Chapter communications is vitally important. Whether it is by hard-copy newsletter or E-Mail, useful and timely information needs to be communicated to Chapter membership. The better marketing of Chapter activities you do, the more participation you will see. Newsletters and/or e-mail messaging...
Format vs. Content
- Bonds the chapter/region together by serving as a communication tool.
- Promotes chapter and society activities.
- Recognizes outstanding accomplishments or activities.
- Services those who cannot regularly attend chapter/region meetings and activities.
- Provides a chance for expression and creativity to those members with skills and/or interest in publications, publicity and writing.
- Serves as a "grass-roots" supplement to other SESHA publications.
- Gives the chapter/region visibility in the SESHA and the community-at-large, and provide a rallying point for chapter/region activities and projects.
- Offers information about other EHS organizations' meetings and seminars
In general, what goes in your newsletter or e-mail message is more important than how it is presented. Concentrate on content primarily and then format.
Suggested Content Ideas:
- List meeting location, time, date and directions, if possible. Include short bio on the speaker and a short abstract of his/her presentation.
- Promote future chapter meetings, social events and conferences.
- Announce future regional and national SESHA meetings, education programs and conferences.
- Recognize achievements and accomplishments of individual members, such as employment promotions, job changes, honors and awards.
- List chapter members' participation in national SESHA activities.
- Develop short features on occupational safety, health and environmental subjects (encourage members with special expertise to submit small articles).
- Summarize the last chapter meeting presentation. Effective reporting of past meetings can entice members to future meetings.
- Recognize new members and guests with short "welcome" articles or lists. Recognize sponsors of new members.
- Conduct mini-surveys by including short questionnaires on anything from new program or conference ideas to the members' attitudes toward SESHA or any ESH issue.
- List any SESHA Board of Director policy changes which effect the local chapters.
- List "Job Opportunities" information. This is a cost effective way to offer assistance to your members seeking new positions and a great member benefit. As a reminder, only list the job openings which appear on the SESHA Career Center web page.
- Promote other EHS organizations' educational and social opportunities. If you develop good working relationships with other EHS organizations, they are usually more than willing to promote SESHA events at their meetings and in their publications.