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How’s your club doing?

| Apr 19, 2021

Bell Gong Gavel

Every Kiwanis club has its own culture, traditions and membership mix. And each has its own challenges. Do you know how healthy your club is? Do you have a plan to change things up or to consider new people for new roles? Here are a few ways to get a handle on how your club is doing.  

How welcome do new people feel?
Guests, speakers and new members — they want to feel like part of the group. But do they? A club’s fellowship can seem daunting to a newcomer. Look for ways to make them comfortable.

Try this:
• Pair experienced members with guests and new members.
• Acknowledge new attendees — make it part of the agenda!
• Conduct new-member orientation. Use the fill-in template at kiwanis.org/orientation.

How often are new ideas used?
From service projects to meeting activities, traditions are great — when they work. But sometimes old is just … old. Know the difference!  

Try this:
• Welcome the work — and the ideas — of your committees. 
• Conduct community needs assessments. Visit kiwanis.org/acetools for help.
• Evaluate existing projects every year.

How many people are doing the work?
Many clubs have a core of committed members. That’s great — but it’s easy to let them do all the work. And that can breed apathy in others. Help people avoid boredom and burnout.

Try this:
• Get new and potential members involved in projects.  
• Make committee membership a part of the club’s culture.
• Reach out when someone misses a few meetings or projects.  

How well does the community know you?
It’s great to improve the community. It’s even better when the community knows you’re doing it. Spread the word — and boost recruiting, project attendance and Kiwanis brand knowledge.

Try this:
• Create a signature project. Get ideas at kiwanis.org/signature.  
• Tap into the Kiwanis family brand. See kiwanis.org/brand.
• Work with local media. See how at kiwanis.org/mediarelations.

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