Hi Ladies, I was part of the State President’s conference call last night and want to share a few thing with you that you can share with your chapters.
First, October is recruitment month! IC President Terry Olson has issued a challenge to all the states to increase their membership. This will be judged on a percentage basis and the state with the largest percentage increase will receive a prize! The prize is Charlotte Carloni from IC. She will attend the state convention for whichever state wins this challenge. I know we are all tired of hearing about membership but it is important if we want ESA to thrive! Some sad news from Iowa. Their state had disbanded. They did not have enough members left in the state to continue. The few members left have decided to attend the meetings in Illinois (just to the south of them). I would hate to see this happen in Florida but our numbers are decreasing and we are the only ones that can do something about it. So be on the lookout for opportunities to introduce ESA to new members. Also see below for the Chapter Membership Guide from IC.
For your philanthropic directors, the mileage rate this year is going to be calculated at 58 cents per mile. It was confirmed that when cutting coupons, you can be count your time cutting them and total the face amount (that would be reported under goods donated). There are various options for turning in the coupons. If you are in need of a place to donate your coupons, you can contact the Family Morale and Welfare Support Officer at a local military base. My chapter donates through a program called Troopons where you mail the coupons to Daytona Beach. You can just google Troopons or e-mail me and I can get you the details.
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This series of newsletters is designed to help you deploy the Chapter Membership Guide in your chapter. As you use the guide in your chapter, please share what has worked well, ideas that you've gotten, or any questions that come up. I want to make this a dialog across chapters so everyone sees great success!
In the last issue of this newsletter we talked about facilitating thoughtful discussion within your chapter. (Missed that issue? Click here to view all past issues of this newsletter on the Chapter Guide page!)
But what about that person (or people) in your chapter who aren't on board with making changes? Maybe you've already done the chapter survey and have a list of things you'd like to do differently, or maybe just the discussion of things changing is causing some tension within your group. Here are some ideas to help everyone get excited about the changes ahead.
How to talk about change and get your chapter on board
I get it, change can be scary. Sometimes in ESA we find ourselves living in the "if it ain't broke, why fix it?" mindset. But the truth is, not making room for change can lead to burnout, boredom, and complacency. We are aiming to explore new things because we want chapter members to feel excited about the possibilities that new events, new programs, and new ideas bring.
Remember that by working through the survey and guide, your chapter is not committing to changing everything, but everyone needs to commit to being open about changing some things.
Big things take time - if members are concerned about taking on too much or moving too quickly, it's important to be sensitive to that. Change doesn't have to be immediate. Once you have the things your chapter would like to work on, consider putting together a "roll-out" plan of sorts. Note the changes and when they will be taking place, keeping in mind that some things can be immediate while bigger ideas will take time. Don't be afraid to schedule a year or more out.
Listen to the concerns that come from members and remember that everyone's feelings are valid. Open and thoughtful discussion (as discussed in the last newsletter) can often be the key to understanding and the first step in moving toward change. Thorough explanation of the reasoning and the process that will be used can calm nerves and help with understanding.
Reward acceptance and get everyone excited. Yay! You've gotten everyone on board to try something new. Now keep that momentum going and start checking things off your "to-do" list. Continue to collect feedback along the way and remember that it's OK to change direction if you find something isn't working. This is a work in progress, so challenge yourselves to think outside of the box!
Understand that sometimes no matter what you do there may be someone who doesn't agree. You have to keep in mind that these changes are made to better the future of your chapter, and at the end of the day if the majority of your members are on board and excited, then it's OK to move forward while still making room and small adjustments for those who are still not as sure. The ability and willingness to try new things is the only way your chapter is going to grow and be able to make a bigger impact.
I want to hear from YOU!
In the next issue of this newsletter I would like to cover questions that chapters have and share what our chapters have done so far with the Chapter Membership Guide.
What questions have come up, either from you as the one presenting the guide, or from your chapter?
Have you already given the survey to your members? What did they think? Did any great ideas come from the discussion?
How are you using the guide in your chapter?
Anything else you'd like to share with others who are also working on the guide...
Yay! You've made it to the end of this email, which means you're one of the people who really cares about what's going on in ESA! Did you know we're starting a new e-newsletter dedicated just to leadership?
There are 10 jewels surrounding the open book on the badge. These are pearls, ever synonymous with wisdom. But each jewel has a special significance to the wearer of the pin.
The First Pearl - Wisdom The Second Pearl - Beauty The Third Pearl - Strength The Fourth Pearl - Truth The Fifth Pearl - Fidelity The Sixth Pearl - Fellowship The Seventh Pearl - Cooperation The Eighth Pearl - Loyalty The Ninth Pearl - Vision The Tenth Pearl - Service
Together they comprise 10 attributes which every ESA member strives to achieve in life.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a premier leadership and service organization. ESA helps its members achieve their goals. The purpose of ESA is to inspire leadership and service by bringing good people together to pursue programs and projects that make a positive difference. ESA focuses on good friends, good works, and good times.
A. To promote closer relations and co-operation between chapter members, local chapters, officers, International Council, and ESA Headquarters;
B. To support and fulfill the needs of chapters striving to reach their common goals in social, educational, and philanthropic endeavors;
C. To encourage friendship and fellowship through members and chapter association.
The Florida State Council is a member of the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) whose goals are:
1) To serve as a means of fellowship and unity among the member states; 2) To serve as a guiding light for states with their problems and an exchange of ideas; 3) To serve as a way of growth of ESA within the member states charter chapters and new members; 4) To serve as an aide for transferees from one member state to any state; 5) To promote closer relationships and fuller cooperations between member states and headquarters; 6) To promote candidates from member states to IC offices; 7) To achieve 100% IC dues within member states; 8) To encourage attendance and participation in awards and contests at IC convention.