|The Arch: Alpha Alpha Delta Update|
Alpha Alpha Delta has had an interesting year on our own without the training wheels of Central Office attached. The highlight of the year so far has been the National Convention that 11 of us attended thanks to the generous support of the Central Office and AAD alumni. We had the largest number of representatives from any Alpha, and we learned management material to better our Alpha. Our most valuable experience was connecting with Brothers from other Alphas around the country.
We’ve been extremely excited to have a Lodge to call home since the beginning of the summer. Almost half of the current actives are living in the Lodge and forming stronger bonds everyday. Of course there are the common problems that occur with any living situation consisting mainly of whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher. Don’t worry, we’ve developed a system. We’ve slowly added more and more furniture thanks to alumni and restaurant donations, and we now have every room furnished.
With a now respectable Lodge we’ve invited friends over to check us out. We’ve had a Shark Week party where
Another large event was our Parents Weekend in September. Almost everyone’s folks came down for the Buffalo game. We all had a nice dinner the night before, and on game day we filled our front yard, tailgating before the game. It was a great opportunity to meet our brothers’ families and to reconfirm for them the substance that makes Chi Psi unique.
Unfortunately, one of our biggest challenges has been recruitment, though we have learned a lot from the experience. We did not realize the absolute importance of summer recruitment. As a smaller fraternity with everyone’s different schedules, not many of us were here over the summer, and a lot of our events fell through. Formal rush went well, and we had tremendous support from the group of Alpha Visitors who assisted us during rush, but we did not meet the numbers we had as our goal.
Luckily, the IFC director at UGA has allowed us to continue to recruit and offer bids. With the added time, we are taking full advantage by continuing to recruit promising young men who didn’t go through rush or who did but did not pledge. We get names of potential pledges by meeting with sororities and friends and asking them to give us names of students they know whom they believe would like to join a fraternity but haven’t.
We have found another group of gentlemen who want to go through the pledge process in the spring, and we look forward to expanding our numbers further. We are still optimistic that we will be able to double our numbers to between 30 and 40 by the end of spring semester.
We recently performed our first pledge and initiation ceremonies here at the Lodge gaining three new brothers through the process.
We plan to host a Night in Italy philanthropy that we expect to bring in a lot of donations for the Athens Battered Women’s Shelter.
So far, the semester has flown by, but we are trying our best to savor every memory we can from our enriched college experience in the bonds of Chi Psi.