2014-15 National Grange Youth Ambassador
Inviting people to Grange events is important to get new members into the organization. But what happens once they say â€œyesâ€? Itâ€™s also important to follow through after you invite friends to experience the Grange.
Weâ€™ve all been the new person at something. You may know one person and other than that, youâ€™re kind of lost. This can be an uncomfortable time for people. And if a new person is at a Grange event, they may feel this way. Part of our job as Grangers is to make everyone feel welcome.
It might be difficult because we already have our own friends. Of course we want to hang out with them. But that other person wants a friend too. Go and talk to them. Ask what theyâ€™re interested in. Or maybe how they heard about Grange. It doesnâ€™t have to be complicated. Simply talking to them can go a long way to make them feel more at ease. Itâ€™s about showing that youâ€™re willing to make them feel comfortable. And it shouldnâ€™t stop at that first meeting. Whenever you see them, say hi to them. Itâ€™ll help show that you actually care.
Think about a time when you went somewhere where you were fairly new. Maybe the first day of high school? Or the day a club met at school? How did it feel? You may have felt out of place or just awkward. Most of us go through this kind of situation at least once in our lives.
I experienced this during the first State Grange event I ever went to. It was State Session, so I knew a couple people, but not many. I felt slightly awkward when I walked in to the Youth Officer Team practice. There were a bunch of people who all seemed to know each other really well. Bu instead of just ignoring me because they already had friends, everyone was willing to include me. It was awesome. I got my first glimpse of how welcoming Grangers are from the very beginning. And pretty soon, I made friends with people that I still get to be friends with.
A huge part of Grange is the people that make up our â€œGrange family.â€ To a new person, it may be difficult if they see that aspect, but arenâ€™t a part of it. But we can help solve that. Next time you see a new person, try to include them in whatâ€™s happening. Theyâ€™ll feel so much better and you might even gain a new friend.