The Quota club of New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., reported a significant increase last year in attendance at club meetings plus much more member participation in club activities and projects. Attendance consistently hovers at 75 percent or higher at events and meetings. With success like that, a GREAT IDEA or two are bound to be behind it. Here are some suggestions from the New Haven club to generate enthusiasm and get Quota clubs in action:
- Celebrate Members—New Haven Quota takes time to spotlight the contributions of one special member in their “Member of the Month” program. The winner receives recognition and a bouquet or flowers or other token along with the satisfaction of knowing she is an important part of the group.
- Recruit New Members—New members are excited about possibilities in their new group and bring fresh, new ideas with them. Past club president Diane Young Turner says new blood challenges and energizes a seasoned group.
- Focus on Fellowship—The club held a beach outing last year for members to relax and get to know one another better. Members made an effort to share with one another and enjoy lots of fun activities-and it worked! President Diane says the day strengthened bonds within the group.
- Try New Things, But Evaluate Them—A great strength in the New Haven club, according to the club president, “is that we are not stagnant; we are willing to try new things.” Because the club usually ends up canceling meetings in January and February because of harsh winter weather, members agreed last year not to schedule meetings during those months but to meet throughout the summer instead. “Well,” said President Diane, “we did not realize how much we would miss one another, our friendship and how difficult this would be. By the time we met in March, we all agreed that we would never do this again!”
- Get Involved in the Community—Find projects that meet the community’s current needs and ask members to participate. Notes President Diane, “We generate enthusiasm by encouraging members to become more involved.” The enthused members want to return to club activities and feel good about making a difference in the local area.