Sorority Invitation Script (to small/normal friend activities)

by Jessica Gendron 

So, you want to invite someone to do a Small/Normal Friend Activity with you. You get on your email and start typing"and then erasing"then typing"and erasing"then you sit there frustrated not knowing what to say. You might concoct some sorry excuse for an invitation and you may come up with something that you think is fabulous.

Below you will find an actual email correspondence between a sorority recruitment chair and myself. She asked me to take a look at the email she drafted to some potential members inviting them to a small activity.

Here was her original script:

Subject Line: An Invitation from ABG
Hey Jessica!

How are you? (Try to insert some personal comment here about class, friends, etc. or make some connection about the way you know her.)

I'm mainly writing because my sorority, Alpha Beta Gamma, is looking to initiate a few new members before the end of the quarter. I was talking with a few of my sisters about women who might be interested in joining a sorority, and I thought of you. I think ABG has a lot to offer you and you, in turn, have a lot to offer ABG!

Would you be interesting in joining a sorority and learning more about Alpha Beta Gamma? I think it's definitely worth your time to at least consider this, and would love to get coffee with you and a couple other Alpha Beta Gammas to introduce you to some of my sisters and see if you think ABG would be a good fit for you.

Let me know if you're interested or if you have any questions!

Hope to see you soon,

Now, you might be thinking that this email is good. Well, it's a good start. Here was my reply to her email:

The important thing to remember is that you want to make it sound like this is an awesome opportunity for her and YOU are doing HER a favor by presenting it to her. The previous email was a little pathetic sounding ‐ a little like begging. Remember, ABG is a great organization and you have a lot to offer. It's not a bad thing that you GET to recruit before formal recruitment! You get to be HIGHLY selective in the process and you should feel like it's an opportunity of a lifetime for these potential members, not the other way around.

Also remember that recruitment is about making friends and building relationships, not convincing potential members to join. The environment will be less threatening and more fun if you take that mindset to the encounter. Make sure that your members are prepared to talk about benefits of membership and work with excuses. Hang out for a while with the women, chat, get to know each other. They will either bring up ABG (remember, they already know you are Greek) or you can bring it up towards the end. If one of your members do bring it up, start by asking, “So, what do you know about sororities?”. Wait for her to respond. If you need to spend some time dispelling rumors or stereotypes, do that. Then you might ask questions like:

* “What type of things are you interested in learning about in reference to ABG/sororities?”
* “Have you ever thought about joining a sorority before? Why or Why not?”
* “What has stopped you from joining a sorority here?”
* “What do you want to get out of your college experience?”
* “What sort of things interest you about sororities?”

Those questions will open up the conversation for you to respond with the benefits of membership ABG and/or the Quality Responses to concerns/excuses. Remember, you want to listen to her needs, her concerns, and what she wants from these experiences and then respond appropriately.

It's not about bribing her to join ‐ it's about opening her eyes to her un-realized opportunity. She's partially interested if she agreed to hang out, so all you have to do is have fun and MAKE A FRIEND! That's the easy stuff!

Here was Samantha's final email:

Subject Line: Let's hang out!

Hey Jessica!

How are you? (Try to insert some personal comment here about class, friends, etc. or make some connection about the way you know her.)

As you probably already know, I am a member of Alpha Beta Gamma Sorority. Our chapter has been presented with an opportunity this year where we have the ability to take a small class of highly qualified women in the fall prior to formal sorority recruitment. I was talking with a few of my friends about women who might be qualified to join our sorority, and I thought of you. I think you have a lot to offer Alpha Beta Gamma and, in turn, ABG has a lot to offer you!

I would love to get coffee with you this week to talk to you about this awesome opportunity to get involved and make some friends, too!

Additionally, I would like to give you the opportunity to meet a couple of my friends who are also Alpha Beta Gammas. (Suggest a date, time range, and location). Why don't you grab your roommate or one of your close friends to come along that way you know someone and we can hang out for a little while over coffee. I can pick you up at (suggested date and time) if that works for you.

Here is my phone number (insert phone number) in case you need to get a hold of me!

Talk to you soon,

Do you see the difference? Remember, you are a great organization, people want to be a part of it. You don't need to BEG people to join, just make them your friend and open their eyes to a new opportunity!

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