Ideas to reach ALL members!

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » March 18th, 2013, 1:22 pm

31. Browse amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com and select a resource to give as a gift to your new members. Consider, for example, The Everything New Teacher Book by Melissa Kelly. Before you distribute the books, place a sticker on each one that reads something to the effect of, for example: "Compliments of the Anytown Education Association."

Another popular book is Good to Great Teaching by Mary Howard.
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » April 4th, 2013, 2:06 pm

32. Host a new member event at a local restaurant after the school day.

Local presidents are reporting success in approaching restaurants and asking managers to offer specials to members who want to come out to relax after work. Consider your neighborhood Applebees, TGI Fridays, etc. Your local association could pay for appetizers for members, and your officers could spend some time with your members in a relaxing atmosphere. These events work great on Friday afternoons or around holidays.
Jim Boice
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New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » April 24th, 2013, 10:05 am

33. Host a "Biggest Loser" competition in your local! Many schools are doing this as a way to encourage members to slim down for the summer. For example, one local leader reports:

"We have done teams and individual challenges. Each person pays $20 to enter or $40 per team. The challenge runs 10 -- 15 weeks with members weighing in every Friday. If members gain any weight, they have to pay a 2 to 5 dollar penalty. The member can decide how much he or she wants to pay as a penalty. The winner is the member who looses the biggest percentage by the end."

The money raised through the competition could be split between a prize for the winner(s) and scholarships for students. The local association could organize the project and maybe host a party for the finale.
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 » April 24th, 2013, 10:43 am

34. Thank members during American Education Week!

Many local associations report that their PTAs host fun projects and activities during this week, which is in November. Your local association can work with the PTA to ensure that the events are successful. Consider, for example, hosting luncheons for your members at all your district's schools. How about a "Red Carpet Day" similar to the one put on by the Middletown Township EA:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.426635810687747.101638.330734823611180&type=1

nea.org offers some ideas as well:

http://www.nea.org/grants/19823.htm

Also, NEA Member Benefits extends additional offers for its Member Appreciation Week. Check out this link for 2013's offerings:

http://www.neamb.com/appreciation

Also, don't forget that the Wednesday of American Education Week is known as ESP Day! :-)

And May 27th is school bus driver appreciation day! :D

May 3, 2011 was National Teacher Day: [url]http://www.njea.org/Media-Gallery/View?mediaId={9F19CEFE-7287-4BC9-AED9-E79CF73433EE}[/url]
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The National Association of school Nurses celebrations School Nurses Day each year. Check their website for the date of the 2014 event (2013's was in May): http://www.schoolnurseday.org/

School Lunch Superhero Day was celebrated during May 6 -- 10, 2013: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_SNEW2013.aspx?id=18422

National School Bus Safety Week ran from October 21--25, 2013.

Here is a sample calendar recommended by the Oregon Education Association:

Monday: Kickoff Day -- Organize a kickoff event to get the week started!

Tuesday: Parents Day -- Invite parents and family members to school for a first-hand look at a typical school day.

Wednesday: Education Support Professionals Day -- Recognize bus drives, paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff, and others who provide invaluable services for their outstanding work.

Thursday: Educator for a Day -- Encourage elected officials and community leaders to serve as "educators for a day" for a hands-on school experience. This could take the form of NJEA's Teacher or ESP for a day program, which can be found here:

Teacher for a Day: http://www.njea.org/news/2013-01-03/assemblyman-singleton-becomes-teacher-for-a-day

Pinch hit for an ESP: http://www.njea.org/news/2012-12-11/pinch-hit-for-esp

Friday: Substitute Educators Day -- Honor and celebrate educators who are called on to substitute for regular classroom teachers intheir absence for their services.
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 » April 24th, 2013, 11:04 am

35. Explain "the paycheck mystery" in a fun way for members!

With the first paycheck, place a Pay Day bar in every member's mailbox. Attach a sheet to the Pay Day bar that explains all the acronyms that members will find deducting from their checks. It would also be nice to remind members how to calculate their salary to ensure that they are being paid correctly.

Here are some common acronyms that one local shared with us recently:

FD TAX -- Federal Tax
COL LIFE -- Colonial Life
UN WAY -- United Way
FICA -- Social Security
SCH FN -- Scholarship Fund
TSA# Tax Shelter # (tells which Annuity)
CN INS -- Contributory Insurance
MDCARE -- Medicare (part of FICA)
PRUD F -- Prudential Financial Disability Insurance
PA TAX -- Pennsylvania Tax
EXTRA -- Stipend or Tutorial
CREDUN -- Credit Union
NJUI -- Unemployment
PLOAN Pension Loan
NJIT NJ Income Tax

Along with this handy acronym list, consider offering a diagram of members’ paychecks with arrows connecting the acronym and its definition to its corresponding location on the pay stub.
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 » April 24th, 2013, 11:09 am

36. Make new members feel welcome by creating and distributing a welcome new members biography!

Take pictures of all your new members during your orientation event. Distribute a survey to your new members, and use the answers to compose a nice paragraph about each member. Put the whole thing together in Word or Publisher, and make copies for all your members. This will help new members feel welcome and recognized, and your veteran members will get to know names, faces, and fun facts about your new members.

You could even highlight your new members on your local association's social media outlets, including Facebook. Check out this example from the Middletown Township EA:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=502741509743843&set=a.384460988238563.94735.330734823611180&type=1&theater
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
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609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » April 24th, 2013, 11:13 am

37: YOU GOT ELFED!

Around the holidays, encourage your members to buy or make little treats for others (a small gift, a snack, anything to make them feel good). Place the treats in members' mailboxes with a paper that reads, "You got elfed!" The paper could thank members for all their hard work and wish them a happy holiday while encouraging them to "elf" tow more people on their own (i.e. "elf it forward!").

Some local report in doing this activity during Halloween and calling it, “You got Booed.”
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 » April 24th, 2013, 11:23 am

38: Produce "brag boards" for your members!

The brag boards could read:

Proud member of the (name of local association)
My Brag Board!

The boards could be made of fabric, and members could be encouraged to hang them in their classrooms. Members could be encouraged to hang thank you letters from parents, students, and other members on them. Certificates, honors, pictures, etc. could be placed on them also. Brag boards give members a area to post their accolades and fun remembrances.
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 » April 24th, 2013, 12:44 pm

39. Handwritten thank you notes go a LOOONNNGGG WAAAYYY!

Don't forget to thank the members who give so much to their students, school, and association. Writing a handwritten thank you note can be a very touching yet simple way to lift a member's spirits and make him or her feel special. Invest in some nice thank you cards so that you have them on hand when the thought strikes (Amazon carries a nice selection). It would be nice to put your association business card in the thank you.
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 » April 24th, 2013, 1:06 pm

40. Accomplishment posters!

Life-sized posters showing famous people and referencing their greatest achievements can be displayed throughout your school buildings. To save $, the posters need not be life-sized or even in color. After a couple of weeks, the posters could be slowly replaced with pictures of members with a statement of accomplishment by each member. Or, the posters could sport an inspirational quote written by each member. After the school year, the members could take the posters home or hang them in their classrooms.

This activity could also be done with students or a combination of students and members. It is based on the Great Performers Program begun by American Express.
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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