Starting an Alumni Association
If you’ve already determined that there’s not an association in your area, start raising interest with other local members. For assistance, contact the Executive Offices and ask for a report of members in the area. If the report returns a significant number, it will be easier to move forward with the new alumni association.
Work with your Executive Offices contact to identify the report’s key contacts, or people that could help you build the alumni association. Look for current or past volunteers and members from your chapter that could make up the core group of the association.
What is a Core Group?
A core group is made up of the first set of men who strongly support the idea of a local alumni association. This group is important because it’s necessary for you to have several other men take on responsibilities so you’re not burned out by doing everything yourself. It is also important because it allows you to build a small base that can eventually go after all Phi Taus in the metro area. Remember, it’s not realistic to target everyone in the beginning. Start small and work your way up!
What do I do with my Core Group?
Your core group should meet a couple times a month to discuss the direction your alumni association will take. The group should determine the:
- Mission statement
- Timeline of achievement
From the core group will come ideas and a working plan that can be molded and presented at a future meeting with invitees from the entire metro area.
Alumni Association Events
Alumni associations are great networking opportunities. They represent a great chance to meet people in your field as well as outside of what you do for a living. Your group can meet as often or infrequent as you want. You could:
- Meet at a restaurant or a member’s home
- Play golf
- Go to a sporting event
- Help local chapters by serving as alumni officers
- Do community service to better your city
- Volunteer at a Hole in the Wall Camp
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