The purpose of the Pot O'Gold (POG) is to raise money for WEO's Member Scholarship Fund and philanthropic efforts while providing extra visibility at meetings for contributing members.
How it works: Members bring gifts (usually in gift bags) that are distributed via raffle at the end of the meeting.
The gifts are displayed at a table dedicated to that purpose, and ideally with the contributor's business card attached.
Each contributor is called by name to assist in the raffle process, thus providing the visibility. The contributor draws the winning ticket for her donation, says what's in the bag, then awards the gift to the winner, and then sits down.
If a contributor draws her own ticket, she draws again, and her drawn ticket goes back into the pot.
If a winner declines a prize, that ticket is tossed.
At the conclusion of the raffle, the POG Chair announces the total amount collected that evening, and thanks the contributors (reading from the donation list).
Typical value of the gifts: $10-$20
These are NOT "white elephant/gag gifts" or just promotional merchandise. While you may include something with your logo, most people will not be thrilled if your gift is a promotional item plastered with your sales message. Members and guests pay to particpate in this drawing, and the expectation is that the gifts will be charming tokens reflecting your good taste, not tacky sales literature or merely a handful of free samples.