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www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN201043NEW SOCIETIESPatricia Dugdale advises. "It's mostly amanagement issue. You just need to dosuccession planning early on, and startthinking about who might take over. Wedon't have a problem at all. We have asub group looking into visits and otheractivities and we have been absolutelystaggered at the talent available."Wendy Price offers her ownreassurance: "If Societies do havetrouble recruiting, there are ways ofmanaging the situation and that is thekind of thing we can help with atNADFAS House." Wendy also stresses that far fromposing a threat to Societies already inexistence, new Societies often help toboost neighbouring Societies'membership by generating a renewedflurry of interest. "Existing Societies oftenbenefit from the formation of a newSociety in the area," she points out."They may experience an influx of newmembers as peoples' interest is whettedby all the publicity and promotionalactivity that accompanies the creationof a new Society.."Dorothy Hunt describes theexperience of having a new Societyopen its doors nearby as an enrichingone: "It has been very valuable makingcontact with new Societies. It hashelped us build our own network ofcontacts and, of course, it is verygratifying to see fellow NADFASSocieties flourish."And don't forget, as a foundermember you become part of an elitegroup dating back over 40 years thathas helped grow NADFAS into thenationwide force for good it is today. Readers interested in starting a newSociety should contact Wendy Pricethrough the Communications,Societies and Membership Departmentat NADFAS House on 020 7430 0730

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