The ‘Vitals Tools for Success’ seminar held at the Ridge on Saturday, Oct. 3, had a full contingent of participants in attendance. The seminar was hosted by the North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF), the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS), and the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre (NTVIC). Speakers for the day were North Thompson Star/Journal editor Jill Hayward, District of Barriere Councillor Donna Kibble, and representing the BC Association for Charitable Gaming – David Sheach.
Kibble spoke on the importance of volunteers and finding a balance where your volunteers enjoy their work and continue to step up to the plate. She then joined with Hayward to discuss running a meeting so that you don’t have your members running away. They spoke about the importance of keeping your membership and volunteers enthusiastic and engaged with your programs and events. They stated that treating everyone with respect, consideration, and remembering to thank them for their contribution to your program are the nucleus of keeping volunteers engaged.
Hayward gave a talk on getting the word out about your organization’s upcoming event without breaking the bank. The talk was very informative and covered 15 tips on letting the public know about your event while being able to work within a small budget and still have a successful event. Hayward emphasized that social media alone will not guarantee good attendance from event goers.
“If you want to fill seats you need to cover all your bases,” said Hayward, “Social media, newspapers, radio, posters, word of mouth, and even the telephone are all part of a sound promotional strategy. If you are going to put the effort into holding an event, don’t sell yourself short and poorly promote it.”
Sheach spoke about setting up the tools to building and sustaining a group or association, and provided a number of useful tips and information packages on applying for gaming grants.
A spokesperson from Capri Insurance was not able to attend, but did provide an information sheet on director’s and officer’s insurance for clubs and associations.
Presentations from hosts of the event were given by Bernice Randrup, president of NTVIC, as well as NTCF representatives, president Cheryl Thomas, and grant chair Hazel Wadlegger.
Refreshments and a light lunch were included in the registration fee of $5.
From all appearances those who attended found useful information in the presentations that can be shared with their respective organizations.