Q. How do I send out an email from the Texas Exes database?
A. The Texas Exes staff will send out the emails for you. The Texas Exes database will always have the most up to date email information, which is why we always encourage chapters/non-chartered chapters to use this tool. Send an email with the text of the email you want sent out to Venetia Coleman. The email will be put together in the Texas Exes format and a proof will be sent to you for editing. Once the email has been approved, it will be sent to the entire database for that area-both members and nonmembers. Chapter and non-chartered chapter emails are sent out on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each week. Please allow 2 business days for your email request.
Q. How do I set up a free chapter/non-chartered chapter website hosted by the Texas Exes?
A. Contact Venetia Coleman or Megan Yeager and let her know that the group is interested in getting a website set up. Designate who within the group will be the webmaster. A beta site for the group will be set up and the link to the site will be sent to the designated webmaster along with a manual which will walk him or her through the website. The chapter/non-chartered chapter will be responsible for adding the content. The web template is very user friendly. Once the webmaster has added the content and is happy with the look of the site, email Courtney or Dana and she will make it live. From there, edits can be made to the site by the webmaster or anyone listed on the chapter’s board. Edits will not be live automatically. The edits must be approved by the Association staff before they go live.
Q. Are chapter donations and event entry-fees tax deductible?
A. Donations to the chapter scholarship fund are tax deductible. Checks to the chapter scholarship fund need to be made to Texas Exes. Event-entry fees are tax-deductible for the amount over the fair market value of the ticket price. The "fair market value" is the cost of the goods and services received at the event- e.g. if a meal at the event’s restaurant would normally cost $25, that’s the ticket’s fair market value.
Q. What are the annual deadlines for charter establishments and renewal documents?
A. The deadline for charter establishment and renewal is on June 1 of every year. The documents needed for charter establishment and renewal are the signed charter agreement, officer report, financial statement and chapter by-laws. The chapter by-laws only need to be resubmitted when amendments have been made. When establishing a new chapter, the chapter by-laws must be signed by 10 current Texas Exes members. The by-laws remain on file with the Association. Non-chartered chapters also need to sign and return their non-chartered chapter agreement byJune 1.
Q. Can non-chartered chapters raise money for scholarships?
A. Non-chartered chapters can raise money for scholarships although we prefer they focus on other areas of involvement. The time and resources needed to raise money for scholarships, may tax the volunteers in a non-chartered chapter and we would prefer they use those resources to focus on increasing involvement in their area. Raising scholarship funds is just one way to engage alumni in your area and for those groups with limited resources, we prefer they focus their effort on other areas. Just bringing alumni together supports UT and the Texas Exes!
Q. What is the difference between a chartered chapter and a non-chartered chapter?
A. Chapters and Non-Chartered Chapters are local affiliates of the Texas Exes. Chapters and Non-Chartered Chapters differ in that Chapters require a more fully developed leadership structure and can award scholarships to local students.
Non-Chartered Chapters can have a more loosely defined structure with only one person needed as the Key Contact and typically they do not award scholarships. All start-up groups will first become Non-Chartered Chapters and will then have the opportunity to become a Chartered Chapter.
Q. What is the Chapter Advisory Board and how can they help me?
A. The Chapter Advisory Board is a group of volunteers who have served as chapter leaders. They can provide ideas, resources, guidance, and support for Chapter leaders. Chapter Advisory Board members are appointed annually by the Texas Exes’ president. They are each assigned as liaison for several chapters. Do not hesitate to contact them. They are another great resource for Chapter leaders in addition to the Texas Exes staff. You can find the Chapter Advisory Board member assigned to your chapter on page 55 of the Chapter Leaders Handbook.
Q. Where can I find information on the charter requirements?
Q. What are some examples of successful fundraisers that other chapters have organized?
A. The best fundraisers are those events that are tailored to the needs and unique qualities of your alumni. Alumni in different cities and communities have their own personality and chapters should take this into account when planning fundraisers. Below are a few examples:
- The Dallas Chapter hosts a golf tournament in Dallas the Friday before the Texas-OU game. This takes advantage of the unique position the Dallas Chapter is in thanks to the annual game. The chapter solicits sponsors for the event, in addition to the registration fee.
- The San Antonio Chapter hosts their annual Tailgate Party to kickoff the football season. There is a silent and live auction to raise funds, as well as the registration fee and table sales. The chapter brings in football experts to get the crowd excited about the upcoming season and ends the party with a live concert. The chapter capitalizes on the excitement surrounding the start of football season.
- Brownsville has a fun celebrity waiter dinner that they do with the Texas A&M Club every year before the UT-Texas A&M game. The waiters are local celebrities that are either Aggies or Longhorns. Whichever "team" raises the most "tips" (donations) wins.
These are just a few examples that have been submitted to the Association. Please continue to share your success stories with us so that we may share them with other chapters.
Q. What types of events should our chapter consider hosting?
A. You know your community best and what events will appeal most to your alumni. We recommend a diverse calendar of events. If your chapter focuses heavily on football game watches in the fall, try to host a cultural event in the spring. Remember not everyone is interested in football. While it’s impossible to please everyone all the time, a diverse calendar will appeal to more people in your area than just game watches and happy hours. A few really well done events throughout the year are better than frequent yet poorly planned events. Work within the structure of your chapter and take advantage of what your community has to offer. Each chapter is unique and we encourage you to embrace that uniqueness.
Q. What is the Leadership Conference in Austin all about?
A. The primary focus of the Leadership Conference is to bring chapter and non-chartered chapter leaders together from across the country so they can interact and share ideas, as well as get an update on the Association. It’s also a great time for the Association to hear from the volunteers in the trenches. The Leadership Conference is designed to benefit both the chapter/non-chartered chapter leaders and the Association, so that hopefully the entire chapter/non-chartered chapter structure will be strengthened.
Q. Where can I get a chapter/non-chartered chapter banner?
A. The Association can order a chapter/non-chartered chapter banner at the chapter’s/non-chartered chapter's expense. The standard banner is 2x4 and roughly $50. Email the banner request to Megan Yeager and she will order the banner for you. All banners will include the chapter’s/non-chartered chapter's logo. If you want to have a sponsor logo included, email that logo as well.
Q. Where can I get nametags?
Q. Where can I get membership brochures?
Q. How do we send out a mailing to our local members? How many mailings can we do per year?
A. Send the content of the mailing to Venetia Coleman. Include if you want the mailing to go to members only or members and nonmembers. A proof will then be sent to you for your approval before it is sent to be printed. Once the approval is given, the proof will be sent to the printing house and will mail out first class. It takes 3-5 business days for the mailing to hit the mail from the time it is sent to the printer. Please allow an additional 3 business days for the designing and proofing of your invitation.
Invitations need to hit local mailboxes at a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the event. If the invitation is not requested in enough time for this to happen then Texas Exes reserves the right to deny the invitation request.
Each chapter gets 2 mailings per year- 1 to members and 1 to members and nonmembers. Additional mailings can be ordered but the chapter will incur the costs associated with any additional mailings.
Q. Can we get any autographed sports memorabilia to auction for a fundraiser?
A. All autographed sports memorabilia must now be purchased through Longhorns, Ltd-the official team store or through the University Co-op. There is no discount extended to the Texas Exes chapters.