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Below is a reprint (with permission) of the Washington State Genealogical Society Conference Call for Speakers. The 2014 is focused on methodology and techniques. If you want to reach Washington state and Pacific Northwest genealogists and family historians, this is the perfect opportunity. Please let others know about the conference and the call for speakers. See you in August!
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society and Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society are the co-hosts of the 2014 Washington State Genealogical Society Annual Conference. The conference will be held at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center and the Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. This is a Call for Presentation Proposals for our conference with the theme, “Improved Genealogy through Better Methodology”.
The above societies are dedicated to quality instruction of our members and the public. From the beginner to the more advanced genealogist, we plan to pass along basic methods of research.
Demographic Profile of Conference Attendees: The WSGS State Conference usually draws attendees of all experience levels, from hobbyist to professional. We have been known to draw some attendees from Canada and surrounding states. Our focus on Saturday will be on methods and techniques. The added presentations on Friday will focus on different record types and/or specialized topics.
Presentation Suggestions: The program committee specifically seeks proposals that will provide exceptional, informative, and unique educational experiences for conference attendees.
Categories for submission may include:
Tips for Submission of Presentations:
The 2014 Conference has 10 speaker sessions available.
Session Length: Presentation time slots are a total of 75 minutes in length to include a 15-minute question and answer period. We welcome 2-part sessions that examine topics in depth.
Proposals should be submitted electronically, in PDF or Microsoft WORD format, to email@example.com. File names should include your last name, first initial and a proposal topic. Example: (Jones S – Computer Organization). Each proposal should include:
Number of Presentations: Speakers are encouraged to submit multiple proposals to a maximum of five (5), as some speakers will be invited to present a minimum of two presentations at the conference. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit. At its sole discretion the program committee may select, none, or some of presentations submitted by speakers. We currently have 10 – 75 minute sessions available.
Special Consideration: will be given to those speakers who permit their presentation handout material to be posted online to the conference website (attendee secure) for downloading and/or printing by conference attendees or with transfer of handout material to CD or thumb drive at the conference.
Distribution of Presentation and Copyright Considerations:
Expectations of Speakers: In keeping with standard conference practices, the following speaker expectations will be incorporated into speaker contracts:
Conference Speakers will receive:
Conference Committee will not reimburse speakers or pay for the following:
Some speakers may wish to make other presentations while in the area to maximize exposure and income. The program committee will be glad to discuss expense-sharing with other organizations if the speaker schedules other area appearances within two weeks of the conference.
About Washington State Genealogical Society: Every year WSGS sponsors an Annual Conference and Annual Meeting. It is held in alternating years in the west side and the east side of the Cascade Mountain range. Two years prior to a conference, a call is made to local genealogical societies to host the conference. The hosting society is given responsibility to select a locale for the conference and to make all arrangements relating to the actual conference. It is recommended that hosting societies involve at least one nationally known speaker for the conference. The hosting societies may determine the length and scope of the conference, including facility fees and registration fees, with the approval of the WSGS Board of Directors.
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society is a small society comprised of less than 100 members with approximately 1/4 of those residing outside of the geographical location. This society is located in Skagit County, in Northwest Washington approximately 60 miles south of the Canadian Border covering a region from the Pacific Ocean and the San Juan Islands on the West to the top of the Western ridge of the Cascade Mountains.
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society was founded in 1985 and is a mid-sized society comprised of over 150 members with most residing inside the geographical location. This society is located in Snohomish County, in Northwest Washington approximately 45 miles north of Seattle and approximately 25 miles north of ferries to Bainbridge Island and the peninsula on the West.
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