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.