The Holidays are a great opportunity to spread cheer — in doing so, your club can engage current members to get them more involved, and potentially gain new members as well. The Claremont Club in Claremont, California, hosts several events throughout the holiday season to increase membership and give back to the surrounding community.
Club Solutions spoke with Tracy Stepp, the director of human possibilities at The Claremont Club, about the events the club hosts to boost holiday spirits and engage the community. Here, she provides an overview of those events.
Annual Holiday Party: “Every December, the club hosts a holiday party for our members. Santa comes in on a firetruck and he sets up a station in the Oak Tree Courtyard for photos with the kids. The holiday tent covers one of our tennis courts, where raffle baskets are located and our holiday carolers will put on a show. Food and drinks are provided!”
Adopt a Family: “In an effort to bring holiday cheer to the less fortunate, the club holds an annual Adopt A Family fundraiser to raise money for gifts and necessities for those in need. Once the money is raised, each department within the club will ‘adopt’ one to three families and purchase clothing and toys for the children, housewares, and other items that most families take for granted — to provide a Christmas they wouldn’t necessarily have.”
Tree of Joy: “In addition, to Adopt A Family, the club also participates in The Tree of Joy. The Tree of Joy is a Christmas tree placed in the lobby every year that contains the names of children from Le Roy Haynes Center. On each ornament is the name, age, gender and holiday wish that each child has. Members and employees then take it upon themselves to fulfill this holiday wish and bring a little joy during the holiday season to a less fortunate child in the community.”
How is your club spreading holiday cheer this season?