So, I have never been on a NAWIC membership committee before this October, crazy right? But being as I am now my Chapter President and also Regional Membership Chair, I figured maybe it would be a good time to take a closer look at this thing called membership. It is such an important part of our NAWIC Association.
I always knew that membership could be a struggle, getting people to come as guests and then turning those guests into members, and then trying to keep those members happy and stay. I guess I was just preoccupied with other work and NAWIC things to take a hard look at it and kind of figured the membership committee had it taken care of. (Which our membership committee has always been wonderful.)
After our 2015-2016 year our past president Brooke sent out of Survey Monkey on the year. Some questions being specifically on membership:
So this year our board and multiple committees decided to try something new in addition to our membership and board meetings. We are doing a monthly social event! This will be a less formal event were NAWIC can still be discussed, but there isn’t the structure or pressure of a meeting. In November members and their family and friends were invited to a Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey game. In December we are wrapping gifts at the mall and having a social hour afterwards. Since the time is an issue for some we are also putting these at different times. A few months we will have a breakfast or coffee get together and others a lunch get together and who knows, the possibilities are endless!
So as our chapter takes this journey of additional social events, I will keep you all in the loop! I will share our successes, our growing pains and even failures if they happen! Hopefully in the end it will help your membership! Who knows, maybe your chapter will want to try something similar!
Here’s to increasing our NAWIC membership! Remember that BAG!
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