Recruitment Incentive Plan
The Recruitment Incentive Plan was passed by the National Council in May of 2007. The purpose of which is to recognize chapters and award them for long term membership development planning. As with financial planning, chapters have a responsibility and a duty to plan for the future of the chapter's members. Just as you would not wish to leave the chapter with no monetary resources, nor should you allow the chapter's membership base to dwindle to the point of closure. The plan is being implemented for the 2007 calendar year. The specifics are as follows.
Our membership base is essential to helping the fraternity continue to grow and prosper. We have seen an increase in recruitment challenges over the past ten years and many chapters have struggled to maintain long-term chapter stability due to ineffective recruitment goals and techniques. National Staff endeavors have helped us to address these matters where possible, but our staff is limited in the ability to help all chapters all the time. The greatest factor is whether or not the chapter has an internal desire to want to strengthen the chapter via recruitment. The national organization has a financial investment in every chapter's success and given the limited resources available to us, must find creative and engaging methods to increase chapter participation in their recruitment goals.
This plan provides a financial incentive that chapters can benefit from in addition to the collective rewards that come with increased membership and chapter strength. It does not punish or deny chapters any services for not meeting goals, but recognizes and encourages chapters to strengthen and/or maintain their local membership base. The challenge to having any program of this type is make sure it is effective and attainable; fair and consistent; and administratively feasible.
Requirements for the Plan
Each chapter is required to report and share with the National Office their membership enrollment and recruitment rates. Starting with the Spring 2007 membership reports (due in March) we will examine each chapters' initial membership enrollment at the beginning of the Spring 2007 semester. In March of 2008, we will use the reports due at that time to compare the total chapter enrollment to the Spring 2007 figure. These two numbers will serve as our baseline and outcome results. If this program continues on, the Spring 2008 count will serve as the baseline for the following year.
There are two categories by which we will assess our desired goals. Chapters with room to grow in size and those with larger populations, whom we do not feel need to grow, but we encourage them to maintain their size. The former group must have an induction-separation rate of 150%. Separation refers to members who have graduated, transferred, resigned or have been expelled from the chapter. The increase in chapter size required to get the credit will be less for smaller chapters, because they need more help and the smaller numbers of Brothers means they have a greater burden to carry. The larger a chapter, the greater the resources financially and they must meet much higher numbers to get a credit. Chapters we have designated as having a healthy and stable membership base will not need to increase their chapter population, but to receive a credit must maintain the same size. These chapters need to have a 100% induction-separation rate.
For more information on this program, please contact the National Headquarters at email@example.com.
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