It's important to listen to your organization's members, find out what they want to do, and do it. Don't try to impose a particular model of orgnaization on them. Have your activities reflect their interest. If your members want to watch the inauguration together, then great, do that. If your members would rather have a group reading of F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom in memorium of today, then do that instead.
This point applies to far more than just Inauguration Day, though. This should be a guiding principle of your organization. If you hold events that people don't like, they won't show up, and the organization will die. If you ask members "what sort of events would you like us to hold?", though, and then follow through with those events, the members will not only be interested in what's going on, but they will feel empowered and more closely identified with your organization. If you find out that a student in your organization really likes Ayn Rand and would want to have discussions about Atlas Shrugged, then empower that member to put together a schedule/curriculum and implement it through the organization. If a new member really likes Austrian Economics and there is a professor at your school who works in the field, have the member invite the professor to speak and lead the event.
You may be asking yourself at this point, though, "How do I find out what my members want?" While you can always just ask people outright, this may not always get you the best results. So here are some ideas:
- At a meeting, list off 10 different ideas for things you can do and have members vote to see what they would like.
- Evaluate events after the fact to see if students showed up, whether they liked the event, if they'd like to see more of the same, etc. and go from there.
- Talk with individual students outside of meetings to get a sense of what makes them passionate about liberty. What they talk about is what inspires them, and you can figure out how to get them more involved as a result.