The more the merrier! Recruiting co-organizers can also
If you’re lucky, a member of the chapter will volunteer on their own. 😁 Sometimes, though, folks need more encouragement.
If you have someone in mind, talk to them directly. Think of what being an organizer represents to you so that you can tell them that. 😉
Have a call to organizers e.g. at the beginning of events. Prepare materials (a slide?) and provide a process for interested folks to talk to current organizer(s) to better understand the commitment.
If you have a form for asking questions to new members, ask them whether they’d consider becoming an organizer so that they at least know it’s a possibility.
Maybe you will randomly meet your co-organizers at a conference! (when in-person events are a thing again, or in the break-out rooms of an online conference)
We met at #rstudioconf in San Diego and are now starting #RLadies Oslo chapters together 😀 Excited to announce that our first meeting will be after Easter with @DrMowinckels - stay tuned :-) #rstats pic.twitter.com/wcSGRXynOo— Isabelle Valette (@valette_isa) February 14, 2018
You can point people who hesitate to jump on board to the intro chapter for organizers.
If some people are happy to help without committing, it’s already a great progress for you. Remind them regularly they could become an official organizer. 😉
before a volunteer commits as an organizer, an idea might be to have them host (i.e. organize) one or a few meetups (be careful to acknowledge their work although they’re not an official organizer (yet)!) — see Meetup docs about the “event organizer” role;
after that, register them as organizers
Point them to this guide (and tell them any feedback is welcome).
Regarding Meetup roles, all organizers should have the organizer role on Meetup.
There is no rule around the governance within your local chapter but we encourage you to be welcoming of other volunteers.
R-Ladies NYC has a formal governance structure with a board.