My name is Cassie Isbell, and I am the Spring 2016 Alpha Rho President. This semester I will be posting weekly updates on the state of the chapter to allow actives, pledges, and alumni a way to know about the many things that occur in our chapter every week.
One of the most important things that happened over the last few weeks was the acquisition of a new Elmer T. Zilch. Elmer is one of our chapter’s most important and longest standing traditions, and it feels great to have him back. Here is a photo of the new Elmer while our wonderful Membership Vice President Jennie Gaston paints him:
Elmer means a lot to our chapter and our chapter brothers, and it just feels right to have him back in the chapter.
We are now three weeks into our semester, and we just ended Recruitment by Installing 65 pledges into the Spring 2016 Abe Frishman Pledge Class. Our Recruitment Coordinators, Maira Flores and Andrea Mata, worked very hard to plan and implement this successful Recruitment season. Our Pledge Trainer, Old Couple, and Pledge Training Committee are all very excited to start helping our newest members become great leaders in APO.
So far this semester the chapter has worked 1,508.5 hours of service at over 50 different service events! The entire Service Branch has been working incredibly hard to create a diverse and accessible service program that allows all members to help as many people as possible. Currently our top brother in service is Stella Miller with 69 hours of service so far, and we have over a dozen brothers with 50 or more hours of service at this point!
This past week was Active Appreciation Week, and our Active Motivation Chairs, Nathaniel Belachew and Patrick Campbell, worked very hard to create a friendly environment where all bRHOthers can feel they belong. They planned 5 different laid-back friendship events and encouraged members to post on each other’s Facebook walls tagging the posts with #AAW. They also started an Alpha Rho Compliments Page to better spread the love in the chapter. I encourage all actives, pledges, and alumni to go like the page.
This semester the Elected Exec has been working very hard to bring back a few old traditions, and start a new one. Member and Officer of the Week have been brought back. This past week’s Member of the Week was Davion Antwine because during Active Appreciation Week he posted kind words on everyone in the chapter’s Facebook walls. He has been awarded Elmer for the week for his kindness. The Officers of the Week are Nathaniel Belachew and Patrick Campbell, our Active Motivation Chairs, for their hard work planning Active Appreciation Week and the Superbowl SEISCCSMOS Potluck event. Our Secretary, Catherine Mazenko, and our Reporter, Claire Slote, have also brought the ARAPOUT tradition back to chapter meetings through an incredibly well planned presentation that you can view again here. Lastly, our awesome Service Branch has decided to start a new tradition, the Service Shovel, which is to be awarded to someone who steps up at a service event. It was awarded for the first time this week to our Flag Coordinators, Emily Hannon and Lauren Loper for all of their hard work at the Report to State Flag event/Boy Scout Event.
While this isn’t everything our wonderful chapter has done recently, it is a good overview. If you ever have any questions about APO, I encourage you to reach out to myself or any of our officers, whose names and contact information you can find here.
Thank you for reading.
Cassie Isbell, Spring 2016 Alpha Rho President