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Club members need to make a point of welcoming new blood into the group. The more seasoned members should foster new ideas and skills from new members. Fostering new ideas is a great way to encourage newer members to become involved. Getting them involved is the first step of preparing the newer-younger club member to become good club leaders.
the lead of several club events. The hardest events I helped to organized were the ones where I had to recruit volunteers. I would much rather do everything myself than to beg for volunteers. It seems, I am asking people to volunteer as target practice f
- Job responsibilities, volunteering for free is not as personally rewarding as a paying job
- Family responsibilities
- Lack of information about when where and how to volunteer. either on purpose or not
- People volunteer to get recognition for their efforts. Not getting recognized for the effort given causes frustration and feelings of abandonment. That lack of recognition will make even the best person to doubt their abilities, to think they are not doing a good job and their effort is just a waste of time. Everyone must feel that the work they do is important and they are making a difference.
- Group members do not volunteer because they fail to see how doing so will be beneficial.
A solution could be to have a database of member skills. Need something done? Look over the database then find the correct people for the job and ask them to help. One trick is not to overwhelm them at the beginning. Start them out with a small task to get them involved. With that experience under their belts, more than likely they will help out more for the club. Once a new worker finds that they will make new contacts and friendships they will hopefully do more for the club as well. Friendships and a feeling of comradery go a long way in getting club members to freely give their precise time away for free.
But remember, there is a fine line between too many workers and not enough. When I was in public administration, I learned that sometimes too large of a committee will bog down the completions of the task at hand.
and enjoy volunteering more if they can be creative and challenged within reason. The fastest way to loose participation is to give the volunteer the thankless tasks. If possible, it might be better for the club if you could hire out the menial tasks such as such as stuffing envelopes or pealing stamps. Put the focuses on strategic tasks rather than tactical ones. Streamline all necessary tasks such at dues payments as much as possible and use technology at every chance you can use it.