Lo­cal sup­port

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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

they

won’t

Mata­mata Pi­ako District co-or­di­na­tor

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