[New-hampshire-students] Fw: Ringing in the New Year by Bringing in New Members

Marie Johnson jomar2000 at comcast.net
Sat Oct 25 01:55:56 UTC 2008

Hello everyone,
I wanted to get this out on the list to see if anyone was interested in taking a part in this seminar. I am not able to go down myself, but would really like to have one or more of you attend on behalf of the affiliate and bring back any and all vital info on the topic.   
Please let me know asap if you want to consider doing this so that your arrangements can be made soon.

Thanks..  Marie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Wilson, Joanne 
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2008 4:38 PM
Subject: Ringing in the New Year by Bringing in New Members

Dear State President:


The Affiliate Action department will be ringing in the New Year from Friday, January 9, through Sunday, January 11, by hosting Dwell in Possibilities: A Membership Building Seminar in Baltimore at our National Headquarters. We need fifty energetic, persistent Federationists to join us. We will discuss strategies for finding new members, starting new chapters and involving new members in more of our programs, thereby strengthening our state affiliates. 


If your state affiliate is interested, you should submit the names of from one to three members who you believe would benefit from the training that will be provided at this seminar and convert the knowledge they acquire into action upon returning home to their state affiliate. We need our most creative-thinking, energetic members with a passion for building the organization. We need our salesman types-the people who can sell what the NFB has to offer. We need our most personable members, who can cut through the apathy and negativity that organizers always seem to find when they canvas the country for blind people.


Topics to be covered in detail at the seminar include:


  1.. How to find blind people 
  2.. How to get the people we find to attend a chapter meeting or another Federation event 
  3.. How to get people, after they have attended one event, to keep coming and to participate actively in our local chapters and state affiliates 
  4.. Focusing on how the Federation will benefit people, if they would only join it 
  5.. Breaking down the barriers that people have to attending a chapter meeting
Since January is rapidly approaching, please respond as soon as possible--preferably by Friday, November 7. The National Office will cover the costs of transportation, housing, and food for all participants. Please send the names of the members you recommend for this seminar to Jason Ewell at Jewell at nfb.org.

Let's build our Federation!

Joanne Wilson

Executive Director of Affiliate Action

National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD  21230
Tel: 410-659-9314 ext. 2335
Fax: 410-659-6893
E-mail: jwilson at nfb.org

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