One of the best and most powerful resources we have available to us is information. Our member database stores information about those who interact with Handbell Musicians of America. This includes membership history, national event attendance, online store purchases, and contributions to the Guild.

The database also allows us to gather custom data that is unique to our organization. For example, with our organizational memberships, we’ve created fields to track the type of choir (school, church, community, etc.), handbell manufacturer, number and age range of choir members, and other similar information.

Once gathered, we can generate reports that will assist us in identifying trends in the handbell community so we can develop better resources and benefits to meet the needs of our membership.

To help us ensure we have current and accurate data, we ask our members to log in to their account and select the “Update My Profile” option from the “What Would You Like to Do?” dropdown menu. Review the questions and information to make sure everything is complete and all the demographic information is completed. In the coming weeks, all members will receive e-mail and/or regular mail reminders to review and update their information.

Confirming and updating your information will take just 15 minutes of your time. If you need assistance logging in or updating your account, please contact the national office.

Member Survey Coming

In addition to using the data contained in our database, we occasionally survey our members to gather supplemental information about the services, resources, and benefits we offer and their usefulness. Surveys are also used to test new ideas and solicit feedback from our constituents.

Watch for a member survey to arrive in your e-mail inbox or regular mailbox early next year. You will be able to complete the survey online or on paper. As it will be a comprehensive review of Handbell Musicians of America, it could take up to an hour to complete. Please make the commitment to take the time to complete this important survey.

The data collected through the survey will be used in conjunction with the demographic information included in our database by the national board of directors to determine short and long-range goals for Handbell Musicians of America. This is your opportunity for your voice to be heard and your input to be considered as the board makes decisions about the future of HMA.

Jennifer Cauhorn

jcauhorn@handbellmusicians.org

Jennifer Cauhorn

Executive Director