Over the years, yearbooks have remained fairly restricted to the educational realm. Whether they cover a year of elementary school, high school, or college, when people hear the word “yearbook,” they immediately picture printed memories of classes, teachers, friends, and all the other trappings of school.
However, with the evolution of yearbooks and all the things you can do with them now – like creating customizable pages with TreeRing or using social media for marketing – it’s time to stop stereotyping yearbooks. It’s great that yearbooks can bring about a flood of nostalgia, but yearbooks can be used for a lot more than just remembering school.
A yearbook also doesn’t necessarily have to cover the course of a year. They could be used to collect materials and remember a large event, a group of people, or a certain time. Most organizations depend on a few photos in an album to remember a group or event. However, that album isn’t something each person can have as a takeaway, and it isn’t a comprehensive representation of what that group, time, or event was like. The solution? Create a yearbook!
Here are ten organizations or events that could benefit from creating their own memorable yearbook:
- Red Hat Society: The Red Hat Society is an organization for women 50 and over. It spans 30 countries, with over 40,000 groups in the United States alone! The group’s primary purpose is to get ladies together to socialize, attend events, and overall bond with one another… while wearing – you guessed it – red hats. Most of these ladies may have thought their yearbook days were over; however, creating a book from the past year or past few years’ events will bring that youthful spark back. The society members are very active and participate in all kinds of activities – like trips to Italy, weekly card games, tea parties, and much more! What better way to remember all of these different events with other like-minded ladies than to create a yearbook?
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- Elks Club, Moose Club, Knights of Columbus, etc.: These clubs are built in brotherhood and fraternity. They have chair members and other officers within the group, wear certain attire, and carry out traditional proceedings for all kinds of activities – like charity events, benefits, and memorials. These kinds of organizations are perfect candidates for yearbooks. The book could include officer pages, with portraits of board members, as well as photos from events and group activities, special thanks pages, remembrance dedications for deceased members, and much more.
- Police, Firefighters, and EMTs: Instead of a simple group photo each year, a great way to honor a community’s police, firefighters, and EMTs would be through a personalized yearbook. Each could have their own yearbook, or the community could put together a yearbook for them as a collective whole. It could feature significant stories and articles from throughout the year, demonstrating bravery, heroism, and a job well done. It could also contain pictures of the daily life of each – firefighters cleaning trucks or cooking dinner, police walking a beat, EMTs getting ready for the day, and so on. This would also be a good place to include pages commemorating fallen brothers and sisters.
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- Fraternities and Sororities: Outside the typical college yearbook, each fraternity or sorority could create their own yearbook. It could feature pledge pages, with the newest members, and sections to outline notable charity events and community service activities throughout the year. There could also be a fun section for the many themed parties thrown and all the resulting photos.
- Corporations and Private Businesses: For large corporations, a yearbook would be a good way to identify who’s who and what their accomplishments were each year. CEOs and other top management could be outlined in the same way as a teachers’ section, with head/shoulder portraits and notable credentials. Other departments or levels could have individual sections with their photos and backgrounds. For smaller businesses, yearbooks would be a good way to give biographies and backgrounds on owners and workers. It would also be a good place to recall fun and interesting projects worked on throughout the year, and any possible community or charity events the business took part in.
- Volunteer Groups: Whether it be a national focus – like Habitat for Humanity – or small community efforts, a yearbook is a great way to remember groups that did something special through volunteer and charity work. The yearbook could feature distinctive photos and uplifting stories about each event. Volunteers could share personal stories as to why they decided to volunteer and what a particular effort meant to them.
- Zoos and Aquariums: This yearbook would be special because while it could outline people, like zoo workers, it could focus mainly on animals. Zoos and aquariums are filled with all kinds of rare and interesting mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and who knows what else. Just as each person has a special story to tell, each animal has a unique background and personality. A yearbook would be a great way to summarize each of the animals and show “new additions” to the zoo. The yearbook would also be a good way to show fun events throughout the year.
- Museums, Art Galleries, etc.: Museums and galleries generally have monthly shows featuring new or notable artists, unique sculptures, historic artifacts, and much more. But if you miss that particular exhibit, it moves on to another center and out of your reach. A yearbook could pull together the shows from throughout the year, through vibrant photos, artist backgrounds, and interesting content. This would be a good way for visitors that missed the show(s) to see what they missed, have something to take with them, and make money for the museum or gallery.
- Theater Players: Whether your group performs on a large Broadway-bound stage, in a community theater, or inside your neighbor’s garage, a yearbook is a great way to remember shows throughout the year and who made them possible, like actors/actresses, the orchestra, the director, and distinguished patrons. Think of it like the theater section of a school yearbook, but every page filled with colorful performance pictures, biographies of actors, the director’s story, and community business ads for those that donated to the cause.
- Family Reunion: In place of that graphically questionable family newsletter your cousin emails every couple months, why not try a yearbook? It could be a way to summarize what happened in the extended family throughout the year – Aunt Enda had a hip replacement, or cousin Julie got into an Ivy League school, or Grandpa Joe retired after 50 years on the job. The yearbook could be sent out shortly before the family reunion, getting people excited – or at least prepared – for the reunion.
With TreeRing, you will be able to create a one-of-a-kind yearbook for any group, business, or event, and do it at a reasonable price, while still leaving room for individuals to customize what that experience was like for them. Request a quote today and get started on your own yearbook!