Starting as a small, 4-person executive board, our Chapter has grown into one of the bigger, more developed organizations on Saint Louis University’s campus within the past 3 years. We started this chapter together, after attending a JDRF Summit and hearing a speaker, and have put so much time into building this Chapter to become what it is today.
Leading this Chapter has proven to be more difficult than we thought, being seniors and having to pass it along to a new set of leadership. However, with such fantastic future leaders, we have no doubt that the club will continue to flourish in the years to come.
In addition to that transition timeline, we met with our respective positions (president with new president, vice president with new vice president) multiple times during that Fall semester, in order to give them some tasks and answer any questions they might have along the way. That way, by the time the Spring semester came around, they were ready to hit the ground running and work with their new executive board, completely on their own!
And one last, really important thing that we used was a transition packet, which we mentioned earlier. This was basically a packet filled with all of the information that we used during our time as president and vice president. This included contact information, tips for dealing with hard situations (i.e. when the executive board starts slacking, trying to get more involvement, etc.), and events that we have done in the past and worked really well. With this transition packet, we could confidently say that our new leaders had all of the information they needed for success, in the palm of their hands.
Handing off a new Chapter (or any Chapter!) can be extremely difficult when it comes to teaching a handful of information in such a short time. So, our best advice for you would be to start early on, and put all of the information in one place whether it be a transition packet, google drive, folder, etc. and most importantly, make sure you are taking careful consideration when it comes to electing your new leadership team, as you want individuals with the same passion you have for CDN to help carry it on to future generations of college students!