A Fletcher Club is a group of alumni and friends who gather in a common geographical area or around a shared interest to stay connected with each other and with The Fletcher School. A Club serves as a resource and point of contact for alumni, students, prospective students, parents and The Fletcher School.
Benefits of Starting a Club
- Advocate for and help The Fletcher School in reaching institutional goals and aspirations
- Maintain and grow your Fletcher network
- Stay connected with the School
- Utilize career and networking opportunities
- Help educate prospective students on the benefits of attending the Fletcher School
- Enjoy meaningful experiences with others who appreciated their time at Fletcher
1. Contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR)
For a list of existing Fletcher Clubs, please visit our Club Contacts page.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations will help you assess the alumni population in your area and guide you through the process of establishing an alumni Club or becoming a contact for alumni in your region, or those traveling through. To start the process, simply email to the team at FletcherAlum@tufts.edu.
The Alumni Relations Team assists club volunteers in many capacities including, but not limited to:
Serve as a resource for planning Club events and activities, which includes create registration pages, track RSVPs for events, collect dues or fees associated with events
Promote Club events via email and the web, including posting to social media sites and university-wide calendars
Provides communication tools such as individual email list serves, as well as access to a club website, hosted through the Online Community, and contact lists of alumni located within the Club area
Provides Fletcher-branded gifts for event hosts and visiting speakers (when applicable)
Maintains, based on request, alumni Club websites found within the Online Community
Assists with volunteer transitions, introductions, and when necessary, organizes nominations and elections for a new Club board
Should your club wish to manage event registrations on your own, we would recommend using Eventbrite, which is a useful tool for collecting event registrations. This service offers no charge for free events. Nominal fees apply for events with registration costs. If you would like to manage your event registrations, but are still interested in an invitation from our office that includes the official Fletcher header, please be in touch! We can arrange this for you, send you the template, and you may distribute to your contact list.
Step 2: Gauge Interest
Recruiting new volunteers for the Club is essential to vitality and growth. To gauge interest, we suggest the following:
- Invite local alumni to a dinner or happy hour to explain what being involved with the Club will entail
- Along with other interested alumni, work with ODAR to identify those who are interested in leadership roles and those who are interested in a supporting role.
- Surveys are a great way of capturing information from a large metropolis. Our Team is happy to work with you in creating and managing surveys on behalf of your club. This can serve as a way to find out when the alumni in your area are available, and what types of events they would be interested in attending. You may also include a question to provide employer details and industry to serve as a networking opportunity.
Step 3: Plan an Organizing Meeting
The first meeting should seek to address the following:
- Establish goals for the Club
- Determine appropriate leadership positions and responsibilities
- Plan a realistic event calendar
- Determine a specific date, time, location and contact for the first event
Step 4: Hold Your First Event
The inaugural event for a Club can take any number of forms, but a casual and social gathering is generally recommended. It is important to allow alumni to meet and network with one another.
In accordance with ODAR policies, please observe the following:
- Work with ODAR staff to ensure all alumni in the area have been notified of the new club
- Promote the event to your Fletcher community through email and social media
We encourage the use of the Online Community in reaching your fellow alumni.