Annual Dinner Provides Perfect Recipe for Final Membership Push
In a couple of weeks, the Kiwanis Club of Greenwood will gather for its Dinner on the Deck, an annual celebration marking the end of the Kiwanis year. This year’s pitch-in will have twist, though:
Members are being encouraged to bring guests to partake of the good food, join the lively conversation and learn about Kiwanis. Club leaders hope their guests will be moved to join their ranks, finishing the year strongly and strengthening the club’s presence in its community.
“Earlier this year, we set a goal of increasing our roster by 10 percent as a way to meet the membership challenge of Governor Kris Bowers,” says the club’s vice-president, Mary Kay Anthony, on whose deck the annual dinner is staged. “We met our goal in good fashion and decided we’d like to at least try to add a member or two before October arrives. If we don’t, we will have at least planted the seeds for cultivating new members next year.”
The club’s efforts typify the initiative Governor Kris hopes all Indiana Kiwanis clubs take to bolster their rosters as the current Kiwanis year winds down.
“The membership challenge facing us is daunting,” the district governor says. “Strengthening our clubs in service impact and membership is not just important, it’s critical, especially at this time of the year. Each year, we face a looming ‘September purge’ as clubs clean up their rosters in anticipation of the next administrative year. But to have a chance at a membership increase at the end of the year, we should add 918 new members this year. So far, we’ve added about 600, which means we are significantly behind where we need to be.”
Here are several steps your club can take now to guarantee a strong finish to your Kiwanis year:
Stop before you drop.
Take a look at your club’s roster and identify two or three members you haven’t seen in a while and contact them. These may be members who feel disconnected and are considering leaving the club, so contact them NOW. If every club re-engaged at least one member
that likely would be dropped in September, the district would be almost 200 members stronger by the end of the year.
Follow the Formula.
Consider becoming a part of the district’s membership team
. Every community needs a Kiwanis club like yours. And every club needs Kiwanians. Joining the district’s Formula team is your chance to shape the future of your club, your community and your district.
Increase your impact and earn some cash.
More members means more service to your community. It also may mean more dollars for your club’s coffers. Under the district’s Club Strengthening Incentive Program
, if your club ends the 2015-16 administrative year with a net increase in membership, the district will send you a check. (For every net increase of one member, your club earns $50.)
The power of one. Invite one new member to join your club before the end of September. This is a suggestion for ALL Hoosier Kiwanians. Even if every member of your club invites someone to join and only one or two sign up, that’s still enough new members to end the year with positive growth.