It sounds like one of the best things you could do is have a successful major event on campus, which will attract some attention, and draw new people to the group. Here are a few event possibilities:
* debate on God’s existence
* attention-grabbing talk (Eddie Tabash gives one called “Why There Really Is No God,” for example)
* Ask an Atheist panel ( a lot of student groups have had great success with this recently; you can even get professors involved!)
* Darwin Day event: Darwin Day is February 12, so it’s not too late to plan a slam-bang talk or other event
—- Evolution vs. Intelligent Design debate/panel
—- “Darwin Made Me Do It” talk on evolution and morality/ethics
—- “In Defense of Darwin” (given by a professor)
When you have an event, make sure to collect contact info from interested attendees. Also, be sure to have some promotional materials to hand out to attendees, such as a flyer advertising upcoming events/meetings. (When you plan your event, get in touch with us here at CFI Transnational and we can send you a box with stickers, brochures, and other promotional and educational materials.)
Other ways to attract new members to your group:
1) Club fair: The spring semester is probably starting soon for you there, and most schools do club/activity fairs at the beginning of each semester. When you table, again, try to make sure that you collect info from interested people, and give them a flyer or brochure about your group. (You can e-mail me at dgoddard at centerforinquiry dot net, if you’d like us to put some materials in the mail for tabling.)
2) Use Facebook/other online networking sites to find possible club members and interested students: Check out the detailed article in a past Campus Inquirer newsletter by a student group leader on using Facebook.
Since you’re in Florida, I want to let you know about the upcoming CFI Florida statewide conference that’ll take place in Orlando February 22-23. It will be a good chance to meet other student group leaders from around the state. And don’t miss the 2008 Student Leadership Conference in the summer! There will be sessions on events, volunteer management, attracting new members to your group, etc., so it’s not to be missed.
Let me know if you have questions about event planning or if you’d like some giveaway items for tabling. I’ll be in touch about some Florida-specific student opportunities too.
Center for Inquiry