105. Does your local create a yearly calendar of events for your members?
It is important to keep members' informed of association business--especially when meetings, workshops, and events are held. Consider informing members when these events are held as well as others:
-- Workshops on the county and local level
-- Exec board meetings
-- Rep council meetings (local and county)
-- Association committee meetings
-- Monthly meetings with the superintendent
-- Board of education meetings (it may be prudent to list the names of members covering the meetings on the calendar)
-- PTO meetings
-- PRIDE events (including events held by charities and organizations in the community)
-- Member benefits events (fairs, Optical Academy events, etc.)
-- Due dates (association newsletter, agenda items, tuition reimbursement, etc.)
-- Inservice trainings
-- Large scale events like the NJEA Convention and NJEA Conferences, Grade-Ins, etc.
-- Register to vote and vote by mail deadlines
-- Events held by NJEA endorsed candidates
-- NJEA PD opportunities and EdCamp events
-- Student performances and shows (school plays, concerts, art shows, etc.)
-- Important school sporting events (homecoming game, faculty-student games, etc.)
-- Large scale student events (freshman BBQ, project graduation, scholarship dinner, etc.)
-- Retirees meetings
-- Social events for members (retiree dinner, get togethers, etc.)
-- Teacher appreciation weeks, secretaries day
-- School holidays
-- Theme weeks (No Name Calling Week, etc.)
It is common for local associations to print this on the rep council meeting agendas.
Creating a calendar helps ensure that locals will attend your events. Members like "save the date" announcements in a timely fashion. Making members aware of when your exec board, superintendent meetings, etc. are helps members to know how hard your leadership is working for them.
Many local associations have begun using a Google Calendar to electronically organize and send this information to members. Learn more about a Google calendar here: https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=cl&passive=1209600&continue=https://www.google.com/calendar/render&followup=https://www.google.com/calendar/render&scc=1