The NIC, or the North-American Interfraternity Conference, had a great post recently that I want to make sure everyone had a chance to read.
The blog was written by NIC President and CEO, Pete Smithhisler. You can read the full post here: http://www.nicindy.org/blog/the-time-is-now-to-preserve-the-future-of-fraternities/
He talks about the some of the really good things that Fraternities do that many people are not aware of. Pete is also honest about the work that needs to be done to protect the organizations that we love. I would suggest that you read the article and then make sure your chapter removes the behaviors that threaten the future of the fraternal movement, and then educate and/or improve your community.
The NIC is here to advance the fraternal movement. We've seen consistent growth from membership. For the last 5 years, the all Fraternity GPA is higher than the all male GPA. NIC members have contributed 2,763,007 service hours in their communities for 2012 - 2013,a nd NIC members have given $21,346,415 in philanthropic dollars in 2011 - 2012. We need to continue to raise the bar on our contributions to our communities and host institutions, while also owning the problems in our organizations and fixing them.
The time has come to end hazing. I'm going to do everything I can to educate our Greek community on eliminating hazing in our chapters. Here is a recent article on my trip to Purdue University and the presentation to the Greek community over the weekend: http://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_80b9a5d6-d916-5567-891b-d2720f58a6cd.html
We must confront our problems head on, and then continue to show the many benefits of being Greek to our host institutions, potential new members, and to our local communities. Our survival depends on it.
11 Past Grand Sages and current Grand Sage Ed Levesque at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sigma Pi's new Executive Office in Lebanon, TN.