What’s on Your Mind?

The branch recently put out a Member Satisfaction Questionnaire, so see what you think of what your branch is doing, and to get your ideas for what our new priorities should be.  About half the surveys were taken in person and about half online; in both cases, the results were completely anonymous.  The results were pretty interesting.

Most people who answered the survey feel welcome.  Everyone who answered the survey at a meeting felt welcome.

35 of 41 respondents thought one of our priorities should be criminal justice.  This is an area in which the branch has been active (including filing a lawsuit on behalf of protestors of Alfred Olango’s killing), but having heard such a clear signal from our membership, we want to do more.  If you can help, PLEASE contact our Criminal Justice committee at [email protected]!  If you’d like to read more about what we’ve been doing, visit our Criminal Justice page.

Education is much on your minds as well.  We have a Back-to-School Stay-in-School Fair coming up, and we just finished a trip to ACT-SO National with our local Gold winner Jor’Denay  This summer, we started a new program; a STEM Camp at a local middle school. You can stay up-to-date on our Education and ACT-SO activities on our website.

Also of great interest to our membership is our economic situation.  We could use more of you to come out and pitch in with your skills in entrepreneurship and business, to help our members get the jobs and build the businesses they need to succeed in our economy.  Please write [email protected] or [email protected] if you can help.  Also, if you have a local small business, you may be interested in signing up for our Member-Owned Local Small Business Directory.

Many of the people who answered our survey have participated in branch activities, and we’re very grateful.  Still, a third of respondents haven’t, and with only 41 people responding, we know there are a lot more of you out there.  We need you to come out.

For those who have participated, we asked what detracted from the experience.  The results were pretty telling:

Lots of folks lack the time to help as much as they’d like.  They also think others should do more, and that they don’t know what to do.  We have very experienced members in this branch who can help to educate you, and we can bring in storied names from our National organization to help train you, so don’t worry about not knowing what to do.  We get that it’s tough out there, but if we all just all commit to coming out and giving a few hours’ of our time, we can accomplish so very much more.  If you can’t make our regular meeting time, visit our calendar and find out when a committee meets, or join the Young Adult committee for one of their Hangouts.  Do something fun and help us build momentum toward making a better world for us now and into the future.

Finally, we asked what else we could improve about your branch.  Here are the answers:

Head and shoulders above the rest was “Better Communication.”  We’ve revamped our website.  We are producing a monthly newsletter of branch plans and activities.  We are active on Facebook and Twitter.  We’re committed to giving you the information you want and need to have about your branch.

Come on out and see us sometime, and let’s work to make our world a better place; remember, Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Engagement Matters!