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Award Winning Chapter Programs 

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This section is designed to share successful programs and the ideas that Great Plains Region chapters have presented at Region Board Meetings.  They are examples of the synthesis of leadership, fundraising, membership and successful, unique programs. Chapters and groups are encouraged to take these ideas and make them fit into your Chapter’s individual programming, fundraising, membership, and leadership needs. 

 

We thank Laurie Sterling, Region Leadership Coordinator who is responsible for bringing these Leadership Programs from the Chapters to the entire Region.
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 How to Get All “A’s” on Your Next Hadassah Function:

The “A’s” of the Indianapolis Chapter’s Lunch and Learn Program

 INTRODUCTION

Lunch and Learn is an educational and inspirational program started by the Indianapolis Chapter of Hadassah focusing on the life stories of Great American Jewish Women who have made significant contributions to American Society. 

HISTORY & RATIONALE

Founded in 2008,Indianapolis’ award-winning Lunch and Learn program was inspired by the National Hadassah program “Great Jewish Women Who Shaped Our Nation” and by the fact that Henrietta Szold was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008. Following the president’s suggestion, a committee of four members met and decided this program would fit the Chapter’s needs educationally and socially by encouraging small group member participation

THOSE GREAT JEWISH WOMEN

From business women/entrepreneurs to feminist pioneers; from a star of the silver screen to a Supreme Court Justice; a poet, an artist, two Nobel Prize recipients, the founder of the oldest Jewish women’s organization in America and the producer of children's’ TV, medical researchers and an engineer; all have inspiring life stories:

Betty Friedan, Felice Schwartz, Hannah Greenbaum Solomon, Lillian Wald, Rosalyn Sussman Yallow, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Emma Lazarus, Marie Syrkin, Gertrude Elion, Bela Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Francis Wisebart Jacobs, Eleanor K. Baum, Joan Ganz Cooney, Judy Chicago, Estee Lauder, Edna Ferber, Florence Melton, Theda Bara, Ruth Gruber, Bess Myerson, Peggy Guggenheim, Ruth Mosko Handler, Beatrice Alexander, Gerda Lerner, Ernestine Rose 

SUCCESS        

  • Originally planned as a one year program Lunch and Learn is now in its fifth year
  • Attendance varies from twelve to twenty and occasionally includes family members, spouses and friends
  • Though an envelope is passed for contributions, our greatest indication of success is knowing the program attracts seldom seen members who continue to “spread the word” 

PLANNING AND LOCATION

  • Decided to meet five times a year as a lunch program in the months of October, November, December, March and April
  • Researched restaurants and found a neighborhood cafeteria style deli where we could use a meeting room at no cost
  • Meeting time 11:00am -1:00pm; attendees on their own for lunch. A presentation starts at noon followed by discussion
  • The education chair did all of the presentations the first year with another committee member leading the discussion. Thereafter, presentations were alternated between the committee members and one more person was added to the committee.

The “A’s” Applied to Indianapolis’ Lunch and Learn Program

 1. Anticipation

·      The event recurs monthly and the dates are advertised using the following mediums of communication:

o  Annual calendar/directory mailing

o  Quarterly Chapter newsletter (mailed to all members and available online on the Chapter website)

o  Monthly local Jewish Post

o  Weekly Chapter email announcements

o  Social media (local Facebook and Twitter accounts)

2. Arrival

·      The event location has ample parking even during the “lunchtime rush”.

·      There is no official registration for the event, but the meeting is held in a separate section of the restaurant so the group is set apart from the rest of the lunch crowd.

·      An envelope is passed around for cash donations at the event.

3.Atmosphere

·     The program is held at a popular “Jewish-style” delicatessen in the area. A room is reserved in advance for the group to meet in.

·     The program does not require any special AV equipment

·     Participants enter a familiar atmosphere and are welcomed into a small group of Jewish women that all share the same desire to learn and form lasting bonds of friendship.

4.Appetite

·      Participants purchase their own lunch at the venue

o  This gives participants the freedom to choose their meal and to meet any dietary restrictions they may have. The venue offers a wide selection of options to meet participants’ dietary needs.

o  This also makes the program inexpensive for the Chapter to run due to not having to purchase food and drink for everyone.

5. Activity

·      The purpose of the event is education.

·      This goal is achieved by having one person give a short presentation on the life of a “Great Jewish Woman”. The presentation is often followed by a lively discussion.

6. Amenity

·      The goal is that participant’s walk away feeling better educated about a Jewish woman that has helped shape society.

·      Holding this event on a monthly basis allows members to grow in both education and friendship.

·      Reminders are sent in weekly Chapter email announcements as a follow-up to the event.

7. Audience

·      The target audience is Jewish women in the Indianapolis community

·      Lunch was chosen as the meeting time so that women that work are able to join on their lunch break or women that don’t work but have kids in school are free before resuming their family responsibilities. 

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How to Get All “A’s” on Your Next Hadassah Function:

 

The “A’s” Applied to the Dupage / Will Chapter’s Author’s Luncheon

 

1. Anticipation

  • The event will occur annually and is advertised using the following mediums of communication:
    • All local newspapers / magazine
    • Online local news, temple newsletters, Hadassah newsletters
    • 3 posters strategically placed
    • Personal notes to targeted individuals
    • Chapter book group

2. Arrival

  • The event is held in a space that is typically closed on Sunday
  • The event is free and open to the public

3.Atmosphere

  • A well-known restaurant downtown was selected as the venue
  • A local author with a strong woman’s image was selected. Selecting a local author ensures Chapter is not responsible for travel expenses.

4.Appetite

  • Author is given a free lunch
  • Participants purchase their own lunch ($36 – the Chapter makes some money from the lunch purchases)

5. Activity

  • The purpose of the event is education and providing a
  • Author gives a talk and is given the opportunity to sell books. Books are sold at full price with 20% of the profit from independent book sellers going to the Chapter

6. Amenity

  • The Chapter book club commits to reading at least one book from the author.

7. Audience

  • The target audience is Hadassah members, but the event is also open to the public and non-Hadassah members do attend.

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How to Get All “A’s” on Your Next Hadassah Function:

 

The “A’s” of the St. Louis Chapter’s Walk on Sunshine Program

 

INTRODUCTION

Suzy Esstman’s Walk on Sunshine: Stepping Closer to a cure for brain tumors is a program initiated by the St. Louis Chapter of Hadassah.

 

HISTORY & RATIONALE

After Suzy Esstman was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004 she took on a powerful mission: to find a cure. Her goal was ambitious, but she believed that in order to achieve BIG, you had to dream BIG. She founded Suzy Esstman’s Walk on Sunshine as an event that would not only raise money for brain tumor research, but incorporate her passions of community engagement, healthy living, and having fun.

 

SUCCESS   

Since its inception seven years ago, Suzy Esstman’s Walk on Sunshine has raised over $130,000 for Hadassah Medical Organization’s Neuro-Oncology Unit, where researchers are partnering with institutions around the world, including Saint Louis University, to conduct cutting-edge brain tumor research.

 

The “A’s” Applied to St. Louis’ Lunch and Learn Program

 

1. Anticipation 

  • The event recurs annually and the dates are advertised using the following mediums of communication:

o  Hadassah website

o  Community Calendar

o  Facebook

o  Paid Ads

o  Jewish Newspaper

o  Local News 

2. Arrival

·      Registration is available online prior to the event and begins 30 minutes prior to the walk the morning of the event

·      Participants must sign a Hadassah waiver form

·      There is a registration fee for families and participants. T-shirts and tote bags are available for purchase.

·      Other ways to donate are to buy a sign to be placed in honor of someone along the walk, opportunities to donate to become a “friend of the Walk”, and to buy charity raffle tickets.


 

3.Atmosphere

·      Hadassah membership table

·      Free health screenings by Saint Louis University Hospital

·      Gift Items

·      Charity Raffle Tickets

4.Appetite

·      Refreshments are available

o  Bottled water

o  Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

5. Activity

·      The purpose of the event is fundraising for brain tumor research, raising awareness, and community engagement.

6. Amenity

·      The goal is that participant’s walk away from the event feeling they have made a difference in the fight to find a cure for brain tumors. 

7. Audience

·      The target audience is the S. Louis Community

 

 

The “A’s” Applied to the Milwaukee Chapter’s Reverse Round Robin

 

1. Anticipation

·      The event was a one-time special event held in hopes of enticing new and infrequent members 

o  Mail – save the date cards and invitations

o  Advertise in community calendar

2. Arrival

·      The plan was to have everyone meet at a Park and Ride parking lot where they would all board a bus together to go to the first destination.

·      Music, hors d’oeuvres and wine would be served on the bus

3.Atmosphere

·     The bus would stop at four different houses, with each house serving a different course (in reverse order) – dessert, followed by the main course, followed by soup & salad, followed by appetizers.

·     A string quartet was hired to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere

4.Appetite

·      Different members were asked to cook different courses. The Chapter would reimburse the individuals for their ingredients (most considered ingredients a donation making the food very inexpensive for the Chapter)

5. Activity

·      The purpose of the event was fundraising and attracting a diverse audience

·      The goal was to charge $75 per person or $100 per couple (due to event modifications from the original plan, final pricing was $36 single and $72 couple)

6. Amenity

·      There were four main goals of this program:

Hold a unique event

Attract new members

Reinforce mission to active members

Major fundraiser

7. Audience

·      The target audience was younger and more infrequent members

·      Spouses were encouraged to attend

  

Because of the weather and other circumstances, the Milwaukee chapter actually held this event in one house with the different meals in different rooms the musical entertainment was enjoyed by everyone during the entire event. This circumstances made the program a very unique version of the usual progressive dinner.

 

  



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