Social and networking events are a great way to build your local institute community and provide members with the opportunity to network with colleagues and peers in a more informal setting.
Some institutes choose to have social committees who will put together the social events programme, whilst others may just have one person responsible for this - the Social Officer - and some are lucky enough to be able to delegate its social programme to a Young Professionals group.
Your institute may already have established social events in its calendar, such as award ceremonies and presentation evenings, or a golf day and annual quiz. Have you ever thought of having a wine tasting or BBQ? Or maybe even something like an end of exam social?
A local institute’s social offering is a great way for your members to engage with the wider business community. It also gives your local institute the opportunity to pass on its key messages to an audience in a less formal manner.
Social activities also offer a valuable networking opportunity for your members.
A key challenge for your local institute will be deciding on what social events and activities you want to offer your members as part of your social events programme. Have you considered the following:
Events such as these can often be fertile ground for recruiting future council members ideal for future succession planning and are a great way of raising money for the President’s chosen charity.