Hey everybody! We hope you have had both a fun and rejuvenating summer. As many schools have already gone back to school and many more are in the process, it is time to start thinking about the new TSA year. Here are five things that the executive council believe will be beneficial for our chapters:
1. Hold an Interest Meeting
Having an interest meeting is a very important step in starting the school year off right. Hang posters throughout your school advertising the date, time, and location of your meeting; another way to boost attendance to this meeting is to have each of your returning members invite five people to come. The more people you can get to come to your meeting, the larger your chapter is likely to be. Tailor this meeting to be fun and engaging—have returning members tell their TSA story to spark interest among your peers. Promotional materials have been made for meetings like these and can be found here.
2. Plan a Fundraiser
Fundraising not only helps to gain your chapter needed resources, it serves as a team building experience for every person involved. Karns High School, home of State President Noah Kelley and State Treasurer Lauren Kelly, has implemented an unconventional fundraiser that has flourished. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the KHS chapter sells breakfast biscuits to the students within their school; each student worked a shift on one of the two days, and the proceeds helped pay for conference expenses. Each month, the chapter’s efforts raised several hundred dollars. If you would like more information on how your chapter could do this or something similar, do not hesitate to reach out to Noah or Lauren.
3. Participate in a Community Outreach Event
Have you ever been mistaken for airport security personnel? We have a solution: raise awareness. By holding a community outreach event or even by participating in an existing one, you can effectively spread the word about the Technology Student Association and all the wonderful things it has to offer. Set up a booth at your local community fair or hand out flyers at your school’s orientation. Either of these options are a great way to spread the word and get more people involved. Order a customized banner for your school here.
4. Elect Chapter Officers
Chapter officers are crucial to a chapter because they plan meetings, schedule events, and lead members to success. Hold chapter officer elections early in the year to ensure a smoother transition into this new school year. The six official positions include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, and Sergeant at Arms. Chapter officers will have new and exciting opportunities this year, so be on the lookout for more information soon to come.
5. Create Social Media Accounts
Social media is the bridge that connects your chapter’s leaders to your members and the rest of the world. Instagram can help showcase key events that your chapter gets involved in; in addition, you can post pressing information such as dates of chapter meetings and due dates for competitions. (Helpful Hint: keep one consistent password across platforms and give the login credentials to your advisor so that he or she can pass them to the following officer teams). Once you create an Instagram, follow Tennessee TSA @TennesseeTSA and National TSA @NationalTSA. Don’t forget to use this year’s national hashtag, #OneTSA, on all your posts!
We hope you have found this information to be beneficial to you and your chapter. We wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors this upcoming year. Please feel free to contact a state officer if you have any questions.