We had an interesting dinner at my house last night — did get the required two contacts elected for next year.
Let’s define “hard core member” as “life member or someone who has served on the state or national board in the last 10 years”
At the meeting we had
- 10 hard core (2 who met both criteria)
- 2 others
In the branch we have
- 15 hard core
- 20 others
So we’re facing not just the challenge that AAUW is so many different things to different people, but also that the group that coalesces to make decisions about the branch may share some underlying assumptions that may not have been articulated to the members who are new or who aren’t active.
Personally, I’m making my bet on the Tar Heel Branch, but there are those who want the community-based branch to succeed. If you have strategies, surveys, or other ways to elicit “what do branch members want” from the silent majority of members, do pass them along.