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Today I chatted with a president from a local League in Virginia about a new member orientation she was planning for November. My discussion with her prompted some thoughts. I am sure you can share yours ideas on this discussion list too!
Integrate the member as soon as possible into the League process.
Call the member to welcome him/her. Having the president call is very effective.
Put the person’s name on the bulletin mailing list (or emailing list) and send the name to the state and national Leagues so he/she starts to receive the mailings.
Make a good impression by sending the new member a larger packet of materials including:
a welcoming letter from the local League president,
a board list,
a membership list,
and a “Welcome to the League” booklet.
a calendar of the year’s planned activities, a small League item (pin, lanyard, bumper sticker), the operating rules (bylaws) and decision making procedures and a brief history of the League with a list of current action items
Send a questionnaire to find out about the member’s interests and time availability. Follow up to assure this is completed. Try to assign the new member to at least one activity upon receipt of the questionnaire. Many will participate if asked!
Think of specific tasks particularly suited to new members.