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Hi Gordon - very well said.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gordon Lane" <gordonplane@...>
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 10:24 PM
Subject: Cancellation of talks for Family Roots
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> Hello everyone,
> Though it is very disappointing that the Family Papers Collection has been
> cancelled and that talks are being changed I ask you to understand the
> challenges that go into bringing the Seminar and Expo to you.
> All talks are given by volunteers and we are beholden to them for the
> generous donation of their time.
> Some of our speakers give genealogical talks professionally and they are
> giving these talks to the benefit of the Society and the public at large.
> We have no formal contract with any of the speakers and, at times, there
> personal reasons why the speakers have to change their plans.
> I realize that it is frustrating when you have made your selections and
> found them changed.
> It is definitely not our wish to keep changing the talks as two members of
> the organizing committee has the unenviable task of trying to find
> speakers at the last minute and dealing with the notification of people
> already having booked the cancelled talks. Our Publications Chair(Bill
> Campbell) has hundreds of brochures, press releases and posters plus the
> numerous contacts to deal with for everyone of these changes. After that
> there is the changes required in the website, the registration forms and
> booking database.
> Even if we had contracts there are circumstances that could still cause
> cancellation of talks so once again I ask you to bear with the Seminar
> committee and the Board as we endeavor to bring you an informative and
> entertaining Seminar and Expo.
> Gordon Lane
> Alberta Family Histories Society
> 712-16th Ave NW,
> Calgary, AB, T2W 0J8