Strong Officers Make for Strong Chapters

It’s June and you’re right in the middle of your term of service as a chapter officer. Now is a good time to take stock of your chapter’s health and a huge component of that is determined by how well you, as officers, are working together. When officers experience issues amongst themselves, it can trickle down to the members.
Here are two tips to success:

  • Communicate with each other
    • Communication starts with regular officer meetings where all officers participate
      • Meetings can be held in person, by phone conference calls, or virtually
      • Presidents are responsible to make sure officers are meeting regularly
      • All officers should feel free to express ideas, share information and ask questions.
    • Communication also means ensuring all officers are made aware of changes to upcoming events, correspondence from AAPC, issues with attendees, and anything else that happens in between meeting times
      • It is wise to communicate often by email as well, so everyone is always up to speed.
  • Be a team player
    • How well do you handle issues?
      • Are you willing to ask, “What is best for the chapter?” when working to resolve differences?
    • How do you handle situations where officers do not come through on responsibilities?
      • Do you go to the source and find out both sides of the story before drawing conclusions?
      • Are you willing to work for resolution no matter who is at fault?
    • How well do you handle differences in personalities?
      • Do you understand that variety is the spice of life, it’s good to mix things up once in a while, and all opinions together make for a well-rounded chapter?
    • Are you interested in finding solutions?
      • Are you able to self-reflect and ask, “What is my part in this issue?” and ”How can I come to the middle to work with everyone?”

Good education, involved members, and enthusiastic officers are all important components of successful chapters and chapters with officers who mesh well are often among the healthiest, thriving chapters around!

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