New JOIN US Process Will Be Easier Than Ever!
In April, we will be launching a new, simpler process for potential new members to find and join a chapter in their area. This process will be easier and quicker, and it will enable our volunteer regional leaders and mentors to devote their time and energy to growing and supporting chapters.
Once implemented next month, the new process will start on the JOIN US page of our website. Interested individuals will be able to enter their zip code (or full address) and search for chapters within a certain radius. Search results will identify those chapters that are open to accepting new members. If your chapter is not accepting new members at this time, it will not be shown.
The list of available chapters will include a brief description of each chapter, including member demographics (i.e. diverse mix of ages, mainly retirees, etc.), frequency of meetings and set meeting dates/times, if this chapter information is available. No personal information about the chapter leader will be shared on our website.
Individuals can select a chapter that best meets their needs, and then complete a form, with their contact information, that will go directly to the chapter leader. When you, as a chapter leader, receive these forms, we ask that you reach out to the individual and invite them to your next chapter meeting. The individual will also get an automated email confirming their interest in the chapter and sharing the chapter leader’s name and the designated chapter email address, in case they would like to contact them directly. (Note: This would be an ideal time to create a dedicated chapter email address, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there are no open chapters in the area, the individual will be invited to provide their contact information so that DFW representative can discuss other options such as starting their own chapter. They will also be encouraged to sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, The Dish.
This new system will also be a great tool for current DFW members and volunteers who often want to know if there is a chapter near friends or family – you will now be able to do an online search without having to contact a regional leader or home office!
Please address any questions about this new process to your Regional Leader or the DFW home office. We hope this change will make it easier for people to join DFW thereby enabling us to reach our 2020 growth goals.