Creating Committees

One of the steps to building a chapter is to set up committees to help complete chapter projects. Chapter committees plan all activities, and since members support what they help create, each chapter member should serve on at least one standing committee.

Suggested Committees - Appointed committee chairs prepare brief project reports for every completed project. Many chapters have the following ongoing committees to build chapter involvement:

  • Professional Development: Plans icebreakers and finds guest speakers for meetings; coordinates business tours and social activities.

  • Community Service: Facilitates chapter’s community involvement by coordinating service activities.

  • Fundraising: Plans chapter fundraisers in support of chapter activities, including conferences, seminars, travel, etc.

  • Recruitment/Membership: Plans recruitment and retention activities.

Suggested Committee Leadership:

  • Vice President

  • Committee Chairman

  • Committee Secretary

  • Members

Extra Tips for Committee-building:

  • Personalize your committees: Not every chapter could need all the suggested committees above, and some chapters could need more than the suggested committees. Personalize your committees and their duties to your chapter’s community, needs, goals, and program of work. Also, personalize your committee leadership to your chapter’s community, needs, goals, and Program of Work.

  • Create an incentive to encourage members to join a committee: If you have a point system, provide points to members who are involved in one or more committees. You could also provide a discount on conference(s) if that encourages members. Even simply giving candy and/or sweets to members who are involved in committees could serve as an incentive.

  • Keep efficient communication: Ensure that everyone who is part of the committee knows what it is going on so everyone can work well together and benefit the team in the best way possible. Also, make sure that there is an open field of communication among committee members and committee leadership so everyone feels comfortable giving ideas.

    • You can also create a group text/chat to make sure everyone knows what’s going on and what their duties are.

For a group text/chat, you could use regular text messaging and/or an app such as Crew or Groupme