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Excite your New Members

Understanding Your New Members


Calendar of Retention Projects #

Do's and Don'ts for Chapters #

Generational Differences

What New Members Want






Educate them about STTI
Excellence - recognize their accomplishments
Communicate - frequently and in a meaningful way
Involve them immediately
Teach them about opportunities for professional development
Encourage their continued membership

E Educate new members about Sigma Theta Tau
  • Educate prospective members about the society (host information sessions, attend orientations – student or employee, distribute brochures, and talk one-on-one with students and colleagues)
  • As you go through the invitation process, let them know about the full range of benefits within the society and your chapter
  • Prior to induction, host an orientation session using Sigma’s ready-to-use presentation available in the All Chapter Officers workgroup
X Excellence – recognize their accomplishments
  • Congratulate them on being inducted with a letter or note
  • Encourage members to submit information about promotions and awards for publication in your newsletter
  • Notify employers when a member has done something of value for the chapter, or has been recognized with an award, scholarship, research grant, etc.
C Communicate – frequently and in a meaningful way
  • Send a welcome letter to introduce them to the chapter - address information is available from headquarters
  • Verify and ensure they are receiving chapter newsletters and e-mails
  • Communicate with them on a monthly basis to keep your chapter on their mind; do not wait until the next meeting to contact them
  • Find out what they want by asking them
I Involve new members immediately
  • Hold an event for new members. This could be an informal pitch-in dinner, pizza party, summer reception, etc
  • Get new members involved immediately so they feel a part of the chapter. This could mean serving on a committee or just helping with a one-time event such as a community service project or a social gathering. (see information on community service projects)
  • Ask new members to contribute a short article or piece about him/herself for the chapter newsletter or website
T Teach new members about opportunities for professional development
E Encourage their continued membership
  • Model the characteristics of an active member for them
  • Create flexible opportunities for involvement so they can participate at any level
  • Teach them about the renewal/transfer process; and encourage them to contact Member Services if they have any questions


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