The objectives here are to help the attendee and his/her society create a cohesive group, use internal resources to help save money, and increase membership. Using principles of small group dynamics, the presenter will acquaint those in attendance with the various terms of the “field” and how these apply to genealogical societies. The problems that result in lowered attendance, membership drop-off, and failure to adhere to the governing documents (bylaws and standing rules) will be discussed in an effort to convince society members to avoid such experiences. The value of a group mission statement, identified leadership, and common goals will be emphasized. Finally, to help those whose groups are experiencing financial issues, some suggestions for bolstering the attendance while staying within a budget will be provided. Member interaction and task management techniques can help a society improve its efficiency. Develop programs from within to save money and build an interdependent group.
Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CG, is the Director of the Corona Family History Center and a Board Member of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists (and Past-President of the So. Calif. Chapter). She served as lead researcher on the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow in 2013.