9. Establish a member “buddy” system. As new members join, assign them to current members who will be their buddies during the first year of membership. Such a system ensures new members receive extra first-year contacts through a specific person, ensures the new member will have someone to contact about the association and its benefits, and deepens the buddy’s feeling of involvement with the association.
To accomplish this, veteran members could be "buddied up" with newer members. To the newer members, the buddy is someone who they can call whenever they have a question or need some assistance. The newer member could help the veteran member with new technology or instructional techniques.