Question—-Our club has considered giving “book awards” as a means of encouraging meeting attendance. At each meeting attended, our members would have the opportunity to submit their students’ names for a drawing. The drawing would be held at the end of each semester and “book awards” or gift certificates to College Station area bookstores (for book and school supply purchases) would be awarded to the winning students. Have other clubs used this idea with success? Answer: Remember, as a 501(C)(3) organization, you cannot reward members solely for attendance. Also, your club’s mission and purpose are to support Texas A&M and Aggie students from your area. Therefore, you should refrain from initiating any reward program that would benefit only your members because that would be inconsistent with tax-exempt organization guidelines.