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44 New Member Recruiting Ideas for Your Psi Beta Chapter

The following recruiting ideas have been used successfully by Psi Beta student leaders across the country to maintain strong and active chapters. Try them out at your college!

1. Raffle off a free membership to someone who joins your chapter during your recruiting drive.

2. Host a special “bring a friend” meeting featuring an ice-breaker exercise, a brief club orientation, and refreshments. Each member must bring a friend with them to the meeting.

3. Call or e-mail visitors after they have attended a meeting. Thank them for visiting the chapter and invite them to your next event or meeting.

4. Obtain testimonials from alumni members (now working, or enrolled at a university) about the value of Psi Beta membership and how it has helped them.

5. Invite people who have a conflict with chapter meetings to join as national members so they will have access to current Psi Beta and psychology information.

6. Create a bulletin board display in a prominent place and develop a chapter web site showing pictures from chapter activities, membership information, and a calendar of upcoming events.

7. Hand out Psi Beta flyers to students in psychology classes.

8. Announce upcoming chapter meetings in your psychology classes; invite everyone to attend.

9. Ask members for names of friends and classmates who could benefit from Psi Beta membership. Send these people a personal invitation to attend your next event. Follow up with a phone call.

10. List your upcoming meetings in your college campus newspaper. Send e-mail reminders to all members and potential members.

11. Prepare a two-minute talk on the value of joining Psi Beta. Give your presentation to psychology-related classes and then handout membership applications and information.

12. Set up tables displaying Psi Beta materials at the student activities club day and the freshmen orientation.

13. Provide free refreshments at your meetings.

14. Ask qualified chapter members to provide free resume critiques to anyone in your chapter who joins Psi Beta this month.

15. Create an inexpensive bookmark advertising your chapter, then acquire permission to stuff them in the psychology textbooks in the college bookstore.

16. Ask for donations of items such as notebooks, mugs, or gift certificates from the campus bookstore and other local businesses. Offer these as incentives to new members who join during your membership drive.

17. Offer a prize to the person in your chapter who recruits the most new members.

18. Develop a membership scholarship fund for financially challenged for students to join national Psi Beta.

19. Provide students who visit your meeting with an information packet about your chapter and Psi Beta. Include a calendar of events, a list of chapter officers, and an application to join.

20. Invite a successful professional in your community to speak to your chapter on the value of joining and being active in professional associations.

21. Publicize any awards your chapter or members have won, such as research or community service awards or Psi Beta scholarships. People like to join groups that are successful.

22. Ask professors to mention Psi Beta to students in their office meetings with students.

23. Write an article for your campus paper on a successful chapter project or a high-profile speaker.

24. Create a membership committee to focus on new ways to bring in members.

25. Organize a behind-the-scenes tour of a popular organization such as an amusement park, casino, or winery. Require students to be members to attend.

26. Offer a chapter scholarship or book award (money towards textbooks) for members only.

27. Highlight and explain a different national membership benefits at each meeting.

28. Hold a meeting in the computer lab and demonstrate the valuable information available to members on the National Psi Beta web page.

29. Co-sponsor a high visibility event on campus, such as a dance, concert, seminar, or sporting contest to raise awareness of your chapter and its activities.

30. Participate in a charity event with other clubs. Invite members of other groups to visit one of your meetings and learn more about your chapter.

31. Survey current members to determine what benefits are most valuable to them. Emphasize these benefits when creating flyers or speaking to potential new members.

32. Hold a joint meeting or event with a related club such as Phi Theta Kappa. Distribute Psi Beta information to the participants.

33. Think WIIFM- “What’s In It For Me?” That’s what prospective members are asking themselves. Be sure to tell them specifically how membership will benefit them.

34. Hold an informational meeting for prospective members. Have members and chapter alumni tell the visitors how networking through Psi Beta has helped them.

35. Talk to lots of people about Psi Beta. Experts say it takes ten calls to make one sale.

36. Plan chapter social events in addition to educational activities. People like to join groups that are friendly and fun.

37. Make each prospective member feel special. Make an effort to remember names and to smile and greet people by name when you see them again around campus.

38. If you have non-members who have come to several events, give them an application and ask them to join. Some people never join simply because no one has taken an interest and encouraged them to sign up.

39. Make it easy to participate. Establish and publicize a regular meeting schedule. Provide a local contact name and phone number on all your materials and then return calls promptly!

40. Offer an incentive such as a Psi Beta pin or mug to members who bring at least two guests to a meeting.

41. Print names of new chapter members in your newsletter and recognize them at chapter meetings. Demonstrate that your club is strong and growing.

42. Announce membership updates at each meeting and remind people to bring friends to the next event. Let your members know that recruiting is a top priority for the group.

43. Always speak with excitement and pride when describing your chapter. Remember: Enthusiasm is contagious!

44. Ask members to bring friends and family members to your chapter inductions. Some of those who attend will want to join once they become eligible.


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