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Create-a-Chapter (AIT/MIT Prep)

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Program HostChapter
Host Region and ChapterOhio Northern
Exodus AZA
Program TypeAleph-in-Training (AIT)
Athletic
Brotherhood
Education
Havdalah
Judaic
Social
Time Required2-5 hours
Target Population(s)Boys (AZA)
Members
Prospective Members
Alephs-in-Training
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
8th Graders
Folds TargetedAthletic
Judaic
Education
Social

People Participating10-30

Program Summary:

This program was primarily to teach cheers and traditions and show how chapters function differently. It also prepared new members for AIT/MIT New Member Weekend.

Full Description:

This program was completely outside, but it could be modified to be partially indoors. It was also during more daylight, but with proper lighting, can be done later.

Supplies needed: Markers, poster/paper, basketball and hoop, flag for steal the bacon.

At 6:00, members of Exodus AZA #2425 started to arrive. About 20 minutes later, we did a Havdalah service. From there, we split into 8 small "chapters" of 3 or 4 (these can be modified depending on your size). We gave the chapters a few minutes to pick a name, funny or serious, then took a few minutes to briefly explain where the "AZA" in our names come from. Chapters were given 15 minutes to choose colors, a mascot, Godol, decorate a banner, and write a cheer. The chapters came back together and we took about 10 minutes to educate members about the Exodus colors, mascots, board, and cheers. The mock chapters then presented their material.

At 7:30, chapters were paired up and went to 4 different orbitals. Each orbital took about 15 minutes, and chapters were paired with a different chapter each time. The orbitals were:

  1. Pickup basketball game
  2. Family/chapter Feud with questions on anything, including our chapter.
  3. Skit/synchronized dance
  4. T-shirt design contest

Chapters then grouped together into two separate regions. We explained how chapters group into regions that work together, then played a quick 15 minute game of steal the bacon. For the last 15 minutes, we taught Up You Men and the AZA heartbeat. We wrapped up by practicing cheers (Up You Men and chapter).

Submitter's Suggestions:

Be sure to keep your chapters focused on the orbitals and have then planned out. Also, don't underestimate the power of time on orbitals.