A few months ago I started a FPU Alumni Group at church. The idea was to create a place where like-minded people could gather once a month to ask questions, ask for advices, share success stories, and all around support each other. I was also hoping it might help people who had drifted away by inspiring them. It's scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, which I thought would go well with beginning of the month budgeting.
The first month we had 2 couples come. Both had finished Baby Step 3 and were doing quite well. It was nice to visit with them and know there were others out there, but they didn't return the 2nd month so I guess they didn't "connect" with the idea.
The second month we had 2 couples from the class we were helping facilitate. I shared a couple articles on Dave's opinion on success vs. failure (Successful people are simply failures that learned from their mistakes). It was a very short gathering since the actual FPU class started 30 minutes after our group met, but it was nice to see some people come.
The third month - last month - was a total bust. No one registered. No one came. It's frustrating because our church provides childcare, so that's not the excuse. I also hate when I don't succeed at things, so there is some disappointment there. I'm not totally surprised. Money is a hard thing to talk about. I was hoping to light a fire with people who had lost momentum, but people aren't likely to come and confess that they have lost their way.
Now I'm stumped... summers are hard to get people to participate. One thing working in our favor is that our FPU class just finished up so there are some people who might now be freed up to join us. I think if I include a specific topic in the church bulletin people might be more likely to attend (we opened it to any one interested, not just people who have been through FPU), but I'm not sure what the next topic should be. I'm considering...
* Christmas in June (tips on creative gift giving and planning ahead)
* Secrets of success - I'm hoping a friend we just met will come talk. He's on Baby Step #7.
* Couponing 101 - possibly even bring in a local coupon guy
Do you have any ideas? What topics would you like to hear more about?