“Once a Phi Kap, Always a Phi Kap.” We are all familiar with the quote. We have all said it more times than we can count. The real question is are we all TRUE to that statement. When we joined Phi Kappa Sigma during our undergraduate years, we made a lifelong commitment. We didn’t join a club that ended four years later. We forged a lifelong bond with the brotherhood of Phi Kappa Sigma.
For some, it was easy to continue forward after graduation with Phi Kappa Sigma still a part of their lives. For many, they got lost along the way. They lost contact with brothers, they may have moved away, maybe their local chapter closed, or life just seemed to happen and priorities changed.
When you sit back and think about it, 95% of our membership are alumni. On the flip side, 95% of our time and resources go into the undergraduate chapters. Think about what our brotherhood could be if we could find a way to bring that 95% back into the mix.
There is a group of staff, alumni volunteers, and Executive Committee members who have accepted that challenge. Coming out of the 2014 Grand Chapter in Nashville, we formed an Alumni Committee who was tasked with improving the Alumni Experience. I would briefly like to share some progress we have made.
Coming out of Nashville, it was decided we needed to find out what our Alumni wanted from the National Organization. We conducted one of the largest alumni survey efforts that Phi Kappa Sigma has ever done. We asked alums what was important to them, what they would like to see from Phi Kappa Sigma, and what they were willing to do for the organization. The participation was overwhelming and we collected valuable information. We took that information and used it map out some efforts.
Our most visible effort to date is our Alumni Events. Last year, some of you in the Boston, Los Angeles and Richmond areas may have had the opportunity to attend Alumni gatherings. Off the success of those events, I am pleased to announce there will be six events like those taking place in Boston, New York, Richmond, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Seattle in the 2015-2016 academic year. Please keep your eyes out for more details.
We are also pleased to announce that there will be a focus on making Grand Chapter 2016 in Chicago attractive for Alumni to attend. We have identified three areas to focus on that we believe our Alumni will enjoy in Chicago. We are focusing on planning around our Alumni who are currently active volunteers, our Alumni who are not currently engaged in the organization, and very excited to say we are working on planning activities for families to participate in during the event.
I am very encouraged by the steps taken so far and I know the Alumni Committee could not be more motivated to continue to push forward. If you are interested in helping the cause by hosting a gathering in your area, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to assist. Let’s all work together to live “Once a Phi Kap, Always a Phi Kap."