Hosting an open house

Membership DriveWhen you love your club, you’ll want to share that experience and invite others to be part of it.

One organized way of sharing Kiwanis with others is to hold a membership drive. A membership drive focuses the club’s efforts on inviting potential members to an event planned just for them. Three simple steps will help your club become stronger this year.

To get started, download the hosting an open house tool. The tool will provide you tips and advice for completing these three steps:

Step 1: Prepare

Two months before the proposed event date, put your team together. Look for people who are committed to making the club bigger and better.

Now is also the time to plan for success by preparing or ordering brochures from the Kiwanis Family Store.

Six weeks before the event, you’ll want to think about the date, location and theme of the meeting. It’s also a good time to start to plan your meeting agenda.

Step 2: Invite

You can conduct a roster analysis or check a chamber of commerce list for ideas of who to invite. However, the people most likely to join are members’ colleagues, friends and family. Give them at least three weeks to respond to an invitation, but also ask that any member who refers a guest follow up with a personal invitation as the date gets closer.

On the big day, focus on hospitality. Make your guests feel welcome and focus on sharing your club’s impact and the fun you have.

Step 3: Follow up

A week after the event, touch base with all of your guests to encourage them to join. Plan a new-member orientation and installation to help new members feel special and involved.