010-11 year is quickly approaching. All proposals are due by 1 October and can be e-mailed to callforpapers@fxgs.org. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for any of our events (General Meetings, Saturday Education Classes, Fall Fair, Hands-on Workshop, or Spring Conference), details are available on our website at http://www.fxgs.org/callforpapers.htm.


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