Report of Membership Meeting – Hollingbourne Village Hall
March 30th 2015
Judith Cooper opened the meeting by welcoming everyone who had taken the time to come to the meeting and thanked them for being there.
Special thanks were extended to the ladies from the Maidstone club who had very kindly got the room ready and had provided the coffee and biscuits for everyone.
Judith started the meeting by reading a letter she had received from the Folkestone club with details of what they do, very successfully , to encourage new members.A flyer that they had produced was passed round for everyone to see.This flyer illustrated very well what each club could add to the Power Point Presentation which Hazel Hedges and Margaret Hawkins had worked very hard to produce.Thanks are due to them for all their time and effort.They have also produced a four fold booklet which is available to all clubs, for a small charge,which they can hand outto members of the public, telling people what the aims and objects of Inner Wheel are.Hopefully ladies will show an interest and agree to come along to a meeting.
Margaret showed us the Power Point presentation and will e-mail to clubs.
Hazel talked about the Website and her desire for each club to add their own details of events to it.
If you wish to up date it yourself you need to ask Hazel for a user name and password.IF clubs update theirown details please let Hazel know that you have done so.She works very hard on the web site and is continually updating and passing on information to clubs and members.I would like to encourage all clubs, where possible, to use the facility and keep looking at the website, perhaps as often as they look at their e-mails,for updates and also to see what other clubsin the district are up to – it could be very useful.
Again it was agreed that there was too much paperwork and that it was off putting to potential new members – CUT IT DOWN – you don’t need to have a business meeting every month.
Ideas from members:
- Make it clear that the CAMEO lunch is not just for widows but for all ladies who are on their own.This could be incorporated in the Power Point Presentation
- Some clubs invite ladies to “Happy Hour” which are held in many pubs.
- Hold a “Night In” instead of a coffee morning, this would mean that ladies who work could be included.
- Invite wives of Rotarians – and Rotarians- to social functions and then encourage them to join you at a club meeting – NO HARD SELL – don’t immediately ask them to join the club –“slowly, slowly catchy monkey” as they say.
- Engage with ladies on a one to one basis.
- It is difficult for ladies who work to attend day time meetings and some of our more elderly ladies do not want to go out at night – is their room for TWILIGHT MEETINGS?
- Tiered Membership?Could we not introduce Associate Members – people who want to support Inner Wheel but cannot commit to a regular meeting time.Or could we have “friends of Inner Wheel”I am not sure how this would boost our membership but perhaps in time these ladies would commit and become full members.
- As was suggested once before, have “raids” on other clubs (as they do in Rotary)This way we could pick up useful ideas for use in our own clubs.
- The old chestnut – how is it that WI and U3A have waiting lists for membership – what are they doing that we could copy?
- Should we embrace the slogan “Inner Wheel stands for International Women”?
- Inner wheel should always be Evolutionary and sometime Revolutionary
- It is important that we retain our present membership as well as trying to increase it – make meetings more interesting
- All members of each club should be encouraged to attend District Meetings to ensure that they understand what Inner Wheel is and also to meet other ladies from different parts of the District and to exchange ideas.
- Publicise ourselves
- We should have a mission statement for our District
A Mission Statement will be worked on and proposed at the next District Meeting - so WATCH THIS SPACE!!
Judith thanked everyone for coming once more and the meeting closed at about 12:30 p.m. and a lot of us retired to the pub for lunch.