17 February 2014

Call for Nominations - Ottawa Branch

The new Branch Council for Ottawa Branch will be elected at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 June at 1pm at the City of Ottawa Central Archives at 100 Tallwood Drive. All positions on the Council are open for election and any interested members are to contact the Past Chair at pastchair@ogsottawa.on.ca.

The Council meets once a month from September to June and we are now using the Internet for those who cannot physically join us in the room. Details of the positions are available at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/home/about-2/ . Nominees must be members of OGS and Ottawa Branch.

With the new Governance Model in place at the Society, we can expect changes to the operations of both the Branch and OGS. We need a strong Society taking us into the next era of genealogical service. Many members are getting older or are already doing several jobs within the Branch and we are looking to new members to step up and take on some of the roles. There are members who would be willing and capable of taking on these positions but are waiting to be asked. Please consider yourself asked. Whether you have been a long-time or recent member, whether actively involved or “quiet”, please consider the skills and qualities you possess and the passion you have for helping your Society and Branch as we move forward in this hobby that we all love. 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.

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?

With your help, OGS and Ottawa Branch will stay strong and meet its mission:
To encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage.

Please consider where you fit into our future. If there is a part you can play on the Branch Council or in any other role with the Branch as a volunteer, now is the time to step forward. We need motivated people who are passionate about OGS, prepared to use their skills on behalf of others, willing to bring fresh ideas and, most of all, prepared to work to make things happen on behalf of all members. Our Branch cannot continue to exist if there is no one to lead.

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