The most valuable component of our Society is the contribution made by its members. Their combined experience and research expertise may provide researchers with the best chance to solve research problems. Our combined experience in searching for our own family may be the key to solving the various problems other family historians face.
Remember that there is a member only area on the NFHS website. This area is still under development and currently only contains reports of the various volunteer groups so all members can read the reports at their leisure. Access if with a password. The password to gain access to the Member Area is changed after the AGM and members were informed in the June newsletter. Use the button to contact our newsletter editor on the link if you have forgotten the password. Include your name and member number
We publish our Members' Interests Directory every two years in a special publication. This directory lists the research families, locations or interests of our members and ensures that all members and the Societies with whom we exchange Journals, are aware of who is researching what locality, name or names! We will collect name and subject submissions for our next Members' Interests Directory due out in mid-2019. Forms are included with Membership renewal information early in the year. Blank MID forms are also included below should members wish to download and return an electronic copy.
Have your say! Is there some area where you need to learn more? The Society has reintroduced How to ... ? sessions for members. Sharing the expertise available in our members in the areas of research and our library is important.
This is your Society so it is important to communicate your suggestions, ideas, comments or requests - both positive or negative. If you have ideas or suggestions about any events or excursions or anything that would be useful on the website or on the member page, then please speak to one of the librarians or a member of management; use the suggestion box (anonymously if you like) kept on the front desk or send an email or letter to the Secretary.
The Society runs workshops, seminars, trips and other functions relating to family history and hosts guest speakers of interest to our members and the wider community. Events and speakers have been hugely successful and enjoyable for everyone who has been able to attend.
Library borrowing is now available to all members who have been a member for one year will be eligible to borrow. Each month a notice will be posted in the Library showing which additional members are eligible. Much of the material in the library is not suitable for lending, and these items are clearly marked with a small red spot on the spine.
Members are reminded that the 2017-2018 committee voted to give permission for Members and Visitors to use personal USBs in our library, provided that the volunteer librarians are informed of the intended use and that Copyright restrictions are strictly observed.
Being involved in your Society has a positive benefit for you and also a positive effect on the Society. Consider volunteering to assist in any way possible - no matter how small.
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Remember to include your name and member number in all correspondence.
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Management meets at the Society at 10.00am on the third Thursday of each month.
President: Melodie Woodford
Vice President: Pat Healion
Secretary: Judy Clack
Treasurer: Marie Hughes
Membership Registrar: Sharyn Boyce
Journal Editor: Ken Shilling
Publicity Officer: Greg Manning
Committee Members: Maree Shilling
Publications Officer: Jane Ison
Publications Assistant: Beth Keating
Newsletter Editor: Noelene Lowes
Computing (IT) Officer: Clive Maddocks
Snippers Coordinator: Karilyn Pawley
Website Coordinator: Jane Ison
Guest Speaker Coordinator:
Functions & Displays Coordinator:
Archivist: Elizabeth James
Becoming Involved with NFHS
Our Society has five established groups of volunteers who help ensure that NFHS meets its aims and objectives and members’ needs. The groups function in an informal, collegial and social manner. If you are interested in any of these groups, please email the secretary (address above), who will pass on your name to a member of the group; or leave a message on the answering service. Most groups meet on a schedule, but attendance at every meeting isn’t a requirement – members can give as much time as they want. Besides the groups, there are opportunities for volunteers to help with specific events or programs. You might also like to let the secretary know of any areas of interest or experience that you would like to share with other members. We’ll be sure to find a spot for you!
The eTeam plans, produces and distributes our quarterly Journal. An editor oversees the activities, but everybody is involved in suggesting themes, ideas for articles, proof-reading, layout, printing and preparing for mailing. No specific experience is required and it’s a great opportunity for members to write and publish some of their own family history or get involved in research and writing about other things of interest. There are usually three meetings for each Journal – planning, proof-reading and printing – this one is followed by lunch. Each is about two hours long, with dates for them being fluid. A look at any of our Journals will show you what a quality production is created.
There are two ways to be involved in the Society Library – as a member of the team which processes and maintains our resources, meeting for two hours on the second and fourth Mondays of each month; and/or as a Library volunteer who opens the Library for researchers on Thursday afternoons and Saturdays. No previous experience is necessary for either of these and people with Library experience oversee the purchase and processing of resources as well as assisting new members understand the procedures; and there are other experienced volunteers working each day the library is open. Both are excellent ways to become familiar with the holdings of the library, meet other members and help others with their research. There is no compulsion to attend every group meeting and Library opening days are on a rostered basis.
This is our newest group, formed to co-ordinate a program of social and educational activities identified in a survey of members last year. The group makes initial plans for activities which are then carried out by group members and other volunteers. Meetings are about two hours long, with dates decided according to the activities being planned. So far, the group has co-ordinated How To … sessions for using Trove and our Volunteers’ Morning Tea. Possible events include activities to link with seasonal or community celebrations; seminars; acknowledgement of volunteer contributions; sharing members’ interests. No special expertise is required for this group, but enthusiasm helps!
Publications group plans, co-ordinates, promotes and distributes all the Society’s publications. It is a major contributor to the financial well-being of the Society. There is usually a number of publication projects running at any given time, so members can be involved in researching a topic, writing outlines of proposed publications, proof-reading and editing, production of materials, advertising posters, production of print publications, burning of CDs, promotion and sales, or the writing itself. Meetings are held in the even months of the year. Anybody who is interested in any facet of publication is welcome to join the group and to peruse the Society’s publications brochure to see the kind of work produced.
The Snippers group works to produce print resources for our Library. Using copies of early newspapers, members locate, copy if necessary, snip, collate and produce booklets of clippings of interest to researchers in the local area. Volumes are indexed for ease of use. Compilations of recent and current death and funeral notices are also produced. Meeting twice monthly, on the first and third Wednesdays, Snippers has a co-ordinator who oversees the group’s activities. A look at the bound books in the front room at the Society will show interested members what this group produces.