[Elfsea] Helpful suggestion to engage newcomers

Dragonetti dragonetti at generich.com
Sat Aug 26 15:01:33 PDT 2006


Greetings Dear Friends,

I am forwarding a message that appeared recently on the Grand Council list
where we are discussing ways the Board of Directors might encourage
membership. I think many groups, hospitalers, autocrats, etc, might benefit
from this simple idea.

In the service of kingdom and crown, I remain,
Baron Armand Dragonetti
Grand Councellor
Appointed from Ansteorra 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fiskr
> Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 4:34 PM
> To: Grand Council Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [scagc-l] Membership discussion
> 
> I found a great looking old box at Hobby Lobby. It was about 
> 15" X 15" 
> by 8" deep, and it had ten drawers. When I first got to an 
> event I'd hunt down "hats" and Peers and get them to cough 
> up, er, donate a token or favor or bauble or something, and I 
> put one item in each drawer. Then I went on a newcomer hunt, 
> asking EVERYBODY if they'd seen any first timers. Upon 
> finding my quarry, I'd ask them to pick a drawer, any drawer 
> (always making sure that each drawer was stocked with a 
> favor). I told the new person that what they had was a gift 
> freely given to them from someone at this event. Since we are 
> a society of honor, the only proper thing to do was to thank 
> the donor. Sadly, I'm an old man and don't recall just which 
> person gave that gift, so you must approach everyone you 
> meet, introduce yourself, and ask if they are the original 
> owner of the favor. Heh.
> 
> It was the most amazing ice breaker, and gave each new person 
> a hand held reason to talk to anyone they fancied. I haven't 
> done this in years, and suddenly wonder why.
> 
> Fiskr, going off to search the garage for the old box...
> 
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