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How do you recognize members for work they do?

What an important question! Recognizing your members is key to keeping them enthusiastic and involved in the organization. There are lots of ways to go about StuCo Recognition: 1. Try giving out a weekly award to a member who went above and beyond that week and post their name on the StuCo bulletin board. 2. Give out Kudos bars to members who did a great job on a project. 3. Pass a shoebox around the meeting and have people jot notes of appreciation to each other (ex. Keith, thanks for delivering the notes to the dance chaperones). 4. Have an end-of-year banquet to honor the StuCo — invite families and administration too. Give out fun/goofy awards to each person (ex: Best Brainstormer, Always Late for Meeting; Off-Task Master; Details Goddess; etc) 5. Put a note in your school’s announcements that acknowledges projects that people have worked hard on. (Ex. The Student Council would like to give a high-five to Carrie for organizing the Teacher’s Swimming Meet to raise money for Make-A-Wish. It was a splashing success!) Whatever you decide to do, just do something. Success will come when you recognize you members.
- Maggie Stuckey

Type out quotes and attack a piece of candy. For example, write, “You are a ‘joy’” and attach an Almond Joy to it. Have a lunch or dinner to thank members. Write personal notes to group members. Do a Shout-Out board where people can informally recognize another group members for what they do. Hand out fun creative awards or certificates like “Hardest Worker” or “Most Artistic.” Hold a recognition banquet.
- Amy B.

Obviously verbal praise, whether to the individual person or in front of the council is good recognition. Also leaving them a note to say “good work” or stopping them on their way to class to say thank you are ways to surprise them, and let them know that you notice what they do.

At meeting and out of each meeting I would talk with members one-on-one on how well they did.
- Alex Moustakes

Campaigns:
Everyone runs and is voted upon, but you also turn in a resume and have an interview so half of the members are decided by popular vote and half are determined by voting on the resume and interview.
- Alex Moustakes