ONLINE FOUNDERS DAY EVENT
Our online National Founders Day Event is THIS SATURDAY! National President John Cottage ps04 will share his Founders Day message, we’ll provide a short “State of the Fraternity report, as well as the popular “Triangle Trivia” contest. You also will be able to hear voices of Founders, as we will share audio clips from early interviews with Founders and early initiates. There’s no cost, but we do ask that everyone register for the event (link below), so we can have a record of who attended.
Is your active or alumni chapter planning a Founders Day event this April? If so, please share your information. We will add your event to our webpage and can help you in planning, promoting and even with event registration. Add your event information at https://www.triangle.org/alumni/fdays/. Every chapter/region should plan some opportunity to bring members together to celebrate 115 years of Triangle Brotherhood! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need ideas or assistance in planning your event.
TRIANGLE CONVENTION 2022
Registration will open Friday 4/8 for our 2022 Triangle Convention, taking place July 7-10 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Active and Alumni chapters should start now to select delegates and plan for their travel. Active chapters are entitled to two undergraduate delegates and alumni chapters to one. Upon arrival, delegates are covered for three nights of shared room and event registration costs (which include most meals), but travel to the event is the responsibility of the chapter/delegate.
NOTE: This year we will include a pre-conference program specifically for active presidents and presidents-elect who attend to represent their chapter as a delegate. This is an extension of the Steven L. Miller Presidents Leadership Academy program that was not able to be held in person in January. Participants will receive shared hotel room night Wednesday July 6, and meals on Wednesday and Thursday, July 6 and 7. More details will be sent directly to active presidents soon.
Want to serve as a Convention Intern? We’re looking for two undergrads to serve as interns with HQ staff during the Convention program. Prospects cannot be chapter delegates, as they will be working during the events/programs. One will be our A/V specialist, helping us to record the weekend and live broadcast some of the events. Airfare, room and board will be provided. Interested students should email email@example.com with your interest and any experience you have (such as digital broadcasting, social media, etc.) that make you a good candidate. Emails must be received by April 30.
BUILDING BETTER MEN PROGRAM – WIN UP TO $100K
Apply NOW for Building Better Men, Triangle’s chapter assessment and award program. Your chapter could be awarded up to $100,000 and two additional chapters will win up to $25K for your Chapter Endowment Funds. The application is now live online and the applications deadline is May 16. Previous BBM Award winners are required to apply each year. Better Men Program applicants are judged by the following standards:
- Scholarship: Shown by a commitment to academic success through high academic standards and consistent improvement.
- Leadership: Shown by high involvement in both on and off campus organizations.
- Diligence: Shown through a commitment to marketing the strengths and benefits of Triangle to ensure chapter growth and retention.
- Citizenship: Shown through a commitment to philanthropy and service to the National Organization or campus/community to alleviate critical issues in society.
- Character: Exhibited by the behavior of active and new members through the education and support around current issues and trends facing fraternity members and college students.
For more information about the application and evaluation process, visit https://www.triangle.org/events/buildingbettermen/.
PLAN SUMMER RECRUITMENT NOW
Our most successful chapters are looking now at social media groups of incoming students for Fall 22 and creating plans to contact and engage them over the summer. It’s not difficult or too time consuming – a few hours a week will do it – but it can make chapters much more successful in Fall recruitment. Chapters should return to campus in Fall with at least 100 names/contacts made from over summer so you have a head start on recruitment. NIC Data shows more than 70% of men who pledge will join the first group that made contact with them to answer questions and help them prepare for arrival on campus. That makes summer recruitment efforts invaluable. Contact your staff liaison (Jim Phillips, Dinah Sammon or Lilly Woltman) NOW to discuss how you can connect with new students this summer.
RISK MANAGEMENT FEE ESTIMATES
Chapters will receive estimates of their Risk Management Fee billings for the 2022/2023 academic year later this month. These fees are billed in August from the Fraternity HQ and are due paid by September 15, so please budget well and set funds aside to meet that deadline. We are using the same process as we have used for over a decade – estimates in April, billings in August and payment by September 15. Billings are based on a three-year average of chapter membership and a base per man fee that is among the lowest in the fraternity community. Base fees can be affected up or down by variables including claims or incidents, housing, alcohol policies and Tightrope online risk education completion. Estimates will be sent via email to active and alumni presidents and treasurers. If you have questions or need clarification, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Triangle’s Health and Safety programs, National Insurance program and policies at https://www.triangle.org/actives/thsi/
TIGHTROPE COURSE COMPLETIONS
Chapter Dashboards in ChapterSpot continue to be updated with Tightrope completion info. All members must complete the Full Course once – usually just before initiation. After that completion, they will complete the Update/Refresher Course each year they are active members. Chapter compliance with course completions does affect Risk Management Fees. Spring new members should complete the Full Course by initiation or June 1, whichever is earlier. For Fall 2022, please plan to have all active members complete the Update Course by October 1. Information for both courses can be downloaded below.
Tightrope Full Course: https://www.triangle.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Instructions_Tightrope-Course.pdf
Tightrope Refresher Course: https://www.triangle.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Instructions_Tightrope-Refresher-Course.pdf
MONTHLY PRESIDENT’S UPDATE
Join National President John Cottage ps04 and other Council and staff members each month for a quick update on what’s happening in Triangle as well as interesting interviews and member profiles. The next Update will be Sunday, March 20 at 9 PM Eastern. We’ll be speaking with Steven Egnaczyk, Active President of the Ohio State Chapter, about their recent success. Two years ago, they pledged 10 men. Last year, 7 men. This year, the chapter pledged 24 and just walked away from their Greek Awards dinner with a handful of awards, including IFC Chapter of the Year. All Triangle members are welcome, but please register for the event at the link below.
From the Desk of Rhonda…
- The Alumni Annual Assessment invoices have been emailed
- The Active chapter 2nd half of the annual assessment has been emailed.
Per Constitution, each chapter pays an Annual Chapter Fee. This fee helps to pay two delegates attendance at the annual meeting (HSLS or National Convention). See By-Laws Article 4.
- Several chapters who have CEF available with Triangle Education Foundation have not submitted the CEF usage authorization document to pay the 2nd term NEF invoices. If another copy of the invoice and authorization form are needed, please contact email@example.com or call 317-837-9640.
- Please submit request for initiations at least 14 days prior to the planned initiation date and then after the initiation is complete, update the new initiate’s status as appropriate so the National Office staff can finalize the membership items for those men prior to the end of the school year.
- For questions about chapter accounts, balances or billings, contact Rhonda Halcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM TRIANGLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION:
The Chapter Endowment Fund (CEF) grant application deadline is 5/30 and all reimbursement requests must be submitted by 6/15. Applications are at http://triangleef.org/how-we-help/chapter-endowment-application. If you have questions about how your CEF funds can be used, contact TEF President Scott Bova at email@example.com.
We are extending the deadline for applications to the TEF Board for our Undergraduate Director position. This Director is the link between the Foundation’s staff and Board and the main population it serves – our students. The Director provides feedback on programs, guidance on future programs and assists with the fundraising efforts of the Foundation. The UG Director should have attended at least one of Triangle’s educational programs, be a member of a chapter in good standing, willing to promote the Foundation to various audiences and support its efforts as a member of the President’s Men giving society. Download a job description and instructions for applying here: https://www.triangle.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/UG-BOD-Position-Ad.pdf. The new application deadline is May 1.
REPORT YOUR FALL SUCCESSES!
With Fall 2021 behind us, chapters should report grades and charitable efforts for the term, so we can log this information for awards and recognition. We have an online form to help here – https://www.triangle.org/gradereport/ – or you can forward your campus grade reports to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many campuses provide a Greek system grade and/or philanthropy report you can send to us or upload at the web page above. Please make this a priority to get done before the end of the month.
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