Societies Need to Adapt, or They Will Die

This post has been inspired by Randy Seaver’s “What Should Genealogical Societies Offer? My 11 Suggestions” post which I read earlier this week, and let me start by saying I couldn’t agree with him more.

I realise that societies are small, volunteer-run organisations, but they NEED to adapt with the times to not only cater to current members, but to attract new ones, which will quite likely turn into more volunteers as well. Bringing in new volunteers has so many benefits simply apart from more hands-on people to help out, these new volunteers have skills that they can share or utilise. Some may be good at computers, some at cataloguing, some at one-on-one helping people, or answering research queries from afar, and some at social media. All of which are useful for societies these days.