Riding in a Box How to Expand your membership – Recruitment Ideas Recruitment is vital to the sustainability of a riding club. It will bring new, interested, active members, and new ideas. As well, your association’s viability is guaranteed if there are always new and interested members. It should be remembered that recruitment is a year long task. 1) Appeal to visible sources of interested members a) Ask local riding associations, (Federal and Provincial PC, Canadian Alliance), they may know of local youth within your riding. b) Try to acquire a youth volunteer list from the previous election c) Try to connect with local groups that may have an interest in politics. Try 4H clubs, Ventures, and other groups that may have already experienced to working within an organization. d) Check with your politically active students. Individuals who write for a local or school paper, student trustees, student council members, political science students, etc. e) Ask friends, family, and neighbours. 2) Recruitment Techniques Identify Existing Members A simple way of expanding your membership is by just identifying youth members of your senior riding association. Many associations sell ‘Family Memberships’. Ask your riding president for a list of the families who have purchase family memberships. Families usually have youth, send all the families with family membership a letter and explain what it is your OPCYA Club is doing, and invite anyone under 30 to contact you and become more involved. A Recruitment Table a) Find people that are outgoing and friendly and put them in charge of recruitment. Form a team, guaranteeing you always have a group of committed recruiters. b) Sit down with your recruitment team and set realistic goals. c) Set up a recruitment stand or table in busy locations, or at local events. Contact the OPCYA Executive about having members of the executive come out to local events with supplies to help with recruitment. Always get permission before setting up a booth or table. d) Try to advertise your recruitment activities prior to setting up a table, as so interested students will make a point of looking for your recruitment area. e) Make sure to bring certain materials to your recruitment area: -Table -Banners -Buttons -Flyers/ Bluenotes -Membership Forms -Cash Box -Pictures of past events -Food/Drink -Surveys on current issues (draws attention to your table) -Petitions on current issues (draws attention to your table) Check with the OPCYA Executive for any supplies you may need. f) Always have a group(2 or more) of people recruiting, and remember these steps: -Approach people in a friendly manner -Try to create a crowd to generate interest -Introduce yourself and make conversation -Use your tools -Tell people about two upcoming events (Ensure you have at least one event planned so somewhat interested people can come out as see if they wish to join the PC Party) 3) Keeping People involved Once someone has joined the party, keep in contact with them, and invite them to become more involved. Your actions will help them decide if they want to be and active, or non-active member. Helpful tips: Recruit often. Do not always try and recruit in the same fashion. Ask people why they joined why they joined, to get an idea of what recruitment techniques have worked in the past. Invite people out to your clubs, your districts, and provincial events.