Club advisors are an essential part of all clubs and are present to not only support you, but also to guide you as a leader in your organization. Utilize them as a resource and be mindful of their time. Poor communication will show itself in a club’s reputation and successfulness.
Plan ahead as much as possible.
Participating in extracurricular activities can be difficult to juggle with your academic coursework, and being an officer may elevate the difficulty. Planning your events and activities as far in advance as possible will surely make the processes less stressful. Delegate responsibilities evenly and ensure all paperwork is turned in on proper deadlines.
Collaborate with other clubs.
Collaborating with other clubs will often increase publicity and turnout and lessen planning pressure for one club. Additionally, building a strong relationship amongst clubs may increase general student body participation.
Build strong relationships with your fellow officers.
In addition to being on the same page with your advisors, it’s important that you are an open communicator with the other officers in your club. Take the time to bond with them outside of meetings and know them on a personal level; build each other up and support each other’s leadership abilities; tackle club issues and concerns in a positive and constructive manner; work together toward a shared vision. Be sure to find the best balance for your club.
Everything a club does should play into an ultimate plan created by the organization. OSE encourages club officers and advisors to continually revisit their purpose and set goals for the group to achieve and maintain. While we do hope that all organizations dream big, also be realistic. At the end of the day, create a product you are happy with and can be proud of given whatever circumstances determined the outcome.
Pay it forward.
So you’ve completed your time as a club officer – congratulations! The best thing you can do next is really lay the foundation for the upcoming officers and ensure there is a smooth transition. Hopefully you’ve documented your activities in detail; providing a USB or binder of helping documents will be beneficial to the next team of officers. Consider and contribute to the overall longevity of your organization.