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"USEFUL IDEAS FOR A GOOD LEADER"
USEFUL IDEAS FOR A GOOD LEADER
APPEARANCES ARE IMPORTANT
The Worthy Matron creates a
better impression for candidates when papers, books, etc. are not on the
pedestal during initiatory work. Look
efficient and organized. Follow all
the dress suggestions.
FIT CANDIDATES INTO THE CHAPTER PROGRAM
Each new member should be
interviewed for his or her abilities, expectations and desires.
Think in terms of the individual’s needs, wants, desires, expectations
and abilities—not just the “convenience” of the Chapter.
Keep tabs on the new members. Be
sure they develop the habit of attending meetings.
As soon as a new member misses her first meeting, call—never make her
feel pressured—and let her know you missed her and what was missed!
When she appears at her next meeting, do or say something that reinforces
your assurances. Insincerity kills
WHAT INTERESTS A MEMBER?
Attendance is a prime
concern, and the best way to find out why a member does not attend is to ask
him. Phrasing the question is
important. Try, “What can we do
to improve our Chapter and make meetings interesting?”
When you get answers, give them serious consideration—write them down!
An appointment by the Worthy
Matron serves at her pleasure. If
the appointee fails to fulfill the duties which were accepted, the Worthy Matron
has the privilege of replacing him. Consideration
and caution should be used however, and it is suggested that the Worthy Matron
consult with any Officer or committee member who is not performing, as there may
be valid reasons unknown to her. Worthy
Matrons are also urged to spell out the duties of the Officers and committees
and be sure they are understood before appointments are made.
ACCURATE MAILING LIST IS ESSENTIAL
Each elected Officer should
have an up-to-date mailing list, including E-mail addresses.
Without this valuable tool the ability to contact members is soon lost.
Each Worthy Matron-elect
should set a definite goal for her term, something that’s tangible, so that at
the end of the term she can look back and have the satisfaction of reaching her
goal. The Chapter will be better
because of it. Goals should be high
enough to demand exertion, yet within reach with effort.
Goals can be membership, visitations, activities, attendance, competition
with other Chapters, financial, etc. Make
the goals specific, not general.
INVOLVE THE MEMBERS
To keep your members active,
make them a part of your program. Involve
them. Give them a reason to be at
the meeting, not just for support, but also for participation on committees and
in activities. Treat each one as an
individual and put them in your program.
IDENTIFY THE MEMBERS
Get better acquainted with
each other and particularly with new members.
Have a name badge ready to present to the members when they arrive for
any work project, and you’ll find that they will feel a part of the Chapter
quicker and the other members will get to know them better.
CHAPTER HAS NO SIDELINES
There should be no
“sidelines” in a Chapter meeting; everyone is in the action and a part of
the meeting. Members sit “among
the members” or “in the meeting,” not on the sidelines.