Doubling IE’s membership is our biggest goal in 2016 and to achieve it, we need just 48 new members! Have you managed to recruit an additional member? Everyone who joins from now until the end of the year can join free!

A year ago, Peter Seccombe, former Vice Chair of our Supervisory Committee, laid down a challenge. What if every member could find someone to double our membership? This ambitious goal became part of our management plan. It is a critical step to cover a wider array of subjects and extend our geographical coverage so that we can form new working teams.  Of course, we also want to secure modestly-priced membership fees, while remaining IE financially independent. We need just 48 new members to achieve our biggest goal of the year, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get busy!

The best way to convince to join Interpret Europe is speaking directly to people. If you enjoyed an IE conference or training course and think of the satisfying moments you shared, you’ll surely know how to tell those enchanting stories. We need potential partners. We also need friends in other countries to get inspired and to broaden our horizons. What profession is more geared to this than heritage interpretation? Being a member of Interpret Europe means feeling that together we can make a difference regardless of what country we live in. Together, we are stronger, better and more representative of our art. At every meeting of one of our working teams, this sublime blend of experience comes to the fore and frequently it can be really compelling.

In regions where heritage interpretation is less widely known, where just a few devotees are found, Interpret Europe helps to foster an identity for interpreters. Yet, in all these countries where we have just a few members, there are invariably other individuals, organisations and companies offering interpretive services who might like to exchange their experience. Does anyone come to mind?

Think about your immediate friends, acquaintances and colleagues. Is there someone you feel could benefit from being part of a European interpretation network that caters for personal and professional development? Think about the organisations you work with, such as museums, parks, university faculties, etc. Do you think they could benefit from an IE membership? What about your equipment, planning, design partners? Might they be interested in extending their markets and learning from others to boost the quality of their products and services?

If you have someone in mind who you think would be keen to try out IE, remember to tell them that all new members who join until to the end of the year pay no 2016 membership fees.

Please help us and take a moment to think. You are our greatest asset and we really need your help, as active members, to double up and increase our overall membership. We’re counting on you and hope you can play your part to bring us new colleagues and partners.