10 Essential Things You Must Have During Sorority Recruitment

Recruitment season for sororities is a time that can quickly become overwhelming and chaotic, which is why it’s so important to plan ahead. It’s best to focus on the most important details first and order what you need in advance to ensure you’ll be ready in time. Consider these 10 essential things that you must have during sorority recruitment so that you can hit the ground running this spring or fall semester.

Party Favors and Gift Sets

It’s common courtesy to send your guests home from a party with favors and gifts that will help them remember you and your organization. And these items don’t have to cost much — just little trinkets that potentials can put on their desks or in their cars to remind them of the day they attended your recruitment event. That might include keychains, little notepads, or even personalized sorority tumbler cups or drinking glasses.

Matching Lettered Jackets (Fall Recruitment)

Greek letter jackets are as cool as they are practical. When people see you and all your fellow chapter sisters around campus wearing the same jacket or pullover with your brightly colored sorority letters etched across the back, it is sure to be memorable. You may be surprised by how many people show up to your interest meetings.

Sorority Themed Decorations

When you’re throwing a proper sorority recruitment event, it isn’t enough to just book a room and arrange seating. You must decorate it with your sorority colors, letters, and themes. Order custom Greek-themed balloons, signs, and tablecloths. Create an area that features some of your chapter’s favorite sorority paraphernalia and photos from the past.

Creative Ice Breaking Activities

It is essential to have a list of ice-breaking activities prepared for your upcoming recruitment events. If they become new members, they are going to spend a lot of time together over the next four years. So, it is important to see how your potentials get along with each other and the current sisters. Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask each person in the room to give their name and a fun or funny fact about themselves. Laughter is always a good way to break the ice.
  • Partner each person in the room randomly and ask them to write a short story, one or two paragraphs long. This will allow you to see who has a sense of humor or a creative mind, which is great for social committees or public relations.
  • Prepare questions about your sorority or about details that have been discussed at the event and offer a prize for whoever gets the most correct answers. A good competitive game that involves a lucrative prize is a good way to gauge the various personalities in the room.

Recruitment Tees in Various Designs

Think of all the many occasions during recruitment season when you are going to host potential new members. That includes at parties, on campus social gatherings, community service projects, and outdoor barbecues. Make sure you and your sisters have plenty of t-shirts in various designs and colors. The more variety the better. Not to mention, these t-shirts will live on well past your college years, like a collection of memories.

Sorority Buttons and Pins

It can be difficult to distinguish sorority members from interests at recruitment affairs. That’s why it’s important for each initiated sister to wear a special sorority pin or button. Whether it’s a simple button imprinted with your Greek letters or a lapel pin, potential new members will know you’re the point of contact if they have questions about your organization.

Invitations and Stationery

Throughout the recruitment process, you will have to send notes and invitations to potential new members. Stock up on sorority stationery with your Greek symbols and letters as well as specially designed invitations. Also, remember to grab a box of pens and pencils that identify your sorority affiliation to use and distribute at events.

Plenty of Face Masks

At a time when it is so important to protect your health and that of others, it is important for you and all your chapter sisters to stay masked up. You could be hosting dozens of potential new members at your events. So, make sure you have a box of Greek-lettered masks — at least two for each member in your official sorority colors. And of course, encourage attendees to wear masks as well.

Table and Event Signs

How will anyone know about your recruitment events if you don’t let them know with proper sorority signage and banners? At the minimum, you’ll need a customized banner imprinted with details about your upcoming affair, a sign to hang in front of tables and podiums, and a general sorority banner that includes your Greek letters, chapter name, and founding date.

An Open Mind

When you’re navigating the process of recruiting new members into your sorority, it’s important to have an open mind. There are going to be girls who are nervous, girls who may feel the need to try to go above and beyond to impress, and some interests who just rub you the wrong way at first, but remember that recruitment is the perfect time to get to know them better. Maintain a positive mindset and look deeper to find the good in every potential new recruit.

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Easy Holiday Philanthropy Events!

Looking for some fun philanthropy events for the end of the semester but don’t have much time? There are plenty of things you can put together nicely on short notice!

1. Make Blankets- Host a chapter philanthropy night and make fleece blankets to donate to hospitals and/or homeless. Our chapter did this last year and had so much fun with it! Now I have made these blankets on my own before and they can be quite time consuming! But with “all hands on deck” we flew through a number of these blankets in only an hour! Not much planning involved on this one, just have someone buy the fleece and have everyone bring some scissors! (Maybe throw in some Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday music to set the tone!)Follow this link to find directions on making blankets: http://www.ehow.com/how_4392701_make-fleece-tied-blanket.html

2. Host a Winter Clothing Drive- Ask your university community to donate new or gently used coats, jackets, mittens, scarves, etc. for the less fortunate. You can find some large boxes to set out in heavily trafficked areas or set-up a donation station for people to drop off their items. Look online or in the phone book to find a local homeless shelter for the donations. Make up some flyers to hang around campus and send out a campus-wide email to promote the event!

3. Chili Cook-Off- The perfect event for a cold Fall day! Get together with other chapters on campus and have a culinary showdown! Each chapter can create a different chili recipe, and let the campus be the judge of the best! Set up some tables in a quad, lounge, or cafeteria to host the event. Ask for $0.25 (or whatever amount you feel is appropriate) donations to taste test and vote, and say a $1.00 for a bowl. Simple and fun!

The holiday season is full of opportunities to lend a hand. Check with local churches and homeless shelters to find out what they need or if they could use volunteers. Remember, it is the season of giving- what better way to get in the spirit than to give! We want to know- How is your chapter giving this holiday season?

Greek of the Week- ALPHA XI DELTA, Iota Alpha!

Happy Monday- A new week means a new Greek of the Week! This week we are pleased to congratulate the Iota Alpha Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta for their phenomenal efforts in raising over $8,000 for Autism Speaks! WOW!!

Iota Alpha represents George Mason University. Not only did the chapter make an incredible donation to Autism Speaks, they also hosted a carnival for the children. They painted faces and hosted games such as bowling and mini-golf! Sounds like an amazing event, ladies! You are now entered for a chance to win the $250 Greekgear.com shopping spree!

If you would like to enter your chapter for a chance to win the shopping spree, simply email mmark@inarush.com with a picture and brief description of some accomplishment your chapter is proud of this semester! EVERY ENTRY WINS A PRIZE!!!! Only a couple weeks left, let’s see what ya got!

Greek of the Week: ALPHA GAMMA DELTA, Zeta Eta Chapter!

Congratulations to the Greek of the Week, round 1 winners- Alpha Gamma Delta (Zeta Eta)!

The Zeta Eta chapter hosted their first Water Wars, an event that they hope to continue in the years to come. The event included water themed games such as water balloon dodge ball, relay races, etc.! They even had a giant slip and slide, which according to them turned into more of a mudslide! The BEST part- Not only did the women and their friends have a fabulous time, they also raised money for The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation for Juvenile Diabetes! What a fantastic idea, where was my invite?! Next year, next year..

Again, congratulations on a job VERY well done to the Zeta Eta chapter! They are now in the running for the grand prize shopping spree from Greekgear.com! Want to enter your chapter? Just send me a brief description and a picture to mmark@inarush.com. All entries receive a prize! Keep up the good work, and good luck to all entrants!

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