- Help may be available outside of your own Society or Chapter.
- “Free” and “Internet” are hot topics.
- The library’s Facebook page and/or area newspapers were successful in getting the word out.
- It’s nice to have Deb & OGS on your side. :)
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Society Chapter Survives
The Ohio Genealogical Society has an annual Chapter Management Seminar, and I attended their 2012 seminar last month. One of the sessions was, “Attracting New Members for Your Chapter”, by Deborah Lichtner Deal. Deb had a number of ideas for attracting new members and I look forward to sharing more of them in a future post. This post is relating one of her ideas and the story she told us about one OGS Chapter that was facing closure, due to insufficient membership. She appealed to them to hold off closing, since she had some ideas to try out. Maybe enough interest could be drummed up so that the chapter could stay open. The Chapter agreed to wait and see.
Deb planned to visit the Chapter and offer the program, “Top 10 Free Internet Sites”. The program was promoted on a library’s Facebook page and in area newspapers. It ended up being so popular that she offered THREE sessions in one day! After that, there were enough people who signed up for membership in the Chapter that it could remain open! Success.
What I take away from this story is:
I’d love to hear from any of you reading this blog post. Do you have a “hot topic” that received favorable responses from the public? If so, what was the topic and where did you promote/advertise it?
Deborah Lichtner Deal is an OGS Trustee. She is listed on the OGS website at: http://ogs.org/about/board.php. She gave me permission to share this story here. Thanks Deb!