Some people write to us to ask: "Hey, if Mongolia can have Feb Club, why can't we have one in my town?" Well, you can. All it takes is a host, a venue and a date. The rest usually takes care of itself.
As far as letting people know, we put all parties on the Feb Club website as soon as they are planned, and then AYA sends out emails in January to about 50 classes of alums letting them know about the parties and reminding them to check the website. Many hosts also ask their local Yale Clubs to send out local targeted emails.
With regard to venue, people have done anything from private homes to private rooms at restaurants or bars, or simply getting a section of a restaurant/bar reserved for the appropriate number of guests. Some will charge a small admission ($10-20) and include some pre-ordered food and maybe a drink or two; at smaller events people often charge no admission and everyone buys their own food and drink.
That's about it. These are supposed to be simple, agenda-free affairs -- no speeches, no fundraising, just a party. That makes things much easier for the hosts.
So, if you're interested, please let us know. You can register to be a host by filling out a simple on-line form:
Questions? Contact us at [email protected]. We would love to have you and those in your area join our merry band.
There are many reasons why individuals,Yale Clubs, and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) might want to host Feb Club:
1) It is a relatively inexpensive and effective way to promote clubs and SIGs. The Ministry of Feb Club does a great deal of the promotion, and the events need not be a cash drain – or even that complex.
2) Feb Club draws people who otherwise aren't engaged in alumni activities, because they know they won't be hit up for money or bored with speeches. Many times we hear that Feb Club is the first time people attend a Yale event since graduation. Some come just for the party and check back in at the next one. Others find connections and become involved throughout the year.
3) Feb Club reaches diverse groups and attracts young alums. Part of this is because the parties are as diverse as the locations. The Yale Club of New York throws a kick-off event that routinely draws 1,000 alumni. Yalies in Hawaii throw Feb Club on a beach; London Yalies go to a pub; their French counterparts sip wine. Some events are large, many are small, and all are different. In fact, one of the most exciting parts about Feb Club is the customization. Over the years we’ve had:
-- Yalies serving NGOs in Africa and Asia gathering at restaurants and personal apartments
-- Yalies at ski areas coming together for a warm drink and merriment near the slopes
-- Groups picking a Yale athletic event to kick off an evening of cheering and togetherness
-- Yalies having family-friendly Sunday afternoon pizza parties
-- South African Yalies enjoying dinner overlooking the ocean
--Yalies meeting in cities like Kabul, Quito, Zanzibar, Dubai, Cambridge, and Mumbai
-- And many, many more!
Intrigued? Thinking about becoming a Feb Club Host? It’s easier than you think.
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