It's OK to take baby steps. . .

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It's OK to take baby steps. . .

Postby JimBoice » September 2nd, 2013, 2:45 pm

Involving members in your association takes a lot of work and can take time. Be patient -- you're not going to transform your local association overnight. . .

Last week we met with a local and their NJEA UniServ field rep. to develop an engaging members plan. We realized early in the meeting that, although we had some great member organizing ideas, the local was suffering from a few members doing all of the organizing work. It is important for this local to go back to basics by letting its members know the role it can have in their professional lives and students' success.

Throughout the upcoming year, this local is going to stress making a personal connection with each of its 300 members. Local leaders plan to:

-- give hand written thank you cards, recognition cards, etc. to deserving members.
-- recognize members' birthdays.
-- recognize PRIDE event volunteers and encourage more members to participate in PRIDE.
-- work with their NJEA UniServ field representative to bring their members NJEA workshops on SGOs and the new evaluation process.
-- hold ten minute meetings with members and track member attendance.
-- run the NinJEA program.
-- sponsor danishes and coffee on one Friday each month.
-- host an end of the year social.

Local leaders plan to track attendance at their events and follow-up with members who miss out. The local hopes to see attendance in their association meetings, events, and activities grow.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: It's OK to take baby steps. . .

Postby JimBoice » September 13th, 2013, 3:16 pm

"But only a couple of us do everything. . ."

Yours may be one of those locals wehre just a few people perform all the important functions. If so, what can you do to change that?

The only sure way to change such a situation is one step at a time. You have to organize participation and involvement. Remember that people will repeat actions that are positively reinforced. And without that positive reinforcement, they won't get involved. Sometimes all it takes is just remembering to say "thank you."

One of your first tasks will be to recruit additional helps to get involved in the association. In looking for people, consider:

-- Highly effective association representatives (ARs).
-- Members who have helped out on a specific issue or effort in the past.
-- New members who are anxious to get involved. (Sometimes, talented potential members can be persuaded to get involved by participating in association activities in their particular interest area.)

Tips

Of course, you almost never want to bring a new member in to immediately take charge of a critical program. But, if you have such a need and also have an outstanding person in mind, make sure you organize his or her success.

-- Start the person off with a specific task to perform and help him or her with it, to teach and insure success; then
-- Move the individual to another task, one that links onto the original one; now
-- Give the person responsibility over a series of activities or tasks that build on the initial ones and become a significant element in task; if this also proves successful,
-- The person should now be qualified and ready to assume a much larger role in the effort, perhaps as the coordinator.

Another excellent strategy involves recruiting a small group of successful ARs to help. Ask them to participate in the task.

It's important to ask yourself seriously why your local may have a dearth of leadership. Could it be that a small group, yourself among them, is keeping doors closed, not allowing others to participate? If that's the case, then rethink what is needed to make and maintain a successful organization. Reach out to your NJEA UniServ field rep for suggestions and advice.

The answer is PEOPLE, involved people. You can't do it all by yourself for too long--no one can. and if the pattern continues too long, the local will be in trouble.

Make sure your local is open to participation by veteran and new members at all levels. Your local can discover the best way to find and develop new members and more participants in the activities that make the association successful and important to everyone.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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