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Celebrating the Spirit of Phi Kappa Sigma on Founders' Day

Posted By Ben Fournier, Asst. Director of Member Services, Monday, October 19, 2015
Updated: Friday, October 16, 2015

Greetings from your Assistant Director of Member Services, and Happy Founders' Day to all Phi Kappa Sigma brothers. It is on days like today where I am really able to see the nostalgia of being a part of and working for an organization that I believe in so much. Today is a day where I think to myself, “What would Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell think of the fraternity if he was alive today? Would he believe that we are living the fraternal values as members? Would he think that his vision was continued? Or we he think that Phi Kappa Sigma has exceeded everything he thought it could and would be?”

These questions amongst others contribute to what I see as the spirit of Phi Kappa Sigma amongst its members. One of the greatest parts about what I do for the fraternity is that I travel around the country and work with members from all of our chapters and colonies. It is through the time I have spent with members and the strides I have seen all of our chapters make over the past several years, that I believe Dr. Mitchell would be proud of what Phi Kappa Sigma has become.

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive from chapters is “how are other chapters doing?” Once I answer that question, the discussion typically evolves into “what can we as a chapter do to help other groups?” This is something that shows the spirt of Phi Kappa Sigma and how our brothers strive to see development and growth of the organization. I see our members want to improve the organization, and wanting to make sure that once they have graduated they can come back and still improve the fraternity as a whole.  The fact that our brothers are selfless enough to want to put in the effort to ensure that we continue to improve our fraternity is something that truly speaks to how we are striving to be make this organization the best fraternity that it can possibly be.

My challenge to every brother on this Founders Day is to ask yourself the same questions that I asked earlier, and then to act upon what you can do to ensure contribution to the lifelong growth and development of the fraternity and its members. 

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