This past week was Spring Break, and our brothers got a well needed break from the rigors of college life. Many of our brothers, myself included went on vacation. Others enjoyed SXSW, including some brothers who volunteered at the event. I hope each and every one of you enjoyed your Spring Break, I know I did.
During the week before Spring Break, we had our second Chapter Appreciation Week, #CAW. Our Active Motivation Chairs planned a laid back week of events that allowed for chapter bonding during a very stressful school week for many of us. It was a great way to celebrate the new bigs our pledge class received and the new littles many of our actives received!
This week we have the Beads for Better Active Project Fundraiser that our SVP is putting on and the Fundraiser for Flint put on by our Public health and Emergency Preparedness Chair(PHEP). These two events will both be going towards great causes, and I encourage you to go out and volunteer at them. They will be occurring Monday-Thursday.
This Tuesday we will also be electing our last officer, the Elections Chair. This officer will be responsible for running our chapter elections on April 24th. They will choose a committee that will be responsible for setting elections rules and choosing the questions that will be asked of all candidates running for elected office. This position is open to all actives in good standing, including those currently holding an officer position. You may not run for this position if you wish to run for an elected position. I encourage all actives in good standing to attend Tuesday’s full chapter meeting and to consider putting their name in the running for this position.
This Tuesday we will also be starting discussion on Operations Manual Changes. Our Operations Manual Chair has worked very hard all semester to make sure that the changes put before the chapter are worthwhile changes that will benefit the chapter in the long run. I encourage all members to be lively participants in the debates over these changes so that we can leave our chapter in better shape than we found it. In the past, many Operations Manual changes have failed due to lack of chapter participation in the vote. When it comes time to vote on these changes, please pay attention and please vote. If you don’t understand one of the discussion points, please ask a question!
In a little over a month, we will have chapter elections and our 7 Elected Exec positions will be chosen by all actives in good standing. I encourage all members to start thinking about if you would like to apply for an officer position. Elected positions require one active semester, BUT all of our appointed positions are open to the Frishman Pledge Class. If you think you might be interested in an officer position, check the Operations Manual, which can be found under files on the Texas APO Members Facebook page to see a list of all officer positions in our chapter. Talk with the current person in the position or you can always talk to me or any brother you are close to about officer positions.
We are at that point in the semester when requirements are starting to creep up on us. Make sure you are staying on top of your requirements and finishing what you can when you have free time. Don’t leave everything till the last minute because I can almost guarantee that is when you will have exams. Requirements Chair and other officers are there for you if you need help or have questions. Utilize the resources of this chapter. We are one chapter, one brotherhood. We all care about each other and all you have to do is ask if you need help with anything, including non-APO things. Never forget that.
In Leadership, Friendship, and Service,