Leadership Weekend Brainstorming 2011

We had some fun brainstorming games during Friday’s happy hour to jump start some ideas for our chapters.  Please see the questions and lists of ideas below.

1. List the most family-friendly chapter activities you can think of.

  • Picnic
  • Zoo Day
  • Christmas/Holiday activities
  • Bowling
  • Visit a farm
  • Visit gardens/arboretum
  • Swimming
  • Candy/Lemonade stand
  • Make ice cream
  • Make t-shirts
  • Make Easter eggs
  • Baseball games
  • Museums
  • Pregame activities at CU
  • BBQ
  • Stock Show (in Colorado)
  • Boat Race
  • Movie
  • Hike
  • Cooking class
  • Bake sale
  • Garage sale
  • Habitat for Humanity or other volunteer activities
  • Butterfly Pavilion (Colorado)
  • Story telling/book reading
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Horseback riding
  • Park cleanup
  • Find Family Camps in your area and participate as a group
  • Birthday parties
  • Water parks/amusement parks
  • Beach day
  • Day care
  • Meet at Farmer’s Market

2. List ideas for scholarship fundraising.

  • Black tie
  • Carnival
  • Poker Run
  • Rockies/baseball games
  • Auction
  • Dinner
  • Meet & Greet
  • Pub crawl
  • Fashion show
  • Car wash
  • Wine tasting
  • Warren Miller show
  • Pool party
  • Cultural events
  • Chip photos
  • Yard Sale
  • Pass the Hat
  • Sell fake tattoos
  • Golf Tournament
  • 50/50

3. List the ways you can make each watch party welcoming for each attendee.

  • Welcome each person as they walk in (Designated greeter)
  • Introduce them to someone with a similar major/grad year
  • Have Ralphie/Chip there
  • Give away swag
  • Music
  • Name tags
  • TVs
  • Sound
  • Other scores
  • Free food/food & drink specials
  • Decorations
  • Invite/Host “famous” Buffs
  • Good Parking
  • Have a band/DJ
  • Door prize
  • Video games
  • CU cheers/songs
  • Trivia
  • Raffles
  • Balloons
  • Cheerleaders
  • Kid chant
  • Icebreakers
  • Facebook “friend” them
  • Take photos (Put on Facebook and have them tag themselves)
  • Sign in sheet (to see who’s coming week to week)
  • Touchdown drinks
  • Meet a player/coach
  • Meet at an alum-owned bar/restaurant
  • Be sure to ‘work the room’ and talk to each person
  • Share stories

4. Think of ways to engage new constituents in your chapters.

  • Host a meet and greet (with the board/leadership?), stress that many there won’t know each other
  • Learn their names
  • Be sure to use Harris to email so you reach the largest possible amount of alums
  • Give them a t-shirt
  • Make sure they feel invited
  • Invite them to plan an event they are passionate about
  • 1st time participating: buy them a drink
  • New participant Happy hour
  • Ask if they have friends that would like to participate

5. List activities that might appeal to young alums.

  • Networking
  • Watch Athletic events
  • Boat cruise
  • Bike rides
  • Pub crawls
  • Concerts
  • Sports they can participate in: volleyball game/ski/5k/golf/bowling/softball/tennis
  • Brewery tour
  • Art event
  • Singles/Dating events
  • Comedy clubs
  • Bus to game
  • Skydiving
  • Chili Cook Off
  • Offer discounts
  • Host a coach/administrator from CU
  • Host a “welcome home” party for returning seniors @ beginning of summer

6. List different ways you can be sure your email list grows.

  • *Send them to www.foreverbuffsnetwork.org to be sure their email/physical address are updated!
  • Network
  • Prizes
  • Birthday cards
  • Good events
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Ask if they’re getting the emails
  • Do a survey
  • Don’t overuse the email tool (not more than 1x per week during football season, less during the rest of the year if you aren’t doing weekly events)
  • Offer incentives to sign up
  • Bring a buddy/Forward to a friend program
  • Hand out business cards with the web address on them
  • Ask folks you see in public w/ CU bumper stickers or CU gear on if they are getting the emails

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