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Old 11-11-2020, 07:08 PM
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New members face Zoom nights, no parties, and a $1,000 bill

I just read an article posted on Yahoo which takes a look at the "new normal" for participation in Greek life - virtual recruitment and virtual sisterhood. I felt that the article was pretty fair. The young woman interviewed seems to be taking the long-view approach to her sorority membership. I do understand her second-guessing the cost of the sorority when the majority of the participation is online only. It might be interesting to check national retention numbers from fall into spring after some members decide that they can't justify the cost in light of the experiences they feel they're missing out on.

"Zoom nights, no parties, and a $1,000 bill: What it's like to belong to a college sorority during the pandemic"

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Old 11-11-2020, 08:12 PM
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Yes, it is good that this NM is taking the long-view approach to her sorority membership.

It is also good that basic costs of membership in each chapter were explained to each PNM during recruitment, for them to individually make decisions about joining during these unusual times.

Does anyone know what Covid Time New Members are NOT paying for, that New Members from Fall 2019 paid for, in NM dues/fees? Is there a real cost difference, or just an assumed one?
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Old 11-19-2020, 09:01 PM
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I can speak for two chapters in regards to Fall 2019 vs Fall 2020 dues. For both chapters, the only difference was the slight lowering of the per-capita fees from nationals. In each case, dues were voted on in the spring—when they believed they would have a “normal” fall. Each chapter voted to keep the budget planned for a normal slate of events.

House/parlor fees didn’t change. In fact, actual facility expenses rose due to all the extra cleaning/sanitizing that has to be done.

Yes, a lot of the traditional events were cancelled, but we’ve been creative in figuring out new events. One chapter now has weekly sisterhood events. The chapter is purchasing the supplies for each event, the actives come and pick up their bag of goodies and then do the craft/cook the items at home on zoom.

Chapter meals are individually packaged meals from local places that the girls pick up via a “drive-by” party. Scholarship banquet turned into a gift card party where girls randomly received $10 and $20 dining cards to local restaurants.

My guess is that the author’s chapter isn’t being quite as creative or that she didn’t include all of these smaller expenses that are adding up to the regular costs for date parties, mixers and semis.

If there is money left at the end of the semester, the chapter can vote to have it refunded to the members. That happened in the spring for both chapters and I imagine it will happen this fall as well.

So, to answer your question, the chapters I know are still charging the same amount in dues, it is just being spent in new ways or refunded.
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:00 AM
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Kudos to your chapters on their creativity and dedication to keeping members engaged!
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Old 11-20-2020, 10:57 AM
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It probably also has to do with some families facing financial hardships of their own. $1000 is a lot of things are tough.
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