Advisers Often Ask———

By Dorothy Mitstifer, Executive Director

Advisers often ask me how to promote chapter meeting attendance. Although I don’t have surefire solutions, my response is that participation comes with involvement. The following practices help build relationships and create opportunities for commitment:

  • Schedule a chapter event very soon after Initiation and publicize at Initiation
  • Review involvement opportunities and encourage participation at Initiation
  • Build relationships through ice breakers and name tags
  • Appoint new initiates to committees at first meeting after Initiation
  • Schedule incoming and outgoing officer planning session
  • Schedule personal success stories at each meeting (e.g., internship appointment,  acceptance of a paper for publication or presentation, fellowship announcement)
  • Issue personal notes of congratulations
  • Schedule brown-bag seminars

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