This past Saturday, January 14, 2017, was the annual business meeting for the California Genealogical Society.
We started with a potluck, then some of us had a brief tour of the emergency exits for the Library.
The business meeting was quick and interesting, as we opened with a letter from a longtime member about how CGS training helped her live her genealogical dreams, reviewed the past year, heard a report about the success of our first capital campaign, and discussed the plans leading up to our 120th anniversary celebration in 2018. I will have a lot more to post about those plans in the next few months.
After the meeting, we had a short board meeting to elect officers. I was elected as Vice President, which is something that I have been discussing with our President, Linda Okazaki, for the past month or so.
This does not mean that I will be the next President. I have not made such a commitment, for a variety of reasons.
First, I have a full-time, demanding profession, and we operate a major library with NO PAID STAFF. That means that the volunteers need to do everything, and the buck stops with the President.
Second, I am still fairly new to leadership, and I want to make better connections with people.
Finally, I want to deliver results on the projects that I am undertaking before asking others to support me as their leader.
That being said, I am not approaching the position the way that my predecessor did - she made it clear up front that she was not going to be President. Instead, I am going to keep an open mind. I would like to do it, but I am uncertain that this is the right timing for me.
In terms of projects, I am taking on the lead for strategic planning. This is a function that excites me in several organizations, but I still need to improve my own skillset and toolbox to make this work out effectively.
Also, I am presenting my first genealogy class next month, on Eastern European Genealogy. This marks a real milestone for me. I will post more about that soon.
I am very much looking forward to genealogy in 2017, and continuing my work with CGS.