Let everyone know they are important

Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, said, “Every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ If you can do that, you’ll be a success not only in business but in life as well.” Oftentimes, simply doing the little things will enhance your club environment. Here are some suggestions to help you begin:

  • Meet with a cross section of members to brainstorm ideas that appeal to the entire membership.
  • Celebrate major events: birthdays, holidays, Kiwanis anniversaries, job promotions, births, etc.
  • Recognize people when they have done a great job.
  • Empower members by providing them the support they need to get the job done.
  • Start fun, new traditions. Sponsor a talent show or a dance that would involve lots of members.
  • Plan an outing. Have a club garage sale or craft show. Plan a meeting or an activity around a theme. Collect member input.
  • Show members you respect them by listening to them.
  • Encourage creativity and new ideas.
  • Keep members informed. Find out their preferred form of communication: newsletters, e-mail, Google groups, etc.