Marketing and Membership Workshop

Marketing and Membership Workshop

On Saturday 29th February the Province held a Marketing & Membership workshop at Lea Marston Hotel. Circle marketing and membership officers were invited to attend and the response was brilliant!
All 22 Circles in the Province were represented with 43 brothers in attendance. They were treated to some very inspirational speakers on subjects such as Marketing, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Strategy and Membership statistics & retention. Brother Ed Murphy from Hastings-Bexhill Circle travelled up from Sussex to talk about marketing our Circles in a positive way that brings the message to Catholic men in our parishes. Brothers Raymundo (Stafford) Tom Brassil (North Warks) and Bernard Baxter and Ciaran Convey (both Kenilworth) also gave very interesting perspectives on the use of social media, statistics and retention.  More information will be available in the summer edition of Newslink.

 

                                                                               

Streetly Annual Charity Bottle Auction a Great Success!

Streetly Annual Charity Bottle Auction a Great Success!

At our Circle January meeting we held our annual charity bottle auction. Other unwanted Christmas gifts are also welcome!
Considering it was early January we had a good turnout of Circle Brothers, enhanced by 6 visiting Brothers from Kenilworth Circle, including President Bernard Baxter and former Provincial President Danny McAree, and also three visiting Brothers from City of Lichfield, including President Denis Heaney and Andrew Bodger.
Thanks to strong encouragement from auctioneers Brother Ted Reilly and myself, all of the visitors joined our Circle in vigorous bidding for a large variety of bottles and gifts – not many Brothers went home empty-handed!
As a result, thanks to the generosity of Brothers present, we raised £378, which will be divided between the President’s charities and the two Catenians Funds. Circle President Tony Fleming has nominated student carers at Lourdes and MacMillan Cancer as his charities.
Photos show the auction donations and Brother Ted Reilly in full flow.
Bro. Martin Jackson – Membership and Correspondent Officer
Provincial Marketing and Membership Workshop

Provincial Marketing and Membership Workshop

All Circles should now have received their invitation to the above workshop to be held on Saturday 29th February. The session will commence at 10.30 and will finish at 2.30pm. Membership is THE most pressing topic for all Circles and we hope that all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers will be able to attend. Please do make sure your Circle is represented if the Marketing and Membership officers are unable to make this date.    Topics covered will be:

  • How to effectively market your Circle
  • Social media including the use of Whatsapp
  • Linkedin
  • Membership Statistics
  • Writing a Circle marketing strategy

The workshop will be held at Lea Marston Hotel near Kingsbury B76 0BY.

Provincial Marketing and Membership Workshop

Provincial Marketing and Membership Workshop

Calling all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers………

Save the date!

On Saturday 29th February 2020 the Province will be holding a workshop that will help Circles develop or create a marketing strategy that will assist in the recruitment of new members and help retain existing brothers. Membership is THE most pressing topic for all Circles and we hope that all Circle Membership and Marketing Officers will be able to attend.

The workshop will be held at Lea Marston Hotel near Kingsbury B76 0BY. More details of the workshop content and timings will be published when confirmed.

David Prescott    djprescott@sky.com   07702 605611

4 Circles Skittles Evening

4 Circles Skittles Evening

47 Brothers and Ladies including two children from Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, North Warwickshire and Solihull Circles gathered on a very wet Friday evening the 18th October at the Navigation Inn Wootton Wawen for an evening of skittles. Inside there was a wood burner which, with the intensity of play, became very cosy.
All those attending played three rounds with a pub supper in the middle of play. The order of play, scoring and recording was ably carried out by Brother John Byrne and Brother John Clarke both of North Warwickshire. Daniel and Jacob Hill from Kenilworth were kept busy as pin boys throughout the evening and were rewarded with a box of chocolates each for their hard work.
The winning Brother was Rex Marfleet of Solihull Circle and the winning Lady was Sue Clarke of North Warwickshire. The calculation of the winning Circle required precise mathematics to be employed due to the difference in the numbers attending from each Circle. After much consultation Leamington Spa were announced the winners and Brother Paolo La Barbera accepted a bottle of wine on behalf of his Circle.
It was agreed that it was an evening to be held again at the Navigation Inn and that if more skittles playing Circles were involved, this could evolve into some form of knock out competition. Brother Bede Hayes of Kenilworth Circle will be contacting those Circles known to already play skittles, but if any other Circles would like to join in please contact him.

Report by Bede Hayes – Kenilworth Circle