February 8th, 2012
Membership Events Request
By James Pilcher
Good evening everyone!
After nearly a year’s hiatus, I thought I would resurrect the Region 4 blog – especially with a lot of cool stuff coming up.
But first, our membership is continuing to grow slowly. We’re above where we were last year, and are back above 8,000 members for the first time in a while.
To that extent, our national president John Ensslin sent this email out this weekend and I’d like everyone in the region to at least think about possible membership event ideas. As an aside, I serve on a national programming committee with that committee’s chair Jeremy Steele from Michigan and the previous Region 4 Director – and we would love to take your ideas and send them around to the rest of the country.
Hope all is well with you.
As you know, one of my priorities this year has been to work on growing our membership.
To that end, I’d like to ask your help. We’ve designated next month as March Membership Month. I’m asking every pro and student chapter to do one event that is geared to recruiting and retaining members.
Could you encourage the chapter leaders in your region to do so?
It doesn’t have to be a huge event and strictly speaking, it doesn’t have to be in March. But if each chapter does something, I’m convinced we can make a real difference.
We’ve had a small measure of success in this area lately. For the first time since January 2008, we’ve started the year with more members than we had the year before. And we’ve been able to get membership back up above the 8,000 mark.
But to keep this trend going, we’ll need help from each and every chapter.
To help, next week we’ll send out a list of program ideas that have worked well for chapters in the past. Chapter also are free to come up with their own ideas.
Later in the month, someone from our membership committee will be in touch with chapter leaders to see if there is some way they can help with this effort.
As you know, keeping our membership strong helps SPJ do better when it comes to our core activities like advocacy, ethics, diversity and training.
Thanks for your help,