Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monthly Meeting OR Speaker Series?

This question has been answered by the Victoria Genealogy Society (VGS), They have decided to change the title of their Monthly Meetings to the Speaker Series – and they seemed to have struck on a winning title. 

They say that they are ‘more about presentations and less about VGS business’ – therefore the change.

So the first participant in the Speaker Series will be John Azar and he will talk about LEST WE FORGET WHERE THEY LIE: Remembering War Dead and Veterans Buried in Victoria Region Cemeteries.

John Azar, President of the CEF 100 Commemoration Society, will provide an overview of the South Vancouver Island cemeteries where veterans are buried. After telling stories about a few of those veterans, John will invite the audience to indicate the research they are conducting on ancestors who served in the First World War or other conflicts.

He is also inviting people to the annual Old Cemeteries tour of the Veterans Cemetery in Esquimalt on April 19th.

Doors open at 7pm at Gordon Head United Church, 4201 Tyndall Avenue. Admission is free for VGS members and by donation for visitors.

Come early to view the displays and the sales table, and to network with other genealogy enthusiasts.

So the business of the group will not be discussed at this meeting, and the emphasis will be changed to the speaker, displays, and networking between the attendees.

What do you think about changing the emphasis of Monthly Meetings to the Speaker Series? Does it make any difference what you call a meeting? Would it help to attract new members to have a new nomenclature? Notice that the speaker will 'invite' the attendees to talk about their research. He won't be there just to talk, and answer a few questions - it will be an exchange of research. Is this what people want in their meetings? Interesting, isn’t it?

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Amy Johnson Crow said...

I think that's a brilliant idea! It's certainly more welcoming to the public.

Elizabeth Lapointe said...

Thank for reading my blog, Amy.

This is a good idea, and I think that more societies should change their way of thinking.

I am putting a blog on this afternoon about another idea genealogical societies could follow. No lack of ideas! Let's see action!