What could be an occasion for union members to get together on a Thursday night?
For AFGE Council 216 representing Equal Employees Opportunity Commission (EEOC) employees, it was a virtual trivia game night that reconnected people during the pandemic and fostered solidarity. The idea came from participating in the trivia night sponsored by AFGE during our first-ever virtual Legislative Conference in February.
“The purpose of the night was to chill out, see old friends, and meet coworkers from around the country,” explained Council 216 President Rachel Shonfield.
Besides inviting members, the council also promoted the event at new employee orientations to show potential members that the union is also a community and does fun stuff.
Forty people participated. They used a professional host and Family Feud style game by Sporcle. The host randomly split participants into eight teams and seamlessly brought them in and out of break-out rooms to answer the questions and rejoin the big group.
The winning team, Quadrangle, won T-shirts and masks from the AFGE store.
They also had a friendly competition between local presidents to turn out the most folks from their locals. Locals 2667 and 3599 won.
Were people loving it?
“Everyone really had a great time! We are looking to make it an annual event,” said Shonfield. “If any other council or local is looking to bring together remote members to have an enjoyable night, virtual game night is the way to go!”