A list of scheduled alumnae gathering dates is listed on the Important
Dates page. When more information than the date is available, it is listed
on the Alumnae Involvement page.
Coordinating an Alumnae Area or Starting an Alumnae Group
Ohio Kianu Alumnae Gathering
If you're reading this, you're probably either
the Alumnae Outreach Director, an Alumnae Outreach Area Coordinator, or you're
interested in starting a Kianu alumnae group. There's a lot to do, but we
promise, once your group gets going, it will be worth the time you invest
Note to Alumnae Outreach Area Coordinators, since your areas are quite large,
you may consider forming (or suggest others form) smaller alumnae groups within
your area (example: Columbus area, Cleveland area, New Concord area). This
will allow the groups to get together more often. To form these smaller groups,
you may want to identify some leaders in those areas to form the group, and
just have them report their progress to you.
One of the best parts of these alumnae groups is that they are mostly social!
There will be some business to attend to, and some philanthropy involved,
but volunteering can be a lot of fun when you have a group to do it with.
This can be a great way to meet new friends in your area, and reconnect with
Chi Alpha Nu.
Contact info @ kianu.org
to get information
on how to get a listing of all alumnae living within the zip codes in your area.
Once you receive your list, enlist help!! Pick
people off the list, and contact them to ask for their help in forming the
group. Even if you don't know them, it can be a great way to meet new people.
They will know Kianus from their active days and it can be a way to involve
different "generations" of Kianus. Besides, it will be more fun
if you have help in the planning stages!
Decide on what type of event to have for your first meeting. This meeting
should allow people to get to know each other, as well as plan for future
events. Try to pick a time that most people should be able to attend.
Invitations. Try to use lots of color and interesting pictures/graphics to
grab people’s attention. Give as much information about the event as
possible to create interest. Include the following: date, time, location,
directions, and costs involved. If baby-sitting will be available, include
that information as well. State the intention to form an alumnae group and
ask them to get involved. Offer three options for the RSVP: will attend, cannot
attend, and cannot attend but would be interested in being involved in future
events. This will allow you to identify interested alumnae, even if they don’t
attend the first meeting. Set a final “respond by” date, so that
you have enough time to plan particulars. Mail invitations at least four weeks
in advance of the event. Keep receipts so that you can be reimbursed once
the group starts collecting dues.
Don’t forget about advertising on the XAN yahoo listserv or XAN website!
The first meeting:
- Depending on the location and event, consider providing nametags.
- Explain the purpose of the group (example: 70% social, 15% philanthropy,
15% business; or whatever combination you decide upon)
- Discuss activities the group might participate in. Consider passing out
a survey where people can indicate their interests and preferred meeting
times. The whole group may decide to gear some events to different age groups
and interests, in which people can pick an choose events that interest them.
(examples of events listed below)
- Plan a tentative calendar. How often will you meet? Delegate coordination,
so that different members are in charge of different events. If small groups
are created to plan certain events, the small group should set due dates
so that everything runs smoothly.
- If the Alumnae Outreach Area Coordinator will not be coordinating the
group, elect or select a chair or co-chairs. Depending on size of group,
other positions may be created to share tasks.
- Pick a date and place for next meeting.
- Set an expected budget for the next year (based on postage, location rentals,
- Depending on how often you plan to meet and the budget set by the group,
determine dues. (Probably $10-$20 a year). It is important to note that
these dues are separate from the Alumnae dues paid to the Corporation. Alumnae
dues paid to the Corporation go to support Chi Alpha Nu while the local
area dues go to support the social activities of the area alumnae group.
(some events can include spouses and children, others can be limited to members)
- Progressive Dinner (different courses at different member homes)
- Fundraising: a 50/50 raffle (50% to winning individual, 50% for group's
- Happy hour at local pub
- Picnic or Potluck (example: last names of A-H bring salad, I-P bring desert,
- Spa day
- Secret Santa exchange
- Welcome event for newly graduated seniors
- Kianu anniversary celebration
- Meet at a bookstore on event nights.
- Attend plays, concerts, ball games, etc.
- Scrapbooking sessions
- Volunteer events (Habitat for Humanity, working at soup kitchen, etc.)
- Pledge or graduation class reunions
After the first meeting:
- Do a mailing/e-mail or call people (via phone tree) to remind people/let
people know about the next event.
- Consider writing a summary of what happened for the XAN newsletter, website
or yahoo group; this may be a way to increase interest for those who were
unable to attend.
- The Alumnae Outreach Area Coordinators or group chair(s) should keep a
record of events for the Alumnae Outreach Director.
- Use each other for ideas! The Alumnae Outreach Director, Alumnae Outreach
Area Coordinators and group chairs can communicate by email (or phone for
those without email) to share resources and ideas.
If you have any questions, please contact your Alumnae Outreach Director.