Below are ideas on ways your Chapter and members can encourage new membership in DKG California. Share the gift of membership.
Numbered in no particular order to allow for discussion.
- Before school begins in the fall provide a light breakfast at the new teacher orientation. Tell the new teachers about DKG. Provide small “survival bags” with a few teacher needs (and a note about DKG). Explain the THAT (Teachers Helping Another Teacher) program and let them know that retired members are willing to come into the classroom to help out.
- Keep in touch with the local Student Teacher Coordinator and nominate a student teacher for the Area Student Teacher Award.
- Work with the BTSA Coordinator to let those teachers receiving help know about DKG.
- Encourage working members to invite non-member colleagues to meetings.
- Follow up on the Penne Ferrell Award recipients as potential members.
- All working members have a “sponsor/big sister.” The sponsor’s job is to make monthly contact with the working member to support her mentally or physically.
- Some chapters give working members a check and a rose, presented in the classroom at the beginning of the school year.
- Call new members and encourage them to attend meetings. Offer a ride to the meeting.
- At each meeting have a drawing of working and new members and give a prize to the working or new member in attendance.
- Have a new teacher/working teacher/new member panel at one meeting to let everyone know what is now going on in the classroom.
- Involve members in committees with another member as a partner.
- Provide child care.
- Compose a brief statement on how you would define “Who We Are” to a person asking about DKG (elevator speech.)
- Follow up on award winners as they begin to teach.
- Have folders at the beginning of the year for Chapter committees and activities and have each member sign up for one that interests her.
- Keep new members involved and feeling like they are contributing.