Good afternoon everyone! Welcome to #MembershipMonday!
The semester is almost over! The finish line is in sight! Your chapter officers have been elected and installed. Your CAPS is done (or about to be) and all that is left are finals, packing up your dorm (if you're on campus) and heading home for a fun-filled, homework-free summer...
if you're a chapter officer, you might have one more thing left to do: transition your successor.
Officer transition is one of the most important, yet at times overlooked, aspects of being a chapter leader. It's imperative that each officer receives the necessary information to do their job correctly. Thus their predecessor (that's you!) has the requisite responsibility to ensure the passing forward of said information. So how do you go about doing that?
Well, think about this past semester/year. Knowing what you know now, what would have been helpful on day one?
Also ask yourself:
What worked? What didn't?
What would I have done differently?
Which resources were most helpful? How can I contact/find them for reference?
You can draft all of this information into a physical binder or a shared Google/Dropbox/other drive that can be passed from officer to officer.
It's also recommended that you sit down with your successor so they can ask questions and gain a full understanding of what the role entails. This does not necessarily have to be done in person, but it should be done nevertheless.
Also do not forget to keep your officer list updated in Officer Portal. It's not only required to remain in good standing, and it helps the National Office contact the appropriate person as needed, but it's also one of the requirements for the national Chapter of Excellence award.
In closing, proper officer transition provides a solid foundation for the year ahead, but also builds upon what has already been done previously. Without it, an officer can easily flounder or feel lost without that guidance. Share your knowledge and prepare the future!
How does your chapter handle officer transition and the passing of useful information? Tell us in the comments below!
In the meantime, don't forget to register for Membership Academy and Membership University! You have until May 10th!
**ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are applying for a John Mack Scholarship and/or submitting a nomination for the National Pledge Class Namesake, they are both due TOMORROW. Contact our awesome Region Chair Eric Strickland for more information.**
If you have any questions about officer transitions or Membership Academy/University, please feel free to post a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an awesome week and as always, be excellent to yourselves and each other, especially now.
In LFS, YOUR Region 1 Membership Squad