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  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Wednesday

8:00-9:15 AM

W-100
Focus on Societies Day Opening Session: Successfully Embracing the Future
by Curt Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF, Deena Coutant , Jen Baldwin
Join Curt Witcher, Deena Coutant, and Jen Baldwin as they explain how your genealogical society can both adjust to and embrace change. Learn how to integrate new concepts, tools, technology, and social media that will both attract new members and inspire the current ones in your organization into a motivated and expanding network of society leaders.
General Sessions

9:30-10:30 AM

W-101
Connecting, Exploring, Refreshing: Marshaling Change in Your Society
by Curt Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF
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I
A
Change is our only constant. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate ways to make technology and social changes work for our societies.
Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
W-102
Engaging Your Long Distance Membership
B
I
Engagement in an organization is a result of impacting a member's behavior. How can you reach this demographic and provide value successfully within your society?
Recruiting & Engaging
W-103
The Policy and Procedure Manual: Preventing "I Didn't Know That"
by C. Ann Staley CG, CGL
I
Looking for a great training tool? Looking for a management tool? Look no further than the Society Policy and Procedure Manual.
The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow
W-104
Using Cemeteries to Uncover Forgotten Histories
B
Sponsored by BillionGraves.com
You will learn how BillionGraves empowers you with the free tools to preserve, manage, and showcase this vital information while putting your society in the spotlight.
Benefits & Projects
W-105
Communicating on a Shoestring Budget: Cost Effective Solutions for Societies
Both new and seasoned societies can learn strategies to communicate more effectively with their members and the public with free and low-cost tools.
Communication for Today
W-106
TechSoup - Technology by the Bowlful for Your Genealogy Society
Are you familiar with TechSoup.org and its free and low-cost technology available for your genealogy society? Learn how you can tap into the resources of TechSoup!
Technology for the Future

10:45-11:45 AM

W-107
Agents of Change: Genealogy Societies Today
B
I
A look at genealogical societies as change agents and the impact they have had on records, libraries and archives, and the research community.
Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
W-108
New Kid on the Block: Embracing Your Society’s New Volunteers
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS
B
I
A
We all have been the new kid in our societies at one time. Take a look at ways to welcome new officers, committee members, board members, and others to your society.
Recruiting & Engaging
W-109
Find the Silver Lining In the Cloud
B
I
The cloud is home to tools and functions that make our computing life easier. Learn which tools are useful for your genealogical research and how to implement those tools for optimum productivity.
The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow
W-110
Your Society Can’t Afford To Do a Seminar? Here’s How!
by Paula Stuart-Warren CG, FMGS, FUGA
B
I
Education is the core of our societies. A seminar could bring new members, volunteers, and funding for projects. Learn how to be successful financially without much effort.
Benefits & Projects
W-111
WordPress for Your Society: No Blogging Required
WordPress is a powerful, yet easy-to-use platform for bringing society websites into the 21st Century as a static home page or fully integrated society management tool.
Communication for Today
W-112
How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote!
Discover how Evernote puts all your notes at your fingertips with superfast note retrieval, web clipping, Optical Character Recognition search, and cloud storage for FREE! A genealogist's dream!
Technology for the Future

12:00-1:15 PM

W-113
FGS Luncheon: The State of Our Societies: 2015 Update
FGS Leadership. Plated Lunch Menu Asian Chicken Salad, Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Vegetarian Entrée: Confetti Orzo Stuffed Pepper
Luncheons

1:30-2:30 PM

W-114
Being the Outstanding Leader Your Society Needs
by Curt Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF
B
I
A
Leadership is vital in any successful organization. This presentation enumerates leadership qualities along with strategies for being a successful leader.
Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
W-115
Strategies for Engaging Off-Site Membership-A Brainstorming Session
Are your society activities leaving out a none-too-small portion of your membership? Check out some projects you can use to engage your offsite members as well as your active core.
Recruiting & Engaging
W-116
The Ethical Genealogist
by Judy G. Russell JD, CG, CGL
B
I
A
Handling family secrets, tales of living people, crediting others' work: learning how to deal with the ethical challenges of family history in the 21st century.
The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow
W-117
Creating a Dynamic Genealogical Education Program
B
I
A
Sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution
Concepts and ideas that can be utilized across a variety of formats or platforms to transform a traditional education program into a multi-faceted, engaging program for the future.
Benefits & Projects
W-118
High Tech Communication Solutions for Societies
B
I
A
Come learn how to evaluate the plethora of internal and external communication technical solutions available to your society.
Communication for Today
W-119
Technology Initiatives for Genealogy Societies
An overview of currently technology resources available to be leveraged by any genealogical society in an easy-to-understand, non-techie format.
Technology for the Future

2:45-3:45 PM

W-120
Now What Do I Do? Your First Year as a Board Member
B
I
You've just been voted into office in your genealogy society. What happens now? Plan your first year for success and a significant contribution to the organization.
Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
W-121
Seven Sure Fire Ways to Involve Elroy Jetson (& others) in Your Genealogical Society
by J. Mark Lowe CG, FUGA
B
I
Learn how successful membership organizations increase participation in their societies with these proven steps. They are especially useful with younger folks.
Recruiting & Engaging
W-122
Bringing Your Society Into the 21st Century with a DNA Interest Group
B
I
A
Genealogy societies benefit by attracting new and younger members. Creating a DNA Interest Group (DIG) is one successful way of doing so.
The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow
W-123
Organizing and Carrying Out a Society Project
by C. Ann Staley CG, CGL
I
A society project can be a daunting task. This presentation is designed to help the society officers and volunteers manage a society-wide project from start to completion.
Benefits & Projects
W-124
Using Constant Contact’s Toolkit for Society Communications
Learn how integrated marketing campaigns can be delivered utilizing components of the Constant Contact Toolkit, including email marketing, surveys, events, and promotions.
Communication for Today
W-125
Tips for a Robust Society Web Site
B
I
Make your site more than just a cookie-cutter version of all the others. Include unique content and information to boost membership.
Technology for the Future

4:00-5:00 PM

W-126
Maximizing Organizational Effectiveness
B
I
A
Come learn tips and techniques from 16 years of professional management experience, and see how these can be applied to your society.
Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
W-127
Save Your Society! Recruit & Retain Society Memberships
I
Interactive session dealing with recruiting and retaining Society Memberships, along with building community partners and grant writing tips for your society.
Recruiting & Engaging
W-128
Tradition and Technology: Finding Your Society’s Balance
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS
B
I
A
Explore a variety of techniques to assist your society in finding stable ground within the fast-paced world of technology.
The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow
W-129
Printed vs. Online Publishing for Societies
B
I
A
It’s time to take another look at publishing for your society. New options for publishing and print-on-demand free you from the high investment required in the past.
Benefits & Projects
W-130
Social Media for Societies: It's Not a Bandwagon, It's a Freight Train!
Learn strategies for making the most of this important vehicle for community engagement especially given the limits of volunteer resources.
Communication for Today
W-131
Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies for Societies
Don't let the video revolution pass your society by! Lisa Louise Cooke, (Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel, 250,000+ views) will show you how to have a robust YouTube channel.
Technology for the Future

7:00-9:00 PM

SOC
FGS 2015 Opening Social
Behind the Scenes: Family History & Television
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