Total undergraduate membership is above 1,000 again and chapters have reported over 400 new members to-date. We’re well on our way to our goal of 500 new members, 400 initiations and 1,100 undergrads for the academic year. These are back to pre-Covid numbers and show a solid rebound after the pandemic.
A special shout-out to the following chapters for outstanding performance so far:
- Illinois is celebrating move-in to their newly renovated house and has reported 28 new members since July 1.
- Kentucky has reported 25 new members this year.
- Louisville has reached 20 new members so far.
- Michigan reported 23 new members.
- Michigan State has added 37 new members so far.
- Ohio State has doubled their chapter size, adding 24 new members.
- Rose Tech reported 35 new members just in the Fall term.
- Wisconsin has added 24 new members since June.
Special Recognition: Virginia Tech (VPI) Colony pledged 18 new members in Fall and just reported 18 new members again for Spring – from a colony that started the Fall with only 16 members! These guys are killing it and National Council is looking forward to receiving their Petition for Charter.
Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, PSB, Pittsburgh, Purdue and South Dakota Mines all have reported ten or more new members this year. Let’s make this year’s results a baseline for the future!
BUILDING BETTER MEN PROGRAM – WIN UP TO $100K
It’s time to start considering your chapter’s application 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 will be live online by March 11 and applications will be due May 16. 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/.
TIGHTROPE RISK EDUCATION UPDATE
The deadline for Tighrope completion for Fall members was February 28. We are now reviewing completion records to determine chapter compliance, so you have a few days to check your completions on the ChapterSpot Chapter Dashboard to get any remaining members completed. All members must complete the Full Course (5 modules) once, then the Update/Refresher course every year after. Chapters not in compliance will see a Risk Management Fee increase for the next academic year. Winter/Spring new members have until June 1 to complete the Full Course and we recommend this be done before initiation. Instructions to access both courses are at the links 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
Learn more about Triangle’s Health and Safety programs and policies at https://www.triangle.org/actives/thsi/
TRIANGLE DAYS OF GIVING
We are excited to announce that Triangle’s annual Days of Giving is right around the corner, kicking off this year on Pi Day (3.14) and continuing through St. Patrick’s Day (3.17). We hope you will join us for this three-day event full of fun challenges, giveaways, virtual engagement, and opportunities to give back to your Fraternity.
We even invite you to start now with our first social media challenge – A Window Into Triangle: Give us a window into your world. Take a photo in your favorite Triangle gear. Whether it’s a photo of a landmark in your city or a snap of the people you love, we want you to show the world our virtual brotherhood. Just make sure you use the hashtag #TriangleGives which will be used all throughout our Days of Giving! Five winners will be selected at random and will win a Triangle T-Shirt!!
WANT TO SERVE ON THE TRIANGLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION BOARD?
Serving as a voting member of the Foundation’s Board, the Undergraduate Director is the link between the Foundation’s staff and Board and the main population it serves. 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
KENTUCKY CHAPTER PHILANTHROPY A BIG SUCCESS
Over the Feb. 26 weekend, the Kentucky Chapter help a philanthropy live-stream in which we raised $5,690 in only 24 hours. During the stream, they hosted an online Rocket League tournament amongst different Triangle chapters. The members would like to shoutout and thank the following chapters: Michigan, Virginia Tech, Missouri Mines, South Dakota Mines, Iowa State, Penn State Behrend, Rose Hulman, MSOE, and Minnesota.
ONLINE FOUNDERS DAY EVENT
Join alumni, undergraduates and national officers and volunteers for this year’s online National Founders Day Event. National President John Cottage ps04 will share his Founders Day message, we’ll provide a short “State of the Fraternity report, as well as historical information and the popular “Triangle Trivia” contest. There’s no cost, but we do ask that everyone register for the event, so we can record 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 email@example.com if you need ideas or assistance in planning your event.
TRIANGLE CONVENTION 2022
Registration will open within a week for Triangle’s 2022 National 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. 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 an additional hotel room night and meals on Wednesday and Thursday, July 6 and 7, and we are working on a partial travel reimbursement. More details will be sent directly to active presidents soon.
GROWTH SUCCESS PROGRAM RESULTS
Looking at new member reporting through February (see above), it’s obvious our Growth Success Program and team are having an impact! Jim Phillips, Dinah Sammon, Lilly Woltman and Robby Barlow are providing personal planning and coaching efforts to promote chapter growth. Those chapters fully participating and following through on action plans have seen an average 41% increase in new members this year compared to Fall 2019 and an average 200%+ increase over Fall 2020. Chapters that have not participated have seen an average loss in membership of 20.5% against Fall 2019 and 23% over Fall 2020. If your chapter is not on board, you’re missing out! Contact Jim Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and a recruitment assessment.
MONTHLY PRESIDENT’S UPDATE
Join National President John Cottage 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 our Virginia Tech (VPI) colony to learn how they’ve pledge 36 men in two semesters after starting fall with only 16 active members. All Triangle members are welcome, but please register for the event at the link below.
From the Desk of Rhonda…
- National Education Fees invoices are out. Those chapters with Chapter Endowment Funds need to complete the CEF authorization document ASAP and return it to me via email.
- Also this month, the 2nd half of the 2021-22 Chapter Assessment invoice will be sent. Undergraduate Chapter invoices will be $612.50. Alumni invoices will be $735.00 of which $245 is Alumni Organization dues and $490 is for the annual meeting.
- Remember to request your new member initiation at least 14 days prior to the planned initiation date. Initiation fees payment is required prior to the initiation date to avoid late and illegal initiation penalties.
- For questions about chapter accounts, balances or billings, contact Rhonda Halcomb at email@example.com
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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