Chairperson: Chris Garey

The Membership Committee shall: 

  • Work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association;
  • Be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign;
  • Be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals;
  • Initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.  

About Chris Garey:

What is your name and your committee?

Chris Garey, Membership

Tell us a little about yourself.

Mechanical engineering background. Army veteran. Small business and non-profit experience with Local Chambers of Commerce, Business groups, AG Rotary Club and Five Cities Optimist Club. Was a general contractor. Spiritual Leader for Unity Church-Five Cities for 11 years.

What are you working on in your committee?

  • Work throughout the year to maintain and increase the Branch membership
  • Planning and organizing the annual membership campaign
  • Continuous soliciting new members and securing renewals
  • Continuous soliciting of Life Members

What are your goals for your committee?

Increase 2021 membership by 10%

What volunteer opportunities are available in your committee?

We need members to help:

  • Developing membership recruitment and retention program.
  • Recruit Lifetime and Corporate Members.
  • Research to find inspirational and informative articles for the newsletter and weekly emails.
  • Email members on birthdays, anniversary, renewals, getting contact info updates, etc

What keeps you optimistic or motivated in your work on social justice?

I see progress and know that in the end, Love will prevail

How do you take care of yourself or avoid burn out in social justice work? What do you do for self-care?

I allow myself to take breaks and walk in nature.

What are your personal life goals?

At age 74 I want to be of service to others, enjoy life and watch it unfold

What book, podcast, or other media do you recommend?

To understand white supremacy, I recommend the books, White Supremacy and Me, White Fragility, and Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.