Retaining Returning Officers
By Ellyce Loveless, Chapter Consultant
All chapters experience the hurdles of retaining members. Brothers become involved in other organizations, take on new jobs, participate in internships - and suddenly they don't have time for Alpha Phi Omega. Maybe members even lose sight of why they joined APO and don't feel passion for the organization anymore.
Take it one step further! What about retaining those members who have recently served the chapter on executive committee? Retention of these individuals can become complicated as they make the transition back into active membership post-office term. They may find it difficult to relinquish leadership roles or they may not understand what part they play in future chapter programming. What is your chapter doing to facilitate thistransition for its returning officers? Here are some ideas!
If you are an officer who will be returning in the coming year, consider your role as a servant leader in the Fraternity. Stewardship of knowledge is a big part of servant leadership, so make sure to do all you can to transition information and healthy practices to the incoming officer for the position you hold. Additionally, don't lose heart! It can be hard to dedicate so much of your time and energy to APO one year and then to let go of those responsibilities and routines the next. Your contribution as an officer in Alpha Phi Omega is invaluable to the Fraternity. You have done a great service to your brothers, so begin meditating on how you can continue to be a servant leader in the coming months and years.