greek letters1) Wear your Greek letters proudly.  This is the easiest, and one of the best, PR moves your fraternity can make.  If you are a high-speed individual, and you wear your letters, then others will assume your fraternity is pretty high-speed because of your association.

2) Your Greek letters symbolize years of tradition by thousands of men who came before you.  Don’t dishonor their contributions and sacrifices by being stupid while wearing your letters.

3) Don’t let your letters fade.  If they are on your house, take pride in their appearance.  Give them a fresh coat of paint each year to ensure they remain vibrant.  They are a reflection of your fraternity, and should be treated as such.

4) Understand what your letters mean.  Too often, the fraternity ritual is seen as just another necessary task.  Brothers have heard the ritual a bunch of times, and don’t really pay attention to the words anymore.  This is a shame.  The fraternity should always take the time to study your ritual to remember the importance of your letters.

5) Be sure to pass your letters on.  One of my best fraternity memories was being given my first set of letters by my fraternity big brother after initiation.  To me, they were the reward that I spent months to achieve.  It is an honor to share this gift with a new brother.

6) Should girlfriends be allowed to wear your Greek letters?  To be honest, I am not really sure.  Both sides of the argument are compelling.  One side says it is a great PR move, the other says it is a brother’s only right.  I’d love to hear your comments on this question.

7) Alumni brothers – give your shirts away!  I admit, I have been guilty of hoarding a treasure trove of Greek letter shirts in my closet.  They hadn’t been worn for years, but I could not throw them away.  They meant too much to me.  Eventually, though, I realized they would mean more to an undergraduate brother who would actually wear them.  Old guys – let them go!

Did I miss any?  If I did, add them to the comments section.

8 thoughts on “7 Things to Remember about Your Greek Letters

  1. My opinion on #6: I have the utmost respect for the traditions that any fraternity has.
    I’ve been a supporter of the TKE chapter at my college since I was a freshman. Though I never dated any of my active “brothers”,
    I am dating an alumni. I call them my “brothers” because they respect me enough to let me be a part of their fraternity (within regulation) and not pressure me into trying to “be with” one of them.
    I only wear my TKE’s letters at home, until the school year. But given how the fraternity knows my support and dedication to them, I have not heard anything about them freaking out over me wearing their letters.
    So, my only question would be is: if a girl knows and respects the letters, should she be able to wear them? I only ask given that my TKE is alumni and I haven’t dated any active members to be considered for lavaliering.

  2. #6 – To me, if a woman has been selected as the chapter sweetheart (in my chapter The Rose Queen), then yes, she has made significant enough contribution to the chapter in order to be awarded that title, and if she was given a pair of screen print letters, then I don’t have issue with that. I also have no issue with fiances/wives/girls who have been lavaliered wearing screen print letters, but believe block letters are reserved for brothers only.

  3. What about the notion of drinking while wearing your letters?…..should we let foreign individuals know the negatives about fraternities/sororities? This includes taking pictures while wearing them? I would want to know your opinion.

    • I don’t think that drinking while wearing letters is bad, as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. There is a big difference between having a beer or two and getting sloppy. If you are doing the latter, you aren’t doing your fraternity any favors…

  4. My philosophy on #2: Don’t dishonor their contributions and sacrifices by being stupid while wearing your letters. Any examples? I want my pledge educator to add this to our pledge class packet as a read assignment.

    • Agree 100%. We have all had situations where we cringed when we saw our brothers doing stupid things while wearing letters. I hate the helpless feeling associated with it knowing that it is too late to do anything.

  5. Good stuff as always Pat!
    My philosophy on #6: Only members of the fraternity/sorority should be permitted to wear block letters. I’m more than happy with a shirt that says, “Alpha Alpha Sweetheart” or “My girlfriend is an Alpha Alpha”. But to wear the letters of the fraternity/sorority, and not understand the history related to them… I have an issue with that.

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