|FGS 2015 Program Spotlight: Focus on Societies Day|
Focus on Societies Day at FGS 2015 begins with Successfully Embracing the Future. This opening session features three segments presented by three speakers explaining how your genealogical society can both adjust to and embrace change:
- "...Courage to Change the Things I Can..." Being a Successful Change Agent by Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
- Applying TLC to Create New Growth by Deena Coutant
- Being More than "Social" on Social Media by Jen Baldwin.
The rest of the day features 30 sessions in six tracks. A few of those are highlighted below, but you'll find the entire program on the FGS 2015 Conference website.
Benefits and Projects
- Education is the core of our societies, and a seminar could bring new members, volunteers, and funding for projects. Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, explains how to be successful financially without much effort in Your Society Can't Afford to Do a Seminar? Here's How!
- A society project can be a daunting task. C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, explains how to manage a society-wide project from start to completion with Organizing and Carrying Out a Society Project.
Communication for Today
- Jordon Jones explains how to evaluate the plethora of internal and external communication technical solutions available to your society with High Tech Communication Solutions for Societies.
- Learn strategies for making the most of social media for community engagement especially given the limits of volunteer resources from Rorey Cathcart in Social Media for Societies: It's Not a Bandwagon, It's a Freight Train!
Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
- Change is our only constant. Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF, discusses and demonstrates ways to make technology and social changes work for our societies in Connecting, Exploring, Refreshing: Marshaling Change in Your Society.
- In Agents of Change: Genealogy Societies Today, Kris W. Rzepczynski, MLS, MA, looks at the impact genealogical societies can have on records, libraries and archives, and the research community.
Recruiting & Engaging
- We have all been the new kid in our societies at one time. D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, discusses ways to welcome new officers, committee members, board members, and others to your society in New Kid on the Block: Embracing Your Society's New Volunteers.
- Learn how successful membership organizations increase participation in their societies with 7 Sure Fire Ways to Involve Elroy Jetson (& others) in Your Genealogical Society from J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA.
Technology for the Future
- Thomas MacEntee gives an overview of current technology resources available to be leveraged by any genealogical society in an easy-to-understand, non-techie format in Technology Initiatives for Genealogy Societies.
- Make your society website more than just a cookie-cutter version of all the others. Cyndi Ingle shares Tips for Robust Society Web Site, which include unique content and information to boost membership.
The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today & Tomorrow
- Genealogy societies benefit by attracting new and younger members. Creating a DNA Interest Group is one way your society can do just that. CeCe Moore covers Bringing Your Society Into the 21st Century with a DNA Interest Group.
- Explore a variety of techniques to assist your society in finding stable ground within the fast-paced world of technology with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS in Tradition and Technology: Finding Your Society's Balance.
Focus on Societies Day will allow you to connect with other society leaders; will allow you to explore those challenges you face today as a society leader; and will refresh and motivate you to help make your society even better.