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Administratorkbennick
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Membership Old and New
on: March 15, 2013, 12:03
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We recently changed our meeting times from Thursday nights beginning at 7PM to a Sunday Afternoon. This was to accommodate our older members, many of whom cannot or do not want to drive at night, as well as members, like myself, who work and really just want to go home and eat dinner and crash after work.

OK so, that takes care of our older members. How are some of you getting new people to come to meetings?

We had info and handouts at our Rose Show in October (DSD Rose Show and Convention) and several people signed up to get our newsletter and said they wanted to become members, but did not show up at the November meeting. We shall see if they do in January (We take December off)

I am curious what other societies do to promote new attendees, besides putting in the local newspaper’s calendar section.

I’d love to have feedback!

Pat Stanford, Tallahassee Area Rose Society



Administratorkbennick
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Re: Membership Old and New
on: March 15, 2013, 12:04
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sunshinenroses1 says:

Hi Pat–I do like your idea of meeting on a weekend afternoon. Besides being a member of the Rainy Rose Society, I am also a member of Heritage Roses Northwest. We meet on a Sunday afternoon 4 times a year. This is especially nice as our members commute such long distances, primarily along the I-5 corridor. Sunday afternoon is prime family, church, sports and/or gardening time for many. You may be dealing with a conflict of interests. I’ve listed the possible conflicts. Let’s look at your question more directly. We only have a few truly younger members in our group. We have “found” them at garden seminars at local nurseries and local fairs. We have also found them when volunteer pruning at community gardens. If you can get a pair of pruners in their hands, you just might have them – hopefully the rose bug will bite them. I personally prune several rose beds in my neighborhood and still haven’t had a neighbor join our rose society. Maybe they don’t have to because I’m so accessible. I hope others will read your question and will respond. One thing I remember was shared by Wanda Weirich. I may not say this quite right. Wanda teaches rose gardening to 4-H groups. These young people may not join ARS right now, but I foresee many future rosarians because of Wanda’s efforts. Rosy regards, Sue



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olyrose says:

We attend local garden-related fairs. A local nursery has annual Customer Appreciation days where they host seminars and garden club information booths, and they invite us every year. We have one or two people sitting at a table with complementary past issues of newsletters, informational fliers, and membership applications, all with our web address on them; and most importantly, vases full of cut roses labeled with their names. That really draws people to the table and then we can talk roses and they take fliers and newsletters. We do the same thing for a Community Market that one town holds three times a year in summer. We only go to the garden-themed one, though. Having cut roses and smiling, outgoing faces is critical at these events.

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