Discussion groups and working groups are popping up like daffodils in April around here. We invite your perusal of what’s up and your sincere consideration and honest evaluation of whether you are 1. interested and 2. available to participate on one or more of these discussion groups or working groups. Of course the discussion groups will provide more opportunity to lurk in a dark corner and just listen and that is absolutely peachy – in discussion groups. Not so on working groups.
Working Groups: We really need volunteers who have a keen enough interest in the subject of the work to prioritize their otherwise slammed life to allow a bit extra … well, work. Having said that, COSCA’s working groups are populated by appointment based on interest. The point of these working groups is to produce great resources – not to subsidize a volunteer program. So, we will be sure to keep the working groups at management and productive size and composition. These working groups provide a very important contribution to COSCA’s mission and effectiveness and we strongly encourage you to consider joining up.
So here they are:
“Scottish History Is Important!“
Remit: Review, at whatever level is appropriate, the teaching of Scots and Celtic history and heritage in US educational systems, with special focus on primary and secondary educational offerings and suggest/undertake programs to introduce more and better Scots history and heritage into said systems.
Coordinator: John D. Cherry, Jr.
Current Members: John D. Cherry, Jr., Elizabeth Green Rodgers, Scott Perez, Bill Jarrett
“Scottish Diaspora Strategy Development”
Remit: Review national diaspora strategies from around the globe and identify and evaluate and recommend strategies, programs, approaches and concepts that may be deployed to improve Scotland’s current approach to its emigrants’ ancestors.
Coordinator: Susan McIntosh
Current Members: Susan McIntosh, Judith Scott, Andrew Morrison, John Cochran
“COSCA Strategic Planning”
Remit: No later than May 1, 2015, produce a final draft recommended multi year Strategic Plan for the COSCA Board of Directors to consider and adopt.
Coordinator: COSCA Vice President
Current Members: COSCA Vice President, John Cochran, Clark Scott, Chuck Baker, Ed McLean, Andrew Morrison, Ralph Wallace, Robert McWilliam, Susan McIntosh, ex officio, Malcolm MacGregor, ex officio, Malcolm Buchanan, ex officio, Alene MacNeil, ex officio
Discussion Groups That Work: These groups are first and foremost meant to help members with certain shared and very common challenges. So mostly we just encourage people to join and participate as you find beneficial to your self and your clan. You may find the occasional opportunity to do a wee bit of volunteer work for the good of the Discussion Group but no heavy lifting … So please plan to join and do send your email information to each Discussion Group Coordinator so we can get good effective data bases together quickly.
Small Clans Discussion Forum: Online and teleconference discussion forum that will explore special challenges for Scottish societies with small memberships and not very much outside support. Advantages include networking with others in the same boat and special experts that COSCA brings to the table to provide help on intractable problems.
Coordinator: John Cochran
Sennachie’s Forum: Online and teleconference discussion forum that will explore special challenges for clan and family sennachies/genealogists/DNA project managers. Advantages include networking with others in the same boat and special experts that COSCA brings to the table to provide help on intractable problems.
Coordinator: Dr. Bruce Durie
That is it for now. Check back often to see the status of these groups and consider others that we will be adding. If you are interested in participating in any of these groups PLEASE send an email to info@COSCA.Scot and we will get you all set to go!