Winter sports codes are up and running and getting ready for competition. There is a lot of choice out there which is great but does mean that the pool of volunteers is being stretched very thinly and I have been approached by several groups asking for help in getting volunteers.
Unfortunately there is no magic formula but an Exult ( www. exult. co. nz) article asks the following: Do you actively invite members to attend committee meetings?
This means more than pinning up a notice; it means personally inviting members to attend.
Not everyone is as big and brave as you. Let people know that not only CAN they come, but you WANT them to come.
Do you make your meetings ‘‘newbie’’-friendly?
It’s pretty intimidating for a newcomer to sit in on a committee meeting when everyone knows what’s going on except them.
Make sure any new members (or old members who take the plunge) under- stand what’s going on.
Include them in the conversation, explain jargon, give background information when necessary and most of all, make them feel welcome.
If you don’t, come back!
Do your members know what you need help with?
It’s very easy to whinge about the ‘‘lack of help’’, but if your members don’t know what help is required, how can you expect them to put their hand up?
Make sure that even those who don’t attend meetings still know what’s going on.
Are you a control freak? I know, I know, I know . . . if you do it yourself, at least
Matamata Piako District co-ordinator