Tips for a successful committee


04 December 2017
1-Alde-Valley-Suffolk-21388.jpg Diana Mann holding her 3x great-grand-uncle’s truncheon. He was a constable of the village of Kersey, Suffolk in the 1720s
Diana Mann from Alde Valley Suffolk family history group presents top tips for a successful committee.

In a town near you, there’s likely an enthusiastic band of family historians  - your local family history society members. These hardworking volunteers run family history societies to help teach people about family history and work to preserve the historic records of the area for the future. The range of historic projects they are involved in is vast. Read on for an inspiring example…

Diana Mann from Alde Valley Suffolk family history group presents top tips for a successful committee.

Q What do you all enjoy about serving on the committee?

A Our committee meetings are congenial; more like a get together of friends. However, we have the responsibility for making the right decisions for the group – those that are in the group’s best interests in the present and the long term. It is sometimes a challenge, but always a privilege to do this.

Q What would you recommend to someone thinking of joining their own society's committee?

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A Firstly make sure there is a vacancy, ensure you have a long-term commitment to family history research, and consider what benefits you might bring to the committee and how your opinions/actions would be of advantage to the group/society. Be prepared to be patient when necessary and listen to the points made by your fellow committee members.

If the above points can be answered favourably – join and enjoy!

Q What are the ways in which the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group like to help fellow family historians?

A (Diana Mann) The group has an extensive archive, and computers, which can be accessed freely at our research centre, with at least two committee members ‘on duty’ when the centre is open to assist those using our facilities. Postal and email requests for help are followed up when possible, and we publish a quarterly newsletter, distributed to all members, and always packed with useful information. And, of course, we welcome discussion at events and our monthly meetings (anyone may attend) and give advice there too.

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