Event Idea Bank

Whether planning your next chapter meeting, or organizing a social or fundraising event, we've got some ideas for you. Check these out!


Consider the needs and interests of chapter members when planning your meetings:

Ice Breakers

Info Gathering

Real-World Prep

  • Host a "Great Debate" over a professional topic.
  • Arrange demonstrations.
  • Host a clinical exchange—students can share client experiences/methodologies.
  • Put together a panel of recent graduates to talk about their real-world experiences.

Chapter Membership Recruitment and Retention

  • Hold a membership drive.


With Chapter Members

  • Welcome-back parties at the beginning of each semester
  • Homecoming activities
  • Block seating at sporting events
  • Faculty appreciation day
  • Pot-luck breakfasts, lunches, or dinners
  • Ropes courses
  • Game nights
  • Field trips to professional settings (NICU, rehab hospital, nursing home, etc.)
  • Banquet honoring graduating seniors and/or graduate students

With Students in Allied Organizations

  • Host mixers and socialize with students from allied organizations (physical therapy, occupational therapy, special education, etc.) on campus.

With Professionals

  • Organize events with audiologists and speech-language pathologists within your community.


Raise funds to go toward chapter operations and/or donations needed for the NSSLHA Loves campaign and the ASHFoundation's NSSLHA Scholarship—requirements for National NSSLHA Chapter Honors.

  • Hold an auction.
  • Arrange a raffle (solicit giveaway items from area merchants).
  • Organize a talent show and charge admission.

Service Projects

Consider organizing service projects that will have a large impact on your local community!

  • Client party for children who attend your clinic
  • Talk-a-thon to benefit individuals with communication disorders
  • Adult spelling bee to increase awareness of language disorders
  • Read to children in libraries, pediatric clinics, and/or schools
  • Organize support groups for individuals with communication disorders

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