Like I've said in the previous post, advertising is vital if we'd like to see an increase in membership. Below this, you can see a few design drafts that we can hang up as posters and flyers in high traffic areas and bathrooms.
I'm also considering following in Rotary's footsteps and creating an applications process. I think it would make the club seem more serious and will help weed out members that won't attend events/ meetings.
We had a great turnout for our first membership drive! An increase of about 250% based off of last year's numbers. I went around the room, invaded people's personal space, and asked them "How'd you hear about the membership drive?"
I remember in my sophomore year, the club was ready to get IDs for members. We took pictures of the members and had a design ready but it still never happened. One of the things that I'd like to accomplish this year is getting IDs for members. Below is a draft that I've created. I'm estimating the current cost of IDs at about $5.00 each.
Today we had our first membership meeting of the year. Ms. Morgan and Mr. Cannizzo announced that we'd be starting the advertising campaign earlier than I had anticipated. I'm tempted to ask them to move the date back so that the new officers and I can recruit members and handle the membership drive meeting but I've thought about it and come to the conclusion that it may be unfair to not let newer members have a chance to vote in this year's election.
We may miss out on some students joining the club because we won't be able to advertise as aggressively but I'm confident that we'll be able to hold another membership drive later on in the year to recruit new members. I don't see this as a large problem.
There's been some questions around how Jigar is running for the office of the Treasurer. If we win the election, we plan to eliminate the office of the Treasurer and put in place the office of the Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Membership, and the Executive Vice President.
The current constitution dictates that only the President and Vice President can amend the constitution, meaning that we wouldn't be allowed to let Jigar run as the Vice President of Operations because according to the constitution, it doesn't exist.
If we win the campaign I would amend the constitution with permission from our sponsors and members. Then I would promote Jigar to the office of the Vice President of Operations because of his experience in the Chrome Depot and with the Tech Department.
I've been talking to some people about the changes that Jigar and I would like to make to the club and I'd like to clear up any confusion that there might be.
We have some great posters to put up in high-traffic areas but we won't be able to put them up unless we win the election. Our membership size may suffer as a result. But there are two solutions to this- hold the election before we begin to advertise our club or create another marketing campaign after/ if we're elected.
All of this goes for the rest of the changes that we'd like to make also. The current Tech Genius constitution states that only the President and Vice President may request that changes be made to the constitution. So initially, Jigar and I would run for the office of President and Vice President, we'd go through the process to change the club name, we'd go through an aggressive marketing campaign, we'd establish the new offices of Vice President of Operations & Vice President of Membership, the secretary would remain the same, Vice President would be promoted to Executive Vice President.
Working with the Shedd Aquarium to show off one of their exhibits using VR would be an awesome way to partner with them to work on a really cool project and receive some recognition. It's a project that Jigar and I would like to pursue. I think we could even make this a more successful project by partnering with the CTE to make the project an independent study.