September: Kick-off Meeting
Because this is the first meeting of the year, this meeting’s activities should center around getting everyone in your chapter to know each other, what HOSA is, and an overview of the upcoming year. Think high energy and enthusiasm! Even if you do not choose one of the the icebreaker activities listed in this toolkit, we recommend an activity that helps everyone get to know one another's names and/or something about each of their peers. Consider the amount of space and prospective number of attendees when planning these activities so they run smoothly! You can separate your chapter into smaller groups respectively. This meeting is also the perfect time to introduce your members to what HOSA is and everything it has to offer throughout the year.
Recruit your chapter officers and other experienced HOSA members to talk a bit about why they joined HOSA, what they have done in it, and why others should join. Keep the information light and engaging, it should not be a full-on lecture. Allow time at the end of the meeting for attendees to ask questions. Candy and music are always create a comfortable environment for both people to speak, and listeners to ask questions. Remember to pass out HOSA Affiliation, FLC Registration, chapter t-shirt (if applicable), etc. forms during this meeting!
October: Service Projects
Presentation Template: October Meeting- Service Project
Despite being a more information-based meeting, try a brainstorming activity in small groups for volunteering or fundraising initiatives. Once a healthy list has been created, allow each group to share and, together as a chapter, decide on your favorites. This is a great exercise for initiating new, eligible ideas that eventually can turn into chapter events centered around service.
If your chapter has specific committees alongside your local officer team, use this time to elect a chair person or heads of committees. If your chapter already has service project activities planned prior to the start of the year, use this meeting to conduct one of those activities with your entire chapter!
November: Competitive Events
Presentation: November Meeting- Competitive Events
Idea: Have underclassmen or prospective members group up with experienced competitors to share about the events they have taken or have interest in. Expose all members to the six categories of competitive events (Health Science, Health Professions, Emergency Preparedness, Leadership, Teamwork, and Recognition) along with a few specific competitive events to expose them to the variety of competition HOSA has to offer. Use this meeting to explain how members sign-up to compete, find their respective resources, create teams, deadlines for turning in paperwork centered around competition, costs associated with competition, dates of online testing and Regional / State / International Leadership Conferences, study tips, etc.
Activity: For a fun energizer, create a mock-competition for a specific competitive event. For example, expose your chapter to HOSA Bowl by dividing your chapter into teams and allow them to “compete” using a Kahoot of medical knowledge questions. This shows them how fun competing can be!