Getting new members can be difficult for any organization, especially during economic times. When the money is "short", we will all drop out things that we perceive "not important enough" to pay the money to. Membership is one of them.
Time to do a club analysis!
1. Does your club add VALUE to a person's life? Is it worth the money to be there?
People will pay for added value in their life. Have speakers worth listening to. Make sure
that each person is made to feel important. People do not join because they want to give
away their time and money - they join to add value to their life either by giving or serving
or they need friends, connections. Do you know why your members are there? Meet the
2. Does your club have FUN?
When our lives are full of stress, laughing is the best medicine! Laughing has even been
proven to "heal"!! Your meeting should be an "escape" from daily routines and should
give members a "great time". They should feel so good about the meeting that they will
go out and tell others and bring them to the meeting!
3. Does your club give everyone a chance to serve?
You may have members that want to serve - maybe in administration - are you allowing
this or are the same ones doing all the work? Get people involved -- allow them to shine!
Take pictures and put them in the local newspaper - let your members be heroes!
Let's close the back door (those members leaving) by allowing them to feel good about themselves, giving them opportunities to serve in their desired capacity, sharing their stories with others. Let's open the front door by having so much FUN AND VALUE that people want and need to be there with you!
More than ever before - service organizations are needed. I just happen to be a Kiwanian. There are many others. I have been blessed to actually see the difference that is made in a community because someone cared - someone served!
Let's all reach out to communities all over the world - let's get involved - let's make a difference - let's touch lives.
Our future really is in our hands - we can choose to participate in the negative - or we can choose to participate and live in the positive.
My wish for you is that you will see the need and share the service!