Starting and Maintaining a Zombie Club 101
Welcome to the College Zombie community. The path to starting your own Zombie Club
chapter at your school starts here, in the planning stage. Before you go any further
you need to have an idea where it is you're going. Ask yourself these questions:
How many students will get involved in this club?
What are the goals of this club? Is it purely entertainment? Are there charitable
Who will advise the club?
When it comes to establishing a student organization at a school there are 3 things
that you'll need to be successful: A dedicated group of students with a common interest,
a staff or faculty member to advise the group, and a mission statement. Mission statements,
for the most part,should be the most serious aspect of a club start up. Often, an
institution will require that an official student organization be directly related
to an aspect of curriculum in some way, which for many upstarts is a deterrent from
pursuing creating such a club, but we will demonstrate later that the broad spectrum
of zombie culture can be suited to fit virtually any situation.
Finding your members
One of the great things about Zombie clubs is how well they can bring people together.
People who may otherwise not think they have anything in common will find they can
have lengthy conversations about their zombie plans and favorite zombie slaying video
game. Also, Zombie clubs provide an organization that anyone can belong to. Unlike
“honor societies” or other “special interest group” organizations, you don't need
to fit any special requirements to become a member. In fact, you don't even need
to be zombie-obsessive, you could simply be someone who likes having fun. And everybody
likes fun. That being said, finding students is relatively easy. Start with your
friends, to get a base group of members. A petition of interested students (A pre-made
petition is available on our website for gold members) will be of great assistance. Now, keep in
mind that unless you know that your institution is actively against the formation
of such a club, this petition is little more than a head-count of interested persons,
diplomacy is your friend. Be sure to take down the important information, including
contact info, so that once approved, you can communicate with your new members. If
you don't know where to look for potential members, search the commons areas, cafeterias,
and other places that students typically meet naturally. This will give you a better
feel for the social atmosphere. Once your group is approved, there are other methods
we will explore later.
Forming your mission statement
Mission statements, should be sincere, and give a broad overview of what your organization
is all about. Now, keep in mind that although it is not necessarily required, Zombie
Clubs are expected to have some charitable aspirations. They help generate good will
and good press towards the new club, and can often be some of the most fun you could
expect to have in your community.
Here's an example that you can use to create your own mission statement:
”The Zombie Defense Council is an association of students with a common interest
in zombies. The club promotes zombie awareness, discusses zombie folklore and popular
culture, creates zombie apocalypse plans, trains using zombie simulation technology,
networks with zombie clubs and participates in other zombie-related activities. The
club also performs charity work and other community service efforts.”
In this example you will find use of a great tool for your club's establishment,
which is eloquence. ”Zombie simulation technology” sounds impressive, but could
be easily translated into ”plays zombie video games”.
Discuss your mission statement with your friends and include a draft of it with your
Finding your advisor
Depending on your institution's policies, an advisor may or may not be required,
but if there is, there are some professors that may be more interested than others.
Film Instructors – considering the long history of Zombies in film, these teachers
may be your best bet.
Biology – If you express interest in the biological possibilities of zombies, they
may be promising.
Sociology / Anthropology – How does a zombie outbreak (or any other disaster for
that matter) affect a society, and how would one prepare themselves? They may have
And never overlook the obvious; young teachers, those who are clearly interested
in the occult or science fiction, or even just teachers who are good friends. Anybody
could be an advisor for a zombie club!
Once you have these aspects in order, it's up to you to submit your materials for
approval from your institution. There is likely a department or administrator (look
for student activities or clubs and organizations) who is charged with handling these
matters, or it may fall under your student government. If you aren't sure of the
procedure or whom to contact, ask the leaders of existing clubs to point you in the
right direction. For help or support in these issues, you can also have your administrator
contact our email address, and we will provide assistance. There may be additional
requirements depending on the school. Once you're approved, the hard part is largely
out of the way!
This stage in the startup stage is easier in theory than the concept stage. Once
you have your Advisor, mission statement, and petition, and have your approval, launch
is a breeze. In the launch stage, you gain members, plan meeting times, and establish
yourselves as a force to be reckoned with. You also may need to draft a constitution.
You can't have much of a club without members, but that doesn't necessarily mean
you need to have 1000 members to have a good time either. A tight-knit group of 20-30
students can be just as much fun as huge groups, but it's not unheard of to experience
membership numbers in the hundreds.
That petition you made earlier is a good place to start when it comes to signing
up new members. Another useful tool that should be utilized is social networking.
The most successful clubs are those that can communicate efficiently, and social
networks, such as Facebook, are quick and effective ways to generate interest in
your club and manage it and it's members. Set up a free email account for your club
to correspond through. Use that account to set up group pages so that the group can
be maintained even after you have left the institution. Once that is set up, it will
be even easier to get members to sign up and communicate for the next step.
This is an important aspect to the launch of your new zombie club. Knowing the “When”
and ”Where” are obviously critical to the club's success. Use the mass messaging
features of your new social network to take a general poll of the interested students,
asking simply, when the best time would be for them to meet, and where on campus
(if on campus at all). Remember to relate the decision to when your advisor may be
Where you meet is just as important as the when. Know your climate, and know your
school. Where are you able to be possibly loud and in a group without fear of punishment?
Obviously the library may not be your best bet. Commons areas, lounges, cafeterias,
gyms, open empty lecture halls, are all place to consider. If there is decent weather,
outdoor landmarks may be just as useful. Keep in mind the activities of your club
as well. If you plan to play games like video games and board games, you may want
to pick an indoor venue with access to tables and televisions. Also keep in mind
what other clubs may be using your meeting spot if it is a well-known location, like
the quad, or central landmark. If you are expecting a large turnout for meetings,
be sure the venue will accommodate it, if it is a more modest size, more secluded
areas, like a corner of campus, a wooded area, or a less-popular hall could be your
Spreading the Word
Perhaps the most daunting task for the shy type, or for a campus saturated with
activities, is getting the word out. Experience shows, often the best way to spread
the word is by word of mouth. People are more likely to react to a face-to-face conversation
than to an anonymous posting on the wall. If your friends are helping you set this
up, start there. Tell them to invite their friends and so on. Your launch group will
more likely be the tightest-knit segment of the group dynamic.
If you want a bigger, more successful organization, you also mustn't forget to promote
your new zombie club. Here are some suggestions on how to spread the word:
1. Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Message Boards, Email, Chatrooms, Bathroom stalls,
and Text Messages are some of the quickest and easiest (an most inexpensive) ways
to spread the word.
2. Fliers – have a copy machine or a laser printer? Then print away! A few hundred
well-placed fliers can do wonders for meeting attendance.
3. Chalk – Students spend more time looking at the ground than they may realize.
Scrawling out a message on the sidewalk of a busy thoroughfare or a busy intersection
is sure to get noticed, and you can pick up sidewalk chalk for cheap.
(FOR A DETAILED LIST OF PROMOTION STRATEGIES BECOME A GOLD MEMBER)
With that done you're now ready for the big moment: The First Meeting. (And all
other subsequent meetings)
The hard part is over! Congratulations! Now you can have fun with the club you've
just established. But, now what?
The fun thing about Zombie Clubs is that you can do just about anything with them.
With enough creativity, anything can become zombie-related. There are also no pre-conceived
expectations of any members, unlike an athletic club or an honor society, everyone
is here to enjoy themselves.
If you've got a budget, meetings can always be enhanced by buying food for the members.
It doesn't have to be an every day occurrence, but you'll notice how much more involved
everyone is when there is pizza involved.
Meetings can be as structured, or informal as the situation calls for.
Regular meeting activities:
Meetings can have goals in mind, such as planning future events, or can be used as
a time for fellowship. If the meetings themselves ARE the events, here are some
suggestions to keep them lively, and something to look forward to. Such as games;
there are hundreds of Video games and dozens of board games that are based around
zombies. And there are options to fit any budget. Basic games such as ”Plants Vs.
Zombies” can be downloaded or played free of charge online, so have every member
bring their laptop. If there are televisions available, you may desire to bring your
own video game consoles and fire up a round of your favorite co-op zombie shooter.
Discuss your Zombie Plans, and develop an in-depth plan for your college, that you
can submit to the students. Start up a game of Humans Vs. Zombies Dart tag if you'd
like, or watch your favorite zombie films and videos together. If you have an advisor
who is an active participant, help them research a scholastic quality of zombie lore
and give a presentation or thesis about it. Deliver a seminar, or plan an event on
(For a full list of Zombie Events, BECOME A GOLD MEMBER)
Just remember to have fun with it!