Membership is an ongoing process that involves all the members of your chapter. It is what makes your chapter and the Minnesota Women of Today a vital, working organization. To maintain healthy membership numbers, we need to continually work on our membership plans. These plans depend on ROAR, which represents the four main areas of membership:
For more information and to access tools your chapter can use to promote these areas, simply click on the key word above. The Minnesota Women of Today have also developed other tools to help chapters in these areas. Many anuals have been developed to aid in these efforts. They include the Membership Manual, the M-Night Manual, Skits and Stuff I & II and the Public Relations Manual. The Membership Management Committee has also created a Members Learning to Recruit (MLR) training program that is available to districts and chapters. For more information on these manuals or training opportunities, please contact the Membership Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A new member orientation is a training program for making members feel informed, part of the group and valuable. If we take the time to explain the organization to them, new members will become activated faster and will feel a sense of belonging. A new member orientation should be held within the first month of joining. Since we cover a lot of material in an orientation, it is also a good idea to review the orientation in three to six months. It also is helpful to stop during meetings to explain things to your new members. Having a seasoned member sit by a new member can also be helpful to the new member.Who should do the orientation? Any member can do an orientation. It is helpful if the Membership Vice President and Chapter President are involved.How to do an orientation - Using the Orientation Outline, the job is made easy. This gives you a detailed outline with which to explain Women of Today to the new members. Orientations can be done one-on-one or in a small group setting. Your chapter should have many resources on hand to aid in orientations, including your chapter Plan of Action, chapter newsletters and orientations skits, which are found in the Skits and Stuff manuals.Orientations can also be helpful for your general membership. These orientations can include board training, LPM training, running a project, reporting at meetings and the history of the Women of Today organization. The Membership Management Committee is working on developing mini-orientations for your chapter to use. Look for these orientations on this website.
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