Hey HaNegev!!!!This is Anna Book, your Kadima Liaison, and I can’t wait to tell you about the awesome meeting your Chapter Mem/Kads were just a part of!Hosted by our Regional Membership and Kadima VP, Marisa Lefton, the meeting was held as a chance for chapter board members to ask questions and receive new ideas about membership and Kadima. Here are some things we talked about!New members keep your chapter growing and evolving. You can find new members almost anywhere: your temple, your high school, or even your local park! Start talking about it and handing out information. If they don’t know about it, how are they expected to come?!? And don’t forget to get feedback from these new members. The best way to make sure they’re having fun is to ask about it. Spend time calling up members new and old. Be sure to write bullets of what you’re going to say before you make the call, ask them what they thought of the last program and what they hope for the next one, and most importantly ask them about their life. The best board members know their members.Every call shouldn’t have to be a chore but a conversation with a new friend. And don’t forget to tell them about the next program so they can came back and be reminded of why they loved your first program so much!But part of getting new members is being sure to keep the old ones. We can’t ignore someone who is already excited about our chapter. We need to make sure everyone feels cared for. Sometimes it hard to go to events and not just hang out with your close friends. But that’s part of what makes USY great! We want everyone to make friends and feel involved. A great tip is to be taking attendance at every event, and when a new member walks in you can ask them for their name, cell phone number, and email to better contact them. Once you have the attendance of a few events, you can compare lists and see who didn’t come back. They might have been out of town or who knows, they could have gotten really sick. If so, why not get your chapter together and make them get well soon cards! But you have to call and ask first. They might be drifting away from USY, but if you catch them at this point, they will more than likely come back. Ask them why they haven’t been having fun. You could even offer them a leadership role such as being the chapter mascot or helping to plan and lead a program! So many members want to be involved. We just have to let them!Bonus Tip!!!!!!: To encourage leadership outside of your board, why not set up a program drop box where members can put ideas for new programs, and if they leave their name, they can even help run and plan it!!Don’t forget: This week is IC Pump Up Week, so get pumped!!!!! And Membership Palooza Week is just around the corner starting on Sunday, November 2nd! !! Get excited!I love you all!!!Anna BookYour 2014-2015 Kadima Liaison!!!!!