After another successful conference & AGM, it is my pleasure to write to you as newly appointed Guild Chairman to inform you of several pieces of ‘Guild news’:
Firstly, Guild governance - there have been a few changes in the officers and post-holders within the committee - already updated on the Guild website! The officers are now as follows:
Chairman - Kirsty Gray
Vice Chairman - Peter Hagger
Secretary - Jan Cooper
Treasurer - Cliff Kemball
The Marketing Subcommittee will be headed up by John Coldwell. He is looking for someone to assist with the publicity side of marketing the Guild and would be delighted to hear from any willing members!
Gordon Adshead will continue to chair the highly successful Seminars Subcommittee as well as arranging the 2011 Warrington Conference.
There are many key posts within the Guild and there are a few key changes in personnel this year - in particular, Registrar, Renewals Secretary and Regional Rep Coordinator.
David Mellor has been Registrar of the Guild for three years now. He has stood down from the committee this year and the role will now be taken over by Stephen Daglish. Peter Copsey has taken the role of Renewals Secretary and Peter Hagger, Regional Rep Coordinator.
BOOKSTALL & SALES MANAGER Howard Benbrook
DATA MANAGER Ken Mycock
DNA ADVISOR Susan Meates
EDITOR Keith Bage
FORUM MANAGER Wendy Archer
FRONT OFFICE MANAGER Roy Rayment
GUILD MARRIAGE INDEX Mary Rix
GUILD PROBATE INDEX Barbara Harvey
LIBRARIAN Roy Rayment
LOOK-UP MANAGER Cliff Kemball
MARRIAGE CHALLENGE COORDINATOR Peter Copsey
PRODUCTION MANAGER Peter Walker
REGISTRAR Stephen Daglish
RENEWALS SECRETARY Peter Copsey
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES COORDINATOR Peter Hagger
WARP ADMINSTRATOR Peter Walker
WEBMASTER Anne Shankland
The Guild are represented by members on other organisations and the representative posts remain unchanged for this year:
AFFHO David Evans
AFHSW Geoff Riggs
BGRUC Jeanne Bunting
FFHS Peter Copsey
FRC USER GROUP/TNA DIGITAL ARCHIVING PANEL Barbara Harvey
SAFHS Graham Tuley
PROBATE USER GROUP Barbara Harvey
As we always say, the Committee can only do ‘so much’ - there are only 13 of us again this year. If you feel that you have any skills you could offer to help us in running the Guild (and making it an even better organisation to be a member of!), please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MASTER CRAFTSMEN OF THE GUILD
The Guild Fellowship Scheme was set up in order to recognise those Guild members considered especially worthy of honour, either because of their level of expertise in genealogy and one-name studies, or for their contribution to the running of the Guild - or both. In keeping with the concept of a Guild, each individual recognised in this manner will be known as a Master Craftsman of the Guild (MCG). Nominations were invited from all members and the first group of MCG’s were announced at the AGM - further details and citations regarding their nomination are available at: www.one-name.org/members/MCGs.html
CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS TO THE AGM
Peter Hagger reported on the Guild year at the AGM and his notes are located in the Chairman’s corner in the Members Room. It is extremely pleasing to note that despite difficult economic times, our membership continues to increase.
OTHERS NEWS FROM THE CONFERENCE
In due course, photographs of the conference will be available on the website and I will look forward to seeing the article in the next journal which is to be written by a first time conference attendee. There were many new faces at the conference this year - I hope you all enjoyed your time at conference!
This year, there was a change in the Guild Award to ‘There's More Than One Way To Do It!’ - an Essay Competition which took the title to encourage Guild members to contribute their accounts of how they go about their One-Name Study. There were seven classes of entry, corresponding to the "seven pillars of wisdom" in One-Name Studies, with a proposed prize of a £25.00 bookstall voucher for the winner in each class. However, there was a low level of entry this year and one overall prize was awarded - to Maureen Kenchington for her fascinating essay on ‘Synthesis of the WAYCOTT one-name study’. Well done, Maureen! The essays are all available in the Members Room - http://www.one-name.org/members/comps/2010.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
Next year’s conference will be held in Warrington at the De Vere Hotel, Daresbury Park from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th April 2011, with the AGM on Saturday at 9am.
The Guild is trialling a North American toll-free telephone number. Calls made to 1-800-647-4100 from Canada and the US are now routed to the Guild’s existing helpdesk number, answered by Roy Rayment, our Front Office Manager. I hope that this new service will prove useful to our North American members.