Hey, it happens. Life gets busy, or you have to relocate, and you no longer are able to carry on as an organizer for your group.
First off, to back up a little, it's always good to have a co-organizer, if at all possible. Bring someone in to help you with the load, so that you can have someone to bounce ideas off of, and so that a hand-off, if it becomes necessary, is quick and painless.
Stuff you should do:
- If you don't have an obvious successor, personally identify and contact a few people who you think could do the job. If they decline, or you can't think of anyone, you can do a general shoutout.
- You can email the entire list, tweet about it (maybe someone new wants to come in and do it?), and generally ask around.
- Another good way is to hold a final event, get people excited, and then say "But we need your help to continue..."
If you HAVE a willing successor:
- Make sure to give them access to all websites/mailing lists/forums/groups/Meetup page/domain, etc. that they'll need to administer.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org so that all the contact info can be changed, and new accounts can be issued for gtugs.org.
If you DON'T have a successor after a reasonable search:
- See if you can find someone within the group to maintain ownership of the websites and digital properties until someone else expresses interest in running the group.
- Or, stay around in a greatly reduced capacity to maintain the digital properties until someone expresses interest in taking over.
- Either way, email email@example.com with the situation. The chapter will be de-activated until a new leader steps up.