May 21, 2019

CWC NorCal Leadership Conference 2018 — Building Better Branches

CWC NorCal Happenings: Building Better Branches Conference

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, over 60 representatives from twelve of the fourteen Northern California CWC branches came together at National University in Pleasant Hill for an informative day on “Building Better Branches.”

The goals set for this conference were to help CWC members (especially board members) fulfill their individual branch roles as well as find new ways to improve their branch and/or to help ‘grow’ the branch in a better, more positive way.

The day began with branches sharing the accomplishments and challenges. Deborah ‘Jordan’ Bernal, past president of Tri-Valley Writers, gave the “The (Relatively) Small Branch that Roars!” keynote. Then attendees broke into groups for concurrent sessions on “Keeping Volunteers Committed and Motivated,” “Attracting New Members,” and “Conducting Contests and Workshops.” After lunch the attendees broke into groups based on volunteer job descriptions and attendees were able to share best practices and network with their peers. The day wrapped with a complete group “Taking it Home” idea sharing.