Why Belong to an Extension Homemakers Club?
Education is a character builder. It is a lifelong process that is never finished. Homemaker Club members keep up to date in these rapidly changing times through lessons on all phases of homemaking, family living and special interest topics that are presented by speakers, educators and other club members.
The Homemaker Club provides training for leadership as one enjoys membership, becomes a club
officer, project leader and by sharing in lessons. This helps each member to become a leader in their community by strengthening leadership skills. Today’s leaders help to strengthen our communities. Small things accomplished by many can make a difference in the lives of others.
A member becomes a better citizen by living up to the principles of the Homemaker club creed, by taking part in club projects and by volunteering in community activities.
SOCIAL AND FELLOWSHIP ADVANTAGES
The Homemaker Club offers social and fellowship opportunities with other members and other clubs. It gives the feeling of belonging, a feeling that a person is part of the community and a feeling of being useful and needed. It gives a member a sense of safety, security and status.
Forming a New Extension Homemakers Club
Four to eight people are enough to organize a new club.
- Bring together the interested people either by telephone calls or letters at a mutually agreeable time and place. Meet in a location that is agreeable to the group. Keep in mind accessibility.
- Be sure the meeting is warm and friendly. The tone for the new club will be set at this time so be sure it is enthusiastic and enjoyable.
- Start and end the meeting on time. This is very important.
- Invite some of the following people:County President and other county officers, the Extension Educator and anyone who might be sponsoring the new club.
- The County President and Extension Educator might welcome the new club and give details of the purposes, opportunities and obligations of the Extension Homemakers program. Include a lesson, ten to twenty minutes in length, presented by a club member,to familiarize the club members with Extension opportunities available.
- Plan an activity or mixer to get acquainted before the meeting begins.
- Serve refreshments sometime during the meeting.
- Discuss future meetings times and dates, the election of officers, dues and the name of the new club. These may not be a possibility at the first meeting. Bring these items before those in attendance to consider for future reference, in that case. It could be done at the second meeting, if members are comfortable with that arrangement.
- If this is a special interest club, your focus should be defined and understood at this first
- A lesson leader could be appointed and given a suggestion for a lesson for the next meeting. T
his will create a feeling of ongoing organization.
- The new club should consider Constitution and/or bylaws within the first year. (A sample
constitution is included.) A charter application should be applied for with the State IEHA President. (Application forms are found in the County Presidents or Educator’s Blue Notebook.)
- After the new officers are elected, let the new president close the meeting. If there is a sponsor of the club, they will assist the officers as needed.
Membership Action Plans
Does your county have a plan to increase membership? Here are some suggestions.
To motivate and integrate activities to increase membership at the state, district, county and club level for the IEHA through monthly communications.
- Establish a “Point of Contact” (POC) person from each county to work in conjunctions with the county Vice Presidents to distribute information and promote membership.
- Challenge local clubs and districts to have a membership plan that considers these three areas of membership: . Retain members by assisting their continued involvement. b. Add new clubs. c. Add new members to existing clubs.
- Suggest each county create a public Facebook group. Promotion of other social media resources are encouraged.
- Share IEHA information with the POC or Vice President at county level for distribution to the public through social media, radio and public venues.
- Publicize county and club events via social media, radio, television and at public venues. Promote participation at community events.
- Host a session on membership, as well as have a table display at Home and Family Conference.
- Publish an article in each Presidential Pointers newsletter promoting membership.
Our Homemaker’s Creed challenges us to “…Pass onto Others That Which Has Benefitted Us.” Everyone is on the Membership Committee
Membership Recruitment Suggestions
Need suggestions of ways to attract new members? The Membership Focus Group has a list of ideas for you.
New Club Follow Up Tips
Great! Your county has a new club! Be sure to follow up with then to keep them active and encouraged. Here are some tips.
Now That I’m a Member
Tips for new members can be found here.