Alumni Chapter Consistency Is Key

Consistency Is Key

When I look back over the last 5 years since graduating college I’ve seen my alumni chapter go through some ups and downs. We’ve held successful charity and brotherhood events. Raised thousands of dollars for scholarships and helped put a new roof on the fraternity house.

Even with all the good we have done there has been times where nothing gets done. Months will pass between meetings and when we did meet nothing was accomplished. There was a time I think we went nearly a whole year without doing anything. When it came time to pay our dues to nationals the president would basically fork over his own money because we hadn’t collected dues all year.

Let me be clear that this post isn’t meant to be a bash session about anyone or any alumni chapter. My hope is that somebody will read it and learn from our mistakes.

Maybe the biggest issue my alumni chapter faced was a lack of consistency. Things would be great as long as we were meeting on a regular basis. Everyone knew that once a month we would meet and we all looked forward to it. If we ever skipped a month or two it would start going downhill. People would forget about our meetings and it became to easy not to go. People would use the excuse “I didn’t know if we were having a meeting or not.” and you couldn’t really argue because our meetings weren’t consistent.

If you’re running an alumni chapter I can’t stress enough the importance of consistency. Even if you know only 2 brothers are coming to a meeting. It doesn’t matter, you still need to have the meeting and carry on like it’s business as usual. That way your group has a reputation for always being at a specific place at a specific time. Brothers will know and remember when & where the meetings are and you’ll notice a larger attendance.

I think its time I start taking my own advice and make sure my alumni chapter is on track.

IHSV,
Jacob Cook

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2 Responses to Alumni Chapter Consistency Is Key

  1. Dick Burns says:

    You are absolutely right. Consistency is the glue that keeps the alumni groups together. In addition, constant communications with the members and others who are on the database also help to keep the sparks alive and burning for the entire group. It really doesn’t take much to start a group, club or chapter but it takes a lot of sweat, energy and desire to maintain the group mainly because so many of the group do have other, more pressing things that need to be accomplished as primary. Hence, having the notices going out on regular basis constantly reminds the Brothers of the events, times, information and reasons to keep in touch. A big reminder just days prior to the event is very helpful. In addition, small two paragraph articles concerning the aspects of the club, such as NETWORKING with a possible example always brings to mind our personal needs to keep in contact, utilizing our Brothers where possible in cases of need or when just going out to lunch or dinner at a Brother’s restaurant!!

    • Jacob says:

      One of the most proven methods to get people to participate is by discussing it when you see them in person. I’ve been way more successful getting brothers to attend meetings when I speak to them face to face. Its just to easy to delete an email, facebook or twitter message.

      Just talk about your meetings when you see brothers and they’ll start showing up. We’re all brothers and want to hang out with one another, we just need to know where to hang out at.

      IHSV