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 700+ chapters in 50+ countries.
For 75 years, the B'nai B'rith Girls has been a place for young women to have a voice, develop their leadership skills, make a difference in the world, and be a part of something bigger. BBG, in many ways, paved the path for women to have the same opportunities as men, and more importantly, gave them the confidence to reach higher. In the coming weeks, we'll be launching more opportunities to honor the B'nai B'rith Girls over this historic year of celebrating women's leadership.
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
BBG's 75th year and AZA's 95th year are incredible milestones, and we hope to celebrate your commitment to this Movement by supporting you in developing elevated Founders’ Day events and by presenting you with a special charter. These charters are intended to recognize your chapter, honor your dedicated work, and elevate your Founder’s Day experience. You’ll also receive a fun digital celebration pack to help you celebrate the strength of our Movement.
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.
If you're new to Founders' Day, be sure to read over this Founders' Day one-pager, which will provide context about the purpose of the initiative and some program inspiration to help get you started.
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 →
Celebrating Founders’ Day with your chapter is easier than ever before. Just host one of these ready-made programs on BBYO On Demand. Follow the script, or get creative -- there’s plenty of room for you to customize!
AZA (& BBYO) turning 96 and BBG turning 76 is nothing short of impressive. Celebrate our birthdays featuring trivia using the Blue/Red books, historic photos, matching party hats, and more. Plus, let us know what you’re doing, and we’ll send you a digital celebratory charter to mark the occasion. 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 2020 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.
Other fun opportunities to celebrate the past, present, and future of AZA and BBG. Let your imagination run wild!
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!
Invite your Chapter N’siah/Godol (President) to deliver a State of the Chapter as an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the wins and successes of the past year (here’s a script if you need one). How will we be even stronger by the time BBYO turns 97? Bonus: let us know what you’re doing, and we’ll send you a digital celebratory charter!
Run a brother/sisterhood program to honor the connection and foundation of our movement. Need some inspiration? Check out Good and Welfare, Big/Little, or International Convention Separates.
Invite local gamechangers to a virtual program and run honorary inductions to honor their status in your community.
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
Explore the growing list of Founders’ Day programs happening around the world. Use this list to inspire your plans!
Show your AZA & BBG spirit on Wednesday, April 29 by wearing your favorite AZA, BBG, or BBYO swag as part of the fifth AZA & BBG International Letters Day. (If your school has a uniform, wear your letters after school!) Be sure to use the Founders’ Day hashtags when posting your pics on social; we may be sending prizes to those with the best shots!
You know an event is going to be successful when you see it everywhere. Utilize these tools and templates to get the word out about your event.
Share the details about your event with these Instagram Story templates.
Help spread the word about Founders' Day through these fun tag templates.
Blast this image on all of your social media channels and be sure your friends share it on their personal accounts. Add your event information in the caption of the image.Download
Make your Facebook event and social media profile look sharp with this event cover photo.Download
Share the details about your event with this customizable flyer template. Hang these flyers at all of your local hang out spots.
Customize them, cut them up, and hand them out to all of your friends at school, practice, clubs, and more to make sure everyone knows they're invited to your Founders' Day celebration.
Utilize this letterhead when making formal asks to community partners or guests to join your event. If you're an overachiever, you can put all of your official Founders' Day program outlines in this document.
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.
Place this board outside of your event entrance so everyone knows they're in the right place.
Suggested vendor: Vistaprint
Instructions: Order from Vistaprint (or any local print shop) a 22”x28” full-color
foam core board.
Ballpark price: $40
Place this banner at the heart of your event. Be sure it's visible for any special photo moments.
Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select vinyl banners > 13 oz. vinyl banner > 4’Hx8’W. Depending on your space add grommets or pockets for hanging. Grommets are recommended every two feet and work with command hooks. Pockets are great if you already have a banner stand. Upload artwork after you order and be sure to get a proof.
Ballpark price: $50
Order a step and repeat to make everyone feel like a VIP. Bring additional props and throw a red carpet in front of the step and repeat to really go big.
Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select vinyl banners > 13 oz. vinyl banner > 8’Hx10’W > select grommets or pockets depending on how you are hanging. Grommets work with command hooks and pockets work with a banner stand. If you need a banner stand, you can purchase one here.
Ballpark price: $100
Plaster every wall of your event with one of the Founders' Day posters. If a step and repeat is not in your budget, print out a few dozen of these posters to make a photo wall.
Suggested Vendor: Order from Vistaprint (or similar printing company) a 11’’x17” full-color print on card stock paper or print at local office.
Ballpark price: $1/print
When everyone is posting with this filter, the FOMO will be real.
Instructions: Submit on Snapchat at least 24 hours before your event.
Ballpark price: $5
Instructions: Print on 11"x17" paper at a local print shop or in your community office to decorate your space.
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
Thank the people who made your event happen and invite everyone to come back for your next community event!
Don't forget to thank all of the people, partners and planners who helped make your event possible. A handwritten note means the world.
Instructions: Order from FedEx (or similar
printing company) a 7’’x10” full-color print
on card stock paper.
Ballpark price: $2/print
Hand these out at the end of your event to invite your friends to the next big program. These are customizable for you to share information about your next event.
Instructions: Order from Vistaprint (or similar
printing company) a 3.5"x2" full-color business card.
Ballpark price: $10 for set
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, #BBGFoundersDay, and #BBG75 to showcase all of the incredible events happening around the world. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a shout out from @BBYOInsider.