I always try to take a moment during Thanksgiving to reflect on what I’m thankful for, whether it is family, career, fraternity, or friends. I wanted to use this month’s Grand Alpha update to give thanks to all of the volunteers who contributed to Phi Kappa Sigma’s success in 2016; we are primarily a volunteer-driven organization, with brothers contributing in a multitude of ways. Every day, an incredible number of Phi Kaps give their time, energy, and support to the Fraternity by serving as Chapter Advisors, volunteering with Housing Corporations, being involved with Alumni Chapters, donating to the Foundation, serving as members of international committees, and more. I am sincerely thankful for everything that our volunteers do to support Phi Kappa Sigma and our members, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.
Along those lines, the positive impact of our volunteer support is clearly visible at our annual Men of Honor Leadership Institute. The Men of Honor program is Phi Kappa Sigma's flagship leadership development program, hosted each January since 2001, and made possible by generous funding from the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation and strong participation from volunteer facilitators. The purpose of the program is to help Phi Kaps refine their leadership skills and affect positive change in their Chapters through facilitated interpersonal and communication training. Every year, over a hundred (or more) Phi Kaps from all over the country attend to learn from headquarters staff, volunteers, and each other via facilitated leadership training. Our 17th Men of Honor will be taking place at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly retreat facility outside of Asheville, NC from January 5th-8th, and I would love to see you there. I truly believe that the Men of Honor Leadership Institute is one of the best things we do as a Fraternity, and if you have never been, you’re missing out on a powerful experience. To support this belief in the value of the Men of Honor program, I have asked the headquarters staff to extend the registration without a late fee until November 30th. Register today at:
Finally, as I mentioned in last month’s update, don’t forget that we are working to return to McDaniel College (Delta Eta) and the University of Virginia (Eta) in the Spring 2017 semester! Do you know someone who could make a great Phi Kap at one of those campuses or any of our others? Visit http://AlwaysAPhiKap.org/referral and let us know about it! Every new member recruited gets us closer to our Strategic Plan goal of increasing total active undergraduate membership to 2,200 brothers by 2020.
Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)
2020 Strategic Plan