of the most important elements of your SADD chapter is its members. They are
the lifeblood of your chapter -- without members to do your projects and activities,
your SADD chapter will not survive. Reaching out to your general school community
to recruit new members each year is crucial. Equally important is keeping
members once they have joined. Once you have them hooked, don't let them go.
The following are some ideas for recruiting new members and keeping them committed.
up posters about SADD around school. Be sure to make them fun and easy to
read, with all the information available at a glance. Students walk down
the hall in a hurry -- your poster must "jump" out at them. Offer
food -- this is often a big draw to get students to the meeting.
freshman classes and give out a SADD information sheet. Tell them what your
SADD chapter does and invite them to join. Make the meeting sound fun and
appealing. Provide a sign up sheet for each class.
up with a special meeting for freshmen. They may be especially skittish
about just showing up at a general meeting, so cultivate them first and
make them feel welcome.
a special informational meeting for kids who are just interested in finding
out more about SADD. Provide pizza, ice cream or other snacks.
announcements about your meetings on the PA. Be sure your announcements
are clear, concise, and creative -- students tend to "tune out"
announcements. Follow up with posters announcing your meeting dates, times
invitations to join on the windshields of students' cars.
an article for your school newsletter about SADD and its members, activities
people personally to increase the response. Everyone wants to be asked.
Put up a SADD bulletin board or display case with posters, pictures, news
clips, etc. about what SADD does.
people know they can join any time.
other organizations in your school, speak to them about SADD and ask them
to work with your SADD chapter.
a skit or rap during lunch to let everyone know about SADD and invite them
to a meeting.
sure to reach out to a diverse group of students. Always remember that SADD
is an inclusive organization -- you cannot help students with alcohol or
other problems if you shut them out.
Ensure that your meetings are fun. Make an extra effort to introduce everyone
so that no one feels left out.
everyone to work right away. If you don't have work for them to do, they
will think that you don't need them. Good luck! Building a strong chapter
is a sign of good leadership.
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