«In the usual course of things I should have been forgotten at graduation. This is the keynote of the Fraternity. The Fraternity man never graduates. ...»
A Brief Delta Chi History Delta Chi (ΔΧ) is an international Greek letter college social fraternity formed on October 13, 1890, at Cornell University, initially as a professional fraternity for law students. On April 29, 1922, Delta Chi became a general membership social fraternity, eliminating the requirement for men to be studying law, and opening membership to all areas of study. On April 22, 1929 Delta Chi became the first international fraternity to abolish “hell week”. Delta Chi is a charter member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The Fraternity is headquartered at 314 Church Street in Iowa City, Iowa 52244. As of Spring 2011, Delta Chi has initiated over 106,000 members.
For a more complete history there is a lot of information in the Cornerstone for you to read. You can find all this information in Chapters 3 and 4 or online at DeltaChi.org.
Sir Edward Cook Born in 1552, Coke (pronounced "cook") was the son of a lawyer, and studied law at London's Inner Temple. But he became well known when he was elected Speaker of the House of Commons under Queen Elizabeth. A staunch defender of the queen's power, Coke was a favored subject. He was soon rewarded with the office of Attorney General. "Mr. Attorney Coke," as Elizabeth called him, was a consistent defender of state power, prosecuting Catholics, Spaniards, and other "enemies of the state." His legal acumen and lightning wit made him a dangerous opponent in court, and since defendants had few, if any, rights, Coke was a highly successful prosecutor. For his full history go to DeltaChi.org Symbols of Delta Chi The Flower of Delta Chi is the White Carnation The Colors of Delta Chi are Red and Buff Coat of Arms Guest Speaker Along with this I have asked _________________ to be here who is well versed in all things Delta Chi History so that he can share his knowledge with you. While he is here ask him any questions and take notes of all the interesting facts you won't hear anywhere else.
Pass The Ladle What do you think the Founders intended Delta Chi to be like today? Is our Chapter living up to that?
Think about this idea for a few minutes and write down some thoughts. Then we will pass around the Ladle to share our ideas.
The BRIEF Delta Chi puts out and provides BRIEFs for anything and everything on how Delta Chi runs and operates.
Each of you will select one of these BRIEFs and write a paper over it. This can be done in however long you feel it needs to be. In the paper you will be summarizing the BRIEF and then suggest a way this BRIEF could be implemented to improve the Chapter in some way. Some of these can be split up or you can focus on one part of the BRIEF just check with me before you start dividing up the BRIEF. Below are the BRIEFS available on the Delta Chi website.
The 11 Basic Expectations We have talked about the Preamble and then K-States own 5 Pillars. There is one more set of standards that is set out for us to follow as Delta Chis. This 3rd set of standards we are met to embody and follow are called the 11 Basic Expectations. These are what our personal 5 pillars are derived from. These Expectations
1. I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
2. I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
3. I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
4. I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
5. I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
6. I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither abuse nor support the abuse of alcohol.
7. I will acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is safe, properly cleaned and maintained.
8. I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity Ritual and will incorporate them into my daily life.
9. I will exercise compassion and understanding in dealing with all persons.
10. I will sustain my commitment to and involvement with our fraternity throughout my lifetime.
11. I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity obligations and will confront those who violate them.
As a group take these and create a short tag line for each of these expectations.
WEEK 3 THEME: Being an Involved Leader
1. Recite the Preamble and 5 Pillars
2. Recruitment Session
3. Associate Member class president’s Report
4. Getting Involved on Campus a. Speaker on Getting involved b. Finding an Organization c. Pairing with your interest
5. Chapter Executive Board Positions
6. International Executive Board Positions
7. Elections and Terms
8. The International Fraternity Today
10. Pass the Ladle
11. Bond Song Getting Involved on Campus Take notes on who the speaker is, and what he/she does. Also write down some of the points they make on the advantages of joining groups and how that can benefit our group.
Name Job Title Notes Finding Organizations There are a variety of groups here at Kansas State for any interest its just about how to find them. One way is to go to www.ksu.edu, and on their homepage click student life. Under it you should see a link that says “Get Involved.” On this page are tons of ways you can get involved on campus.Another way is to read those emails and look at bulletin boards that are sent out or posted by your department of study. Getting involved in organizations that relate you your field of study are great resume builders, and will help you in your studies.
Activity Carnival, both in the Fall and in the Spring, are also great ways to see what’s available. Held once at the beginning of each semester student groups, majors, and organizations set up booths in the union to try and get people to join them. This way you can meet some of the members of the groups before you join.
Finally ask you brothers. Many of them are involved in groups you may be interested in already. They can tell you what its like and take you with them to the next meeting or function. Don’t forget you are part of a network now, so use it.
Interests Survey One of the most important things to do when looking for a group is to remember what you like to do anyways. What are your hobbies, favorite sports, etc. If you are going to join a group it has to be something you want to do or you won’t enjoy it. Joining to join doesn’t do anything for you. Below is some space to help you navigate your way to finding a group to join outside of Delta Chi.
Field of Study _________________________________________________________
What is your dream job? ________________________________________________
List 3 clubs/organizations you were a member of in High School.
What’s your favorite sport/physical activity?
List 3 hobbies or interests that you enjoy doing in your free time.
List 2 things you have always wanted to learn how to do.
Your homework is to take these ideas above and look through the list of student organizations online and come back with 5 organizations you would be interested in joining next week.
Chapter Executive Board As the exec board talks to you make notes on what jobs they do, what responsibilities they have, and focus on any of the positions you may want to have some day. Write down below what the letter position is, who it is currently held by, and then a brief description of their duties within the Chapter.
“A” or __________________________ is held by _______________________________________
“B” or __________________________ is held by _______________________________________
“C” or __________________________ is held by _______________________________________
“D” or __________________________ is held by _______________________________________
“E” or __________________________ is held by _______________________________________
“F” or __________________________ is held by _______________________________________
AMC or __________________________ is held by ______________________________________
Recruitment Chairmen is held by ________________________ and __________________________
International Executive Board
The International Board runs much similar to the Chapter/Chapter level Exec Boards. However, their positions are donated by double letters such as “AA” rather than “A”. So the positions are:
International Director is currently ___________________________________________________
“AA” or __________________________ held by _______________________________________
Retiring “AA” or __________________________ held by ________________________________
“BB” or __________________________ held by _______________________________________
“CC” or __________________________ held by _______________________________________
“DD” or __________________________ held by _______________________________________
Directors/Managers/Leadership Consultants - These positions run the international office, develop programs, keep track of chapter/Chapter affairs, and assist in the expansion of Delta Chi.
Elections and Terms of Office For the Chapter we have elections every fall. These officers are sworn in on the first meeting of the Spring semester and hold their office for that entire year. These elections include all of the lettered positions plus AMC and Recruitment President. Once elections are over in the fall applications are collected for chair and committee head positions. These serve the same term that the executive positions do.
On the International level terms are held for two years on the executive board. These are voted on during the year of International Convention, even numbered years. These are held at their respective levels, such as the “BB” is voted at the regional conferences of that year, and the other positions are voted on at international level.
The retiring “AA” is not voted on. As you may guess it is simply the “AA” who is being replaced who works as almost a vice president to the new “AA”. International Director and the other office positions are more on a hiring basis and may work as long as they wish and as long as the Fraternity keeps them on staff, to a point.
The International Fraternity Today Today there are ________ number of chapters and colonies in both the United States and Canada. Because we are represented in more than one country we are an International Fraternity. This is a fact we are very proud of.
Our International Headquarters is located in _______________________, ________.
Delta Chi puts on several leadership and personal development opportunities to its members. These are
held in a variety of places across the United States. These include:
________________________ : A weekend retreat held in January at St. Meinrad, IN for all the current “A”’s. This is completely free to them, as long as they sign up, and is a time to reflect, grow, and learn on the idea of what it means to be an “A” in Delta Chi.
________________________: Each of the 9 regions host one of these. Each chapter or Chapter is encouraged to send as many members as possible to this weekend of chapter/Chapter development as possible.
These are held at various schools within that region based on the vote of the region itself. This is a great way to make contacts that are closer to you on a smaller scale.
________________________: Is the big convention that Delta Chi hosts every other year orn even numbered years. This also varies in location and moves from city to city. Here international business is attended to, and alumni and undergrads come together as brothers for a great experience unlike any other in Delta Chi.
Associate Member Composite Last week you were all asked to bring a photo of yourself tonight. Using this picture you brought you and the other AM’s will make a class composite. A composite is a photo index of the current members. Typically the professionally made composites you find hanging in Greek houses are of the Active Members of that organization only. Delta Chi here at Kansas State is no different in this practice. So that you can have a nice composite of you and those you are to be initiated with we come to this fun project. Get creative as a group and have fun with it. These will be scanned and then distributed to all of you so you have your own composite of your first semester with Delta Chi.
Pass The Ladle Tonight’s focus of course was involvement not only within Delta Chi, possibly in a leadership role, but also outside the fraternity. We will go around answering two different questions that were discussed in topics of today’s meeting.
Why do you think is it important for Delta Chi’s to be involved in K-State’s campus or Manhattan’s community organization in addition to Class and Delta Chi? After learning more about the Fraternity Leadership, is there a Chairman or Executive Board positions you would be interested in holding someday? If so which one and why?
THEME: Good Taste and Etiquette
1. Recite the Preamble and 5 Pillars
2. Recruitment Discussion