How to Get Members More Involved
By Alia Bly, District Bulletin Editor
For many Key Clubbers, school is back in full swing! A new year brings new opportunity, and you may be asking yourself, “how do I get my club members excited about Key Club?” Motivating a large group can be challenging, though especially so when they are also involved in sports, rigorous academics, and other clubs. If you’re looking for a place to begin, try…
- Having a plan. Go into your first meeting with a well devised list of topics and potential opportunities for involvement. Hitting the ground running shows new members that you are a club focused on action and reiterates to old members why they fell in love with Key Club in the first place.
- Making your meetings and interactive space. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and prompt members to speak on their personal service. Showing members that their accomplishments and passions are celebrated inspires a greater level of dedication to the club that so easily accepted them.
- Having a variety of service. Allow a diverse selection of service opportunities into your club. Be open to any project that you believe will be beneficial to those involved. Make an effort to seek out new initiatives to bring to your members. If you appear excited and motivated when bringing a new project into the classroom, your club is more likely to also be interested.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone. You never know what you’ll learn about yourself and others when you participate in something you first found to be daunting. Try new ice breakers during your first meeting, or devise a silly, memorable activity for members to be a part of. By showing your club that being a Key Clubber inspires growth on all levels, you will both bring them closer as a group and push them outwards into a larger service world.
Good luck to all officers and members working to make their clubs a stronger unit. Be excited about all that your members will accomplish this year, and make sure to never stop searching for ways to build your homes, schools, and communities.