I have arranged another membership meeting for Saturday 24 February 2024.
This is a follow-on meeting from the one held earlier this year where Circles gave updates on their membership plans and strategies. As you all know my focus has been on all Circles developing their Circle Action plans to retain and grow membership.
It doesn’t matter if you have just started working on the plan or you have already have a plan that is well under way, the objective is to help and support Circles to achieve their objectives because this is the way will be able to grow membership Province 6 and ensure the future for all Circles. If any Circle needs help with getting started please let me know.
If you can’t make this meeting please do ensure someone from your membership team is available to come along in your place. I am sure we will have another productive and positive meeting.
We will be meeting at the Association’s new Head Office in Coventry and we will be one of the first group to meet there. I am looking to finish the meeting by about 1.30pm/2.00pm so that we don’t take up all of your Saturdays but Gill and Lorraine have kindly agreed to be there till 3.00pm if we find the meeting needs to come to a conclusion.
The objective is for us all to go away in a very positive frame of mind with plans that will help every Circle. It is so important that we support each other because that way we become a much tighter close-knit Province with membership at the fore-front of everything we do!
So please put 24 February 2024 in your diaries and let’s look forward to a very positive meeting again.
Province 6 weekend has always been a well attended event in the Provincial calendar. An excellent value weekend break in a well appointed hotel – its a great way to catch up with friends old and new.
Please do think about supporting the Provincial weekend in (usually) sunny Bournemouth from 9th to 11th February 2024. This is a fantastic weekend organised by Mike and Joan Sherrard. They secure great rooms rates so it is always worth staying for a day or two extra as there are loads of attractions and things to do close by. If you have not been before the hotel is right by the seafront and is a short walk into Bournemouth town centre. A stroll along the seafront to blow the winter cobwebs away is just the ticket in February! The fancy dress competition is always good fun and Mike and Joan would be very happy to have more entrants. I look forward to seeing you all there!
The At Home to Province will be held on Monday 18 September at City of Lichfield Circle.
The At Home to Province is a normal Circle meeting but one where we come together as a Province to socialise and generally catch up with our friends from around the Province. For those who have not visited before, City of Lichfield Circle meet at The George Hotel Lichfield where there is a large car park close to the hotel.
The meeting starts at 7.30 and the cost for the buffet dinner is £19.50. To book your place contact David O’Hagan on: email@example.com
President John Shuck would love to welcome as many visitors from around the Province as possible.
I have been on the Membership Work group on National Council now for just over a year. The main objective of the MWG is to slow down the level of membership decline across the association as it has been running at around 5% since the start of the pandemic. I am pleased to report that from the latest membership stats the decline in numbers in our Province is just 1.1% which is the lowest across all the Provinces in GB.
Although this is still a decline, I am confident if all Circles have a plan to retain and increase membership we will stop the decline altogether and start to increase our numbers. We heard some good news from some of the Circles at the last Membership Update meeting in February and I want to thank all the MO’s for working hard to put their Circle plans in place and regularly review them.
Ensuring every Circle has a plan is key to our success so for that reason I will be holding another meeting on Saturday 14 October at the new head office in Coventry. Gill & Lorraine have once again very kindly agreed to open up the office and host our meeting. The move to the new HO will have taken place just 2 weeks before so we will be the firstgroup to have a meeting there so hopefully with the notice you can all come along and see the new office! The main thing we will be focusing on is Circle plans and strategy so if you are unable to make it, it is imperative that someone from your Circle will be present. Every Circle will need to come armed with their plan for membership, it doesn’t matter if it has just started or like some Circles it has been in place for over 3 years, it is the opportunity to support each other, review existing plans and find out what is working well in the Circles that are regularly attracting visiting gentlemen. The objective is for us all to go away in a very positive frame of mind with plans that will help every Circle. It is so important that we support each other because that way we become a much tighter close-knit Province with membership at the fore-front of everything we do!
So please put 14 October 2023 in your diaries and let’s look forward to a very positive meeting again.
Following a very successful Membership Update meeting on 18 February at Head Office Coventry, we all agreed that we would like a follow up to keep the impetus going.
Gill and Lorraine have kindly offered to open up the office again on Saturday 1st July 2023 and once again provide refreshments throughout the day.
Please put this date in your diary, if you are unable to make this date please ensure your Circle is represented by another member. The main subject for discussion with be Circle membership plans for recruitment and retention.