Ideas for Increasing Membership

Our State-wide Idea Exchange Symposiums generated a lot of creative ways to obtain and effectively retain new members. Here’s the list of ideas resulting from a lot of brainstorming. Please email us with other effective ideas to add in order to share them with other clubs.

  • Increase publicity for club activities.
  • Rotate club members on committees.  Serve two years ─Chair with a vice-chair.  Then vice chair moves up.
  • Many clubs have members who are away during the winter.  Consider scheduling meetings throughout the summer months.
  • Consider alternating meeting times ─ daytime/evening.
  • Offer design classes/workshops.
  • Workshops of any sort also serve to advance camaraderie among members.
  • Bring a friend or neighbor to a meeting.
  • Provide name tags for all members and guests
  • Acknowledge all guests at each meeting.
  • Encourage guests to join.  Stay in touch.  Follow-up.
  • New members should have a mentor to guide them through the first year.
  • If club publishes a newsletter, provide it to guests attending a meeting.
  • Let members know about one another.  Each month highlight a current club member.
  • When a person joins the club, submit a photo/brief article to the local/community  newspaper.
  • Get new members quickly involved on a committee.
  • Post a tour map at the library of sites maintained by the garden club.
  • Submit articles publicizing club programs/events to the local newspaper.
  • Maintain a presence on Facebook and all forms of social media.
  • Have a website.  Link the club website to the town’s website.
  • Create a club brochure.  Provide copies to libraries and garden centers.
  • Schedule a “hot topic” program that is well publicized to encourage people to attend a club meeting.
  • Maintain a club presence at the weekly local farmers’ market.