CELEBRATING OUR HISTORY:
TOGETHER AS ONE, FOREVER UNITED AS ONE CREW
As is true every year, BBG Founders’ Day is April 22nd and AZA Founders’ Day (effectively, BBYO’s birthday) is May 3rd. We will celebrate exactly how Sam Beber and Anita Perlman would have wanted—as a movement, through experiences built by our chapters all over the world.
Our Founders of both our Movement and chapters have built a platform for us to have a voice and make a real difference in the world. On Founders' Day this year, let's build the celebration they deserve.
Founders’ Day marks a critical and exciting time for our Movement to mobilize in honor of our history, shared successes, and future. If you would like additional consultation on building your Founders' Day celebration, we are here to help—reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
We encourage you to learn more about the rich history of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and B’nai B’rith Girls—from 14 boys in Omaha, Nebraska to a growing global movement of 725+ chapters in 55 countries.
We want to know how your community is going big for Founders' Day. Be a part of the worldwide celebration by filling out the form below. Make sure to mark that it’s a Founders’ Day program—we’ll send you a celebratory chapter charter and digital celebration pack to help you level up your program!Founders' Day Plans
There are endless ways you can join us in the global celebration of Founders' Day this Spring by celebrating our Movement, engaging our community, and honoring our tradition.
Below are a variety of program ideas that you can easily implement for your local Founders' Day celebration. Feel free to contact your International S'ganim for additional planning support. Don't worry, we've got your back.
If you need a little money to add a boost to your Founders' Day celebration, we want to help. Fill out a Gamechanger Grant application today if you're ready to go big →
Other fun opportunities to celebrate the past, present, and future of AZA and BBG. Let your imagination run wild!
Celebrating our history means celebrating our legacies. There's no better way to mark 97 years of AZA and 77 years of BBG than inducting your chapter or region's new member. Check out induction templates for AZA and BBG that you can customize locally and be sure to issue all new members inductions certificates as well (AZA, BBG, and BBYO). We also encourage you to celebrate your new members by place a lawn sign on their front yard for all to see!
Invite local gamechangers to a virtual program and run honorary inductions to honor their status in your community.
Run a brother/sisterhood program to honor the connection and foundation of our movement. Need some inspiration? Check out our guide on building a strong Separates experience. You can also plan a Good and Welfare ceremony, Big/Little experience, or run a previous International Convention Separates program that you can find in the IC 2020 Program Showcase library.
Send your chapter mascot on a trip from house to house via the mail or being placed in a mailbox. Create a journal of all the photos and stories in the end; just remember: keep your mascot safe and healthy with some Clorox wipes!
AZA (& BBYO) turning 97 and BBG turning 77 is nothing short of impressive. Celebrate our birthdays featuring trivia using the Blue/Red books, historic photos, matching party hats, and more. Here’s a sample program that you can run!
Invite your chapter’s gamechangers of the past to join you for a program, conversation, or panel. Do you know what your chapter was like through the decades? Learn more through these interview questions!
Assemble a digital BBYO time capsule or archive full of chapter notes, photos, and memorabilia. A capsule is specific to the year it's made and marked with a designated open date for future Alephs and BBGs, while an archive is a documentation of decades of history available to anyone! Check out tapsule on the app store.
Founders' Day is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate BBYO's birthday through parties and chapter gatherings. Explore ways you can celebrate with your community.
Throw a BBYO birthday bash to celebrate our history – featuring trivia using the Red/Blue Books, historic photos, alumni speakers, and more
Celebrate new chapters and/or ‘charter-versaries’ by printing an enlarged copy of your charter and inviting all members to sign (#picsoritdidnthappen)
Co-host a shared virtual program over Zoom (or another video chat platform) with another chapter from one of our global communities around the world.
Assemble a BBYO time capsule full of notes and other chapter memorabilia (whether tangible or digital), marked with a designated open date for future Alephs and BBGs
Founders' Day is an incredible opportunity to bring together alumni, parents, friends, and supporters of BBYO. There are hundreds of thousands of BBYO alumni out there and this is a great way to engage them.
Plan an alumni barbecue and/or flag football game, using these fun and interactive events to engage all ages; invite former members (especially those now doing big things in the world) to share their stories of BBYO and beyond.
Host a formal chapter banquet (complete with dressy attire and maybe a +1 guest invite) to include a nice dinner plus ample time to reflect on BBYO’s past, celebrate the present, and get excited for the future.
Founders' Day offers a special opportunity to align an upcoming AZA or BBG ritual or tradition moment with the Founders' Day initiative.
Deliver a State of the Chapter address to give your fellow Alephs/BBGs an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the wins and successes of the past year
Host a special induction ceremony to officially welcome your newest class of AITs and MITs into AZA and BBG, offering a powerful moment for celebration and connection to the full global history of our movement
Show your AZA & BBG spirit on Wednesday, April 28 by wearing your favorite AZA, BBG, or BBYO swag as part of the sixth AZA & BBG International Letters Day. Be sure to use the Founders’ Day hashtags when posting your pics on social.
Utilize the Founders' Day Brand Kit to get the word out about your event! The Brand Kit includes digital flyers, Instagram story templates, letterhead, header, footer, share squares, slide templates, values slides, and zoom backgrounds. We've linked some of the examples from the kit below. Get creative and let us know if you need any help. You can access the designs via Google Slides or Canva (contact your local staff about Canva access).
Event Environment Enhancements
Go all out to make your Founders' Day celebration special and memorable. Be sure to order these items at least two weeks before your event to avoid any rush fees.
Suggested Vendor: Best Flag
Instructions: Order a 2'x3' single-sided flag and upload your artwork.
Ballpark price: $50
Suggested Vendor: Rush Order Tees
Instructions: Use these designs to order a t-shirt, long sleeve, or embroidered crew neck as a swag give-a-way at your celebration.
Ballpark price: $10-20/item
Suggested Vendor: Rush Order Tees
Instructions: Use these designs to print t-shirts and celebrate our Founders.
Ballpark price: $7/item
Suggested Vendor: Promotion Choice
Instructions: Select 1 color print, quantity, balloon color, production notes, and upload the art. Get ready to 'wow' your participants with this one.
Ballpark price: $0.54/balloon
Suggested Vendor: Zazzle
Instructions: Select "customize," upload and size your art, select the color of your hat, and finalize your order.
Ballpark price: $2/hat
Tell us what amazing events you're planning this Founders' Day!
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The B’nai B’rith Girls’ Eternal Light Recruitment Award is an honor given to B’nai B’rith Girls in good standing who played a significant and lasting part in growing the B'nai B'rith Girls. Their efforts have contributed to the strengthening of our Order's future. Eternal Light Award recipients leave a legacy in their chapters, councils, regions, and countries as they welcome a new generation to love, cherish and preserve the traditions of the B'nai B'rith Girls and BBYO.
Map out how you’re going to get the word out to your audience using multi-platform communications.
Utilize these design templates to elevate your Founders' Day promotion and hype.
Apply for a Gamechanger Grant to give your chapter the opportunity to receive $50-$1,000 directed for programs and initiatives that will make a bigger difference in your community, expand programming, pilot new recruitment/rush techniques and elevate your local chapter experience.
Let us know the details of a program you ran funded by a Gamechanger Grant.
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Print this Step and Repeat to put up at all of your events for the perfect branded photo area.
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This is the BBG membership manual. Every member receives one when they are inducted into our Order. The book includes our rituals, history, and how we run the Movement. →
Share all of your Founders' Day posts with the hashtags #BBYOFoundersDay, #AZAFoundersDay, and #BBGFoundersDay to showcase all of the incredible events happening around the world.