Recruiting New Members
The best way to recruit chapter members, and new members for ACM as well, is through personal contact. No quantity of mailings can be as effective as personal contact.
The first source of potential chapter members is ACM and ACM SIG members in your area. ACM headquarters can send a message via listserv to members in the appropriate area detailing your chapter's activities and mission.
Your professional associates are also potential members. Opportunities for professional growth and networking abound in local chapters of ACM, and many of your colleagues and associates would find the contacts and activities highly rewarding.
Many other sources of members surround you, and all should be explored. Companies using computers or dealing in technology services have personnel who are potential members. Local colleges and high schools have staff members interested in or active in computing.
Written by leading domain experts for software engineers, ACM Case Studies provide an in-depth look at how software teams overcome specific challenges by implementing new technologies, adopting new practices, or a combination of both. Often through first-hand accounts, these pieces explore what the challenges were, the tools and techniques that were used to combat them, and the solution that was achieved.
You can use your technical skills for social good and offer volunteer support on software development projects to organizations who could not otherwise afford it. SocialCoder connects volunteer programmers/software developers with registered charities and helps match them to suitable projects based on their skills, experience, and the causes they care about. Learn more about ACM’s new partnership with SocialCoder, and how you can get involved.
ACM offers lifelong learning resources including online books from Safari, online courses from Skillsoft, TechTalks on the hottest topics in computing and IT, and more.