To an outsider like me, some things are mystifying. Take for example the lack of co-operation among the three genealogical societies in this valley I live in. Each one has an executive comprised of competent leaders. Each one has demonstrated the ability to host excellant small seminars and workshops, but their memberships seem crippled when it comes to supporting each other, though they are between 45 and 90 miles apart.
Only a very few people from town A (50,000) will drive to town B (100.000), and town B will send a token number to town C (60,000) or A. I’ve spoken to all groups. The staus quo suits me as a speaker. But economically, this makes little sense for them. Why not take turns hosting a larger conference, with one group arranging the site and accomodation, another planning the program, and the third doing promotion and registration. A well run conference in this valley could attract well known speakers, and lots of out of valley genealogists. But so far it has not happened. They do not even support each other in force.
Similarly, I see some of these groups do not wrk closely enough with local Family History Centres. In community C I suggests to the genealogical society they extend their one-day event to include the previous evening. If they worked co-operativly with the local FHC on advertising, I’d do a free public lecture on the Friday night that if promoted together with the Sat workshop should entice people to attend. But somewhere along the line the vision failed to enter the minds of FHC director and the society people. I gave the lecture on Friday to 48 Mormons, and two society members. An no Mormon genealogists were aware of the society event. A perfect opportunity to bring people together was muffed! Each group would have benefited supporting the other, both as a group and as individuals. I went away puzzled.
I realize readers will be able to provide thousands of explanations for this narrow thinking. I will remain unimpressed.