How to Grow Your Local/District Alumni Association

Can you believe that the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association is celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary? In those 10 years, we have had many successes, and experienced growing pains as well. The key to making progress, though, is making sure that the challenges that you are facing today are not the same challenges that you were facing a year ago. That has been the insight that has allowed the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association to grow. So how can you grow your alumni membership?

  1. Define Your Relationship as Alumni
    Your membership level has changed. You are no longer an active member, but an alumni member. You have to allow the active members, and the active chapters the same opportunities that you had to grow as a member, a chapter, and as leaders. If they seek out guidance, offer it. Make sure that the active members and chapters seek out your guidance, though, before telling them how to do it.
  2.  Remember Your Successes and Your Opportunities
    Create best practices as an alumni organization. We are human. Not everything we do will be successful, and sometimes we will surprise ourselves with how well things turn out. After any project, though, brainstorm why you were successful, and how you could have improved, then record it. You will have a recorded playbook to pass down to allow future projects to continue to evolve, and consistently become better.
  3. Offer Programs to Benefit the Membership That You Serve
    When our role changes from active to alumni, it’s natural to want to offer programs to support the active members. It’s what we know since we are learning how to be an alumni. You have to remember that the people you serve need to benefit from their membership, too. What can you do to benefit your alumni members? Career advice, grants, and networking are great alumni benefits.
  4. Build Awareness of Your Organization
    Part of growing your alumni organization is making sure that alumni know that you exist and what you have to offer. Create a marketing plan for recruitment, and understand what your target members are looking for, and highlight it. Is it continued service? Continued philanthropy? A social outlet? You will have different target markets, and each market will have different recruitment needs. The key is to step back and understand your membership.
  5. Keep Your Alumni Engaged
    An engaged alumni is one that is an aware alumni. Keep the communication lines open, and share what you are doing. Communication is not one size fits all. You have to vary it to reach a broader audience. Utilize personal communication, social media, newsletters – just plan it out. You never want to overwhelm people, but also make sure you don’t have long gaps either.

by David Alexander, Membership Chair

TBSAA needs YOU for the Next Year of the Mentorship Program

One of the most effective ways TBSAA members can both benefit and contribute to the overall success of the Alumni Association is through participation in the Mentorship Program. Professional networking is one of the principles for which the TBSAA was founded and as an individual member, taking advantage of this program is a great way to support that endeavor. The program provides a vehicle to connect a recent graduate with someone who has more experience in their field or a related area. The mentorship program provides a basic template of a topic to discuss each month to stimulate conversation and hopefully exchange ideas and experiences.

Over the next several weeks, the TBSAA will be soliciting members to participate as either a mentor or a mentee in the program. If you are more experienced in your professional field, please take this opportunity to share your experience and provide a sounding board for someone who is just getting their start. If you are a young alum, you can use this opportunity to share ideas and questions with someone who has more experience and can provide you with advice. The TBSAA will do its best to pair up Sisters in the same or related fields of interest and provide regular guidance on completing the mentorship email exchange outline.

During October, separate calls will go out via email and social media for mentors and then for mentees. Once connected, mentorship pairs will receive information on getting started with their first email topic during November. If you have any questions about the program, contact TBSAA Program Chair Chris Foster at bandchris@tbsigma.org.

McCann Announced as 2017 Sue Carr Award Winner

At the 2017 National Convention, the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association presented the Sue Robash Carr Distinguished Alumni Award to Wendy McCann, a Life member of the Tau Chapter at the University of Houston.  Wendy has been consistently involved in Tau Beta Sigma at the chapter, district, and national level since her initiation in 1989.  She is a former MWD Counselor, and a long-time member of the Board of Directors of our predecessor organization, the National Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.  Wendy has consistently demonstrated outstanding service to the Sorority, mentoring active members as a district counselor and by staying in contact with her home chapter.  Her nomination materials describe her as “the definition of positive alumni contributions to one’s home chapter.”  Additionally, Wendy’s decade-long dedication to cultivating a worthwhile alumni experience as SWD Alumni Chairperson and then on the NAA Board of Directors make her an exceptional recipient for this award.  Wendy is a Life member of Tau Beta Sigma and of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary member of both organizations, and an active member of both TBSAA and KKPsiAA.  There are few individuals who have demonstrated such continued dedication to fostering alumni programming and positive involvement than Wendy McCann.

Wendy lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband John (Beta Signa–Kappa Kappa Psi) and daughter Ariel.

TBSAA Chair Katie Rixon, Past TBSAA Chair Justin Brady, Wendy McCann, and Sue Carr

2017 TBSAA Grant Recipient Announced

The Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipient of the 2017 TBSAA Grant:  Sara Knapp, alumna of the Iota Psi chapter at Kennesaw State University.

Sara Knapp was a charter member of the Iota Psi chapter, serving a colony president and the first chapter president.  She is a 2016 honors graduate of Kennesaw State University.  Sara currently serves as the band director at Calhoun Middle School in Calhoun, Georgia.  She also serves as Assistant Director of the Calhoun High School Marching Band.  Prior to her appointment with the Calhoun School District, Sara served as an intern with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education and travels to the Galapagos Islands with Performing Arts Abroad.  In addition to remaining active in the TBSAA, she is also a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Sara’s grant proposal requested financial assistance to initiate a mariachi band program.  Calhoun Middle School, where Sara serves as band director, include a 65% enrollment of students of Hispanic descent; however, only 15% of the concert band program include these students.  At a recent Georgia Music Educators Association conference, Sara learned of several school which had demonstrated success by introducing cultural heritage programming, such as a mariachi band curriculum.  Sara’s grant proposal identified three key benefits to adding such a program for her school:

  • creating the first school program (co-curricular or extracurricular) that reflects Hispanic culture
  • involving families and communities in school activities
  • introducing non-Hispanic students to a new aspect of musical repertoire and culture

The E.C. would like to thank all of the grant program applicants. The alumni of Tau Beta Sigma are doing amazing work across the country and we are proud to support them. Information about the 2018 TBSAA grant will be released next year. Congratulations Sara!

Knapp conducting the Calhoun band

TBSAA Executive Council for 2017-19

 

The Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association completed its biennial elections on Wednesday, July 19th.  David Alexander, Chris Foster, and Tyra Yiare were elected to a four-year term on the E.C. (2017-2021).  During transition meetings held at the National Convention in Orlando, the Executive Council elected Katie Rixon to serve as Chairperson for the 2017-19 biennium and Amanda Dickson to serve as Vice Chair.  Also, the E.C. has announced the following roles for the new biennium:

  • Katie Rixon – Chairperson of the Executive Council
  • Amanda Dickson – Vice Chair and Local Alumni Association Chair
  • David Alexander – Membership Chair
  • Chris Foster – Programs Chair
  • Rene Mark – Communications Chair
  • Tyra Yiare – Finance Chair

More information will be released here as plans for the 2017 For Greater Bands Virtual 5K on November 4th are finalized.

TBSAA Announces Raffle Items for National Convention

For this summer’s national convention, the TBSAA has has commissioned hand-crafted shields of the TBS crest and the KKPsi crest to raffle off at National Convention.  The crests are approximately 2 ft x 2 ft and each has a retail value of about $250 via special order.  You can pre-purchase raffle tickets at our online shop www.tbsalumni.org/shop .  You do not have to be in attendance at convention to win.  Tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $20.   Questions can be directed to tyiare@tbsigma.org.

 

TBSAA Opens Online Shop with new T-Shirt

The TBS Alumni Association has started its online shop at www.tbsalumni.org/shop.  The inaugural item is a Tau Beta Sigma Alumni T-shirt.  The shirt is navy blue with light blue and white writing.  The cost is $20 and includes shipping, or directly delivery to national convention in Orlando in July.  Anyone wishing to take advantage of the Orlando delivery should place their order by July 5th.  Contact tyiare@tbsigma.org for any questions.

National Convention Registration Deadline – June 15th!

The deadline to register for National Convention in Orlando is just a few days away on June 15th!!

National Convention is returning to sunny Orlando for the third time this summer!  It’s the perfect opportunity to blend that family vacation with a chance to participate in a national convention again.  Plus, the convention rate at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace of $132 per night is a great deal!  For more information on the convention, the hotel, and to register, visit http://natcon.kkytbsonline.com.  The registration deadline is June 15, 2017.  The TBSAA will also be celebrating our tenth anniversary in Orlando and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate and look forward to the next ten years, including Wava’s 100th birthday in 2020 and TBS’s diamond jubilee 75th birthday in 2021.

Executive Council Candidate Information

Information on the TBSAA members running for the Executive Council is now available online at http://www.tbsalumni.org/executive-council-candidates/


Calling all Alumni for National Convention 2017 – Orlando!

National Convention is returning to sunny Orlando for the third time this summer!  It’s the perfect opportunity to blend that family vacation with a chance to participate in a national convention again.  Plus, the convention rate at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace of $132 per night is a great deal!  For more information on the convention, the hotel, and to register, visit http://natcon.kkytbsonline.com.  The registration deadline is June 15, 2017.  The TBSAA will also be celebrating our tenth anniversary in Orlando and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate and look forward to the next ten years, including Wava’s 100th birthday in 2020 and TBS’s diamond jubilee 75th birthday in 2021.

Orlando

Orlando, “The City Beautiful”, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World®, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando®, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both. The 2017 Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma National Convention will be held at the Buena Vista Palace, an official Walt Disney World® hotel located within the Disney Springs Resort Area.

Why You Should Stay at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace:

· Be close to the action! Don’t spend your time in Orlando traffic.
· Adjacent to Disney Springs entertainment, shopping and dining.
· Hotel rate is below average for Orlando and includes the resort fee. (Many hotels charge extra resort fees)
· In-room Wi-Fi at no extra charge
· Disney Bus transportation
· Access to hotel pool and Float Lagoon
· Beverage vouchers
· Free (2oz) Sun Care Product
· Reduced parking fees
· Discounted prices in hotel restaurants