“CFWC Keeping Up With The Times"
California Federation of Women's Clubs
AREA C - VP - DEBBIE PIETRASZKO
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Area C Vice President, and I look forward to challenge of this office. My goals for the next 2 years include getting to know as many members of Area C as I can and to visit as many Districts and Clubs as I can. But remember, I will only come to your meetings if you invite me, so please do so. My other goals are to foster communication between the Districts so that we can learn from each other and grow, improve communication between the CFWC and the Districts and Clubs of Area C, and to work with you on increasing and retaining members.
All members are a part of your Club’s Membership Team. Use their suggestions to increase membership and include them in finding and implementing creative ways to increase and to retain members. Remember that Membership doesn’t just mean recruiting new members, it also means retaining our members.
Recruiting members can be found anywhere – just ask them. We have a proud and distinguished history filled with many accomplishments as well our current activities. Always be prepared to talk about those accomplishments. Don’t be afraid to ask them to come to a meeting, or to participate in your projects or to join the Club.
We must also retain our members. The health of your Club depends on keeping members who enjoy your activities and feel that they are a valuable part of your group. Do you know why members have joined your Club? Was it to make new friends? To help the community? To make a difference? And are you meeting those needs of your Club members?
Don’t take your members for granted. Involve both seasoned and new members in your projects and activities. And everybody loves praise for a job well done. Positive comments at club meetings, in your newsletter, on certificates, or even a “thank you” card are ways to show appreciation, encourages continued participation and membership.
And don’t forget to dream. Dream of your Club’s future, dream of its membership. But have a goal in mind. And a plan. Your dream must be very clear, as clear as a painted picture. It must be something you believe in, something you are motivated to accomplish. You need to have a plan of action with a clear time line. And others need to be involved in the plan.
I hope you will invite me to your meetings and include me in your newsletters, it is one way for me to keep in contact with you.
“Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we've got 24 hours each.”
― Christopher Rice