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Happy New Year brothers and welcome back! I always use this time of the year to reflect on the prior year in terms of what worked well and what we need to improve. I also look forward to new projects on the horizon and start planning to accomplish the goals and resolutions for our team. This is the perfect opportunity for you to assess your own chapter (or your career) and decide where you want to take it. If the chapter doesn’t look and function the way you want it to, don’t be afraid to speak up and make the changes needed for it to become your ideal chapter. There is nothing more satisfying.
Take time out with the chapter officers and have a retreat. Do your own SWOT analysis of the chapter, which is to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to your chapter on your campus. What lessons has the chapter learned from mistakes in 2013? What best practices have we developed (either internally or from other chapters in your region) that we need to document for 2014 and beyond? What are the chapter’s expectations for 2014? What are the chapter’s goals for this upcoming year? Have we reviewed this vision with the entire chapter to get their participation?
Once we’ve outlined the chapter’s goals for 2014, let’s take a look at the supporting documents:
Chapter event calendar
Chapter risk and crisis management plan
Short term goals for the chapter (30, 60, 90 days)
Long term goals for the chapter (by the end of the semester, by the end of the year)
You’ll have plenty of day to day distractions to take you off course. Be sure to take this time to plan now, and then set aside time at the beginning of every month to review your goals and how far you’ve come in achieving those goals you set. Be realistic in your goals, achieve small levels of success, set greater goals, and don’t forget to (safely) celebrate your successes along the way.
Sign at the new Sigma Pi Headquarters in Lebanon, TN
Hopefully by now you've received the latest copy of The Emerald magazine. I wanted to say thank you to Chris Carter, our Director of Communications, for creating one of the best Emeralds I have ever seen, and for continuing the great upgrades that we've made recently to the magazine. Let me know what you think about the magazine, and let me know if you have any ideas for future editions. My email is:
Some alumni have given feedback that they are not receiving a printed copy of The Emerald. As a reminder, all alumni had to opt-in a few years ago in order to continue to receive a printed copy in the mail. If they did not opt-in, they were moved to electronic version only by email. That electronic version is available for viewing here: http://www.sigmapi.org/index.php/resources/emerald/current-emerald
Here is the link where you can opt-in and start receiving printed copies in the mail again, provided you have a valid address on file with the Executive Office: http://sigmapi.org/index.php/resources/emerald/subscription-opt-in
And, a reminder that you can go to www.mysigmapi.com and register for access in order to update your mailing address, e-mail address, and other information in the database.
We hope you're having a wonderful Holiday season, and we wish you all the best in the New Year!
Michael R. Ayalon
The new Sigma Pi Headquarters at The Mitchell House, Lebanon TN.
The NIC announced that the Richard G. Miller Memorial Foundation is sponsoring scholarships so that up to 25 men can attend the 2014 Jon Williamson Futures Quest. There are two sessions of Futures Quest scheduled for this winter from December 20 - 22 and January 4 - 6. The priority registration deadline is November 30.
Students interested in receiving a scholarship from the Richard G. Miller Memorial Foundation should register for Futures Quest, select scholarship as their payment choice, and type RGMMF as their scholarship provider. Students will be awarded a scholarship and placed in a session based upon session availability.
These scholarships cover the full registration fee and the NIC does reserve the right to limit the number of scholarships to students from any one community. Travel costs to and from Futures Quest remain the responsibility of the student.
Futures Quest is a three day program that targets new fraternity men from across the country. Two sessions will be held at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana, from December 20 - 22, 2013 and January 4 - 6, 2014.
At Futures Quest, emerging fraternity leaders will participate in a three day institute devoted to Ritual-based leadership, values-based action, personal goal setting, and commitment to chapter development. Futures Quest is a unique experience that provides fraternity men within their first 24 months of membership with an experience that is broader than their own chapter. At Futures Quest, participants will learn new skills related to ethical decision making and problem solving, conflict management, values integration, and effectively taking risks. All of this is then correlated to the pivotal role that fraternal values play in both leadership and being a fraternity man. At Futures Quest, we strive to answer the question of what does it mean to lead a fraternity and then provide the skills necessary to make that vision a reality.
100% of the graduates from the 2013 Futures Quest national sessions report that because of their experience they will make positive changes to their chapter and that they are prepared to be a better leader in their fraternity.
The registration fee for the program is $395 for men registering from institutions that have a dues paying chartered IFC and $495 for those that are not. To register, go to: http://www.nicindy.org/programs/futures-quest
Sigma Pi at University of California, Santa Barbara
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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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