All Circle Membership Officers should now have received their email detailing the Shared Funding initiative and attached guidelines and application form.
The objective of the scheme is to assist Circles and Provinces with their Marketing and Membership plans financially so that there should be no reason why a Circle is not able to put such a plan into action. This of course fits very nicely with the Marketing & Membership workshop that the Province ran back in February and I am personally delighted that National Council have now recognised that Circles need this help. The application can be made by individual Circles, the Province and groups of Circles who may wish to undertake a Marketing initiative with a local Circle(s).
For smaller Circles with a low number of brothers or with limited financial resources, the Province may be able to assist further with resource or finance.
I am encouraged by the number of Circles in our Province that have already made considerable plans to market their Circles and therefore put themselves in a much better position to recruit new members and retain existing brothers. I do hope that every Circle in the Province takes advantage of this initiative and are able to access funds.
If anyone would like anymore information on the Shared Funding Project or need help with the application please do not hesitate to contact me.
I plan to contact each Membership Officer by the end of October to find out about your Circles plans and to see if I can help in any way.
With best wishes