How You Can Help Your Genealogy Society
There are many ways every member can help the society, from simple one-off volunteer opportunities, to taking on a position on the board. But first, why would or should you become involved? Remember, it is your society. If you get involved you can have a say in just what the society does, from the projects that are undertaken to the programs that are presented.
Some of the simplest ways to help are to just be friendly! At meetings, greet the visitors, and start a conversation. Or volunteer to bring cookies — we all enjoy a snack!
Others may involve a larger investment of time. For example, writing an article for The Researcher. But not every article needs to be long and involved. Maybe you’ve come across an unusual record, or used a surprising source in your research. Tell us about it!
In April we will be presenting our Annual Spring Seminar where we can always use volunteers. Some just during the day of the event, but we can also use all the help we can get during the planning phase. And the Seminar Committee has the final say on the topics that will be presented.
There are other committees that only exist for short periods of time. Each year the Audit Committee conducts a review of our finances, while the Nomination Committee seeks candidates for the elected officer positions. In addition, if necessary, the By-Laws Committee reviews the By-Laws and suggests changes.
Do you have an idea for a project the society could get involved in? Suggest it! It may be something no one else has ever thought of. Or would you like to form a Special Interest Group to study people from a certain area or of a specific ethnic origin? Go for it!
If you would like to Get Involved!, contact one of the Board Members.