January is the time to start the year off right and set the stage for a great year. Chapter officers should take time to review their handbooks and officer supplies. Plan calendar events for the semester.
- Review handbooks and officer supplies
- Meet with your advisor
- Plan calendar events for the semester
- Alumnae email newsletter (see Newsletter Topics)
- Parent email newsletter (see Newsletter Topics)
- Social media - kickoff the year with member and/or alumnae spotlights
Events To Plan
Plan member education events for the semester, making sure to cover all your requirements from your campus and your national organization. Do you need to have an alcohol education event? Does it need to be with an outside facilitator? If you need help with resources, ask your advisor for recommendations.
Make Panhellenic events a priority on your calendar. You could plan a movie night - invite members from another sorority over to watch a movie at your chapter facility. Host a Panhellenic session before finals for all sorority women. Invite sorority women over for an ice cream social to welcome them back to campus and form new friendships.
Check your campus and national organization requirements for other events you need to plan: a philanthropy fundraiser, service projects, business meetings, socials, and more. Get all important dates on your chapter calendar as soon as possible so your members can plan their schedules accordingly.
It's super important to keep all your audiences informed and engaged with your sorority activities. Make sure to send an alumnae email newsletter and parent email newsletter once a month. You can use MailChimp for a branded, well formatted email newsletter. Learn more about how to set up an email newsletter and what to include each month at Newsletter Topics For Parent and Alumnae Engagement.
Also take the time to plan out a social media strategy for the semester. For January, you could start with member and/or alumnae spotlights. Ask members and alumnae a specific set of questions and get a photo of them. For example, ask members for their major, hometown, favorite sorority memory, and life goals. Ask alumnae for their collegiate years, sorority officer positions held, degree, current job, favorite sorority member, and why she is glad to be a sorority member. Use a Google form so it's easy for members/alumnae to complete, and it's easy for you to track the information. Post one member/alumnae spotlight a day on your social media channels so your audiences can get to know your chapter well and understand more about a life-long sorority membership. Read more about Social Media Strategy Tips and Monthly Topics.
Consider starting a Professor of the Month award. This is a great way to recognize outstanding faculty members on your campus and highlight the value of academic excellence to your audience. You could have members nominate their favorite faculty members, then the public relations committee could select the monthly winners. Each Professor of the Month should receive a small gift and certificate. Make sure to get a photo of the faculty member and your collegiate members. Promote the winner and the "why" behind the award each month on the chapter's social media channels.
To build relationships with other sororities and fraternities on your campus, send "Happy Founders' Day" cards on a monthly basis.
- Alpha Omicron Pi - January 2, 1897
- Kappa Alpha Theta - January 27, 1870
- Delta Tau Delta - January 1, 1858
- Sigma Nu - January 1, 1869
- Kappa Alpha Psi - January 5, 1911
- Phi Beta Sigma - January 9, 1914
- Delta Psi - January 17, 1847