If you're interested in starting an Alumnae Association or growing your Alumnae Association membership roster, try some of these tips for successful membership cultivation:
Be social media savvy. Reconnect with alumnae, sisters who had transferred to another university and sisters who relocated to your area through an 'open' social media group, like Facebook or LinkedIn, and offer opportunities for those women to join the AA at an event, gathering or Ritual celebration.
Be connected. Get your name out there with a new (and FREE) AA website hosted through Chapter Spot. Your chapter spot website will also be linked to our DPhiE Connect Facebook application where you'll be able to continue to promote the AA and reach area sisters.
Be philanthropic. Engage new and soon-to-be alumnae via chapter alumnae coordinators and invite area feeder chapters of your AA to participate in a CF Great Strides walk with the AA or ask if the AA can attend the chapter's ANAD Candlelight Vigil. When you treat the event with the chapter women like a traditional chapter recruitment event, it will put everyone in the mindset to engage in conversation with women you are unfamiliar with, get to know each other better, and the newest alumnae will seek out joining your AA after graduation. You can identify feeder chapters in your area using the DPhiE Chapter Locator online and use DPhiE Connect to coordinate your events and invitations. If you need assistance locating your feeder chapter or connecting your chapter with an AA, feel free to contact IHQ at 215-732-5901 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Be Panhellenic. Foster a connection with the local NPC Alumnae Panhellenic and identify AA members and other alumnae sisters in the area who were involved in their Campus Panhellenic, ask them to join your AA and represent you in the local Alumnae Panhellenic. You can learn more about how your AA can be represented on an Alumnae Panhellenic here.
Be inviting. Invite friends, colleagues and neighbors who have not been initiated into a Panhellenic sorority to join your community-based AAs as an alumnae initiate. Chapter-based AAs are a great way for family members and mentors of collegiate and alumnae chapter members to get involved as an alumna initiate. Alumnae initiates are a great way to continue to share the gift of sisterhood with the women who are close to you and have an impact in your daily life. Be sure to contact IHQ at 215-732-5901 or email@example.com for more info about how to have your alumnae initiate requests approved for initiation by the International Governing Board.
Be sacred. Coordinate the formal welcome of a member into the association with a ritual celebration. Ask your local feeder collegiate chapters if the AA may be invited to or host the Senior to Alumnae Ritual for the chapter and invite the graduating seniors to be members at the closing of the ritual. You can also hold the Reaffirmation Ritual for members who are new to the association. You can also host the Alumnae Initiation Ritual for all new alumnae initiates of the AA and your feeder chapters.
Be involved. For recent grads, if you have a preference for staying your "comfort zone" and are reluctant to attend meetings & events of an established AA in your area, but you still want to participate in the alumnae sorority experience in a meaningful way, consider starting a GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumnae Association.
Contact IHQ at 215-732-5901 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about how you can start a community-based, chapter-based or GOLD Alumnae Association in your area.