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CHS President's Handbook 2013

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Cornell Hotel Society-Chapter President's Handbook • Reach out to new alumni to the area Major Event Organizer • Organize a single large or primary event each year • Coordinate collection of scholarship donations and silent auction items (if appropriate) • Prepare a budget for the event and follow up on all collections • Coordinate student involvement • Coordinate CHS and Cornell Hotel School Support Student Liaison (CHS Student President) • Coordinate any student interaction with Chapter alumni and Board Click for examples of chapter board positions: DC-Baltimore example and Los Angeles & Orange County example This example of a Board Member Commitment Letter has proved helpful for chapters. SUCCESS TIPS: OFFICERS, CHOOSING SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEER LEADERS, DEVELOPING NEW LEADERSHIP The following tips will help officers in choosing successful volunteer leaders and developing new leadership: Choosing Successful Volunteer Leaders 1. Talk with the person whom you feel would be well-suited for the position to determine if he or she is too busy or over committed. If the candidate demonstrates interest but doesn't have enough schedule availability to commit to becoming a Chapter leader, consider asking whether the person would be willing to work on a one-time task, e.g., host the holiday party or contact a friend/colleague as a possible speaker. 2. Provide the person with an oral or written job description and a copy of the Chapter's bylaws. Be sure that he or she has a clear understanding of what is expected. 3. During the initial contact, give the person some time -- perhaps a week -- to consider your offer. Choose a date to make a follow-up phone call, at your mutual convenience, for the decision. 4. Take advantage of the experience of possible volunteers. Ask about their areas of expertise and try to utilize their talents in the Chapter. 5. Try to have a variety of age, industry expertise, and gender groups on the Board or among the officers to provide a great melting pot of ideas and encourage alumni from all ages to attend events. Page | 35

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