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Junior Member Orientation

Most Innovative Award Winner

How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

When each member child turns 10, they are invited to attend a Junior Member Orientation. This two-hour information session introduces young members to the new privileges and responsibilities that await them as they move from the Juvenile to Junior member category and become more independent at the club. Participants learn all about how the Club works, in addition to House Rules, dress codes, permitted areas, emergency procedures, the use of personal devices and more. This seasonal event offers more than just a list of what Juniors can and can’t do; the goal is to integrate them seamlessly and positively into the club community, fostering a sense of belonging and engagement.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

The program begins with an in-depth introduction to the Club’s culture, values, and history. Then they take a tour of the club—including a look behind the scenes—to learn more about its operations. Through this hands-on learning with peers of the same age, young members begin to understand the reasons behind each House Rule and why decorum matters. Juniors leave each orientation session visibly energized; eager to exercise their new member privileges, excited to have met new friends, and ready to take on the important role of ambassador to the Granite Club community.

About the author

John Gravett

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