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This Week (Group Starting Edition) - Year Progression and Thoughts

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tinyHey everyone!  I hope your week has gone well.  We are approaching the end of the quarter/semester and it has gone by really fast.  I hope all of you have had a successful year so far in regards to your group starting experience.  In light of that, I’d like to just write a short article this week and talk about something important that has to be done every once in a while (even if it’s kind of tedious).  Of course I’m talking about pumping the breaks for a moment and evaluating where your group is at and how you should proceed in the coming semester or quarter.  This is an important part of the group starting process and it is extremely necessary, so I’m going to walk you through a few of the things you should be paying attention to and examining.

A good place to start is rather simple.  Has your group been officially recognized by your campus yet?  Hopefully the answer to this question is yes (if you requested your packet at the beginning of the semester and you’re still awaiting approval, email me so we can see what’s going on).  If it’s not or you just recently requested your packet, then don’t fret.  There are many resources and people to help you get this all-important step done.  Really the most helpful thing you can do is to check up with one of our campus organizers and let them know what your group is doing, what’s prevented you from getting recognized (or if you’re having other problems), and what we can do to help.  That is after all, why we’re here.

Secondly, if you’ve been recognized, you can start to evaluate other things.  Some things you’ll want to consider are: what was the frequency of meetings, did attendance increase or decrease, what events were held, was tabling involved on a regular basis, did you raise any money for your group?  If you answer these questions and are still having problems, then these figures will allow our campus organizers to size up your specific situation and hopefully pinpoint where your problem is.  Of course, it’s very possible that you’re doing very well in all of these things, but maybe you want to shore up your membership a little bit.  Don’t hesitate to ask us for ideas on this as well.  We don’t just like hearing from our groups when you guys are having trouble, we also like to hear what you’re doing that works, too. 

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Finally, I want to talk about something that’s a little tough for everyone involved, but it sometimes happens.  Being a student is tough, especially in America right now.  I know that I work two jobs, go to school fulltime, and participate in extracurricular activities, and I’m considered less busy than most of my friends.  Sometimes people will try to start a group and come to realize that now isn’t the right time for them to try to start a group for a number of reasons.  If this is the case, please do not be afraid to let us know.  We respect and admire all of the students who have the courage to even try to start groups, and we’re not going to judge you on whether you’re successful or not.  We’ll more than happily put your records on hold until you have the time to really

dedicate yourself to the process.  We would rather you focus on your school work than getting too distracted by running a group you are not yet ready for.  It happens to the best of us (I’ve even had times when I’ve had to step out of the movement) and it’s ok.  Like I said, just let us know, we’ll always be more than happy to work with you again when or if you have the time!

Over the coming breaks, really take some time to analyze and evaluate where your group is at and where you'd like it to go.  Take the questions I’ve given you (and more if you can think of them) and really try to get a clear and realistic picture about where you think you’re at right now.  Like I said, if you need any help (or have a really great success!) please don’t hesitate to email us.  I look forward to hearing from you all!

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