My fraternity’s national governing council is comprised of twelve alumni brothers and one undergraduate brother. The undergraduate brother was elected at convention every year. I was fortunate enough to be elected as an undergraduate, and that was a huge break for me.
A leader from one of your fraternities emailed me asking for advice on how to handle the fall-out from the recent, highly publicized incidents (Exhibit A and Exhibit B) in your community. After a few discussions, we agreed there is value sharing our thoughts with the rest of the Miami of Ohio Greek Community.
Being a fraternity leader is a difficult position. You are often put in the position to make difficult decisions that directly impact your best friends – your fraternity brothers. When these situations occur, and they will, you need to have the courage to follow your convictions.
Fraternities are great organizations and do a ton of good for both their membership and their community. However, fraternities do a lot of dumb stuff and is the reason why they often have a negative image.
Fraternity shirts can add tremendous value to your fraternity, especially coupled with great creativity. These two stories show the importance of using shirts to advertise your fraternity.Fraternity shirts can add tremendous value to your fraternity, especially coupled with great creativity. These two stories show the importance of using shirts to advertise your fraternity.
A fraternity that doesn’t own its house is in a bad position. They are either at the mercy of a landlord or the university. Any brother who has been in this position knows how awful a situation this is for the fraternity.
Your fraternity has to have an answer to this fundamental question in order to be successful. More importantly – you must have an answer to the question of why join your fraternity?
There are going to be the type of guys that are not interested in joining a fraternity. They are going to ones that want to start one from scratch. The allure of being a founding father and building your legacy is too much for some people to pass up. Surprisingly enough, it is pretty simple to start one. However, you will have to have a lot of stamina to actually get the new colony chartered.
Inactive status is a tricky situation that can be broken up into two groups. The first is for members who drift away from the chapter, the second is for members who fall on tough times.
Fraternity guys like to have girls around. Girls like to be treated well, and they tend to go to places where they are treated well. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if a fraternity treats girls well, they will come around more often.
There is no doubt that building a positive image for sororities is a huge plus for a fraternity. Most membership levels in sororities dwarf those of fraternities. It is so difficult to get in good with a sorority that it would be foolish to take that relationship for granted. However, you would be surprised at how easy it is to kill years of goodwill with just one negative interaction.
Fraternity brothers will drink. Sometimes, they will drink too much. Sometimes, they will drink way too much. Knowing what to do in those situations is important if you are committed to your vow of being your brother’s keeper. Below is a story from my fraternity that involves a serious alcohol scare.
If you are in a fraternity, and don’t take advantage of attending your fraternity’s leadership conference, you are very foolish. These are some of the very best times that could be had by a brother. The experiences shared and people met could have a profound impact on your fraternity.
Fraternity nicknames are important. Each fraternity has a few brothers who embrace their nickname to the point where they prefer it to their given name. It is great when this happens. It is great because if the brother loves their nickname that much, then they probably love the fraternity even more. So how do you come up with a good nickname?
Being initiated into a fraternity means you will be taught the secrets and rituals of your organization. Some of these secrets are minor, but others go to the core of the fraternity. Keeping these secrets are vital for the health of your fraternity.