WHAT SHOULD I HAVE KIDS PREPARE FOR THE FIRST MEETING?
Ideally, you will be able to distribute member handbooks and assign roles prior to the first meeting. However, it is not uncommon to be uncertain about membership right up until the first day. In cases such as this, encourage members to come to the first Club meeting prepared to give their “Getting to Know You” speech. The “Getting to Know You” speech should be 4 – 6 minutes long, during which they’ll talk about themselves, so that the members get to know each other better. Some of the things they may consider talking about are their hobbies and interests, their family, school, pets, future plans, etc.
From those who are prepared with their “GTKY” speech at the first meeting, you will draw names from a hat to see which members will have a chance to give their speech that day. The rest of the members are put onto the schedule for upcoming meetings.
With your First Meeting Kit, members who are not put on the schedule to speak at the first meeting will, in most cases, be given another role, with an explanation of what to do. The First Meeting Kit provides complete instructions and tells you what handouts to give out. For those that would find it helpful, we even provide a complete script you can follow.