INVITE NEW PLAYMATES
The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
Playgrounds all over the State
are much quieter now. Garden Clubs are quieter now also. A new
look on the playground. Rain, a tad bit of snowflakes here and
there and bare branches showing off their sculptural shapes are
nature’s landscape for the winter playground. Skaters and snowmen
share their space with the wrapped up joggers and children playing
tag in the cold.
The holiday season is a fond
memory and now we have time to make phone calls, reminding members
and guests of the special meetings coming up, the traditional
project that is still exciting and worthwhile, plus the annual
meetings with great programs. This year will be busy in Indiana with
the Judges’ Design Luncheon, State Convention, Landscape Design
School and Flower Show School Symposium. What opportune times to
invite guest to attend and participate.
As members of TGCI, let us go out
and enjoy the winter landscape, have a fun time, and by example we
may encourage someone else to wrap up and enjoy this playground in a
different manner. Once they are at your event.
—SMILE AND MAKE THEM FEEL
When a guest visits your meeting,
make them feel welcome and do not overwhelm them. Make it a gentle
introduction, please. Guests visit because they are curious, and we
must show by example, not by volunteering them as the next new
member for the upcoming available committee assignment.
A membership chairman
responsibilities are not many, but it can be frustrating. Members
ask questions about getting new members and the only answers I have
are the tried and true ones. They bear repeating. Even the
National Chairman says the same thing over and over. All of us just
re-arrange the wording but the intent is the same. INVITE INVITE
INVITE Just keep INVITING. Maybe someone does not have time when
you extend the invitation, but they retire or are downsized, INVITE
We are here because we enjoy
garden club, just share that knowledge. It is not a secret
organization, it is worthwhile and worthy of our time. So spread
the news and continue to encourage others to join in the fun.
membership chairman, I am dreading the day of trying to do the
figures for the Silver Bowl Award. This award is passed to the
District with the largest percentage increase in membership. Doing
this math is by far the most difficult part of this job. Sharing my
enthusiasm for federated garden clubs and their benefits is almost a
no—brainer. At first I was nervous, but then realizing I just had
to share my honest thoughts, and the fact that I sincerely believe
in this organization, made this an easy place to be and a more than
enjoyable chairmanship. I am so glad that I have had this
opportunity to do
so on a state wide level. You
may continue to contact me for information or programs. As an
involved member, I am always willing to aid with the growth of
membership. Cheryl Toney is your new candidate for this job and I
wish her well. She does many great programs and will continue to
work with you to help meet your needs.
Just ASK, INVITE, ASK and the
enthusiasm will be contagious. Be excited when guests turn up at
the meeting, enjoy their presence on our playground, and continue
to encourage their eagerness to learn and to experience the joy of
belonging to a garden club.
Your 2005-2007 Membership