Happy spring to all of our brothers and friends of Sigma Pi Fraternity. April is such a great time of year as we enjoy the blossoming of flowers and leaves, and prepare to celebrate graduation and weddings of our friends and families. Speaking of graduations, I want to congratulate all of our undergraduate brothers who will be receiving degrees across North America. We wish you great success as you advance your quest and venture into the workforce or pursue advanced collegiate studies. Congratulations also to the thousands of young men across North America who are undergoing the Golden Quest initiatory rite this time of year. We look forward to welcoming you as brothers of Sigma Pi and leaders in your chapters. Your success, both as new initiates and graduating brothers, represent Sigma Pi and showcases our character through your achievements.
This past quarter we spent a great deal of time reviewing the results of surveys and focus groups completed by our undergraduate and alumni members. The outcomes of these surveys have allowed us to continue to refine our systems and processes to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members while maximizing our resources. A key initiative to help us meet these requests will be the establishment of an education and programs department that will create a resource center for our Brand Ambassadors. The resources created will empower our Brand Ambassadors to better collaborate with alumni and friends to prepare them to be advisors and mentors with our undergraduate leaders. Our ambition is to grow our volunteer base and build a strong network that brings our members together and allows us all to capitalize on the power of Sigma Pi. If you are interested in becoming an advisor or Brand Ambassador please contact the Province Archon in your region. You can find a full list of Province Archons here.
Another item we have been reviewing over the past 6-12 months has been on Health & Safety issues affecting college students. Based on our findings, both as Sigma Pi and as an industry (North American Interfraternity Conference), we recently announced the adoption of a new Hard Alcohol Policy which will begin on June 1st, 2019. This policy will seek to provide a safer environment for undergraduate members to develop and grow through their matriculation via the Sigma Pi experience. It is important to note that we are not moving to an alcohol-free organization. As we prepare young men for their future careers and personal growth, we want them to better understand and utilize Obligation 5 in their lives.
I want to give a special thank you to our donors for your generosity this year in supporting the Fraternity with your charitable gifts. Your continued dedication and philanthropic support provide financial resources for scholarships, grants and other educational endeavors that benefit our undergraduate members. If you would like to join others in supporting Sigma Pi, visit http://sigmapiedfund.org/ to make a gift today.
With the demands of today’s college campuses, in addition to a competitive workforce, it is imperative we continue to provide young men with leadership, financial management and other training needed to prepare them for their future. The core of our success is our alumni and friends involvement. Your knowledge, participation, and wisdom enhance the fraternal experience of our undergraduate members. Thank you to both our donors and volunteers for your continued confidence in Sigma Pi. We look forward to your commitment as we progress on our quest to ensure a world-class fraternal experience.