January 20, 2018

14 Elements for a great club meeting

If no one enjoys coming to your meetings, your campus club or organization is going to be a big flop. Your meetings are the key event that gets and keeps your core members involved. Want to keep everyone from getting bored and get a lot accomplished at the same time? We previously talked about 3 ways to pep up your campus club meetings but if you follow these guidelines (that includes those 3 ideas) for structuring your meetings you should see marked improvement in involvement, enthusiasm and most importantly retention.

Dave Kelly - 14 Elements for a great club meeting

Student Leaders at Seminole State College (FL)

  1. Make the meeting fun and interesting with lots of participation.
  2. A greeter welcomes attendees to the meeting.
  3. Have icebreakers to give the attendees a chance to meet other people.
  4. Call the meeting to order on time.
  5. Lead a group activity such as the Pledge of Allegiance.
  6. Recite club or organization “pledge.”
  7. Have an invocation, humorous story, or a thought of the day.
  8. Offer member education in the form of the “Membership Minute.”
  9. Officers report on their activities and items of interest.
  10. Introduce special guests, such as the Dean of Students.
  11. Have the greeter introduce other guests and meeting visitors.
  12. Committees report on their area of responsibility and upcoming activities.
  13. Recognize birthdays, big accomplishments, milestones.
  14. End the meeting on time.

By the way, not only will your campus meetings be better, but these are organizational skills that will serve you in your future career or entrepreneurial endeavors. Now is the time to get it right and become a better leader.


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