Why did you join your chapter?
What did you expect to gain from it?
What has been your role as a member?
Most members can easily answer the first two questions - felt like I belonged, loved their philanthropy... make friends, get more involved - the list for both goes on and on!
We all have expectations, we have them for every part of our life! We expect to be treated a certain way by the people around us, we expect to gain certain things through our participation, we even sometimes expect to be given certain things (actual stuff, experiences, etc.) based on our involvement.
When it comes to question #3.... many members don't have an answer "I'm a member?" or "I go to chapter."
Officer, committee member, special event chair, or member-at-large: it does not matter!!
You have a great idea? Tell someone! Want to host a really cool philanthropy event? Go to the philanthropy committee's meeting that week and talk about your idea? Think that meetings are taking too long and have an idea about how to streamline them? Post it in the suggestion box, or attend executive committee to talk to advisors!
When officers or sisters send our surveys asking for your opinions - respond! Otherwise, they'll stop asking.
What do you think is fun? What are your hobbies? What would make you enjoy going to chapter instead of, as T.J.Sullivan says in his keynote, drink bleach?!
If you see something wrong or different or maybe just not as good as it could be...CHANGE IT! You have the power to make your experience exactly what you want it to be as a chapter member! You can suggest socials or express interest in a topic for membership education.
If you want to see change around you, you have to start it. Use the tools and outlets you have (or come up with your own!) and express your opinions!
Want to change the general mood of the chapter? Come to chapter in pin attire, on time, ready to focus and listen to sisters, volunteer, be engaged. Share your experiences, socialize with a sister you might not know as well! Choose your attitude - leave bio and economics, boyfriend troubles, and stress at the door!
It's up to all of us to help build the traditions and legacy of our chapter or any activity we're involved in...
Well...what are you waiting for?!?