New Class Officer Training Using Mini-reunions to Sustain Class EnthusiasmSeptember 10, 2011 Juli Towell ‘55 Danielle Germain ‘93
What is a Mini-reunion?A mini-reunion happens any time a group ofclass members or affinity groups get together
Mini-reunions are easy to plan• They can be anywhere in the world or even in South Hadley• They can last any length time - a few hours to a week• They can be just for fun, focused around learning something new or organized to volunteer on a service project
Mini-reunions serve multiple purposes +• Reconnect classmates in between reunions• Maintain connections with the College• Are lots of fun for the individuals involved• Re-introduce class members who have lost contact
Financing a Mini-reunion• Are not an expense to be paid from the Class Treasury though the treasury can help fund upfront costs• Must be revenue-neutral meaning they are planned to cover all expenses• Each attendee pays own expenses
Mini-reunions can be builtaround any activity great or small…
Back to ClassCome back to South Hadley and sample today’scourses & faculty during the school year. Stayovernight at Willits and spend two or threedays on campus.
An Afternoon on the GreenOne class in the 90s did a low-cost but truly enjoyable Saturday afternoon picnic on the Green. They ordered box lunches from Atkins and hired some students to entertain the children while the classmates visited.
Local meet-ups work too. One class organized aget together in Washington, DC, meeting up atthe weekly Food Truck gathering.
Take in an afternoon concertAnother class hosted a trip to Tanglewood tohear the Boston Symphony
Destination MinisClasses have worked with Elder Hostel’s RoadScholar program to plan travel programs.•Elder Hostel is a world-wide non-profit organization who work toinspire adults to learn, discover and travel.•They have a wide range of programs and a range of activity levelsso they are conducive for a variety of ages. www.roadscholar.org