the term schwag refers to all manner of logoed stuff given away by companies to get people to remember them, feel good about them, have their phone number and website at hand and generally make them think about them before any of their competitors.My group didn't have any competitors and we don't sell a product, but we definitely want folks to think well of us. Anytime we ask folks to fill out a survey, we give them a free pen with our website on it. And I'd rather carry around a FOSEP pen than some pen hawking the latest statin or ED drug.
The pens have come in handy for other reasons. Just the other day, I was asked about FOSEP by a prospective member. After we talked, I gave him one of my FOSEP pens and referred him to our new members sign up site. Sure, pens are cheap, but that we have and give them out says that the group has its act together. I incorporate the pen pass into my pitch about FOSEP.
I can't think of a better tool to jot down my ideas about the Office of Technology Assessment or responses to young earth creationism than my FOSEP pen!
Here are the obligatory links to FOSEP and my other tips for student organizations.