My fraternity had a drug problem. The problem was two-fold. First, about half of the brothers started using drugs occasionally. While drug use should not be condoned, the recreational use by most of these brothers never interfered with their standing in fraternity. Drug use was not condoned on fraternity property, and the brotherhood respected that rule.
Most fraternities have a negative connotation of their national headquarters because the only time they seem to be involved is when the fraternity is in trouble. This is a terrible way to look at a fantastic resource. Dues to nationals account for 20% or more of a fraternity brother’s annual dues. Shouldn’t the local chapter get a good return on that sizable investment?
The most qualified member of the fraternity isn’t always elected to the office they deserve. One reason why this happens is because that person will split their own vote.
Let’s say you have the basics down and have focused your efforts into running for just one office. You have focused your efforts on a favorable situation by running for an office you are qualified for and entered an election that you have a good shot at winning.
The common misconception in a chapter is that the brother needs to be on the executive board to have an impact on the fraternity. While in most cases the most influential brother is on the executive board, and most likely the president, it isn’t always that way. Leaders don’t need a position to lead, they just need people who want to follow them. This is true in all organization to include fraternities.
Dealing with problem brothers is difficult with any fraternity leader. Fraternity leaders often expect their fellow brothers to hold themselves to a higher standard than the general student population. When that standard isn’t met it is up to the entire brotherhood to address the issue.