Chapter Officers Winter Training January 30, 2010
Chapter Networking • Career Networking • Networking with local community organizations • Collaborating with professional organizations or colleges • Collaborating with other local area alumni chapters
Career Networking • Richmond Chapter:Hokies Helping HokiesChris Vidler & Rick Curry • Business and career networking group for Richmond area Virginia Tech alumni • $5.00 charge to attend • Monthly meeting, weekday morning from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m. • Door prizes • Meeting attire is business casual • Marketed via email, website, linkedin, facebook • Have had as few as 12 and as many as 100 attend
Career Networking • Houston Chapter:Downtown Hokie Lunch BunchMike Strickler • First Thursday of every month, 11:30 to 1:00 • Professional Hokies working in downtown Houston • Table reserved ahead of time
Career Networking • Chicago Chapter:Virginia Tech Business AllianceColeman Jones • Mission is to provide engaging opportunities for Chicagoland Hokies to build and strengthen their professional relationships • Held annually in January • Fee charged to cover room, appetizer and bar • Speaker panel • Structured speed networking program
Career Networking • Other examples?
Networking With Local Community Organizations • Alleghany Highlands Chapter:Blue/Gray BanquetBetty Lee • In conjunction with Rotary Club and local community college – pay no fees for location • Dr. Bud Robertson draws a diverse audience • Community college culinary department researches and prepares food • Provide free tickets for 10-20 students to attend • Money raised for chapter scholarships • Advertise in local paper, VTAA e-mails & mailers • Invite other local Virginia Tech Alumni chapters
Networking With Local Community Organizations • Fredericksburg Chapter:Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Candlelight TourBetty Lee • Community service event assisting Historic Fredericksburg Foundation • Volunteers worked shifts manning road barricades • Volunteers received one free ticket & discount on additional tickets • Event was followed by chapter holiday party
Networking With Local Community Organizations • Rockbridge Chapter:Rockbridge Community FestivalBetty Lee • Chapter hosted booth at local community festival • Provided opportunity to promote Virginia Tech Alumni Association • Networking opportunity with other organizations that were involved in the festival
Networking With Local Community Organizations • Other examples?
Collaborating With Professional Organizations & VT Colleges • Western North Carolina Chapter:Jack Davis Speaker EventMark Tokay • Jack Davis, dean of College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech • Worked with American Institute of Architects to host and promote the event • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks served • $5.00 fee per person (suggested contribution) • Event was also chapter’s holiday party
Collaborating With Professional Organizations & VT Colleges • Houston Chapter:Houston Area Geosciences Support Group (HAVTGSG)Mike Strickler • Formed to complement the VT Geosciences Alumni Relations Committee (ARC) • Worked with Geosciences Department to host alumni dinners in Houston • Setup visits for Virginia Tech geosciences students at oil and gas exploration companies
Collaborating With Professional Organizations & VT Colleges • Other examples?
Collaborating With Other Local Area Alumni Chapters • South Florida Chapter:ACC Basketball Kickoff Event at Finnegan’s on the RiverEric McClellan • Hosted by Miami Seminole Club in conjunction with local ACC alumni chapters and clubs • VT vs. FSU Men’s Basketball game at 6:00 p.m. • All day event, $10 per person (children free) • Games and raffles throughout the day • Prizes awarded to alumni chapters with most contest wins and best attendance
Collaborating With Other Local Area Alumni Chapters • San Antonio Chapter:Softball Team in San Antonio Alumni LeagueJosh Burnheimer • Advertise via word of mouth and chapter list-serv • Recruited some other non-Hokies to fill roster spots • Will resume in Spring 2010
Collaborating With Other Local Area Alumni Chapters • Other examples?
Programming for Alumni with Varied Interests • Engaging young alumni • Engaging older alumni • Family-oriented programming
Engaging Young Alumni • Richmond Chapter:Hokie Hump Day Happy HoursChris Vidler and Rick Curry • Held the first Wednesday of every month • Drink specials and hors d’ouevres • All Richmond area Hokies invited
Engaging Young Alumni • Chattanooga Chapter:Hokies Old & New PicnicCorrine Woods • All Chattanooga area Hokies and their families are invited • $5.00 per person + bring covered dish • Hamburgers and hot dogs, drinks included in cover charge
Engaging Young Alumni • Other examples?
Engaging Older Alumni • Fredericksburg Chapter:Wine Tasting Bus TourBetty Lee • Northern Neck Wine Tour, Tasting, and Tutorial • $50 fee includes motor coach travel, box lunch, private tours, wine tastings, light picnic fare on the bus • Have had Extension Agents speak on the last 2 tours • Contact Mark Steele for more info:firstname.lastname@example.org
Engaging Older Alumni • Charlotte Chapter:Pops in the ParkBill Smith • Free event held every Sunday in June by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra • One Sunday is selected for “Hokie Day” • Choose common meeting location, use balloons to mark the spot • Participants bring chairs and blankets and are invited to bring food and beverages to share
Engaging Older Alumni • National Capital Region Chapter:Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center – Kambiz Rahnavardy • Shen Yun Performing Arts – Performance of traditional Chinese dancing and music • 10% discount for Virginia Tech alumni and a chance to meet the cast
Engaging Older Alumni • Other examples?
Family-Oriented Programming • Las Vegas Chapter:Las Vegas 51s Baseball Game and Tailgate – Susan Meacham • Las Vegas minor league baseball team • Tailgate event prior to the game • Activities during the game for the whole family
Family-Oriented Programming • Chattanooga Chapter:Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Hokie Holiday Social Corrine Woods • Exclusive ride aboard vintage, coal burning train • Four-course meal served in dining car • Stop at nearby town for holiday shopping • $80 fee includes ride and dinner • Total train time – about 2 hours
Family-Oriented Programming • Other examples?
Other questions? • Chapter Resources: http://www.alumni.vt.edu/chapters/chapters.html • Chapter Officers Group on the Hokie Nation Network… join us!