RFL Training Plan: Northwestern University Event Launch

Guest Blog: Northwestern University

In November, our training plan focus is all about "Bring the People" and event launches are a big part of getting your campus excited about Relay! Recently, the Relay For Life of Northwestern University had their event launch and it was a big hit with the campus. Read about the event below and take some ideas back to your event!

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RFL Training Plan: USC Event Launch

In November, our training plan focus is all about "Bring the People" and event launches are a big part of getting your campus excited about Relay! Recently, the Relay For Life of USC had their event launch and it was a big hit with the campus. Read about the event below and take some ideas back to your event!

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RFL Training Plan: Diversify & Include

Have you noticed a lack of diversity within your campus Relay? 

While unintentional, if you look through your lists of past and present participants, you might notice that certain populations are very well represented while others are not at all. Notice who comes to Relay and more importantly, who does not. 

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RFL Training Plan: "Thank you, and"

Treating donors like customers has proven to be a successful way to ensure that donors and volunteers come back for another great experience. By ensuring that we say “thank you,” we make sure our customers feel appreciated. Recognition is a hugely important aspect in leadership, and feeling appreciated for your work is invaluable. Special ways of saying “thank you” can include social media spotlights, handwritten notes, or even just individual emails or text messages. Taking the time out of your day to thank someone else, whether it be long enough to shoot a text, to create a unique social media graphic, or to say “thank you” in person, can mean a lot to our customers.

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RFL Training Plan: Best Meeting Ever

Have you ever walked into a Relay For Life meeting knowing you would spend the next hour bored out of your mind or playing around on your phone? Or have you ever walked out of that same meeting not understanding the point of the meeting and wondering why you couldn’t have just read an email? Putting together a great Relay For Life event takes time, energy, and manpower - don’t waste any of those by having crappy meetings! Read on to learn more about hosting good meetings and delegating effectively!

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Why I Relay: Alexis' Story

As a seventeen year old, the way you look, what you wear, how you are presenting yourself and who your friends are, is a very essential part of your teenager years. For me, having a cosmetic surgery done to remove a wart from behind my left ear on my head was essential to me. The way classmates looked at me and teased me for having such an ugly mark on the back of my head, resulted in getting it removed in August 2008. Two weeks later, I went back to get a larger part removed.

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RFL Training Plan: ELT "Event Loving Team"

Creating connections, bonds and friendships within your campus’ Event Leadership Team is a vital step in establishing accountability and open lines of communication between team members. Intentional bonding is one fun way to accomplish this goal. Whether that bonding be decorating cupcakes, going to a ropes course, or just meeting for a day to set goals and to get to know each other, bonding is a great way to establish friendships and trust that may not otherwise occur on their own.

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RFL Training Plan: Mission Integration

RFL Training Plan: Mission Integration

In the end, all we do for the American Cancer Society revolves around…... MISSION. 

As Relayers, everything we do, everything we fight for, everything we believe in, stems from the heart and soul of the American Cancer Society’s mission statement. “Save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer” is the common goal that we’re all working towards.

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RFL Training Plan: Calendar Tool

RFL Training Plan: Calendar Tool

It’s the last week of August. You’re moving, you’re starting classes, you’re buying books, and as CAC President or Relay Event Lead, you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to plan the year of meetings and events around your schedule, your committee’s schedule, and the campus schedule. Ughhhhh. 

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Campus FAQ's: Saying "Thank You"

Campus FAQ's: Saying "Thank You"

YOU DID IT!! This Relay season rocked – all the hours spent planning, writing, meeting, drawing, e-mailing, building, hanging posters, talking, and fundraising paid off one night this spring at your Relay For Life event. Maybe this one was the biggest one in the history of your event or maybe it was a great year to try something new and innovative! Either way, the work you did this year made a huge difference in the American Cancer Society’s work to defeat cancer. But what now?

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