One of my favorite songs is Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. If you really look at the words, it kind of sums up recruitment. So often we are living on a prayer that our best laid plans will work out. That our chapter will recruit the BEST women and we will be the BEST house on campus. But if you read the lyrics: “We’re halfway there. Livin’ on a prayer. Take my hand and we’ll make it – I swear ” is that really what sorority life is like? You have these dreams, goals, and you don’t achieve the dream without support from those who love you. As our collegians return to campus and we support them as alumnae, advisors, alumnae chapters and sisters we think about our values and recruitment.
To Thy Own Self Be True William Shakespeare
Attending the RLC this summer in Lisle, Ill., the phrase “Our values are not a suggestion” rang true! As members of the organization, active or not, we are called to live our values. We represent Sigma Kappa and demonstrate the values of an organization that defines us; that we define as a duty! In the words of William Shakespeare, we need to be true to ourselves and be ourselves. So I have complied a few tips as our collegians return to campus and recruit our future sisters…
- Be true to who you are. Don’t engage in activities that define you as something you would not be proud of.
- Recruit those who live our values by their association, actions and words.
- Build a chapter with sisters that you would be friends with even if you did not meet them through recruitment. Don’t select women you can break down and build up. We want strong, capable sisters.
Beyond the college years I can still recruit?!
So a funny thing happened on the way to being an adult…. I became a “Den Mom.” Yes, my 7-year-old is now a proud Cub Scout, and I am a den mom. Part of that job means I get to go to monthly planning meetings for the entire pack. Recently, we have had lower numbers because of sports, school and other conflicts. One of the chair positions open was Recruitment. Well, my sorority ears perked up, and low and behold, I’m now recruitment chair. The same concerns, job requirements, and skills needed from our VPMs, I put to use immediately to help rebuild our pack. One of the men commented how we had some fun events planned and was thrilled to see more boys coming to join. He asked what I did. My reply, “ I was honest and I was a friend and I used all those years of sorority training.”
So what are those secret tips? Well, if you are on Twitter, follow Josh Orendi at @JoshOrendi. He is a part of Phired Up and has been tweeting tips for recruitment since August! What are some of his gems?
- Recruitment isn’t about filling beds, it’s about changing lives.
- Brotherhood and sisterhood are the human relationship fostered BETWEEN events/meetings you host. (Also true of recruitment.)
- Every member has a sister they can point to and say, “She is why I joined.” Be that friend for a sister today.
So how are you living our values? How do you see our collegians living the values?
This post was written by Adriana Diachenko. Contact Adriana at email@example.com
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