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The Choice Is Ours…Recruit and Educate To Fail or Succeed

I’ve spent more than 30 years involved with the Fraternity and Sorority system as a chapter officer, chapter advisor, regional volunteer, foundation board director, house corporation board member, and president of a company that focuses on alumni/ae and parent relations as well as fundraising. I met my wife through my fraternity. My son is a fraternity brother. My best friends are almost all fraternity brothers. My fraternal experience has been more than rewarding.

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Elements of a Successful Chapter Operations Program

Written plan & budget dedicated to alumni & parent relations. Written plan & budget dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training & recognizing volunteers to serve on your Advisory Board, and/or Educational Foundation Board, and/or Housing Corporation Board. Written plan & budget for maintaining a safe & competitive chapter house (for chapters who have housing on their […]

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Elements of an Effective Alumni & Parent Program

Brotherhood Development – The foundation of any alumni & parent program is the chapter’s ability to develop the bonds of brotherhood. Without loyalty and dedication, there is little to work with. A member education program that develops a pledge into a committed and involved active, as well as prepares a graduating senior to be a lifelong […]

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The Five I’s of Alumni & Parent Relations

Identified – The first step to good alumni & parent relations is knowing who your alumni & parents are, their mailing addresses, email, phone numbers, and as much other information as you can gather about them. Most chapters have 30-40 percent of their alumni & parent records lost as well as 75 percent or more of […]

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The Seven Habits of Successful House Corporations

1. Operate Like A Business Alumni Leadership Alumni/Parent Relations Program In Place Recruit Those With A Passion For The Chapter Follow A Specific Plan For Volunteer Identification, Recruitment, Training & Recognition Identify Your 2-3 Core Leaders & Surround Them With Others Invest In Education Identify Those With A “Thick Skin” Ensure That Everyone Is Having […]

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The Seven Habits of Successful Advisory Boards

1. ABBA Advise By Being Around Officers & Committee Chairs Need To See You Often Members Need To See You As A Resource & Not Only As The Person That Deals With Discipline 2. Education & Training Read Websites (Chapter, National & University) Read Magazines (National & University) Attend National & University Leadership Conferences Model […]

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Are We Who We Say We Are?

The president of the Northern Interfraternity Council recently made this observation in an address to college students who are also members of Greek organizations on campus: “The vast majority of fraternity and sorority members join them for all the right reasons. They are looking for a place to belong. They want to learn and apply […]

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