Building Your Sigma House Recruitment and Retention Workshop For Members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Presented by: Linette Y. Caroselli, NER Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator Purpose A strategic plan of recruiting and retaining membership is essential to the expansion and success of Sigma Gamma Rho. If we look at our history, we span from seven young courageous educators whose mission was to help African- American women help themselves while uplifting others. Today, over 90,000 women of all backgrounds and professions have made it their goal to provide “Greater Service, Greater Progress” to the world at large. The Power of Vision Recruitment Recruitment is the primary focus of this workshop. In order to successfully meet the requirements of our mission statement, we must first find women who meet our standards. When recruiting, we should be seeking collegiate women who believe in the vision of our Founders. What is Recruitment? Recruitment refers to the process of screening, and selecting qualified people for a job at an organization or firm, or for a vacancy in a volunteer-based organization or community group. In our case, we are looking for collegiate women who will maintain and uphold the organization’s ideals and purpose. The Foundation Every house has a foundation. Therefore your chapter’s foundation is its membership. The people that make up your chapter speaks volumes. Birds of a feather, flock together. Who to Recruit School club presidents Resident Advisors Students who show an interest in community service Campus leaders Go-getters Who to Recruit continued.. Women who: Have a good reputation Service Oriented March to the beat of a different drum High Principals/Standards High G.P.A. A leader not a follower High Self-Esteem Love of Community Good Organizer Possess great organization skills A good Role Model Legacies *See “The Chosen” slide for elaboration Hazing Anyone who shows any interest in hazing is not a good candidate for membership. These types of individuals will put your chapter at risk! Let interests know up front, we are a non-hazing organization. How to Plant the Sigma Seed… Now that you have found your quality candidates, recruit them…. TALK TO PEOPLE! SPREAD THE JOY OF SIGMA! Wear paraphernalia on campus Sponsor activities where you can meet and greet women on campus Advertise Sigma whenever possible Plan creative programming on campus (National Projects) The Chosen The ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho have several things that make us stand out. We see ourselves as an elite organization. By "elite", we don't mean "fanciest," or "richest". We only accept the cream of the crop, so to speak, because we seek out women who are not afraid of work. Women who are not afraid to stand out, stand up, and be heard. We seek women of class, character, and dedication to the community. We seek women who are already secure enough in their womanhood not to be daunted by what others may say, think, or feel. We seek women of vision, women of the future, TODAY. We seek women who will NOT settle for being the same as everyone else in the organization, who will NOT settle for being a t-shirt wearer, who will NOT accept the conditions of the community as they are. We seek women who, in addition to excellence in their personal and work lives, seek excellence in their academic lives. This is why we say we are an "elite" organization. When you get women of such caliber together in a room, you can imagine the results: progress and achievement, the marks of an organization on the move! Clean Your House First! You wouldn’t invite company over to your home if your house was a not clean. It’s the same with your chapter. Clean your house before you let anyone in. If there are rifts, resolve them first. Interests can pick up on dissention amongst sorors. The following should be in order before proceeding with T.O.R.C.H.: Local By-laws should be updated. They should be clear to the members Personal differences should be resolved. Remember, Sigma is not only a Sisterhood but a business as well. The membership chairs should have updated TORCH manuals Everyone should be secure and clear about their chapter duties and roles Recruiting Remember: It takes a special kind of woman to be a S.G. Rho. Our letters shouldn’t be worn by just anyone because they said they’re interested. Our letters are special and valuable. Recruit only those you feel will add to the legacy. Discretion It is your chapter’s discretion whether to accept/pursue individuals. It is up to the membership committee to bring forth information to the chapter. It is also the duty of both interests and sorors to get acquainted with one another. Legacies A legacy is a member whose mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, sister, niece, etc. is also a member. While these relationships are treasured, legacies do not have automatic entry into Sigma Gamma Rho. They too have to meet the requirements for membership. Retention Retention is the process of maintaining members once they have been inducted. Too often for various reasons, sorors become inactive. We as an organization must preserve our numbers in order to be successful. Without financial sorors, the organization cannot prosper. The more financial sorors we have, the more we can accomplish. How to Retain Members Graduate chapters can participate in the Graduate Chapter Dues Program. This program enables undergraduates to smoothly transfer into a graduate chapter by offering discounted chapter dues. Grads can also sponsor an undergraduate during her first year as an graduate member. Retention Undergraduates should visit all of the Graduate chapters in their home area to determine where they feel comfortable Chapters should reach out to inactive sorors by phone or by paying a personal visit Invite inactive sorors to chapter events and present gift bags as a token of appreciation for their presence Start a positive conversation about the progress Sigma has had since they’ve been away If money is a factor, wave the chapter dues (if this is feasible for the chapter) All Aboard the Sigma Line! Activities to Bring Sorors Home: Dinner & a Movie Girls’ Night Out Game Night Wine Tasting Soirée’ (Grad Chapters) Play Date (sorors’ children) Synopsis Recruiting is essential to the growth and productivity of Sigma Gamma Rho We value Quality not Quantity Retention is vital to the survival of Sigma. Active and financial members maintain the integrity and productivity of the organization Clean your house first! TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More! Questions & Concerns If you have any questions or concerns, please forward them to: firstname.lastname@example.org EEE- YIP!!
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