I want to see a CF Fresher’s Stand at every Fair and most importantly they will have to bemanned. We cannot simply have a table with a clipboard, we must be active in promoting our organization, ensuring more people join our societies. Everyone in CF should play a part inhelping on these occasions, and indeed I am currently working with Dan Horrocks in Dudleyto man a Freshers’ Stall at their college.
Working with Nearby Branches
New branches need to have the support of other local branches in order to grow and develop.In Poole for example, there were a couple of new local members, and they had the support of the whole area. Not only was this great at showing they were an active branch with lots of support, this looked great for new members who saw a highly active branch encouragingthem to attend future meetings.
If the National Party can have an associate membership scheme, I do not see why CF can’talso look at ways to stay in touch with those who don’t want to be fully committed to joining upin the short term. While we must continue to ensure that CF member’s pay their membershipfees, there are a great number of people we just have email addresses for, are on are socialnetworks, and otherwise want to be involved without being an active member. We shouldactively use these contacts as targets for membership growth, donors to campaigns, anddevelop events with the intention of bringing them on board for full membership.
I want to see more branches knowing what to do with their membership data, rather than ascramble a few weeks before a CF election getting data onto Merlin or through to centraloffice. In relation to membership data members will be encouraged to follow this easy 4 stepplan:1.Ask for name, address, mobile number, email address and D.O.B (For universitybranches – take home address and personal email addresses as well)2.Send membership data gathered to your local association to upload onto Merlin (or equivalent system)3.If a Branch, send email addresses to Area Chairman, if an Area, send emailaddresses to your Regional Chairman (for improved regional communication)
Ensure that the renewal date is marked and reminders are sent out accordingly
It is an ongoing saga that CF members do not receive a CF membership card, only a nationalmembership card. I will be working with the party to get one that is easily accessible for branches to access centrally. Local associations will be given the template and they cansend out CF cards along with the national membership card.
I am committed to putting fresh vigour into the democracy of CF, and that meansaccountability. If a branch is failing, members will have a chance to force through an enquiryheld by the next level up from their branch. E.g. if a branch has problems, then their AreaChairman will intervene. If the review considers that the branch is not working they will thenbe put into supported status. New elections will be held quickly to ensure a continued branchpresence in that area.
If there is a new branch being set up, contact the local press and get your local MP to comealong. Local press love stories about local youth achievement, and being politically active is