A key objective of the second century of BGS is to connect Beta Gamma Sigma student and alumni members to each other and to opportunities in their professional lives. Whether there’s a BGS Alumni Chapter in your area or you’re connecting with your own institution’s alumni, here are some ideas to try.
Be sure to share stories and photos of your Chapter’s activities with the Global Headquarters!
The most effective way to begin a relationship with a local alumni chapter is to invite them to send a representative of the Alumni Chapter to attend the induction ceremonies for your local Collegiate Chapter. Allow the alumni officer the opportunity to speak a few minutes at the program to promote the value of membership in the Alumni Chapter.
The alumni chapter officer should assure new BGS members that any Alumni Chapter membership dues (if applicable) are in addition to the lifetime membership fee to BGS (if applicable), and that Alumni Chapter membership is not mandatory to maintain lifetime membership in BGS. Most often, new BGS members are thrilled to know that there is an active group of BGS professionals in their community and are eager to get involved. Alumni chapters host events such as happy hour/networking events, speaker series, sporting event outings, volunteer activities, and professional development workshops.
These newest members are great candidates for new Student Officers and committee members to help support these activities. Many Alumni Chapters have had great success with co-hosting BGS events for both BGS students and BGS alumni. Typically, the university arranges a facility on campus for these events. This allows students to gain crucial exposure to the BGS brand, while providing a free and often convenient location for alumni to meet.
30 Alumni Chapters serve the needs of alumni members in major metropolitan areas worldwide with more added annually. The Alumni Chapters provide professional contacts in the local area, networking opportunities, professional development opportunities through programs of the chapter, the opportunity to give back through interaction with current student members and new graduates, and an opportunity to develop new relationships with other business people. The Alumni Chapters are a great way to stay involved with the Society, take part in unique events, and connect with fellow BGS lifetime members – the “Best in Business.”
Know a member who is interested in starting an Alumni Chapter in your area? Contact DeAmbra Crochrell, Manager of Chapter Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
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