Let’s Talk Membership!


What is Happening for Membership VP’s, and Diversity Officers!


Those of us, who are involved in recruiting and retaining members for our branch, know what a challenge this can be. It is difficult to discover strategies that will work and identify problems and solutions for these problems. That is why we need to work collectively to solve our membership issues. It is my intention to section membership issues into smaller workable segments. As a result, I have arranged a conference call on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm to discuss Retaining Members – so mark your calendars! As we get closer to that date, you as Membership VP’s will received the call - in information. In the meantime, if you would like to contact me, please do so at .


Diversity Officers:

Recently, you received an email message from me. However, some of the emails “bounced” back so apparently, I had the wrong addresses. If you didn’t receive my message, please forward me your correct email address at:

As we progress through this year, I would like to have a conversation with you in terms of Diversity and Inclusion within your branch. I am interested in listening to your particular issues, strategies, and policies around Diversity and Inclusion and would like to work together for the common good of the organization. Therefore mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm to start the conversion for AAUW Michigan. If your branch does not have a diversity officer please advise a board/branch member who is interested to join us. Conference call information will be forwarded closer to November 19th.

I am looking forward to talking with you soon and having the opportunity to solve our common problems – we all have them.

Penny Larsen, AAUWMI Membership VP, Diversity Officer, and Branch Liaison


As always, feel free to contact me at:

FEATURED TOPIC: Motivating Members

In my opinion, AAUW provides many options for the recruitment of new members. I also believe that the “problem” is not with options, but with providing motivation - giving prospective members a reason why to join. I realize that many of our members/branches are very diligent in their efforts. We are lucky to have branches with a large membership base; however that is more the exception than the rule. As a result, what does it take to “motivate” prospective members to join a branch? What techniques/strategies have you tried or heard of that has a positive result? What type of motivation really works for your branch? Or what do you think is the “missing” piece? Discussion: Respond in the below box

Motivating Members

Motivating Members

National Website feature (aauw.org) Did you know? On the national website, there is a webpage entitled “Resources.” If you haven’t taken a look at the available resources for branches, please do so. Under “presentations” you will find presentations already completed for you to use. Happily, many of these presentations are power points! Here are a few presentation topics useful for branch programming and membership (click bullet point links to view) : Gender pay Bullying A year of programming (based on the size of your branch) Financial leadership Fundraising Special interest project. There are many more for your perusal and usage. Food for thought: Is there an interest in having a AAUW of Michigan Book Club? If so, please send me some suggestions. If you want to contact me, please do so at:

One Response

  1. Elizabeth Haynes

    Often the missing piece is follow-through. How did your branch insure that new or prospective members want to come back after the first one or 2 meetings?

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