US Chapters are expected to host a membership drive, but what is a membership drive?

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Because membership into Golden Key is by invitation only, we collaborate with each college/university that we have chapters at to identify the top 15% of eligible sophomores-seniors, and top performing graduate students (3.8 and above). Once the top 15% of students has been identified we invite them to join the Society through our invitation process. This is commonly referred to as a membership drive. The membership drive is a 80 day long process where eligible members are informed of their academic achievement and are invited to become a member. We strongly encourage chapters to host information sessions, chapter events, and other activities during this process in order to get as much publicity out to prospective members during this time. At the end of the 80 day membership drive chapters host a new member recognition event to publicly recognize student’s academic achievement