Most likely you’ve come here because you are your chapter’s recruitment chair, or you have some type of supporting role. We hope that you’ll find our planning tips helpful when it comes time to plan your sorority recruitment workshops.
Send out all workshop dates as early as possible. You’ll need to be respectful of those sisters who have to work all summer to pay for school, so they’ll need plenty of notice for the dates in which they will need to request off work.
Book a place to hold the workshops. While some of them may be in your chapter house, others may be held off campus. Retreat centers fill up fast, so if you plan to hold a workshop/retreat outside of the house- don’t wait!
Outline your overall plan. Which topics need to be covered at which workshops/ retreats/ trainings? Just like any teacher has to, you’ll need to be flexible with this overall learning plan. Your sisters may struggle with some topics and really excel with others. You want to make sure everyone is comfortable with each topic, so be willing to adjust this plan as you go.
Create an agenda that lists your desired outcome and goals for each activity or discussion. The agenda is for the chapter; the outcome goals are just for you. For example, if you are planning an ice breaker to help sisters learn more about each other, you’ll want to make sure that is actually what happens. These goals will also come in handy when you go to finalize all your plans.
Once your plans are in place, call on sisters to help! If you’re providing snacks, ask someone to be in charge of bringing the snacks and all the utensils needed. If you plan to ask another officer to lead a discussion, be sure to let her know what topics she should cover and those outcome goals you want the chapter to achieve by the end of the chat.
Send reminders! It’s easy to forget something that you haven’t been spending days, weeks, or months planning. Be sure to send a reminder one month, one week and the day before about the workshop/retreat time, location, and any supplies your sisters are responsible for bringing.
Gather all necessary supplies and go over everything in your head the night before. You don’t want to be scrambling to go make copies 25 minutes before the workshop starts. You should be 100% ready to go and help your sisters with the tasks you’ve been busy planning.
The day of any workshop- get caffeine!
What are some tips the previous recruitment chair passed down to you to help with planning recruitment workshops?
Casey, Kate & Rachel
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