As August serves as the Sunday of the Summer, we all know what’s coming next. Soon enough, we’ll all be back on our campuses diving deep into our new classes, filling our weeks with exams and studying. But with the start of classes, also comes the start of your clubs, and having a strong start to your club at the beginning of the semester is a great way to ensure stability and success throughout the year.
Here are some great ways to kick-start your club!
Stand out at your recruitment fair!
Whether it be candy, pictures or bright colors, having something small that makes people pause at your table, is a great way to have your club be remembered. We’ve all experienced going into Club Fair day and signing up for just about everything only to actuallyend up sticking with one or two of those clubs. Assure that yourclub is the one of those lucky two.
Brainstorm your projects early!
Using a game or treat, it’s important to use the first day of your club to introduce everyone and establish a friendly and welcoming environment. However, it’s not a bad idea to also brainstorm on the kinds of projects your club wants to work on this year! Not only does this let new members know what they’re signing up for, it also sets you up to begin your projects as early as possible. A semester or a year may seem like a long time, but by now we all know that it’s really not.
Come up with a Plan and Timeline
Brainstorming different projects is a great way to get started, but coming up with a plan and timeline is a great way to hold your club accountable! It’s easy to keep pushing things off, but when you’re looking at dates, and everything you need to do before that date, you’re helping set your mind into focus and now know what you need to work on each meeting.
Include fun crafts or treats!
While it’s likely that everyone is involved in your club because they’re passionate about the work you all are doing, nothing keeps people intrigued and wanting to attend the meetings after a long day of classes, than knowing that they’re walking into something fun, such as free food or a cool craft. Your meetings should be efficient, but also relaxed and enjoyable.
Include Meetups outside of the club!
A lot of times, people tend to work better when they feel comfortable within a group. They’re more willing to voice their opinion, make suggestions, or work more efficiently. Your weekly meetings are a great time to establish relationships with your club members, but implementing activities or Meetups outside of the club meetings helps strengthen the relationships within the club and in turn, strengthens the club as a whole.
And never forget, that Green Allies is here to help contribute to the success of your club! Have a cool event you want to host? Found success in a project you began and want to share? Have questions or need resources for a project you’re starting? Let us help you! We serve as the connecting link between different college campuses and are here to connect you with the people or resources you may be looking for!