Guess what? You’re now a brother of Sigma Pi Fraternity International. You know the history, the obligations, the motto, and the creed. You know how the Patterson Episode affected the entire timeline of our brotherhood. You know the secrets that we keep buried inside each of us that only we as brothers can share with each other. You know Sigma Pi. Now, you must BE Sigma Pi.
For the last 116 years, nearly 100,000 members have come through the ranks of Sigma Pi. From Astronaut Walter Schirra and Judge Curtis G. Shake to NFL Quarterback Tony Romo and country music superstar Tracy Lawrence, many members have continued on to high marks of success and are recognized by the fraternity for their achievements. Many others have continued on to a role at Sigma Pi Executive Office (such as myself). However, many others lost touch with the fraternity completely.
There are many ways that you can get involved immediately. Here are a few ideas for you:
- Unique ideas – As a new member, the older members will be looking at you to become one of the future leaders of the fraternity. Come up with a unique idea for an event and pitch it to the executive board. If everyone is on board, take the lead and make the event happen. Don’t do all the work by yourself, though. Get other young members in the chapter involved so that you can all show your hard work and dedication to the brotherhood.
- Chairman positions – Show your enthusiasm for getting involved by asking to be chairman in thePhilanthropy, social, brotherhood, and intramurals chairman are great places for a young member to get immediately involved in the chapter. Whatever position you earn, make events and create activities that will make your time in the position a success.
- Run for executive board – this won’t happen immediately, but begin showing interest for an executive board positionIf your chapter does an understudy program for the various board positions, try to get involved there. If your chapter doesn’t do this, recommend it. Be progressive and make things happen!
After graduation, stay involved. Don’t disappear. Your brotherhood will mean a lot to you as an undergraduate, so don’t let that slip away once you are no longer in college. Locally, you can join your chapter or regions alumni association. If you can’t be physically involved, try to financial support your chapter. You will learn early on how important donations and brotherhood dues are to the success of the chapter, so remember this when you are moving on as an alumni.
The best advice I can give you, as someone who spent 4 years as an active undergraduate of the Theta-Omega chapter at MTSU, is to get involved and stay involved. Stay true to the creed of our brotherhood. Being active in Sigma Pi gives you the chance to build a legacy in your chapter, and that’s something you can carry with you forever.