At most annual dinners a charity draw will take place where sponsors have been involved this will normally take the form of a raffle. In this case each of the sponsors should be acknowledged before the raffle takes place. Some institutes vary the method of fundraising to add interest.
The host president is ‘Chairman’ for the night and therefore sits in the middle of the top table. Guests should then be seated according to their status alternately on the right of the president, when facing the body of the room, and then on the left.
No, social events should be self-funding. This can be from sponsorship from local organisations, in exchange for promotion and advertising, and/or by charging a suitable price for tickets for the event.
Coordinating an award ceremony or a presentation event can be a rewarding if challenging task. An award ceremony can be part of a dinner or other meeting, or a standalone event, formal or a more relaxed gathering. The benefits of marking your members’ achievements, qualifications and completions are evident: you are recognising local talent and progression, bringing together like-minded achievers, demonstrating the strength of the local profession, and hopefully building foundations for future recruits to your institute council.
Suitable dinner speakers are a key element of a successful dinner. Word of mouth is invaluable - talk to your fellow institutes and your RMM for information on speakers who have been a success, or a failure. Contact details for speaker agencies can be found on the Speakers List which can be accessed here.
Institutes often have established social and networking events which they run annually and benefit from regular support and a reputation built over time. They could be events such as a golf day, annual quiz or five-a-side football tournament.