Erroneous Publication of an OGS Fee Increase
Just after the holidays, there was an erroneous statement published on a private blog that is causing concern. It was claimed that there is discussion within the Society of a further fee increase and that there was a notion to require OGS members to also be a member of their local branch.
On behalf of the Board and the Executive, I would like to inform our members that neither of these ideas has been discussed at this time.
As one of the Board's responsibilities, fees are discussed at least once a year. Any fee increase recommended must then be approved by the membership. The Board is not recommending a change to the fee structure for 2011. The fee will remain the same as in 2010.
As to requiring members to be a member of their local branch, this has not been recommended nor discussed.
I hope that this explanation clarifies all concerns. If there are any further questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me (email@example.com) or the Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).President, Ontario Genealogical Society.
I remain confident in the source used for the original post.
That post did not state that discussions on fee increases, or on requiring a branch membership, had taken place at a Board or Executive meeting. Such discussion between senior society members can and do take place outside such meetings, the case here. By the time the issue gets to the official meeting the conclusion may essentially be fait accompli.
The statement that "The Board is not recommending a change to the fee structure for 2011" is self-evident as collection of 2011 fees is well underway. The OGS statement makes no such undertaking for 2012 fees. Would OGS members prefer efficiencies be found in operations rather than a fee increase? Time will tell.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Following on the blog post here of 4 January OGS President Nancy Trimble has issued the following notice to members, dated January 13, 2011. My comments follow.
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