Letter from Linda
by Linda Oestreich, Director-Sponsor, Region 5
With the recent flurry around STC about membership, it seems that we often focus on getting members and forget about keeping members! I believe one of the best ways chapter leaders can keep members is to reward them. Let me share some ways STC can recognize members.
If you are pleased or helped or informed by another member, what do you do? Here are a few suggestions:
Many chapters have various rewards that they give out monthly or annually. Here are a few ideas you can offer to your members:
The final group includes the rewards given at the Society level, such as Associate Fellow, Distinguished Chapter Service Award, and the Jay R. Gould Award (for teachers of technical communication). Of course, each of these begins with a nomination by someone who knows of the person's good work. Paperwork must contain a list and description of the work that person did. To help yourselves with this, keep a database of jobs performed by your volunteers. You'll find it much easier to fill out the forms if you know what they've done for your chapter, for the profession, and for their fellow members.
Another suggestion is to add a volunteer coordinator to your administrative council. Have that person not only recruit volunteers, but recognize them (they can also be responsible for that database!).
Give rewards. Give LOTS of rewards. You'll be happier for it. That's another great thing about rewards...it feels just as nice to give them as to get them! And remember, people who receive a heartfelt phone call thanking them for a task well done will be more likely volunteer to do another.
Blessings to you all,
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