JLBC IS MAKING MEETINGS FUN!
GET ACQUAINTED ACTIVITIES
Allot fifteen minutes at the beginning of your meetings to get to know one another. You may even want to have name tags for the first couple of sessions. The more your members know each other, the more fun your meetings will become. Members will begin to look forward to going to meetings rather than viewing them as a hassle.
Nothing attracts people more than
food. Have different members sign up to bring refreshments to each meeting. This will keep members from getting restless and cranky if it's late or near mealtime and can serve as a break if the session is exceptionally long.
Reward your members for attending
meetings by planning socials or parties afterward. When reminding members of the forum, tell them there will be a social, but don't announce the location until the session is over.
At the end of the business portion of
the meeting, have a trivia contest about topics discussed at the meeting. Give out candy or other prizes to those who answer the questions correctly. Example: "What is the date of our Habitat for Humanity project?" or "What are we doing on October 19?"
JLBC cadets set aside time at the end of the
meeting to recognize members' accomplishments. If someone wins an award, is offered a job, or does anything special, make an announcement or place a "Congratulations" box at the bottom of the plan.
MEMBER OF THE WEEK/MONTH Recognize members who make
exceptional contributions to your organization. This will motivate them to stay involved and encourage others to become more active.
Retreats with plenty of fun team-building activities are the perfect way to motivate members at the beginning of the semester or year. This will allow members to get to know one another better than they would through simple get-acquainted activities.
Don't be afraid to break up the
monotony of a meeting with jokes. Have the club comic make up a "Top Ten" list or have a "Joke of the Day."
At the beginning of the year, have
members fill out biographical information detailing their hobbies, activities, age, future goals, favorite foods and music, ideal mate, and other data. "spotlight" a few members at each meeting by reading their biographical sheets.