Event Idea Bank
Whether planning your next chapter meeting, or organizing a social or fundraising event, we've got some ideas for you.
Consider the needs and interests of chapter members when planning your meetings.
- Guess Who: Ask members to write their name on a piece of paper along with three little-known facts about them. Throughout the meeting, read a member's facts without disclosing their name. Let everyone guess who you're describing.
- Two Truths and a Lie: Ask each member to tell three quick facts about themselves (one is a lie). Let everyone guess which is the lie.
- Why, in Six Words: Ask each member to share why they chose your school or major (in just six words!).
- Provide info about National NSSLHA membership (including the difference between chapter and National membership).
- Provide info about National NSSLHA and ASHA resources (Learning Modules, ASHA Practice Portal, and ASHA journals).
- Hold a video conference call with National NSSLHA's National Advisor or one of our Executive or Regional Council members.
- Plan to attend the ASHA Convention (or other local/state-level conventions).
- Host a faculty lecture series.
- Host a grad school application session, with Q&As.
- Host a Praxis prep session.
- Host a session on the Clinical Fellowship and/or Externship processes.
- Host a "Great Debate" over a professional topic.
- Arrange demonstrations.
- Host a clinical exchange—students can share client experiences/methodologies.
- Put together a panel of recent graduates to talk about their real-world experiences.
- Hold a faculty lecture series—students can vote on topics of discussion.
- Invite local alumni to share their Clinical Fellowship and/or Externship experiences.
Chapter Membership Recruitment and Retention
- Hold a membership drive.
With Chapter Members
- Welcome-back gatherings at the beginning of each semester
- Homecoming activities
- Block seating at sporting events
- Faculty appreciation day
- Potluck meals
- Ropes courses
- Game nights
- Field trips to professional settings (NICU, rehab hospital, nursing home, etc.)
- Banquet honoring graduating seniors and/or graduate students
With Students in Allied Organizations
- Gatherings with students from allied organizations (physical therapy, occupational therapy, special education, etc.) on campus.
- Friendly sports competitions (NSSLHA chapter versus another allied organization on campus)
- Events with audiologists and speech-language pathologists within your community
- Auction and/or raffle (solicit giveaway items from area merchants)
- Talent show (charge admission)
- Athletic event (e.g., student versus faculty volleyball game)
- 5K walk/run
- Sales (e.g., baked goods, candy, flowers, fruit, T-shirts)
- Car wash
Consider organizing service projects that will have a large impact on your local community.
- Client party for children who attend your clinic
- Talk-a-thon to benefit individuals with communication disorders
- Adult spelling bee to increase awareness of language disorders
- Read to children in libraries, pediatric clinics, and/or schools
- Support groups for individuals with communication disorders
- On-campus hearing screenings