Do You Play a Doctor on TV?
Short and to
the point this month. The GOOD news is that ABATE
of Wisconsin membership has been in a strong
upward trend for the last few months. Thank you to
all our new members that have come on-board and
thank you to all the members that have stepped up
to promote ABATE of Wisconsin at events, to
friends and family, and on-line through social
media. It's working, and we all appreciate it.
So what does that have to do with being a doctor
on TV? The penmanship or lack-there-of on the
membership forms we've been getting in.
Please, if you're working an event or
handling a membership application, take a moment
while the person is still there and see if
it's readable. It is very important that we
get the new member their materials as soon as
possible, and, if we can't read it, it causes
a delay in processing as we try to find the
information. For this reason it is very important
that the application includes a phone number
and/or email address. If the person is reluctant
to give out that information, this is your first
opportunity to explain to them that ABATE of
Wisconsin NEVER -- I repeat NEVER -- gives out
membership information outside of this
organization. Any information we receive is for
ABATE of Wisconsin business only.
The next step in this process is that if you are
accepting memberships, either new or renewals,
please don't hold them for any time. Please
send them to the office right away for processing
Thank you to Chubby and John Reblin for taking the
bones of the Membership Recruitment and Retention
workshop we did this year at our Officers'
Training to the folks at STEAM. I think we as an
organization are doing some good things, and
I'm glad we could share what we have learned
with our neighboring states.
One of the reasons that I think ABATE of Wisconsin
keeps its strength is our wealth of long-term
members: the folks that have been around for a
long-long time. They are the history and the
memory of ABATE of Wisconsin. Whether they are in
an officer role or just hanging out until we need
them, they serve the absolutely necessary task of
being there to warn us when they see something
that has caused problems in the past. Because of
this, we have the added strength of not making the
same mistakes that have been made before as well
as the benefit of not having to reinvent the wheel
every time we need to roll it. If you are one of
these "old guard members," we thank
you. If you're not one of them YET, we look
forward to your sticking around until long after
you become one.
Keep your eyes open, get ready to act when ABATE
needs you, and maybe we'll get some riding
Twit. "Do You Play a Doctor on TV?." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter May. 2013.