Each District must have a minimum of four general membership meetings per year. Some of the larger Districts have a program committee that works together to produce an event each month. Some of the smaller Districts assign responsibility for programs to a different board or District member each month or quarter. Some Districts use a combination of these approaches. The District maintains a treasury to support financial obligations associated with event and meeting production, such as meeting room expenses, speaker fees, copying costs, etc. Each year the District board works together to create a budget for the coming year, based on dues and sponsorship income.
Additional, special programs are also developed on a District level. These have included mentoring programs, special workshops (sometimes in conjunction with other Districts), garden tours, field trips, member surveys, holiday parties, summer picnics, as well as designer forums and salons. Some Districts have also successfully coordinated with allied professional organizations like CLCA, ASID, and CANGC to produce joint events.
If your District is looking for program ideas or ways to promote membership, assistance and advice is available from the Chapter board and other Districts.