5×11 Membership Goal

5x11

Board sets goal of growing to 500 members by January 2011 – 5×11

5x11

UPDATE: WE MADE IT!  Come join us in celebrating reaching this goal and continuing to grow at our February Third Thursday on February 17th, 2011 at Hilton Slussen in Stockholm!

At its 2009 August planning retreat, our Board made a commitment to grow our Club from 300+, to 500 Members – by 2011! Our “5by11” goal this represents more than a 50% increase in membership in over just 15 months.

At year-end 2010, it appears we may have reached our goal but we are still accounting for prior members who have not renewed their membership. At the very least, we know we’re close! And that’s exactly what we intend to celebrate at our February 17th Third Thursday in 2011. Watch our website for details!

Below you will find an outline of how the Board proposed to get our club to 5by11. Reaching our goal hinged on 5 key strategies, comprised of 11 action items – yet another example of 5by11!

I. OFFER VALUE ADDED MEMBERSHIP: Provide added-value for ACS Membership. Promote new Family Membership class and offer more family-oriented events.
Provide a Membership premium to Members joining mid-year.
  Establish an Events bulletin board where the entire Swedish-American
 

community in Sweden can post events of common interest.

 

II. DEVELOP STRATEGIC ALLIANCES: Pursue new, and solidify existing alliances with organizations that will benefit from knowing of ACS, and arrange activities and information-sharing of joint interest. Strengthen ties to U.S. Embassy, including US Embassy Community
Association (USECA).
Establish ties with the Stockholm office of the Fulbright Commission to
attract new members and benefit from volunteer administrative services.

 

III. INCREASE CLUB VISIBILITY:

Increase awareness of ACS among the Swedish-American community throughout Sweden, and in the US.

Expand partnership with Nordstjernan newspaper in US, to open avenues for
new members and communications with the Swedish-American community.
Provide Members with branding tools such as lapel pins, branded shirts and more
Promote networking opportunities for current Members to introduce others to our club
 
IV. ENGAGE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE: Demonstrate the American spirit of volunteerism in Sweden. Pursue community service activities that enable Members to become personally involved in projects that improve the welfare of others.
Enlist and enable Club members to be more active in volunteering their time and skills.

V. STRENGTHEN CLUB ADMINISTRATION:

Conduct an “extreme makeover” of current routines and platforms to ensure an adequate foundation for future Club growth.

Revamp Club Treasury and IT functions to increase business efficiencies around membership dues, registration and payments for, and posting of, Club events
 

Alma Mater Exchange – Letter – 29 September 2010

Stockholm, 29 September 2010

Dear Member,

Earlier this year many of you stepped forward to generously offer your engagement in a new and worthwhile initiative of the American Club of Sweden, the Alma Mater Exchange, a true bridge-building initiative. For those of you who are new to the club or missed it previously, the purpose of the Alma Mater Exchange is to organize the invaluable resource that our membership represents concerning American colleges and universities in order to make it accessible to young (or not-so-young!) Swedes who could be interested in pursuing an education in the United States.

Following a day conference hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm with the objective of coordinating and focusing the efforts of various information sources concerning education in the U.S., the ACS Alma Mater Exchange is taking several new steps forward:

1.    The AMX at www.americanclub.se: During October we will be organizing the information concerning the colleges/universities and subjects of study represented within our Club at the AMX page of our web site, www.americanclub.se. From this page, anyone seeking to understand whether our membership can help them to further research their specific educational interests can learn more and contact us. No member will be exposed to direct enquiries, rather they will be sent to the AMX committee who will then approach members with experience matching the interests of the persons who have asked for assistance.
2.    The AMX at the SACO Student Fair, Stockholm Mässan, Älvsjö, 18-19 November 2010: The United States Embassyand the Fulbright Commission have secured a “Study in the US” booth for this annual fair making information about US colleges and universities available to Swedish students.  The booth will be used to provide general information on pursuing university study in the United States, and also as a space where any U.S. universities that wish to be represented can present their materials and engage with prospective students. If you can consider participating as an AMX volunteer to represent your alma mater for a limited period of time at this fair, please contact julie.lindahl@americanclub.se as soon as possible. AMX volunteers will be welcome to spend whatever time they wish to commit at the SACO college fair using the “Study in the U.S.” booth as a platform for engaging with prospective students.  In order to support your participation with material that students can view, we ask that you contact the admissions office of your alma mater to advise them of your willingness to provide volunteer representation at this college fair.  Please ask that office to mail you some brochures/materials to have available for prospective students as well as perhaps some points that they would like you to present to prospective students and maybe a “frequently asked questions” sheet to help you in your conversations.  If you cannot participate in person brochures and material are still appreciated and can be used by the Fulbright Commission.
 
In order to make it easier for the U.S. universities, the U.S. Embassy has graciously agreed to allow universities to mail a limited amount of materials to the Embassy using the diplomatic mail system.  This will allow universities to pay only U.S. postage.  You may tell universities to mail materials to:
 
Public Affairs Section
ATTN: Darcie Smith
American Embassy
5750 Stockholm Pl.
Washington, DC 20521-5750

Please contact me as soon as possible concerning your interest in participating in the SACO Student Fair.

All best,

Julie Lindahl
on behalf of your Board

exchanges@americanclub.se

The American Club’s Alma Mater Exchange

Are you interested in pursuing a college education in the United States? Are you feeling that you need a few more insights and contacts in order to pursue your goal?

Through the American Club’s Alma Mater Exchange you’ll be able to get in touch with our members who can be an invaluable resource in your efforts.

About the ACS Alma Mater Exchange: Sharing the experience of learning is a vital contribution that our Club can make to our societies and future generations. In order to pursue this goal, the American Club of Sweden has organized the Alma Mater Exchange which draws upon the experience of our membership at American colleges and universities to assist Swedes who are interested in pursuing an education in the United States.

Stay tuned for further information about the AME representative folder that will shortly be available at the Swedish Fulbright Commission in Stockholm! Here you will see names and contact details of persons who can help you to establish a connection to a college or university you are interested in. If you are or would like to be a representative of your US alma mater and connect to Swedish students through the Alma Mater Exchange please contact us at ame@americanclub.se!

Our initiatives:

The Alma Mater Exchange consists of a number of initiatives. These include:

1. Act as a resource for Swedes and other persons based in Sweden with an interest in higher education in the US, connecting them to different alumnae associations, the resource center at the Swedish Fulbright Commission and other resources such as initiatives by the US Embassy and Education USA.

2. Be a point of contact and co-ordinate with different US college and university alumnae associations based in Sweden.

3. Support international outreach offices and international exchange studies at Swedish universities.

4. Collaborate with theFulbright Commission of Sweden and the United States Embassy to:

  • welcome visiting Fulbrighters from US academic institutions to participate in our community;

  • welcome back Fulbrighters returning from US academic institutions and encouraging them to participate in ACS;
  • support the Fulbright Commission and the United States Embassy in making information about American colleges and universities available at college fairs such as the SACO Student Fair and others;
  • support the Fulbright Commission and the US Embassy in running cross-cultural workshops concerning the experiences of Fulbrighters in America and in Sweden

Download our information flyers concerning the AME:
Alma Mater Exchange – Flyer Student: For those interested in a college education in the US
Alma Mater Exchange – Flyer Alumni: For those interested in engaging as college representatives

If you have enquiries or require further information please contact ame@americanclub.se. We also refer you to the Study in the USA app (iOS) produced by the US Embassy in Stockholm.