Dover, FL, October 15, 2017 - Greetings and salutations from the President's cubical and Howdy to all my Gaither cousins. First and foremost, as your new President, I would like to take a moment to give a huge thank you to our out-going Officers and Directors for a job well done in your service to the Society. You have set the bar high, as it should be, and I will strive to continue to build upon the firm foundation laid down by you and those that preceded you. I welcome this opportunity to serve the Society.
Goals, everyone needs Goals.
I think everyone will agree that to enhance and grow the Society, we should be willing to change and adapt with the times. The following is what I and others that I have spoken with see as means to accomplish these goals.
Grow Membership. Folks everyone knows that any organization is only strong as its membership. Without the continued contributions of its current members and the infusion of new members, we will slowly die on the vine, so to speak. Let’s all be proactive and renew our membership and encourage others to do so. Encourage other family members especially any children or grandchildren to get involved and join. With the holidays fast approaching a membership would make a great stocking stuffer.
Website redevelopment. This topic has been kicked around for several years and now is the time at act. By up-dating and enhancing our current website to have the ability for existing members to renew membership and potential members to join the Society and pay dues online, will not only streamline the process but will help grow our membership. Having a “Master” Gaither Family Tree posted on the website and maintained by the Society will not only encourage new membership but provide a valuable resource for future generations. It has also been suggested that members could upload a family tree containing their own particular Gaither line. These trees would only be accessed by dues paying members. If you or someone you know has the skills to accomplish this and would like to take on this challenge, please feel free to contact myself or any board member for details.
The Gaither Connection. To some, our bi-annual newsletter is their only connection to the Society. Many look forward to receiving the newsletter and getting caught up with the happenings within the Society. We need items to post and print. Everyone has a story or interesting tidbit of information about their family and we would love for you to share. Over the last several years, our editor Larry Campbell has done a wonderful job in keeping us all informed but feels it is now time for him to relinquish his title and step down. Thank you, Larry, for a job well done. If you would like to take on the editor responsibilities, contact Larry or myself.
I look forward to serving you and the Society and if you have any questions or concerns fell free to contact me anytime.
Roy D. Gaither Jr.