The Northwest Civic Association board of trustees plans to use various approaches to increase the organization's membership.

That includes employing shoe leather, said Nick Cipiti, chairman of the NWCA's membership committee.

Cipiti and several others on the board have been holding meetings and devising approaches for bringing former members back into the fold and reaching out to new ones.

He reported about where membership efforts stand at last week's monthly session of the board.

Board of Trustees President John Ehlers -- as a result of the brainstorming sessions -- has designed a flier to be distributed through local businesses and at public events, Cipiti said.

Personally, the committee leader said he would be willing to go door to door to distribute pamphlets and speak with neighbors about the benefits of belonging to the civic association, which is now more than 50 years old.

"I'll head that one up, if anyone wants to go with me," Cipiti said.

Discussion has also centered on making the association's annual meeting, now held in June, part of a membership drive by inviting guest speakers, including either celebrities or local politicians.

Ehlers said possible speakers for this summer's annual gathering would be discussed behind closed doors in a private meeting after the open meeting of the board had concluded.

He also said he hopes to use the association's website,, as more of a recruitment tool, perhaps with the addition of a frequently asked questions section.