As Greeks, we all love to boast about how much we donate to our national philanthropy each year. If your school is anything like mine, your chapter has some kind of event (probably a sports tournament) where fraternities (or sororities if you’re a girl) all compete in it and pay some kind of entry fee.
Most fraternity brothers have an ‘us vs them’ attitude with the fraternity’s national headquarters. This mindset couldn’t be further from wrong. The staff of the fraternity always has your best interest at heart, and they can be a strong ally if you let them.
I am a big fan of challenge coins. As frequent readers of the site know, I was in the military for five years. Challenge coins are a tradition that runs deep in the military, and has recently started becoming a great fraternity tradition as well.
I just stumbled on a great article a few days ago, and thought I would share. It is an article about Skull and Bones, a Yale Secret Society. This is a lot different than fraternities, as their members are sworn to secrecy.
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.