In April, my DH and I signed up to the committee for a local branch of a veterans' charity which was currently failing. Now we know why! Almost all the members are in their 70s/80s/90s and no one wants to DO anything! The Chairman is ill and does nothing, the rest of the committee do bugger all except the Treasurer does deal with the money.
DH and I are running awareness/donation stands at interesting venues, sending out a happy and positive monthly newsletter, attending every meeting. We tried a survey with 9 tick-the-box questions asking the members what they want, do they need help, how they'd like to be involved. Out of 130 members, we got 8 replies - even the Chairman didn't bother to reply!
I am at a loss to know how to revitalise this branch who were so desperate not to close, but now seem to want it to keep running on fresh air without any input from them. Only about 10 people attend the meetings, and give no help at other times. The two who do help are moving house and joining another branch this month.
We have no clubhouse and no other nearby branches.
It's only been a few months, but if we had realised we would have to build the whole thing from scratch including members, tbh we wouldn't have bothered.
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