Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross
IS YOUR LIGHT BURNING BRIGHTLY OR IS IT GROWING DIM?
In one of his messages to the membership, Mr. Bill Ross said: "When you have the Light of Life, when you have the Light of Learning, when you have the Light of Friendship as you have, it is absolutely and utterly necessary for you to let others light their candles from yours because if you do not, the light of your candle will go out forever.
WHENEVER YOU INVITE ANOTHER to share the beauty, friendship and life of your chapter (or Beta Sigma Phi) you shed the light of YOUR torch throughout the world."
HAVE YOU EVER SAID (or thought) ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?
HERE ARE HOW-TO´S THAT WORK IN RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE
In response to #1 - I DON´T KNOW ANYONE..."
Yes, YOU DO KNOW SOMEONE TO INVITE! Everyone knows somebody and everybody knows someone! Please refer to the bulletin PENPOINT PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS.
The Penpoint Prospective Members bulletin will help you think of someone to ask. Together with your chapter members, go through each line. One name will make you think of another. This will work for you, IF YOU TRY AND IF YOU REALLY WANT IT TO! If you really want to add more members to you chapter, you can and you will!
Please do not be afraid to ask or invite someone! Sometimes we hold back because we fear rejection or do not want to expand our comfort zones! DO IT!!! GO AHEAD!!! You´ve nothing to lose and everything to gain! She´ll love you for it, too! (That´s the very best part!)
Take the risk. TRY! Find out just how easy it can be to SHED THE LIGHT OF YOUR TORCH!
In response to #2 - I DON´T THINK SHE WOULD BE INTERESTED ... SHE´S TOO BUSY!"
Please do not make this decision for the prospective member! This is so-o-o-o-o-o-o important! ONLY SHE will know if she wants to join and the only way for her to make that decision is for her to hear about, observe and participate in a Beta Sigma Phi activity. Try not to ask her if she would be interested in coming to a party...just simply invite her to it!
After hearing about sorority, meeting members of your chapter and learning of your activities, the prospective member should have an idea as to whether or not she is interested in affiliating.
"BUSY" women make great members! YOU are busy, aren´t you? Who isn´t these days? Busy women make the best members...they know how to get things done!
In response to #3 - I DON´T KNOW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT BETA SIGMA PHI WHEN I TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT IT..."
Tell her you belong to Beta Sigma Phi, a women´s International social, cultural and service organization which has special emphasis on FRIENDSHIP and is geared to today´s busy woman. Tell her how much you enjoy being a member and are calling to invite her to a party to meet the members of your chapter and to hear about the organization.
You might wish to mention that members of your chapter will be inviting other guests too. Give her the facts ... the type of get-together, date, time, place, dress and that she will not be obligated to join by attending.
(IF THIS IS A CHAPTER RUSH PARTY, PLAN AN INTERESTING, FUN PARTY. MAKE IT AN EVENT CHAPTER MEMBERS WILL ENJOY AND SOMETHING THE PROSPECTIVE MEMBER WILL NOT WANT TO MISS! BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!)
If you need ideas, International has many for the asking. The important thing to remember is to assure a fun and worthwhile event. In doing this, there will be good chapter attendance as well as good guest attendance.
She may ask a few questions. If so, answer them briefly and tell her the idea for attending this get-together is to meet others and to hear about the organization. If this meeting is somewhere other than your home, tell her you´d be happy to pick-her-up. Arrange it right then! If she prefers to drive herself, that is okay...at least you´ve offered.
Follow-up with a friendly reminder (phone call, post-card, E-mail). THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS TO BE YOURSELF! BE SINCERE, SPEAK FROM YOUR HEART. She´ll catch on . . .
In response to #4 - HOW DO I MAKE SURE SHE´LL ATTEND AN ACTIVITY IF I INVITE HER?"
Pick-her-up and bring her! Or, at least offer. Even if she prefers to drive alone she will appreciate your offer. Also, tell her you´ll meet her at the door (or wherever) at a designated time and MAKE SURE YOU ARE THERE!
Introduce her to others and do what you know how to do best...make her feel among friends, that she is welcome, make her know that you are glad she is there... SHED YOUR LIGHT!
If you are unable to pick-her-up, perhaps someone from your chapter will. If you want them to be there, pick-them-up and bring them!
NOTE: IF YOUR ATTITUDE IS ENTHUSIASTIC, AND THOSE IN YOUR CHAPTER OR AT YOUR MEETING IS ENTHUSIASTIC, SHE IS GOING TO BE DRAWN TO THAT!
Ho-humness and lack of enthusiasm is noticeable. Would you elect to join a group that was ho-hum and blah with a negative, unfriendly attitude or would you prefer to join a group with an enthusiastic attitude? OOZ ENTHUSIASM!
If your attitude needs improvement, start thinking POSITIVE! Focus your thoughts on the fun, special fellowship and friendship that Beta Sigma Phi offers its members.
THINK BACK TO WHEN AND WHY YOU JOINED - THEN OFFER PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS THAT!