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How Do I Keep My Anime Club From Falling Apart?

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How Do I Keep My Anime Club From Falling Apart?

I’m trying to make my club better. We’re halfway through the year and our club is basically tearing apart. It was going well at the beginning of the year but now it’s getting boring (and people are leaving).

Besides, “What do I do?”, the real question here is, “How do I keep my club from falling apart halfway through the year?”

Why It Happens

Usually when that happens, it’s because there isn’t structure (consistent and interesting screenings or officer presence) or there aren’t any new ideas coming through the regular meetings (same thing every week in and out).
One other thing: usually when a group falls apart, it may be because there is someone or something that is really negative. People don’t want to feel any negativity since they’re using your group as an escape from it. Pinpoint that negative piece and take it out, even if it is an officer, because that negativity will drive members away for at least 2 or 3 years.

What to Do

After the Officer Meeting: Once you’ve figured out what’s making your group so boring, negative, or complacent and you’ve talked it over with your officers, send out an email saying that things have changed and why. Apologize for the hiccup and show how you’re changing–and how they can become active members to make your anime club the best club at your school. An example of this type of communication is Domino’s, who used study groups to make new and better pizzas, and sent out flyers and emails apologizing and saying how they’ve changed. Now Domino’s is on the same playing field as Pizza Hut and Little Caesar’s.
Activities: Change how a meeting is run like putting a loyal member in charge of a regular meeting or do mini activities like scavenger hunts, guest speakers, and parties. Check out “Fundraising Ideas Inspired by Japanese School Festivals” and “The Ultimate Anime Club Meeting Ideas and Activities List“.
Marketing: The way to get people to return is to also look at your marketing. Are you guys putting up flyers and talking to friends? Are you emailing folks about your meetings and events? I would sit down with your president and the other officers and see how you can get people interested in the club and/or anime again.
If you don’t think these will work or it’s too late for them to work, still do them and come up with a game plan for next year to prevent this from happening. Planning ahead will fix many hiccups along the way.
Hope this helps!
Do you have some other ideas for solving this problem? Leave a comment!
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Small Sponsorship for Clubs

smallsponsorship_header Anime Ascendant offers small sponsorships for anime, manga, and Japanese culture clubs with events. Please complete and email the Anime Ascendant Small Sponsorship Application Form along with the necessary documents to contact@animeascendant.com.

Criteria for Application:

-Sponsorship is only for events outside of regular meetings. This can be a party, mixer, screening, fundraiser, or volunteer event.

-Before applying, the applicant club must link Anime Ascendant on the club website.

-For libraries, please send information on the process of donations to a library-affiliated club.

-Applications must be emailed with necessary documents at least 4 weeks before the event, including the day of the event as 1 day. If the documents are missing or the form is only partially completed, the application will be disapproved.

-Event(s) must promote Japanese culture, not just Japanese animation or manga.

This sponsorship only supports club events.

The sponsorship can be used for:

Decorations (streamers, table cloths, flowers, etc.)

Entertainment (guest speakers, DJs, performers, etc.)

Equipment (amplified sound equipment, megaphones, walkie talkies, etc.)

Food (drinks, food, serving utensils, eating utensils, cups, food warmers, etc.)

Prizes (anime, manga, Japanese cultural items, books, etc.)

Marketing (fliers, handouts, banners, posters, etc.)

Other (anything that doesn’t fall into a category above)

Steps in Applying for a Sponsorship

1) Submit this form via email at least 4 weeks before the event, counting the day of the event as 1 day.

2) Once the application has been reviewed, your club/organization president will be contacted. This contact will ask for details about the events and other sponsors.

3) If your sponsorship is approved, your president will be contacted about how to sponsor your club/organization.

The club/organization must place the Anime Ascendant logo on all marketing materials. If the Anime Ascendant logo or link is not placed on the club/organization’s website, all sponsorships will be invalid.