I like Newton's "good of the Order" idea - we have implemented it in Oskaloosa with some success.
I'd like to see councils adopt a "bring a buddy to the meeting" policy - it could double meeting attendance. Addtionally have all members in attendance sign in and then award or recognize members (non officers) with good meeting attendance records.
The more importance we put on meeting attendance the better; but we have to put more value on it than it is an "obligation" of membership.
These are great suggestions, Paul. Thanks.
During warm-weather months, we have a steak fry before the meeting; this seems to help attendance somewhat.
The absolutely easiest method to increase attendance at meeting is for every member who is planning on coming to stop and pick up a buddy who is also a member....you have just doubled your meeting attendance. 90%+ of members drive to the meetings alone.
Wow, Paul, another excellent, common sense, but easily overlooked method. Thank you.
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I'd like to be able to put the following information in a "Group" here at IowaKofC.org:
Names of members & the degrees they've made and the person who brought that member in the Order for the first degree. Does this data set exist? When I was GK, I had access to the council membership list, which included degrees taken, but I don't recall seeing the names of the people who brought the members into the Order.
The buddy system sounds good for increasing meeting attendance, but members need to know who to call.
I'm taking the buddy system suggestion to heart; I've called two members today to see if they would attend this evening's meeting with me.
One of the men I called attended the meeting! :-) He hadn't been to a meeting in about a year. The other gentleman couldn't make it because of work. I think Paul's right about the buddy system.
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That's a grand idea! It would be nice to have more attendance and a buddy system call for those "regulars" with the "non regulars".
I think once or twice a year we should do a potluck with family attendance and a lite meeting. Make it a bring a buddy as well.
We have a great council as it stands for NE Iowa
In my opinion potlucks are a great way to increase attendance at any event (especially family events) because everyone has a responsibility to brings something yet no one person is responsible for the entire meal. Give folks some skin in the game and they usually come through. Additionally, some folks who like to cook have an avenue to show off a bit by bringing their "famous" dish.
Our potluck family gathering in the summer has been very successful. Again, Paul, I think you're right, and I like Dennis' idea about more of the same. Dennis, maybe the Christmas party could become potluck? Just a thought.
You know, Paul, maybe it's the "member doing his own food" thing that is in part the reason why our steak fries before meetings in the warm-weather months are so successful. The members gather around the grill and cook up their own steaks, and everyone has it their way and we get a chance to shoot the breeze while the food's cooking. We usually do the steak fries starting in May (weather permitting) and going sometimes even into October.
Business at meetings is good, but the social part is what it is all about...the Leaders meeting could continue and make the regular meetings a place to vote yeah or nay on the money issues....
At the Spring dinner all the Knights really show up, I think a potluck at a park would really bring the group together more.
Even better would be a potluck once a quarter and have the CDA part of the meal as well, then split off to meetings, and the Knights clean the mess....This would allow for couples to be together and encourage attendance and membership from the couple. My wife thinks this is a good idea. Especially if it is a planned potluck throughout the year. The Christmas Dinner could be the grand affair with no real meeting just the gathering...
I will bring up at next meeting to toss idea around, we need to do something regardless, and an attempt is never a failure.
I agree, Dennis. I'm a little disappointed in myself for not having tightened this up a bit when I was GK. I had started with officer meetings, but then that drifted away. There should be an officer meeting the week before the regular monthly Council meeting, and this allows for a focused Council meeting. You are right, brief yays and nays plus spiritual development and plenty of social aspects make for a great Council meeting. Spending inordinate amounts of time deciding how many pounds of potatoes are needed for an event makes for a bad Council meeting.
I like your potluck ideas.