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For the Love of District Leadership Convention

Although only a few of us attended District Leadership Convention this year, DLC was an extremely enjoyable and instructional event for those of us who attended. Having never been myself, as this is my first year being and active Brother, I had no idea what to expect from DLC, nor how much fun it truly would be.

Upon arriving, the group of us from the Psi Chapter met with Brothers and Sisters from other chapters, and slowly started to make friends. We partook in the various “ice-breaker” activities that night, such as a giant game of Twister, guessing celebrities, and more. The following day was a day of service, bonding, and Brotherhood/Sisterhood. Our service projects included organizing the uniform closet, painting stands, and cleaning the practice rooms.

After such a day of fulfillment and purpose, all of the Brothers and Sisters were energized and spirited. Much of the day was also spent in workshops, learning about leadership and how better to communicated within our chapters. This knowledge was invaluable, in that it pointed out what the true qualities of leadership are, and reminded us how better to fulfill the purposes we swore to uphold when we became Brothers and Sisters.

DLC was not just a learning tool for all of those who attended, but rather a beautiful bond that brought us all together as chapters, and as a district of talented, wonderful people. Having never been to one before, and having been only a candidate at Western District Convention last year, I knew very little District people, and had no idea yet what goes into being a successful chapter.

Being a successful chapter doesn’t mean you have a high attendance rate or a large amount of members. Being a successful chapter doesn’t mean you hang out with your brothers a lot and proudly wear your letters all the time. Being a successful chapter is doing all of this, while always remembering the purposes of the fraternity or sorority, and always striving for the highest. After DLC this year, I plan to always strive for the highest.

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Finding a Voice in Your Chapter

   For many new Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi and Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, finding a role that fits you within the chapter can be very difficult. There are offices, there are service events to lead, there are things to be said at meetings and then there are your academics. When considering all of these things (and there is always more to take care of), for some it can sound very overwhelming and be a difficult obstacle to overcome. How do you find a voice when officers are already elected, and older members are prepared to lead projects and are to discuss their opinions in meetings?

   While rushing for the Gamma Kappa chapter at Northern Arizona University in my first semester at college, I was told “Remember, Kappa Kappa Psi is your fraternity, not your major.” While I knew that this meant I needed to take care of my academics first, I was, like many, eager to make a positive impact on the chapter and run for an office the first opportunity I got. In my enthusiasm to produce great results for the chapter I avoided my obligations as a student. My declining academic success caused stress, disappointment, and took my attention away from the fraternity so that I could recover academically.

  Because of this personal experience, I believe the first path to being individually successful in your chapter is to take care of yourself and your grades. It is extremely difficult to contribute to a chapter when you are tired, frustrated, and stressed. This brings me to my next point: organization and time management is your friend.

   When you set priorities in other places than the fraternity, it is difficult to believe you will find time to contribute all the ideas you have buzzing in your brain for your chapter. Sometimes you will be right, but most of the times you think you don’t have time, all you need to do is exercise some organization and time management. Set aside time every day to study, to eat, and to relieve stress be it through working out or playing music for fun. With twenty credit hours and a multitude of other activities, I still find on the days I apply my pre-determined schedule, I find at least one to two hours of free time. There is time, it’s just short, and you have to make the best of it!

  After setting priorities and making time to fulfill all of your obligations, it’s time to find a voice. Do you want to contribute to the bond and brotherhood, or do you see yourself leading service projects? These are all personal decisions that you must decide the answer to for yourself. No matter your path, there are always ways to contribute without being an officer or having much experience. If you want to strengthen the bond, talk to an older member who is in charge of the social experience of your chapter. Ask them if you can help lead a social event or plan different ideas to strengthen the bond within your chapter, such as a program on communication techniques during your meeting. If you want to contribute to service, talk to your service coordinator! Ask them about already planned projects, and make time to call around town to different places. Let them know you’re from a National Honorary Band Fraternity, and that you want to help them! Not sure how to be professional in communication or need ideas for projects? The internet is an incredible thing, and by thing I mean resource. We even have ideas for service listed on our website, and our District Secretary produces videos on how to be professional and communicate on a regular basis!

   Never forget to be patient. Not all projects you propose to your chapter will be accepted, and not everything you want to contribute to will need another person. Sometimes, you just have to sit back, watch, and learn. When you can’t gain hands-on-experience, observe the older members of your chapter. How do they act, what do they do, how do they involve themselves in events? Above all, always ask questions, there is never a wrong question no matter how ridiculous it may seem. By asking questions, you will find people with experience in setting priorities and time mangement. These people are likely the ones leading your chapter in projects and events right now!

 

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Taking “IT” to the Next Level

 

Dollie O’Neill

Tau Beta Sigma

National President

Spring 2011

Taking “IT” to the Next Level:

Growth in Tau Beta Sigma; A Strategic Overview

Exciting News! Growth in Tau Beta Sigma is something to be celebrated over the past 15 years. Stop a minute and take a glance at our growth. The data is provided from Aaron Moore, National Headquarter Alumni, Chapter & Colony Affair Coordinator. Aaron’s research is stated below:

· Overall membership growth from May 1995 to May 2010 is 17%.

· Increase in new initiates from 1994-2010 is 27%.

· Life Membership Increase from 2001-2011 is 22%.

· Chapter Increase from 2001-2011 from 134 active chapters to 144 active chapters, with colonies in the wings.

Now that our minute of celebration is over, it is time to think of taking this growth to the next level. Over the course of our 2009-2011 biennium the National Council has held a strategic planning session and kept a continuous focus to lay the foundation for future growth. As a result, we have a New Mission Statement, New Vision Statement and have created six major goals to help grow our organization on many levels. The foundation is laid, now we need a little elbow grease to turn up the fire and kick things up a notch.

· Growing our Service to Bands: Growing our service to bands really starts on the local level. Making sure we, all Tau Beta Sigma members are doing our number purpose: serving the bands well. This is the fundamental that is key in growing our chapters. If one chapter is doing very well with serving our bands, then other students, directors, and bands will take notice. This is how we attract members and this is how we attract colonies. So to ensure we are providing great service, I encourage all chapters to do a yearly audit on their service. Talk to your sponsors, directors, and music/band department. Find out what has been going well, find out if there is more you can do. Taking on this challenge will help keep our chapters from being in the status quo of service. Going from good to great can be just the next step a chapter needs to take “it” to the next level.

· Growing our Membership: This coincides with providing great service to bands. If a chapter is upholding our purpose of serving bands well, then this will help fuel membership growth. Support is the key word here. Positive support from chapter members, sponsors, directors and alumni can all be attractive to outside members in wanting to join a local chapter or create a colony. A chapter can take a step back and see if there is positive support in recruiting habits. Working with your sponsor and director can really help in this realm and can be the next step that is needed to grow a chapter’s membership.

· Growing our Leadership: Cultivating our membership and leadership is important for our future growth. Tau Beta Sigma is at a huge turning point with our alumni involvement. We have the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association (TBSAA) which has been established for the past 3 years and they have a maniacal focus of serving the organization through community outreach on the national level. This is a great way to get more members involved, to give back to Tau Beta Sigma and keep great leaders involved. Spread the word about the TBSAA. Look at the major projects they support and are working on. Promote Life membership to your graduating seniors or joining the TBSAA to stay involved. The resource of great leadership is investing in our future for Tau Beta Sigma. Joining the TBSAA and or getting your Life Membership is an investment into Tau Beta Sigma and it is existence for many more years.

Why grow our organization? I know that many will have several different answers. My main answer, because Tau Beta Sigma is an organization worth growing. To serve greater bands, one band at a time!

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Gamma Brotherhood

After getting numerous e-mails from the Western District Listserv, I figured it’d be a good time to submit an article…

My name is Abigail, and I’m part of the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Washington. This is my first full year being an active. I’m part of the wonderful Alpha Beta class and am currently a Junior majoring in Biology-M.C.D. with a minor in Values in Society.

Being in Kappa Kappa Psi, at first, was a chance for me to hang out with more people that I knew from Marching Band. I also saw this fraternity as a place where I could share my love of music with others and serve the music and greater community of Seattle through music. But one thing that was very new to me was the aspect of “brotherhood.”

As a PM, when asked how I would rank Brotherhood, Service, and Music, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. I said all three, but when having to choose, I selected Music, Service, followed by Brotherhood last. I knew what music and service was because it’s been part of my entire life, but what was brotherhood? Was it merely just an extension of the friendship I had with some, but not all, of the people in Gamma?

Luckily I have had the pleasure of building a better understanding of what “brotherhood” can mean through my first full year as an active member with Gamma.

As a PM I had the pleasure of getting to know a lot more people from HMB outside of my section through social events, community service projects, and passing third degree, onto joining committees and participating in those. But I feel that I have gotten a better sense of what brotherhood means through my own experience as a Big Brother and member of the Ritual Team for Third Degree.

I’ve been very blessed to have an amazing Little Brother in Kaila. She took the PM process by the horns and was eager to get involved at the get go. I loved hearing about her wonderful experience at DLC and stories about meeting brothers and sisters around the district. But what has most impressed me with Kaila is the brotherhood bond between us. Not only have I had the pleasure of helping her through the PM process with education, insight, etc, but she has blessed me with a reminder of what this fraternity stands for and the ideals we uphold in times when things don’t always go accordingly or when there are disputes about things in chapter. As with all the new actives of the Alpha Gamma class, Kaila has helped me appreciate the brotherhood even more.

Not only has been being a Big Brother helped me appreciate the brotherhood, but so has being on Rit Team. I was honored to be a part of Third Degree and witness the excitement of the new Alpha Gamma class. As I read and listened further to what was said, I thought of the rich history of Kappa Kappa Psi. Looking around and seeing the PMs, Actives, and Alumni together with our Chapter Sponsor I realized how wonderful this brotherhood is but how great it has the potential to become through Gamma’s perseverance and through our relations with other chapters.

Kappa Kappa Psi have given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people not only at the University of Washington, but also from other parts of the state and West Coast. I’ve gotten a chance to get to know Jon who joined HMB and is a brother from Omega. My older sister’s good friend, Samantha, is also an alumni from ASU and a brother from Beta Omicron, which has given us plenty to talk about in regards to music, the brotherhood, and marching band. It’s given me an instant bond with brothers and sisters I’ve never met before because they understand and appreciate the ideals of the organization I’m lucky to be a part of. I’m excited to get to meet other brothers and sisters at Convention and I’m excited for the future of Gamma.

MLITB,

Abigail Ahyong, Gamma Chapter

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The Road to Brotherhood

Mu Phi. We finally received a name that could stick with us forever. Before Mu Phi, we were only known as the Fullerton Colony. Previous to that, we were known as the Hornets In Music (or HIM for short). But finally, as of October 3rd, 2010, we became something that was finally “officially” part of what we were striving to be a part of.

Previous to becoming a chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, some of our members (myself included) had already attended Western District Convention, as well as National Convention. We showed up, oblivious to what we should expect from these events. I recall it taking several tries to even figure out what it meant to “caucus”, and why in the world it took so long to do.

I remember initially feeling some kind of inferiority to those who were actual brothers and part of a designated chapter. I felt as though our “Fullerton Colony” was just not good enough, and that we were like the “freshmen” of Kappa Kappa Psi. I was afraid of our members being the “nobodies” of the fraternity.

But the memories that stick out even more are all of the comments and compliments we had received from other brothers and even sisters. We received praises from people saying how lucky we are to get to start our own chapter, and how they couldn’t imagine having to start from scratch like we did, and how we should be proud of everything that we’ve done and everything that we plan on doing.  Just hearing those simple words from other brothers and sisters made myself, as well as the rest of our (now Mu Phi) chapter feel the brotherhood that we had only heard and learned about. We knew that we had so many people around us to look to for any help and support that we needed. A feeling like that couldn’t be found on paper.

I remember the feeling that our Alpha class had gotten the first time we sang the Kappa Kappa Psi hymn (since most of us had waited to sing until we became an official chapter). We had only practiced it together, just trying to make sure that we had the words right. The first time we sang it brought tears to many of us, not only because of the things that we looked back on, but because of the future we saw with our new brothers.

We realized that what we had already gone through was only a hint of the beginning of the things we have yet to learn and experience. We continue to be proud of ourselves, and we are always thankful for everything we have learned, not only from the good times, but from the tough times; not only from books, but from brothers; not only from each other, but from ourselves; and we will forever strive for the highest, for there is always more to be learned, and even when we have learned, there will always be others to be taught.

AEA

Marina Pueblos

Mu Phi

Kappa Kappa Psi

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My First Time to District Leadership Conference

Although only a few of us attended District Leadership Conference this year, DLC was an extremely enjoyable and instructional event for those of us who attended. Having never been myself, as this is my first year being an active Brother, I had no idea what to expect from DLC, nor how much fun it truly would be. Upon arriving, the group of us from the Psi Chapter met with Brothers and Sisters from other chapters, and slowly started to make friends. We partook in the various “ice-breaker” activities that night, such as a giant game of Twister, guessing celebrities, and more. The following day was a day of service, bonding, and Brotherhood/Sisterhood. Our service projects included organizing the uniform closet, painting stands, and cleaning the practice rooms. After such a day of fulfillment and purpose, all of the Brothers and Sisters were energized and spirited. Much of the day was also spent in workshops, learning about leadership and how better to communicated within our chapters. This knowledge was invaluable, in that it pointed out what the true qualities of leadership are, and reminded us how better to fulfill the purposes we swore to uphold when we became Brothers and Sisters.

DLC was not just a learning tool for all of those who attended, but rather a beautiful bond that brought us all together as chapters, and as a district of talented, wonderful people. Having never been to one before, and having been only a candidate at Western District Convention last year, I knew very little District people, and had no idea yet what goes into being a successful chapter. Being a successful chapter doesn’t mean you have a high attendance rate or a large amount of members. Being a successful chapter doesn’t mean you hang out with your brothers a lot and proudly wear your letters all the time. Being a successful chapter is doing all of this, while always remembering the purposes of the fraternity or sorority, and always striving for the highest. After DLC this year, I plan to always strive for the highest.

Robyn Monroe is a brother of the Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at UCLA



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Spring Packet

The Western District Spring Packet is hot off the press! This packet has been prepared just for YOU and includes important dates and deadlines, information on upcoming events, a letter from your Western District Presidents, and much more. What are you waiting for, download it right now!


Western District Spring Packet 2011

File size: 17.9 MB

Note: Requires Adobe Reader. Get the most recent version from Adobe’s website here

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WD Day of Music

WD Day of Music on Saturday February 5th!

SO what is YOUR chapter going to do for this day? Sing at a hospital? Host a Petting Zoo? Fix instruments? What ever the activity may be we hope every single chapter across the district will be participating in some way. AND to entice you even more, Jess and Helen will be putting together a special presentation for WD Day of Music to be released that day! How awesome is that? 🙂

Make sure to take pictures and submit them to the WD Scrapbook! on Facebook!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Jess (wdmal@kkpsi.org) or Helen (wdvpsp@tbsigma.org)

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DLC 2011

If you did not attend District Leadership Conference 2011, you missed out on a great opportunity. DLC 2011 was hosted by the  Iota Alpha and Eta Omega chapters and took place in Fresno, CA. Thanks Iota Alpha and Eta Omega for a wonderful weekend!

There were many workshops and demonstrations given over the course of the weekend. Attached are the materials from those workshops as well as a group picture from the event. Enjoy!

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