I'm hoping this is a good place to start with this question. I'm the incoming president of my university's ASME branch and I want to find unique ways to increase interest. Maybe I'm being to idealistic, but I feel like the organization has seen quite a drop off in interest in the last few years and is becoming irrelevant except for its name. I know plenty of students who just pay the dues and don't show up for anything to have it on their resume. Last year we had quite a bit of dfficulty in filling our officer positions. I am fairly certain that all to often the only reason people come to our monthly meetings is for free food. We always have speakers at our meetings, often a professor talking about his research or something like that. We try to do tours of local industries and regular social events. We've also sponsored design-build programs every year but hardly any one shows any interest anymore. Part of this could be because a lot of upperclassmen are involved in research and there are a couple of other large design build organizations on campus (mini-baja, SAE formula). So those draw students away from the ASME projects. So, I'm looking for any sort of ideas to increase interest in the organization and get students to want to come. Particularly, I want to get a group of younger guys excited about the organization. So please, let me know if you have any ideas. Things we could do during the meetings? other events? I'm open to just about any suggestion.