Ideas to reach ALL members!

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 4:29 pm

110. One on one meetings.

When considering how to reach all your members in a short amount of time with important information, use your building reps. Association literature inserted into members’ mailboxes may only be read by some; not all. For important notices, consider asking your building reps to hand deliver messages to members on your behalf. The building reps could also speak to each of your members and give a message orally. Members might be more likely to listen and learn through a personal approach like this.

This idea came from the president of Sussex County. Thanks! :mrgreen:
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New Jersey Education Association
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 4:33 pm

111. Does your association have a website?

Have you been thinking of creating a website for your local but don’t know where to begin? NJEAsites is a service offered by NJEA that provides local and county associations assistance with setting up and managing a website. The program offers a user-friendly interface, integration with NJEA’s membership database and email capabilities. You choose your template, and NJEA will take care of setting up the site, registering the domain name, hosting the site, and training you on how to use it.

Check out NJEAsites here: http://njeasites.org/

To get help from NJEA in creating your association website, reach out to your NJEA UniServ field representative.

As a related idea, you may have members who have misplaced their log-in credit ions to njea.org (pin and password). Your members can obtain their information by calling your UniServ office staff. You may want to recommend to members that they store this information in the contacts listing of their phones under NJEA. Just a thought. :mrgreen:
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

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 5:06 pm

112. Host breakfast with the president in your buildings!

We heard about this activity that occurs in the Ramsey Education Association. The president of this large local visits each of his schools a few times a year and offers breakfast for his members in each building. This no doubt helps the president remain engaged with his members and attuned to their concerns. This also sounds like a fun activity--who doesn't love a good breakfast! :mrgreen:
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

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 6:51 pm

113. Order member engagement tools from NJEA!

Every year, NJEA offers local presidents an assortment of tools that they can share with their members. These tools help welcome members to the association, inform members of NJEA programs (including Member Benefits), and help make members feel special.

Order your tools by accessing the order forms via njea.org. Log in, select "Members," and visit the "Leader Connection" page. Then, select "Tools for Local Leaders." The tools can be found under "Engaging New Members."

Here's the link: https://www.njea.org/Home/Members/Leader-Connection/Tools-For-Leaders
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

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 12th, 2013, 6:54 pm

114. Recognize your members out of the blue!

We met a local leader recently who recognizes her members at random times though out the year. Her message to her members is always the same and is something to the effect of, "I appreciate everything you do throughout the year, and I just wanted you to know. . ."

Other locals offer their members' bags of Sun Chips and tie the gift into a message for their members, which could take the form of, "You are like a ray of sunshine."

Still other offer Lifesavers or Starbursts to their members. The local leader that gives her members Lifesavers attaches a message that reads, "Educators Save Lives."
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

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 12th, 2013, 6:56 pm

115. Let your members know who's who!

This activity is specially designed for new members and comes to us from the Montclair Education Association. The local gives its members a list and picture of all the VIPs in the district and the community, including board of education members, the mayor, town council members, etc. This way, when members see the VIPs out in the community, they can approach them and say hello.

We've attached Montclair's 2013 document so that you can see an example. :mrgreen:
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 12th, 2013, 7:09 pm

116. Encourage your members to own their association.

Make your members aware of opportunities for involvement in their local associations. Committees, events, activities, etc. -- consider how your advertise all to your members and ask for their participation. Just like #115, the Montclair Education Association (MEA) presents a sheet to its members at its first general membership meeting of the year as it encourages its members to make the upcoming year successful. The sheet lists opportunities for members to get involved in their association and asks each member to give at least one hour of their time to the local. The Montclair EA touts this as the "hour of power."

The Montclair EA makes its activities relevant to members during the presentation. We have attached their sign-up sheet as an example for you to plan a similar activity in your local.

As MEA members exit the general membership meeting, leaders are stationed at the doors with baskets to collect the sign-up sheets.

Good luck! :mrgreen:
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UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
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Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 12th, 2013, 7:22 pm

117. A representative from each school speaks at each board of education meeting.

We weren't sure where to put this idea, but we like it, so here goes. We met a local leader recently who asks a member from each of her schools to make a presentation (no longer than two minutes) at each board of education meeting. In this way, each school is represented, and members feel good about making the board of education aware of what's going on in each building. The board appreciates being informed as well. Before each board of education meeting, the members in each building are asked their thoughts on what could be included in the presentations, which largely take the form of good news.

Some locals even report asking members to discuss a great lesson that they facilitated recently or a new project that was assigned, and these members sometimes bring students to the board of education meetings to participate in the report.

The members enjoy making the brief presentations and see their role as relevant. This activity also helps the local to get members to board of education meetings.
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: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 24th, 2013, 2:58 pm

118. DEVELOP A NEW MEMBER CHECKLIST:

Locals are reporting success by encouraging their new members to get involved via a checklist of recommended activities. The checklist recounts activities that new members should do in order to stay informed and support their local association.

The local we spoke with markets the checklist in this fashion:

As brand new members, here are five things you should do:

 Go to a BOE meeting. Any member, even a new member, is permitted and even encouraged to attend BOE meetings. BOE Meetings offer a great way for you to stay informed in what’s happening in the district.
 Sit in a committee association committee. Our association committees present you with a great way to meet others from across the district and make a difference. Consider volunteering on our PRIDE or social committees, which are super fun! Our social media team always needs help, too. . .
 Come to a PRIDE event! PRIDE is the way that we let the community know about all the good things going on in the district and how our members and students are at the center of it all. You’ll get to know community members and promote all the good things we do!
 Follow the association’s facebook page, twtter feed, etc. Find us and like us! This is an easy way to keep up with everything going on in our local as well as things that are affecting the profession.
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: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 24th, 2013, 3:02 pm

119. How do you encourage members to attend BOE meetings?

We recently met the president of a local who has a lot of success with members attending each month’s BOE meeting. The local encourages members to sign up for a “BOE watch” at its general membership meeting. The president takes a piece of the meeting to explain the importance of attending BOE meetings, and members sign up immediately afterwards. This president also does the same thing with prospective PRIDE events.
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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