Membership – Focus
The communications committee have developed new GBA social media channels and a regular eNewsletter to provide services to member associations, such as distributing their calendars, promoting events such as regattas, and encouraging non-members to join their local association. The membership committee will provide info to the associations to develop their own social media channels, if required/requested. One of the main purposes of which is to engage the younger generations. All members of all member associations can assist the GBA significantly by signing up for the eNewletter here link and asking their families members, and friends, to sign up, even if they are not GBA members.
Expanded participation on Membership Committee
In early 2016, the membership committee reached out to all the GBA members associations and asked their membership chairs to join the committee. Regular webex/conference calls are now being held and the minutes of those discussion are attached in the “Available Documents” section to the right. The level of participation and the wide ranging discussions have proven to be of value to member associations by providing numerous ideas on how membership numbers can be improved and existing members retained.
There is a long term policy to attract additional members associations to join GBA from local community organizations that are located on Georgian Bay and who share GBA values and priorities.
The membership discussions mentioned above have surfaced the need for tip sheets on various membership related topics. Tip sheets will be developed as required to provide summary information in a user friendly format.
In 2015 GBA amended its bylaws to allow an additional GBA membership category for associations, which GBA calls a Family Membership, but associations can style in whatever way is appropriate, such as Junior, Associate, Alternative etc. The amendment allows full flexibility for associations with regard to structure and pricing. Many associations have now established additional membership categories, many of which are aimed at persuading the younger generations to get involved.