Does your chapter have a hard time motivating members to attend required events? Between classes, work, and other extracurriculars, you might find your members putting some of their sorority or fraternity obligations at the bottom of their to-do lists. While some chapters have success using fines, implementing a points system can be a highly successful, positive means of encouraging your members to prioritize attendance at chapter events.
A points system works by setting designated points amounts for each chapter event or milestone that you would like to motivate your members to attend or achieve.
These can include:
- Attending chapter meetings
- Paying dues on time
- Attending initiation
- Attending philanthropy events
- Buying a recruitment t-shirt
- Wearing your letters on letter day
- Being a member of a Greek honor society
- Attending study hall/work hours
- Maintaining a certain GPA
- Holding an office
- Serving on a committee
A point value should be determined for each of these items based on the relative importance of completing the activity or milestone. For example, each chapter meeting could be worth 1 point, while initiation could be worth 10 points.
The key to a successful points system is making sure that the incentives are meaningful to your members. Many chapters will create a ranking of their members based on the total number of points they’ve earned, and use this to determine priority for things such as rooms in the house, parking spaces, or first pick when getting a little brother or little sister.
Another common technique is the use thresholds. Many chapters will set a minimum number of points that have to be achieved per month, otherwise a member will be placed on social probation, where they’re unable to attend formals or swaps. A good rule of thumb is to require that members earn at least 80% of the available points in a given month to avoid social probation.
A good points system has not only punishments, but also rewards! Consider giving $30 off of semester dues, or gift cards to local spots for members who earn 100% of the points for the semester. Recognize the individuals with the most points as ‘Freshman of the Year’, ‘Sophomore of the Year’, etc.
If you’re looking for an easy way to track these points online, look no further than the ChapterSpot PointsTracker app. It’s available as an app integrated into your ChapterSpot account, so all of your members will populate into it automatically.You can give certain individuals the ability to log points for the chapter, such as your Recording Secretary. Anyone can log in to view their personal point-count.
A points system may be just the answer you’re looking for to put a positive spin on attendance requirements.