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February Hot Topic – Getting People Out When It’s Cold Out

When it’s cold, snowy, icy or raining outside, you might find a decreased amount of participation among your members. To try to encourage your members to come to meetings, try some of these ideas:

+ Serve warm things: plan an informal study break and serve your favorite foods for cold weather: coffee, tea, soup, hot chocolate to bring everyone together to chat!

+ Get everyone outside: even though it’s still a little chilly, get your members moving by planning a sledding, skiing, or tobogganing trip!  You could also get outside by volunteering in your local community. It’s especially important to help out food banks and soup kitchens during this economic time.

+ Plan exciting meetings: poll your members for some things they’d like to do this semester, and try to plan a fun event for them.  Your members are more likely to attend events if they are catered to their interests.  For example, your members might prefer outreach events over service-oriented events or social events over fundraising events.

+ Get everyone involved: identify some future leaders in your group and give them either a meeting or event to be in charge of. Get people thinking about what positions they want to run for next year!

Have any other ideas or suggestions as to how to get people out when its cold outside?  Just leave a comment!

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