DISTRICT VI MEMBERSHIP

If you look at Membership statistics over the last number of years, in general, our clubs have been losing members. Unlike years gone by, we have not replaced them as quickly as they have left. This has an adverse effect on our clubs. In many of our clubs:

-   our dues are increasing

-   our friendship is getting stale

-   our clubs' members are growing old together

-   those doing the organizing are being recycled

-   there are less members to do the work

-   fresh ideas are not there and our clubs are not functioning well which, in itself, is not conducive to attracting new members.

WHY DO WE NEED NEW MEMBERS:

- new members create enthusiasm

- since most costs are fixed, more members reduce costs.

- keeps dues to a minimum.

- more members to share the workload and to do the organizing.

- helps keep the club from getting old together.

- new members improve fellowship.

- keeps the FUN in Gyro.

HOW DO WE BRING IN NEW MEMBERS:

1.      Get your club ready to accept new members:

2.      appoint a membership chairman and set a target with a time period.

3.      plan functions to introduce potential members to your club.

4.      get pamphlets, video, potential membership kits from the International office (see appendix).

5.      produce a club bulletin regularly.

6.      plan social events regularly.

AND MOST IMPORTANT :

1.      Get our gals involved.

2.      Convince yourself that Gyro is important enough to bring in new members

3.      Commit yourself. Sometime during the Gyro year, ask a friend or acquaintance to come out to a Gyro meeting. Then follow up with him later to ask if he is interested in possibly joining, or, returning for another meeting or social event.

PROSPECTIVE GYRO MEMBERS

1. Relative

2. Neighbour

3. Old friend

4. Business associate

5. Church member

6. Other Club member

7. Former Gyro

8. Golf buddy

9. Previous Gyro Speaker

10. Hunting, fishing, hobby buddy



WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO

There is only one way to increase Gyro members in your club. Every Gyro in your club must try to invite a friend out to a meeting. Then follow up is needed to invite your friend to join Gyro. It sure sounds easy to do. Then, let's go out and do it.


“Do your friend a favour - bring him into Gyro


Jim Sweet,

Chairman of District Membership

Phone - 902-752-3453

email - js88@pchg.net




APPENDIX

The following are available from the Gyro International office at www.gyro.ws:

- the pamphlet "You're Among Friends" explains what our fine fraternity is all about. Every club should have a dozen of these on hand to give to club members, so they can hand out to their friends.

- an excellent Compact Disk (CD) "An Introduction to Gyro" which can be played on your CD ROM or on a CD player and explains Gyro while inviting a potential member to come out and enjoy the friendship of Gyro. Every club should have a copy to lend to potential Gyro and can be played at social events which are being held to attract potential members.

- a Potential Members Kit which is a folder containing Gyro information and a letter from Gyro International. The purpose of the folder is to provide a potential member with everything he needs to make a decision to join our fine fraternity. Every club should have several of these on hand, especially those clubs who are in a stalemate regarding new members.

APPENDIX 2

Total membership of District VI from 1988:

YEAR

NUMBER OF MEMBERS

1988

474

1989

461

1990

504

1991

520

1992

500

1993

476

1994

462

1995

442

1996

431

1997

422

1998

439

1999

402

2000

397

2001

356

2002

312

2003

313

2004

290

2005

281 to date