Grow Your Local Chapter With Chapter Trial Membership
May 3, 2011 – Are you looking for ways to grow your chapter membership? One quick option is through a Chapter Trial Membership, which gives prospective chapter members a peek into the value of EAA for aviation enthusiasts.
This trial membership will allow you to recruit new members into your chapter without them having to immediately pay dues to EAA headquarters.
Highlights of the Chapter Trial Membership:
- All the benefits and privileges of EAA membership, including a monthly copy of Sport Aviation
- Ability to participate in all EAA activities at the local level and beyond, which includes participating as a Young Eagles pilot or involvement in another chapter’s activities
- Member discounts during AirVenture
In short, trial members are full-fledged EAA members at no cost to them or to your chapter for their first six months. (We encourage you to waive local dues as well, but that’s up to you.)
How do you do it? Simply get a prospective member’s contact info (name, address, phone, e-mail). Then visit the Chapter Trial Membership registration page and enter that information along with your own (recruiter’s name, EAA number, and chapter number). You and the recruit will both be notified by e-mail within 48 hours that the membership is active. Membership cards will be mailed to new recruits within a couple of weeks.
At your next chapter meeting, start thinking of all of the opportunities to invite those people who seem interested but may be intimidated by dues, or perhaps those who were not formally asked to join because of the “and it will cost” statement.
Maybe it’s that co-worker who you talk to at lunch about your flying and chapter activities. Or perhaps that curious parent who is waiting, while their child experiences the thrill and enjoyment of their Young Eagles flight. Or that person who is always “around” but has never joined. Better yet, your chapter’s International Learn to Fly Day event is the perfect setting to offer a trial membership.
Ask and give freely this wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chapter and EAA.