Our chapter doesn't seem to have anything in common with our council anymore. The council repeats the same projects year after year, and there seems to be resistance to trying new projects. Council functions are losing support, and the younger chapters don't feel that their ideas are given any credence. It seems as if our council doesn't seem to care or notice. How can we get our city council to make some changes and consider the younger members' ideas too?
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Your problem is not uncommon. City councils and chapters often turn projects that have been successful into traditions. Then councils hesitate to change projects, even when they get stale or less successful. If a project no longer has the support of the majority of council's chapters, it should be re-evaluated and changed or dropped.
Younger chapters can get more say in council by getting involved on committees and by running for city council office. It is difficult to make changes if your chapters' members are not willing to take the responsibilities that go with influence. If the problem, on the other hand, is that young members are not being allowed to take responsibilities and hold office and chairmanships, you need to make it clear to city council that in order for you and other younger members to feel involved, you need to given full rights and opportunities in the council. International's City Council Interest Survey can be used to help all chapters in council make their needs known, but it is up to the council to follow the findings of the survey.