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 From the President
 
As I write this message we are in the middle of Family History Month and up and down the country members are leading or participating in a
wide variety of events to highlight their memories or links to families past and present.

I have read about or attended a number of occasions during this time where I am constantly reminded of the commitment of many of our
members as they willingly give of their time to share theirexperiences and skills with others. Many of the events are in collaboration with other organisations interested in Family History which is what we need to foster more of in the future.

Members are continuing to collect information from a variety of sources to add to the data you and I can access because of their hard
work. The focus continues to be on Cemetery records, School records and Church records.

So what is in the pipeline that Council is considering?

On Council News page you will find the responsibilities of individual Councillors. This list adds to the ways you can contact us- through the magazine and or website contact information, through the NZSG Manager, and through an individual Councillor if this seems more appropriate.

We need to ensure that our website is relevant, kept up to date, and easier to navigate. We are considering how best to do this and will be
contacting those with a page/ or pages on the website to ask for their assistance in updating and refreshing 'their' page.

To assist us increase our visibility in the Community we have employed a part time Marketing Co-ordinator on a one year contract. We need to
relook at our ' Brand', gain a better understanding of just who our members are so we can better meet your needs, and improve our liaison
with other kindred organisations.

The NZSG Rules Review Working Group sent the first draft of revised rules to Council for the September 2014 meeting with the goal of
completing this task in 2015.

We are planning to release the next Kiwi index version 2  early in 2015 with more than a million new records for us to share - a really exciting prospect. Thank you so much to the many contributors who have provided this information. The release is planned to be on a flash drive.

We are also planning for Family History month next year. Keep the weekend of 7 -9 August in 2015 free for our fourth New Zealand's Family History Fair which will be held at Alexandra Park in Auckland. We plan to have a 'Schools day' on the Friday, as well as a novel opening programme. If you have any ideas of speakers or topics you would like to see considered for the programme please send your ideas to the NZSG Manager. We are seeking some exciting keynote speakers, considering possible 'Master classes' and looking to increase our Exhibitor numbers

Then there is our celebration in 2017 to consider - we will be ' Fifty Years On'. How will this important occasion be marked?

Exciting times ahead for us all.

If you have any ideas for enhancing our future we would love to hear from you.

Gay Williams
NZSG President

 
   
 
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