January 2013 Fraternity Question Round-Up

Fraternity Questions

These questions were submitted by our readers. If you have a question you want me to answer go here to submit it: Fraternity Advice.

Question: I am a newly initiated brother, and need some advice for my first time recruiting, like a few simple tips on meeting with rushees, and how to convince people to come to rush events.

Answer: The biggest thing you need to do is bring guys out.  By being a younger brother you will know more guys in your typical recruitment target pool.  This is your main job.  Check out these articles about fraternity recruitment that will help:

Fraternity Recruitment

31 Days to Better Fraternity Recruitment

Q: There is one member in the house who has friends wanting to join the fraternity.  We do not think he would be a good fit.  What is the best way to say no and how do I go about telling the brother that we do not want his friend in the house?

A: This is a tough one.  You want to be as delicate as possible, but also as honest as possible.  Here is an article I wrote on this exact topic:

How to Get Rid of the Undesirable Guy During Fraternity Rush

Q: I need some ideas for recruitment events. Any suggestions?

A: What do you guys do for fun normally?  Whatever that is, do more of that.

Sign up for my email list and get the first chapter of my book, Fraternity Recruitment Made Easy, for free.  The sign-up is in the box below this article.  This book covers everything you need to know to effectively recruit large new member classes.

Q: I’m looking for the ebook. Is that still available for purchase anywhere?

A: You bet – it is available on kindle HERE.

Q: I am transferring schools, however I am already in a fraternity. What steps do I need to take to join my fraternity’s chapter at the school I am transferring to? And will I be welcome there with open arms or is it more complicated than that?

A: First off, let your national hq know you are transferring and would like the contact info for the president.  Then, send the president an email letting you know you are coming and would like to be an active brother.

They should open you with open arms.  However, you know what should happen and what does happen isn’t always the same.  As long as you don’t walk in feeling entitled, then you should be fine.

Q: Hi, I am a brother of a local fraternity and I was wondering if there is any way that you could help us with our financial issues. First off I was wondering if there is any fundraising ideas that you have. Also I was wondering if there are any places to buy red party cups or other in-demand things in order to save money.

A: There are tons of great fundraising articles on this TFA.  I suggest you start here:

Fraternity Fundraising

Also note that there is a chapter in my book, The Fraternity Leader, that is titled “How to Raise $40,000 for your Fraternity.”  This is a great resource and covers everything you need to know about fraternity finance.

These questions were submitted by our readers. If you have a question you want me to answer go here to submit it: Fraternity Advice.

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