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Forming a SODA Chapter Leadership Team

Building a strong team to support your SODA chapter will help you achieve your education and registration goals. Here are our top tips for forming a strong SODA chapter leadership team.
Survey Creation: Make a survey for interested students. Check out a sample application at

Balancing Team Composition: Create a diverse Leadership Team, with a mix of ages and seniority levels. Utilize the knowledge of upperclassmen and the enthusiasm of underclassmen. There must be at least three students on the leadership team at all times to remain in good standing with SODA National.

Open Team Meeting: Consider hosting an open Leadership Team meeting to show potential new leaders how different positions typically operate.

Committee Formation: Start committees as a pathway to joining the Leadership Team. Examples include registration, programming, or marketing committees. Experienced committee leaders can transition to become future members of the Leadership Team.

Sample Leadership Team Roles
President: Maintains SODA's mission, manages the Leadership Team, facilitates team brainstorming, maintains relationships with campus administration, communicates with SODA National, and creates weekly meeting agendas.

Secretary: Takes meeting notes, maintains an updated list of members, reserves campus space and equipment for events, and sends emails to chapter members.

Treasurer: Manages chapter budget, applies for funding through the university or SODA National, purchases supplies for events and campaigns, and manages reimbursements.
Marketing Chair/Marketing Committee: Designs marketing materials, promotes events and activities, maintains social media, and works on getting media attention from local or on-campus news.
Programming Chair/Programming Committee: Plans events that reach students from a variety of backgrounds, secures speakers for these events, and delegates tasks.

Volunteer Coordinator/Registration Committee: Maintains a relationship with your Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), schedules at least one volunteer training per semester with the OPO, and manages volunteer opportunities both on and off campus.

Leadership Tips
  • Event Planning: Aim for 1-4 students to be involved in planning events. For starting a chapter, aim for 3-7 students to be part of the leadership team.

  • Communication Platform: Consider using an online messaging platform like Slack for Leadership Team communication.

  • Meeting Logistics: Keep chapter meetings to an hour or less. Schedule meetings at the same time each week or every other week, as needed. Ensure each meeting has an agenda.

  • Open Forum Transition: Transition meetings into open forums. This allows students and leaders to openly discuss any questions they may have.

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