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Acquiring New Members

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As we review the Chapter Surveys we received from your Chapter Advocate, it seems the most consistent problem the chapters have is acquiring new members, acquiring volunteers and increasing numbers at events. Today, I wish to address acquiring new members. We have a few ideas that have worked quite well and will share them with you.

One of the first things to do is to produce a flyer. This flyer should be colorful and describe what your chapter is part of and what events you do. If you need examples, please email me and I can send you some examples. The flyer should be posted at every gay bar in your area as well as your LGBT Center or any other gay-friendly or gay-owned establishment. The flyer should be in your local gay magazines. Here in Vegas, we have our flyer in the Night Beat, which is the most read gay publication in Las Vegas. We pay $250.00 for the entire year. Our monthly events are posted each month in the Night Beat. The flyer can be handed out during the Gay Pride Parade or Festival some cities have. We have found getting involved with our LGBT Center has brought in many new members. We have several Prime Timers that volunteer at the Center, most working at the front desk. This gives the volunteers an opportunity to meet everyone who comes in the door and provide them material about Prime Timers. Our LGBT Center has a Senior Drop In twice a week and several Prime Timers volunteer during those days. I would say over 90% of the people who come to the Senior Drop in have joined Prime Timers. Also, volunteering in several fundraising events for various gay organizations gives you the opportunity to meet mature men who may be looking for an organization like ours.

These are just a few examples. We have invited chapters to submit articles to our Prime Times WW newsletter on how you are acquiring new members. We will have articles on how to get volunteers in the coming issues. The senior population has doubled since 2014 so there should be plenty of future members out there.

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