|Local Chapters are Building Blocks for Association Engagement|
I was going to write today about declining church memberships and closing colleges and suggest they could be a forerunner of trends impacting associations too.
But then, my son, brothers, cousins and nephew attended the Memorial Day services at Dorton United Methodist Church in Crossville, Tennessee. We were on a golfing weekend.
I may still write about church numbers and college closings but not today.
I’ve spent my entire association career at large, national associations. While I occasionally attended a local chapter meeting, I infrequently engaged with members as the local level.
As a national staffer, I met and interacted with the few who became national board members or who attended national meetings. (Note, I did serve on the board of the St. Louis Institute for Association Leadership but my focus is and has been at the national level.)
Participating in Dorton’s Sunday’s worship service showed me a new perspective that could benefit national associations.