Any individual or group may organize an alumni chapter or affinity group! Simply follow these steps to success!
Contact WLU Alumni Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about starting an alumni chapter or affinity group in your interest area.
Consider your target audience. Your Liaison can help you determine how many alumni live in your area and/or share your common bond.
Select a date, time and location for an initial event to gauge interest in the chapter or affinity group. Keep the first event simple and inexpensive, such as a post-work social at a local establishment.
Determine how you will track RSVPs for your event. You can set up an event page through Facebook. (The bonus of Facebook is that others will be able to see who else is attending, which may encourage additional attendance.) WL Alumni Affairs can also track RSVPs through online registration.
Draft text for an email blast advertising the first event and submit it to your Liaison. The text should include information about the prospective chapter or affinity group, why the recipient is being invited to attend, the event’s date, time and location, and a link to your online RSVP site.
Use your initial event to identify whether there is enough interest to form a chapter or affinity group. Who might the influential people be that can bring others on board? Who might be potential leaders of the group? You may want to create and bring an interest form for attendees to fill out and leave behind.
Once you have interested alumni, follow up with a planning meeting to organize the new chapter or affinity group. Agenda items might include: organization (bylaws, leadership structure), mission (overall purpose of the chapter – social, scholarship, etc.), potential upcoming activities (mixer, fundraiser, speaker, etc.), election of officers, financing the chapter (annual dues).
Complete and submit the WLU Alumni Affairs Chapter/Affinity Group Application.
An Alumni staff member will reach out to let you know they received the application. Alumni Affairs then votes on all new applications.