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"MAKING MEETINGS INTERESTING"
MAKING MEETINGS INTERESTING, FUN & WORTHWHILE
How many meetings have you
gone to and they’ve been all over in an hour? Did you remember anything that
was discussed? Was there at least one person with their eyes closed?
To attract and keep members
attending our meetings, we need to make the evening worthwhile to the members.
Provide something educational, enlightening, or entertaining. Relax and have
some fun. Enjoy a laugh together. Keep the business meeting short, which means
you are going to have to plan ahead.
Have a special program. It
doesn’t need to be long to be worthwhile.
Have a special
ceremony—re-dedication, retiring of the Badges at last meeting, or an
Select an on-going project.
Involve as many people as possible. Put effort into establishing and promoting
it. Talk about it at meetings, report on the progress, and do something about
Adopt a local family to support
during the year, not just during the holidays.
Support a local food bank. Raise
money through special projects. Collect donations regularly. Volunteer at the
Visit and volunteer at a nursing
home or with a youth group. Have different members report at your meetings.
Donate your time to community
activities, such as Habitat for Humanity, a school library or museum, clean up a
Adopt a portion of a highway to
keep clean. Your Chapter name will be in front of thousands of drivers!
your Chapter newsletter to keep members informed and to generate interest in
upcoming events, programs, and meetings. You don’t have a newsletter? Maybe
you should get something started. We have the Butterfly Express. Plan at least
2-3 months in advance in order to announce a coming event or special meeting.
at new ways of doing things. We don’t need to hear, “We’ve never done it
that way.” How about, “This is the new way to do it.”
is information available on-line and in book stores to give you the dates of
special days. For example, one day may be Stand-on-Your-Head Day. Take it and
run. Make it your own. Doesn’t everyone like chocolate? Surely there’s a
National Chocolate Day! Find it!
a theme at your meetings. Don’t wait for Friend’s Night or Honor Night. Do
something at every meeting. Coordinate the decorations, entertainment and
refreshments to the theme. Whether you have 18 people or 118, have fun.
Encourage costumes within our
Have cactus, cowboy hats and ropes
as part of the decorations
Entertainment can be square dancers
or just music
Picnic food like hot dogs, beans,
chips, or chili and cornbread
Within our guidelines, dress for
working in the garden
Decorate with flowers, vegetables,
Have a speaker from a local garden
society. Have members tell stories about gardening.
Use fresh fruit and vegetables or
salads for refreshments
Give everyone a ticket as they
Decorate like the inside of a
cruise ship (portholes, ship’s wheel)
Use seafood, exotic fruits, hors
During the meeting take breaks and
have a game or quiz about ports of call and award prizes