11 April 2013

Branch Board Nominations


It is time again for the Nominations Committee (me) to try to find replacements for the Board members who have completed their terms or are stepping down for other reasons. For the first time in a long time, we do NOT need a new Chair as Norah Cousins-La Rocque will remain for a second term. However, her term will expire in 2104 and we do need a Vice-Chair who is prepared to step up to the Chair’s job in another year. Heather Oakley has filled in as Vice but she’s done the Chair’s job several times now and we could use some new leadership in the Branch (I speak from experience-too much experience).
We also have a vacancy as Secretary. Grace Lewis has filled in there but she is taking over as Librarian with the incumbent stepping down for personal reasons. We also have vacancies at Stray Coordinator and Member-at-Large.

Several others have spent many years on the Board and would welcome replacement: Editor of The Ottawa Genealogist, Publication Sales. If you don’t feel up to the task right away, you could work with the current volunteer before assuming full responsibility. Few of us knew what to do when we started and we learned our way with on-the-job training from those who were more experienced. If you are serious about genealogy then this is a great way to learn more about the hobby. I don’t have any Ottawa area ancestors but I help out with the Branch to give back for those volunteers who make it possible for me to do my research in the rest of the world.

Is there something specific that you would like to do? The Member-At-Large positions have no firm duties, so we could use people who would like to assist with tasks such as Gene-O-Rama, Outreach, Special Events, Social Media, Liaison or Publicity. Or would you like to run a project that would help the lot of genealogists in the area?

The Board meets once a month from September to June and we are now using Skype for those who cannot physically join us in the room. They generally run 60-90 minutes and over the last few years have become very efficient with the agenda, reports and minutes all sent electronically.  The meetings only deal with running of the branch while most discussion takes place beforehand by email. The Chair, Vice, Secretary and Treasurer must be members of OGS and Ottawa Branch, while there rest should be… but we can be flexible. The job descriptions are posted on our website at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/OB-Job-Descriptions-2010web-1.pdf .

We are one of the successful branches in The Society but this can all be for naught without people willing to contribute a few hours of their time to help run things. Several other branches are at risk to fold because volunteers will not come forward. This could happen here unless you step up. Please consider helping us; get in touch with me at pastchair@ogsottawa.on.ca so I can stop whining in the newsletter and before every general meeting. If you want to participate without a specific job we will welcome you to our meetings and find a way for you to help in an area that interests you. Thanks (with a tip of the hat to Bob Dawes of Quinte Branch for allowing me to steal some lines from his recent plea for volunteers).

Mike More
Past Chair Ottawa Branch OGS

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