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[tennisbiz] Re:Getting Volunteers for a CTA

From: Jon Fischer <>
Date: Tue 14 May 2002 15:54:57 EDT

We have started a CTA in our city. From this, and my experiences in our
Section, I would say the following about volunteers
1. The type of people who volunteer want to do things. Putting them in an
officer position in which they do something will not get you volunteers.
Have positions that mean something in what they can accomplish, and you will
have a greater chance to get good people.
2. Tailor you activities to center on what your good people want to do.
If you start with an activity, and then hope to find volunteers to run it,
you may find that you were the only one to want that activity. Instead, try
to find what your good people (the ones you want to get involved in the CTA)
want to do, i.e., their pet projects, and then get them going on these. They
will then be the organizers since they 'own' the project. You might not, at
the start of the CTA, get exactly the projects done that you want, but you
will get things going in a positive manner and can then build on that.
3. As for Board members, we used a formula where Board positions were
given out to each tennis facility in the area, tennis club, high school
teams, recreation departments, and even a general public category, and let
the organizations assign a person to be on the Board. None of the clubs,
etc., wanted to be left out and so our attendance at meetings was pretty

Jon Fischer
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Received on Tue May 14 2002 - 16:19:48 CDT

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