A Short Summary of the Procedings at the 45th Annual General Meeting of the Genealogical Society of South Africa at Northwest University on 1st March 2008, by Martin Zollner who attended as a delegate on behalf of the eGGSA branch.
The two KwaZulu-Natal branches were not represented. For the first time a branch was represented by telecon medium (Colin Pretorius “attended” electronically)
The President reported that, although there is still much work to be done, the past year was successful.
GSSA income generated from products sold is 36.65% of the GSSA’s total income. There are only a limited number of new products planned for 2008 and this could negatively affect the income of the GSSA.
Version 6 of the Cemetery Recording Prjoect was released at this meeting.
Each Branch Representative gave a résumé on problem areas within their branch. Colin Pretorius gave input on behalf of eGSSA. The main issues were identified as being aging members and a shortage of competent speakers (especially in smaller centres where there are no universities)
The membership fee was increased to R130 / R110 as from 2009 (the full increase was allocated to branches)
All current office bearers were re-elected
Amendments to the constitution as prescribed in Act No. 71 of 1997 was approved and a revised application is to be submitted.
Next AGM: 7 Mar 2009 in Bloemfontein
At the strategic planning meeting the various proposals from branches were noted. There was a lengthy discussion over eGGSA's proposal for a code of conduct but it was deciced that the GSSA's constitution already encapsulated the entire code of conduct as proposed as part of the GSSA's goals.
The dispute resolution process as proposed by eGGSA was accepted and will be incorporated into the Management Manual.
The ownership of Omnibus will be retained by the GSSA and it was decided to publish another volume.
The proposal by the Western Cape for a forum/federation with other organisations is to be investigated.
The proposal by West Gauteng that the eGSSA should take over and manage the GSSA webpage was discussed. The eGSSA’s terms and conditions were tabled and discussed, together with other possible solutions, e.g. hosting by the GSU. Since the sustainability of any solution is very important, a work group was appointed to do an in-depth investigation and to table a solution with the NEC as soon as possible. Until then the status quo was to be retained.
The proposal by Western Gauteng on the nomination form was accepted and the form will be revised by removing the acceptance by the nominee
West Gauteng's proposal for an NEC newsletter was approved.
AGENDA FOR THE GSSA STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING AT NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY ON 01st MARCH 2008