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Club Leader & Volunteer Resources

Whether you are helping to lead a club or looking to start a new one, the UVA Clubs team is ready to help you bring the University of Virginia to your local community. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to our team. Wahoowa!

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Event Planning Resources

In-Person Events

Events must be planned and executed in accordance with local and state Covid-19 mitigation measures with consideration of CDC gathering recommendations in place on the day of the event.

CDC and Local Covid-19 Resources

Virtual Events

Virtual events will utilize Zoom Meetings. 

Available Interactive Technology Options

Talk to your REO about what works best for your event!

Signature Programs Resources

UVA Clubs hosts hundreds of Signature Events around the world each year. Below you will find information and resources on some of our most popular activities. 

Admitted Student Programs

Hear from alumni and current students that have been in your shoes. Hoos will share their experiences, offer advice, and answer your questions live to help you learn more about the UVA community.

Cavaliers Care

UVA Clubs extend UVA’s tradition of service beyond Grounds through worldwide community service projects with a variety of local organizations.

Hoos Here

Hoos Here is a Welcome to the City experience for new, returning, or longtime Hoos in your area to help build their local UVA network. Clubs are encouraged to host outdoor events in September, October, or early November.

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Jefferson Book Awards

The Jefferson Book Award was established to recognize outstanding high school juniors or students in the next-to-graduating class who embrace creativity and innovation and embody the spirit of discovery, much like the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. The student is a demonstrated citizen leader who works to improve their community locally or globally.

Student Send-Offs

UVA Clubs are invited to welcome new students and their parents/guardians in-person or virtually with a cavalier Student Send-Off Event(SSO)! Student Sends-Offs are an opportunity for new students and families to connect with their local UVA community and begin building a network before the fall semester begins. 

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Establishing a UVA Club

UVA Clubs are governed by volunteer leaders and supported by Regional Engagement Officers (REOs). Each UVA Club is led by a board that meets quarterly at a minimum to define the vision, develop initiatives and establish programming for the club.

The success of a new UVA Club depends on a nucleus of dedicated individuals working in partnership with your region’s REO.

Is a UVA Club Right for Your Region?

Typically, UVA Clubs require a critical mass of at least 200 alumni and parents of the University within a 100-mile radius of a given center point. The majority of these constituents should either live or work within about a 30-minute drive from this center point.

Therefore, when launching a club, you will begin by asking the questions below

Does your area have the critical mass required to form a UVA Club?

With your REO, you will review a list of the constituency of alumni, parents and friends in the region based upon data from the University’s central database. If your region lacks the critical mass necessary to launch a UVA Club, you will talk with your REO about other opportunities for ‘Hoos in your area to stay connected, such as the creation of a local Cavaliers Admission Volunteer network.

Will yours be a city or regional club?

With your REO, you will establish the geographic area for the club, using resources from the Office of Engagement, including a map which illustrates the population density of your constituency. This mapping software is currently only available for domestic locations.

How will we invite alumni, friends, and families to be a part of the new UVA Club?

Working with your REO, you will develop and distribute an initial email for distribution to all UVA alumni and parents in your region. This mailing should include:

  • An announcement of the formation of a new club.
  • A call to action for individuals interested in leadership positions.
  • An invitation to an initial UVA Club meeting.
Looking to get involved? Here are four things you can do right now
  1. Update your physical and email addresses in so you can start or continue receiving communications with opportunities for you locally and here on Grounds.
  2. Visit the UVA Clubs main page to find out about the club nearest you and see what events are coming up. Contact your UVA Club president or a Regional Engagement Officer to see how you can help.
  3. Consider donating in support of your local UVA Club.
  4. Share your photos from local UVA Club events.
Organizing Your Club
Video Resources for Club Leaders
Club Leader Zoom Meeting - June 10, 2021
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Opening Keynote Address, Kevin McDonald - 2020 Club Leaders Conference
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Best Practices for Running an Effective Board in a Virtual Age - Club Leader Conference 2020
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Prior Event Registration Lists (PERL)

What is a PERL?

A Prior Event Registration List (PERL) is a spreadsheet sent from a Regional Engagement Officer (REO) to a UVA Club Volunteer Leader. The PERL contains a list of names, email addresses, and physical addresses for all the alumni, parents, and friends living in that local area, called a geo-code, who have registered for a University of Virginia event or webinar in the past three years. The list includes those who currently have an active home or seasonal address in that geo-code. A PERL is not a complete list of all the constituents that live in any geo-code, and does not contain current students.

What is a geo-code?

A geo-code is a collection of zip codes that best represents a geographical area. For example: in order to be able to send email communications to the UVA Club of the Roanoke Valley, 81 zip codes representing a 30-mile radius around the city are consolidated into one list. Individuals with physical addresses that include one of the 81 zip codes will receive email communications from the Engagement & Annual Giving team and are included on the PERL if they have attended an event in the past three years.

How can a UVA Club Volunteer Leader obtain a PERL?

The first step is to fill out a Non-Disclosure Agreement. The Non-Disclosure Agreement stipulates that the contact information provided in the PERL will be kept in strict confidence and only be used for UVA Club specific communications. PERLS can change frequently, depending on the club events and any new residents in your area and therefore a new PERL can be requested often. Once you have filled out the Non-Disclosure Agreement, you can can contact your Regional Engagement Officer to request a PERL.

What should a UVA Club Volunteer Leader do with their PERL?

PERLS are provided to UVA Clubs for event marketing purposes supplemental to those provided by the University of Virginia. Many UVA Clubs design and send their own invitations and newsletters, both hard mail and by email, and these lists can be used at the discretion of each UVA Club’s volunteer leadership committee. The list can also be used for particular targeted outreach for the UVA Club for particular events. A PERL can only be used for UVA Club specific events and initiatives. Using a PERL to gain followers on a UVA Club specific Facebook page is encouraged.

If something doesn’t appear correctly about the PERL or is missing someone, what can be done?

A PERL is a current list based on the prior event registration records collected by University Advancement. There are a number of reasons why someone might not appear on the list, but the most common two are that the person hasn’t attended an event in the past three years or the University doesn’t have a correct mailing address. In order to be included on a future PERL, a constituent must register for an event or webinar. A constituent with a history of event participation that moves from one geo-code to another will automatically be listed on a PERL if University Advancement is provided with updated contact information. If something about your PERL does not appear correctly, please contact your Regional Engagement Officer.