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    Fraternity Pledge Thoughts from Michael R. Ayalon, Executive Director of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International

I love it when we get letters at the Executive Office from community leaders about the great things that Sigma Pi chapters are doing around the country. This past week, we received a wonderful letter from the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network in New Providence, New Jersey. They had been working with the Monmouth (Delta-Beta) chapter of Sigma Pi, and they were so impressed with this special group of young men who have made it a priority to save lives. They were honored that Sigma Pi had chosen organ donation and transplantation as our philanthropic initiative.

With the help of groups like Sigma Pi Fraternity, they will be able to positively impact the lives of approximately 5,000 people in New Jersey and nearly 120,000 people across the country that await a life saving organ transplant.

Most recently at Monmouth, the Sigma Pi chapter facilitated a send-off event for one of their fellow students, Joseph DiSanto, whose life was saved by a heart transplant. Joseph was riding on the Donate Life float in the Parade of Roses in California on New Year's Day. Their chapter director, Joseph Palazzola, helped to facilitate events on campus and guided the chapter in these endeavors.

Here is a photo of the brothers of Delta-Beta with Rose Parade Honoree, Monmouth University Student, and Heart recipient Joseph DiSanto. Well done brothers! We're all proud of your work.

In order to do effective community service events like this, be sure to start the planning months in advance, create press releases for the local papers, prepare a budget, find sources of money and resources around campus, invite key members of the campus community (administration, Greek Life office, sports teams, student government, service clubs, and other Greeks), and then document everything with a write up and photos. This type of recognition in the school newspaper, the local newspaper, and even letters from the organizations you are helping can go a long way in communicating Sigma Pi's values to the community in which you belong.


The brothers of Sigma Pi at Eta-Rho Chapter (Carleton, Ottawa) are living their values by engaging in community service on a regular basis. Along with Phi Sigma Sigma (Zeta-Eta chapter), they raised over $2,000 in cash donations, as well as 700 lbs of non-perishable food items for the Ottawa Food Bank. This team effort called "Thanksgiviner" had over 50 volunteers who helped to make this happen.  

Also, the Eta-Rho chapter recently helped to feed the homeless. Here's a photo of their President, Gareth Williams and his little, Greg Roberts at the Ottawa Mission. Well done, and thank you for living our values! I'll see you on Saturday, October 8th!



Craig Jackson, student at Missouri State University and brother of Sigma Pi, shows his support for Allie Alvstad, a sophomore catcher on the Bear's softball team. Allie was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The entire student body population is working hard to raise money for Allie so she can get treated. Check out his skydive for Allie here: http://youtu.be/ZhRF6dLSgc4

At his post outside Duffy Hall, Father John Daniel Dennehy '79/M.Div. '84 is the closest thing to a live version of the bronze Pirate. Father Dennehy initiated into our Delta-Epsilon chapter at Seton Hall in 1976. Ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark in 1981, he has been University chaplain since 2003. He's been making people feel welcome on campus at Seton Hall. http://youtu.be/ZhP2vDh9efA.

The Sigma Pi chapter at Michigan State held a volleyball tournament on campus with proceeds going to help US Military Troops and their families. Well done! http://statenews.com/article/2014/09/sigma-pi-volleyball

One of the questions I frequently get is "What's it like to be an Executive Director?"

I don't think there is a typical week. As much as you try to plan, there are always curve balls that come your way when you don't expect it. There are also unique opportunities that I wouldn't ordinarily get. Take last week for example. It started out pretty normal with a staff meeting on Monday morning, then a Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday for lunch to network with all the business leaders in town. On Wednesday, I drove to Purdue University (a 6 hour drive from the Executive Office) so I could make a Hazing Prevention presentation along with Dave Westol for over 700 fraternity and sorority members. It was awesome. This is what it looked like.

Then on Thursday, I attended the Governor Mike Beebe Veterans Fund Gala at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, AR. That's a little over 5 hours to get from the Executive Office to Little Rock. What an amazing experience. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to members of the United States Armed Forces who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and their sons, daughters, or spouses attending a post secondary institution. Thanks to contributions by alumni and friends of Sigma Pi, the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation has been able to provide more than $159,000 to help support the educational pursuits of over 150 veterans and their families. 

There were over 125 people at the dinner, and in his speech, Governor Beebe was so gracious in explaining to the crowd that if it wasn't for Sigma Pi, he wouldn't be in the position that he's in today. As the son of a single mother who worked as a waitress, his life could have gone in twelve different directions. The Fraternity was able to give him the time management skills and experiences that he needed at that time. Here's a photo of Grand Sage Andrew Morris with Governor Beebe.


Once I was back in Nashville, I had to fly out to Central Michigan for their ribbon cutting ceremony on their new chapter house during homecoming weekend. The house is absolutely beautfiul. It was just incredible to work with the chapter on "Being an Exemplary Sigma Pi and Citizen", then talk to all the alumni about their great memories and experiences with Sigma Pi over the years. With such great alumni support and mentoring, I'm sure the chapter will be extremely successful for many years to come. This is what the ribbon cutting on Homecoming Weekend looked like.

The week ended up with a visit to Saginaw Valley Sigma Pi and a discussion on scholarship. Everything from the goals and objectives of a scholarship program, scholarship committees, effective study habits, time management skills, note taking techniques, and even test taking strategies. It was awesome to see undergraduate students that truly wanted to be the best on their campus and to live their values in their daily lives. 

So, what's the plan for the weekend? I'm off to celebrate 10 years of Sigma Pi at Alabama. I'm looking forward to meeting more Sigma Pi alumni to see how we can serve them better, working with the Sigma Pi chapter to make them the best they can be, and finding new ways to move the Fraternity forward. It's a labor of love!  

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About Michael Ayalon


Michael R. Ayalon serves as Executive Director of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International. Founded in 1897, Sigma Pi Fraternity is the leading, international men's collegiate fraternal organization which provides training, guidance and innovative opportunities for Leadership Development, Social and Personal Development, Academic Achievement, Community Service and Heightened Moral Awareness for its brothers throughout their lives.

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