Planning Meetings & Events

Chapter meetings and events are among the most important tools you have for recruiting and motivating members. To be successful, it’s important to plan activities that are tailored to fit the needs of your unique membership. The ideas below can help you creatively address the different interests of your members while also giving them a wide range of opportunities to learn.

How to Have an Effective Meeting

Establish basics

If possible, meet at a consistent time and location so members can always have it in their schedules. Members who don’t see your reminder email or tweet will still know where to be.

Adequately publicize Chapter meetings

There are many media you can use to properly promote your Chapter meetings, such as:

Plan Ahead and Be Creative

Planning tips:

Chapter leaders ask all the time what type of events they can host and/or how to keep meetings fresh and creative. Here are our tips:


Holding a fundraiser can increase your Chapter unity, provide funds to help members attend events. Fundraisers are also another source for meeting and event ideas. See our fundraising suggestions and review past winners of the FUNdraising Bowl.

Need more ideas? Visit the fundraisers page, ask other Chapter Presidents through the Chapter Presidents Google Group, contact the vice president of Chapter development, or start a conversation on PRSSA’s social media.