STATE MEMBERSHIP ADVISER'S REPORT
How Much Are Dues?
The single most FAQ (frequently asked question) we get when trying to sign up a new member is “how much are dues?” and we all give the standard monetary response without blinking an eye but, have you ever really thought about it? So what are ‘dues’? Two definitions come to mind; 1) “a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, especially to a group or organization” and 2) “to earn respect, position or a right by hard work, sacrifice or experience”. There are an endless number of ABATE members who have certainly ‘paid their dues’ but what are we asking a new member for, specifically? Do we really just want them to sign-up, say thank you and move on about our day OR are we looking for our next Chapter “Rock Star” who will step right up and be another positive member?
How do you feel when you sign up a new member? Feels GREAT. How does it feel when you tell your Coordinator or Membership Officer that you just signed up some new members? Feels pretty good. What are your personal expectations of those new members for the benefit of your Chapter? …uhhhh. I, personally, see a lot of potential in everyone I sign up. Do I get let down sometimes? Sure, but for the most part everyone who has asked the question of “how much are dues” already has an interest in doing a good thing and being a part of a great core of people. Sometimes, recruits do not even know that they have a lot to offer. When talking to them, get them excited and tell them about how YOU feel as a member. Their mind will start coming up with their own expectations of what they want to get out of being a member.
What are your expectations as a member? Have you ever asked yourself? Do you just want to be a ‘card-carrying’ member or do you want to really step-up and be involved? Do you have ideas for your chapter, district or state that would make the organization better? As a member you have the power, and the right, to have your own expectations and to question whether they are being met just like the organization has their ‘dues’ they are requesting from you. Understand that your officers have “earned respect, position or a right by hard work, sacrifice or experience”. We are all just volunteers and MANY are doing an outstanding job. If you can confirm that they are not, bring it up, talk about it as adults and use the power of the legislative process of our great democracy to change. Either way, pay your ‘dues’.
So, what other “dues” is A.B.A.T.E. of PA asking from you? Our forefathers spent their time and ‘paid their dues’ to come up with some very simple things we can adhere to for the success of this organization. If you have ever read the back of the yellow card, you signed, it is spelled out pretty clearly that as a member you agree to certain expectations.
1. “Uphold my Chapter and its officers and to participate and/or ride in A.B.A.T.E. functions...”
a. Self-explanatory but I think this gets forgotten every now and then.
2. “Abide by Corporate Operating Procedures and Governing Regulations.”
a. Yep, we all get it but there are still some officers out there who don’t. That topic is for another article.
3. “Maintain my conduct as a member and a biker in A.B.A.T.E. so as not to create bad will, negative publicity, or trouble for the organization.”
a. Basically, be who you are but think about your actions. Through this you will fulfill definition number 2.
4. “I accept the inherent risks involved in motorcycling and voluntarily assume the risk involved...”
a. That’s right, we bad! We are also safe and educators of this.
5. “I understand that by signing my name to this application, I am seeking membership into a brotherhood. Toward that end, I will follow the meaning of that word.”
a. I have nothing to add.
These are ‘dues’ we have all accepted as members. These should be “payable” to our brothers and sisters every day.
How much are YOUR dues?
In next month’s BTL, I want to share your success stories. Tell me what makes your chapter meeting have great attendance. Tell me how a certain committee is making your event outstanding. Tell me anything that you feel would benefit other chapters in your area or “down your road”. Email me and I will try to include some of your incredible ideas. We have a lot of chapters who are recently having some great success. Let everyone know how yo are doing it. Maybe this will stem another section, in Between the Lines, called “How’d They Do Dat?”.
Peace and ride safe and enjoy this beautiful Commonwealth we live in!
Who Wants to Drive?
Introducing the 2018 State Membership Drive.
Goal=(6000) Members by January 2019
Current=(5643) Current Membership
Difference=(357) New Members Needed
This is the First time A.B.A.T.E. of PA has done a “Percentage” based Membership Recruitment Event. This means that the larger the Chapter/District, the more Members you need to retain/recruit. The smaller the Chapter/District, the fewer Members you need to retain/recruit. Example= Mason Dixon will have to maintain their current total and gain (32) new members while a few Chapters will only need to maintain and gain (2).
Duration; Our GOAL is (6000) members by January. Total will be calculated using January 1st numbers. The numbers used below, for calculation, are the numbers entered into the State database as of Tuesday morning, June 5th. Wouldn’t it be great to have that many Members by the L&L Seminar?
Calculation; Every Chapter/District makes up a percentage of the State total number, agreed?
Prize; So, “what’s in it for me?”, you may ask. You will have the overwhelming sense of Success! This type of Recruitment Event does not cost the State, the District or the Chapter a penny. Only thing it costs is a little effort and enthusiasm on your part as Members (and a little time spent by the State Membership Advisor and State Office Manager).
Intent; As the ‘State Total Needed’ number goes down, so will your ‘C/D Needed’ numbers. We intend to provide a table, each month, showing where we are and what is needed. Don’t just look at the end number and say “No Way”, look at the ‘Monthly’ number and see how easy it really is.
Chapters, help out the other Chapters in your Districts. You will be able to see everyone’s numbers so if you see a Chapter falling a little behind, step in and offer so helpful tips or bump your numbers up to cover it.
District Officers should also monitor this and see where their efforts and guidance might be needed. After all, it’s your District to take care of, right?
One key word above is “Maintain”. This is why we will give you the number of what your Chapter and District will need to be at the end of the year to make this a SUCCESS!
SIMPLE, RIGHT? Trust me, the math works AND These Are Obtainable Goals!
Look for Monthly Updates in Between the Lines and on Facebook.
Numbers Are In…
UP!!!…. That’s where the numbers are since the June edition of Between the Lines. This relates to the numbers from Statewide Membership totals for the beginning of June. As you might be able to tell, as an organization, we depend on numbers and the support from those numbers. We all need to figure out what creates the upswings and what triggers the downswings. So, here’s the rundown.
June total, at the time this report was generated, was (5643) Members. From May to June our numbers are UP by (79)!!
Districts that gained (6) Chapters that gained (24)
Districts that lost (2) Chapters that lost (16)
Districts that remained unchanged (0) Chapters that remained unchanged (6)
Top Chapters for the one month gains; Currently, the Top (5) Chapters;
Tri County (+24) Mason Dixon (505)
Gods Country (+11) Erie (280)
Erie & Patriot Riders tied at (+10) Highlanders (218)
Jefferson & Highlanders (+9) Keystone (192)
Endless Mountain & Jacks Mountain (+7) Westmoreland (180)
Here is the rest of the story;
Incredible upswing Members!!!! Keep yourselves advised on where your Chapter is and which “swing” we are currently in. Maybe it’ll motivate some growth, maybe it’ll spark some competition or maybe it will reinvigorate your energy for ABATE of PA and for what we stand for. Keep up the great work!
Peace, Ride Safe and Keep up the Great Work!
PS. CHECK YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARDS FOR YOUR EXPIRATION DATE and renew if needed.