Since the club
There are tens of millions of active clubs in the United States. There are so many types of club, as there is mutual interest between people. There are clubs for dialogue, advocacy, awareness, school activities, volunteering, sharing information, sports, professional development, religious, cultural, financial, etc. Although a variety of clubs is almost endless, there is some commonality among the clubs on how best to create and manage them. Many clubs ideas never start or never really get off the ground, because some of the common mistakes made – mistakes made literally millions of times. Although no two clubs are not from the & # 39 are the same, we have encapsulated many of the best tips and tricks in the opening of the club in this publication – so you can learn from the backs of others in forming its own successful club
Implement always time commitment. more than you think, the excitement and fun of the idea of launching the club has always closely followed the reality of effort needed to make it successful. Just as in business, or in any other enterprise, a great idea to work as long as it can be done well. Who does not want to create a failed club, no matter how great the idea? Almost every club, managers, organizers and key stakeholders have to "sacrifice" their own free time and effort to make the club fulfill its mission. Limited time, limited resources, the vast inertia resistance makes people take action just a few of the main reasons why the club eventually fails. Of course, the clubs often start because of strong interest, so you should use a strong level of interest in the successful operations of the group.
The definition of the mission and goals for the club
Most eye roll when they hear that it is necessary to create a mission. Many of them took part in the corporate exercise in creating a mission where you often end up with a bunch of idle words that have no real meaning, and forget about all. Often, people "feel" they know that the mission, but when they try to articulate it, they can not. This does not mean that the group can not be successful without a mission – but, in coming up with goals, you can help to explain the mind that in the long-term goal is to help and to inform you that to others. Your mission is to promote a political agenda or to promote environmental awareness, or it may be just talk and find a future date – it could be all of those things – that is, the more clearly articulate the vision, the more that you direct your efforts to achieve this vision.
The creation of structures that need
Some groups are so well organized that they institute officials to create a constitution, even to create a process to amend the constitution and the selection, election and removal of officers. These types of processes are useful, even critical, when a group of scales – otherwise anarchy ensues. However, most of the groups beginners do not need a mini-government in place. Many bands just starting out with a little more light weight processes
employees: as a rule, have a president (leader), Vice President (second in command, and often the head of a number of important initiatives), treasurer (fund manager), secretary (who It takes the minutes of the meetings, the following steps, etc.). Depending on the needs of your group, you can also establish an advertising director, webmaster, historian, etc. This is very useful to determine the role and, in particular, who have the right to decide that. For example, some groups require the treasurer jointly sign some checks with the president. Thus, there is a check and balance within the group for money.
If you have enough suras & # 39; ozna, you can consider adding often as a non-profit organization. Including many advantages, such as the limitation of liability of the members of the debts and obligations. Inclusion also provides increased levels of "immutability", and it can help you with financing
Meetings:., As a rule, periodic meeting or event helps to keep the things that are in the group and increased activity. It's also a great way for group members to help participate in activities and get to know each other better and share information. If the holding of meetings, pay special attention to how meetings work, which leads to the next section.
Running effective meetings
unsatisfactory meeting reflects poorly on leaders and a big waste of time for participants. Although there are entire books written on how successful meetings, here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of any meetings you host. First, determine and publish the agenda. The meeting should have a purpose, and participants may need to prepare in advance. Very few meetings require a surprise to be effective. The agenda also helps prevent straying off course. Many groups have people who want to express their opinion – all leading down the famous "rat hole". The agenda helps ensure that the meeting or & # 39 is the appropriate place to deal with these problems, or if you need to "table it" at another meeting. There is always the desired outcome for the meeting (for example, to obtain the consent of a particular initiative or to brainstorm and come up with three ideas for next year's event). You will often be surprised at how much better you are prepared to make an appointment, just thinking through what kind of decisions or the outcome you want from the meeting. Understand who should be there, and that these roles for participants. . The beginning of the meeting at the time of
Many groups have designed a secretary who follows the "minutes" of the meetings – that were discussed, in particular, any findings that have been made, and any items that will be introduced for further discussion. It can be published, so that there is a historical archive, so that friends can always come back and keep track of what happened.
After the meeting, make sure you grab that "action points" are. What is the next step – who does what, and when, and who is responsible for the following measures. Many times, after spending a few minutes to plan the next meeting is useful to do.
Many groups start with a kick-off meeting to discuss club and how it will work. This should be your first meeting.
Financing and budget
Most clubs have to spend money to carry out activities, flyers printing, hold lectures, etc. To spend money on the club need to get the money and there are many ways to finance the activities of the club. Can be financed by the members themselves through membership fees, dues activities donations. Funding may also be obtained by using various fund-raising activities such as bake sale, sale garages, car wash.
Many corporations and government agencies also finance and sponsorship group. Grant applications can be filled, to see if you qualify for this type of financing. Not all funding should be cash. Some companies for example, can provide equipment or space for the event or practice. They can ask for any form of sponsorship, for example, a banner displayed at the event.
In addition, you can contact the national, state and regional leaders of such groups. They can be good sources of financing themselves or give you valuable information on how to increase the efficiency of your club.
Get the nuts and bolts down
Each club has a base set of operations that will help it run more efficiently. There's nothing more frustrating for the leaders and members to be in the group of poor performance. Membership, and more importantly, participation begins to fall as a result. Here are some basics:
- Get an updated list. It is important for you to know who is in the band, how do you reach them and what role they play, who their membership status, etc .. There are a number of electronic and web-based tools to help you, such as electronic spreadsheets, word processing documents, etc. .
- Get a list of the distribution group that you created. Communicating with a group and it is important to do this easily, without having to enter into 50 sheets each time will save you a lot of time. Getting self-managed e-mail group list will save you countless hours.
- Create a site. The website is essential for messaging, not only the group but also for the general public. This is a great way to let people know what's going on (future events, how to participate, and so on), which advances to the & # 39 are the groups, so that you can strengthen the binding within the group, as well as to attract more participants. Again, try to stay away from solutions that require the webmaster to make any changes. You can not have a webmaster in the group and plus, you do not want a bottleneck of all transactions through one man. Was it worth it? Being a part of the club & # 39 is an important part of everyday life. Formation of clubs does take effort, but the payoff is obvious. As an organizer, you might think that this is a thankless job, but keep in mind, people will not join and participate, if they do not see the value in it.
I hope that these tips will help you create the best possible clubs. In the next part we will see how to manage the club. – another "beast" as a whole to manage
There are many other best practices there. If you have ideas and suggestions about the club started, please post your comments. – We'd love to hear them and help make them available to all the other organizers of the club, who took the time to follow their passions