COSCA members are welcome, see below for details on fees and how to register
Four sessions will be held, one for each of these topic areas (click each for more details).
- Member Connections, Saturday, October 28, 2023 (Click for a summary)
- Volunteers and Events, Sunday November 19, 2023, 4 pm ET
- Heritage, Saturday, December 16, 2023, 4 pm ET
- Sustainability, Saturday, January 20, 2024, 4 pm ET
Join us for this Symposium, hosted by CASSOC, as we focus on the growth and success of our Scottish Clans, Families and Societies. This is an opportunity for us to learn from each other while we hear from our panelists as they share their organizations’ successes and best practices. Be part of the open and interactive Q&A forum with answers to your questions, feedback on ideas and more.
Each session will run for approximately 2.5 hours and will be conducted through Zoom. These will be recorded and made available privately to all Symposium registrants. As scheduling, panelists and more details become available, this web page and additional web resources will be updated. As registrants, you will be kept up to date on the sessions and changes through email notifications.
Pre-registration is required.
Payment is only required for non-CASSOC members.
- Attendance is free for all who are in member organizations of Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada.
- Attendance for all who are in member organizations of COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) is available for $20 per organization.
- Attendance from non-members of CASSOC or COSCA requires a $50 registration fee.
- There is no restriction for how many individuals from an eligible organization can register.
- We suggest that every officer/board member attend as many sessions as possible.
- Please have each individual register separately and do not share join links.
For those in organizations who are only members of COSCA and not CASSOC, a payment request will be sent upon your registration, if required. Only a one-time fee per organization will be applied.
For those in organizations which are not members of CASSOC, an option to join is also available which will include free access to the symposium for all of your organization's members plus the additional benefits of membership in CASSOC.
Membership in CASSOC is only available to groups and organizations including clans, families, societies, highland games, festivals and businesses. Membership is NOT restricted to Canadian organizations. Sorry, individual memberships are not available at this time.
If your organization is already a member of CASSOC or COSCA click
A confirmation and link to attend will be sent after registration approval. A payment request for COSCA registrants will be sent if required.
If your organization is NOT yet a member of CASSOC click
Non-members will be sent a payment request with a link to a payment page upon completing the registration form.
You may also use the form below to pay and then be directed to the registration form.
Upon payment processing you will be forwarded automatically to the Symposium Registration Request page. If payment is not processed, you will return to this page.
Upon approval and payment processing, if needed, a registration confirmation and your unique link to attend the sessions will be emailed to the email address provided during registration.
If you have selected the Membership option with Symposium registration included, we will contact you by email for more details on the your organization.
Member Connections, Saturday, October 28, 2023, 4 pm ET (Click for a summary page)
Recordings, transcripts, and resources will be available soon to those who have registered.
We all want to succeed! So, how do we grow our memberships? What is the key to retaining members? And how do we effectively engage our members? What role does communication play, whether it’s in person, by email, social media or virtually? Marketing and public relations is another key component of growth, retention and engagement. And we can’t forget the importance of social interactions with our members.
We all have enough volunteers, right? Wrong! This was identified by our survey respondents as one of our biggest concerns. How do we recruit, on-board and manage our volunteers? How do we avoid volunteer burn out? How do we encourage our members to host Clan and Society tents at Highland Games and Society events and encourage our members to attend? Do Commissioners/Conveners/tent hosts have a guide to ensure they are successful?
Genealogy and DNA are two strong drivers that inspire people to join our organizations. Has using genealogy and DNA increased membership? Do you have a robust heritage and history knowledge centre that is available to your members? Do you have merchandise that allows your members to celebrate and promote their history and heritage? What strategies work?
When we retire from positions of leadership, we want to leave our organization better than the day we stepped forward. How do we do this? By focusing on succession planning; identifying barriers to success for our organization; using technology for efficiencies and communications; and creating a robust system for payments processing. Another important discussion point is governance. Do you have the optimal structure, policies, procedures and practices in place? Lastly has a long-term funding strategy been worked out?