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.