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APG Committees

  • Advocacy Committee
    The APG Advocacy Committee is established to meet Bylaws Objective Article III. B. & C. & is also implied in Policy Manual, page 6, Section III. III. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. The Chair is APG's representative on the Records Preservation and Access Committee. In this role, you will:
    • Engage in activities which improve access to records
    • Promote members' awareness of laws and activities which may affect genealogical and historical research
    Chair David McDonald, CG

  • Awards Committee
    The APG Awards Committee is implied in Policy Manual, page 29, Section XIX. I. A. and defined in Procedures Manual pages 35- 38. It is appointed by the President per the Bylaws and by the Executive Committee per the Procedures Manual. It shall consist of three persons, one a member of the Executive Committee and two members in good standing. In this role, you will:
    • Convene to select the persons to receive the various awards given by APG as outlined in the Procedures Manual Section XIX
    • Prepare and present a brief report to the Executive Committee on each person selected
    Chair David McDonald, CG, (Executive Committee member); Kenyatta Berry

  • Chapter Review Committee
    The APG Chapter Review Committee is made up of at least three members, one of whom must be a director. The chair of this committee also serves as the APG Chapter Liaison. In this role, you will:
    • Review the bylaws of new chapters and Special Interest Groups applying for charters
    • Present recommendations to the Executive Committee as to whether new charters should be approved
    Chair Valerie S. Elkins; Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.; Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG

  • Continuing Education Monitoring Committee
    The APG Continuing Education Monitoring Committee is formed in response to the vote on 7 January 2015 by the Board of Directors to make Continuing Education a part of APG membership. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Monitor the compliance of the reporting of Continuing Education hours by members
    • Access the efficacy of the reporting process for the Continuing Education hours
    • Recommend any needed updates or changes to the policy
    Chair Rose Lerer Cohen, Ph.D.; Barbara Ball, CG; Ruy Cardoso, CG

  • Corporate Membership Committee
    The APG Corporate Membership Committee is formed in response to problems and misunderstandings by some companies. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Assess the problems outlined by the Executive Director and study the issues
    • Recommend a solution to the problems
    Catherine Desmarais, CG; Benjamin Hollister; Jessica Taylor

  • 40th Anniversary Committee
    Chair Leslie Lawson; Sheila Benedict; Alexa Corcoran; David Ryan; Janel Te'o

  • Logo Usage Compliance Committee
    The APG Logo Usage Compliance Committee is established as a response to the problems with some corporations and/or members using the APG logo(s) improperly. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Develop a plan to educate members about the proper use of the logo(s)
    • Recommend a new corporate logo if the Corporate Membership Committee develops such a category
    • Report any improper usage of the logo(s) to the Executive Director
    Chair Luana Darby, AG; Sheila Benedict; William Veselik, John Boeren

  • Member Benefits Committee
    The APG Benefits Committee is formed to seek ways to enhance the value of an APG membership. It is appointed by the President with advice and consent from the Executive Committee and Executive Director. In this role, you will:
    • Identify and contact companies which may offer discounts or extra value on their products to APG members
    • Annually contact those already offering benefits to thank them and confirm continuing support
    • Inform the Executive Director of activities and results on a regular schedule, who will notify the eNews editor of any updates
    • Make an annual report of contacts made and the results
    Chair Matthew McCormack; Barry Kline; Judy Nimer Muhn; Rich Venezia; Victoria P. Young

  • Nominations Committee
    The APG Nominations Committee forms annually. One board member is appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, and two additional members are elected by the membership. This committee elects its own chair from within the committee. In this role, you will:
    • Issue a Call for Recommendations for Nominations for open elected positions
    • Publicize the need for qualified nominees via a variety of channels to ensure a strong pool of candidates
    • Recommend a list of candidates
    Cari Taplin, CG, (appointed board member); Melanie Holtz, CG (elected); Elizabeth O'Neal (elected)

  • Professional Development Committee
    The APG Professional Development Committee is established to meet Bylaws Objective Article III. A. & E. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Encourage and promote educational opportunities for those engaged in genealogical business pursuits
    • Provide educational opportunities for those engaged in genealogical business pursuits
    • Promote professional standards in the field of genealogy
    Chair Melissa Johnson, CG; Fiona Fitzsimons; Diane Giannini, CG; Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG

  • Professional Management Conference Committee
    The Professional Management Conference Committee is implied in Policy Manual, page 25, Section XVII. VI. And also Procedures Manual, page 41, Section XXI. III. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Provide assistance to the contracted PMC Coordinator to fulfill the duties required to conduct the annual Professional Management Conference
    Chair Annette Burke Lyttle; Julie Cahill Tarr; David Ryan; Laurie Plemons; Katherine Willson

  • Professional Review Committee
    The APG Professional Review Committee consists of at least three members, one of whom must be a director and is appointed by the President (per Article VI. A.5.) or the Executive Committee (per Article XI. C.) and approved by the Board of Directors. In this role, you will:
    • Review complaints about members that relate to the APG Code of Ethics
    • Rule whether a complaint is founded or unfounded
    • If a complaint is founded, present the findings and discipline recommendations to the Executive Committee for action
    The members of this committee are confidential and were approved by the Board of Directors in March 2018.

  • Publications Advisory Committee
    The APG Publications Advisory Committee is comprised of three members, one of whom must be a director. In this role, you will:
    • Review each issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), APG eNews, as well as online content (including links) for the APG website
    • Provide guidance to the editor of the APGQ, the editor of the eNews and the APG webmaster regarding content or advertising issues
    • Review and approve all press releases, flyers, and public content including items distributed by chapters and special interest groups (SIGs)
    Chair Cari Taplin, CG; Kathleen Brandt, Deborah Harvey

  • Redistribution Committee
    The APG Redistribution Committee is appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors every four years, in years divisible by four. Three members are required, one of whom must be a director. In this role, you will:
    • Review records showing the geographic distribution of APG members relative to existing electoral regions
    • Recommend electoral region boundary adjustments that balance geography and member distribution
    • Present committee findings to the Executive Committee
    Not appointed in 2018

  • Website Committee
    The APG Website Committee is formed to study the current website under the guidelines in Policy Manual, page 6-7, Section III, IV. B. 1-14. It is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. In this role, you will work with the Executive Director and Webmaster to:
    • Assess and prioritize the needs and desires of the members and the administration as they relate to the website
    • Establish measurable goals
    • Evaluate potential programs to meet those goals
    • Work with the Executive Committee, especially the Treasurer, for a financial analysis
    • Report the findings to the Board of Directors
    Chair Amy E. K. Arner; Mike Bronner; Carla Cegielski



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