The Darien Youth Club (DYC) recently issued its first ever all-membership survey. It was sent to its membership base via email and it can also be accessed directly through DYC’s website www.darienyouthclub.org. As of this posting, approximately 200 people have filled out the survey, which is less than half the amount of DYC members who regularly receive and open DYC emails.
The questionnaire was designed with specific goals in mind-- discover how vital the organization is (or is not) to its membership base; find out how programs and communication can be improved and importantly— activate more volunteerism for coaching positions and leadership positions on the DYC Board of Directors.
Currently there are six open Director positions on the DYC Board and at least two of the Executive Board members are ready to retire. Several requests have gone out to members asking for more assistance in key roles, but so far this has not taken place.
“We have some really outstanding DYC Board Members, Commissioners and Directors who have given years of time and service,” said David Leatherwood, DYC Board Member. “But several of them are ready to move on and we need people to join the Board with their new ideas, enthusiasm and some time to give to this organization that provides such great sports programs to Darien kids.”
Over the last few months, however, The DYC website has not clearly listed or promoted the exact Director/Commissioner positions open or descriptions of what the jobs entail. But this is changing as the site will be updated more frequently and there are plans for a completely new site for 2013. “We are taking steps towards increasing and improving our communication efforts,” explained Leatherwood.
In addition to site updates, the DYC has launched a new Facebook page that is open for anyone to join. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darien-Youth-Club/164219693596166?ref=hl
Parents, grandparents and even current/former DYC athletes (over the age of 12) are being encouraged to “Like” the page; post photos and memories; get information about key DYC registration dates and learn about the club’s goals and challenges. The plan is to make it a hub for DYC members and to spark more enthusiasm for the club that has served Darien-Area youth since 1960.
The membership survey can be accessed directly from DYC’s website www.darienyouthclub.org and will close on Friday, November 16.