I love Alpha Gam, I really do. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be in Junior Circle and on the 85th planning committee. However, I must say that I am disappointed in my chapter right now- specifically the alumnae. We have about 20 dedicated alumnae who are wonderful, and act as advisors, volunteers, and any other role asked. And then there are probably another 25 that were in those roles for 10+ years and then stepped down- they have given so much to the Fraternity, I am glad that they can take this time for themselves. What about the other 700+ alumnae from the chapter?
I have no idea. It started before I ever joined ,but there is currently a mentality of “I gave four years, now it’s me time.” I have never understand this, as we take vows for our lifetime, not for four years. It’s also frustrating because the collegians have far less of a support base than they need. The reason I bring this up though, is that we are trying to come up with a solution to our poor alumnae turnout. We have two new members in Junior Circle, with potentially a few more. I am excited, it is a chance to get to know women I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
Planning for our anniversary for the fall is going well. I am hoping if we can have established events and members to present to people, we might have more of a response. I 100% understand that not even half of our alumnae will come out, but this is disheartening. I believe that our “fresh blood” in Junior Circle is going to help us come up with some new suggestions, and hopefully our contacts at International can help us come up with a plan as well.
Are you an alumna/alumni member of your organisation? What events and tactics have proved the most useful for you in retaining your members and keeping them engaged?