« on: March 06, 2014, 10:00:21 AM »
The beauty of our Noble Clan is that we bring people together from all walks of life, and gives us exposure to ideas and beliefs that might be divergent from our own...but invariably we can find common ground.
Brother OldSport is correct in that while the National organization may provide insight and direction on foundation activities...it is up to each local chapter to determine if, in fact, they want to establish a foundation or not...and what will the principal goal/purpose of the foundation be. Invariably, if a chapter is looking raise funds for most anything with non-members, business, and other civic organizations...there must be a wall to separate those fund raising activities from the business of the fraternity. The structure, board, by-laws, and activities are separate. It is a very thin line, but if done properly...can be successful.
Finally...as the Guide Right and Kappa League Chairman for my chapter...I know that a lot of folks are doing good work on the front lines. I think the mere recognition of The President for the need to support our Young Men, will encourage funding sources (real money) to give a second look. We've been making it work before he mentioned it, and believe we will moving forward...but when we have a Saturday morning meeting, and I know some of the Young Men are coming in hungry...I know they are not alone. When I see a Young Man's confidence improve and can speak to a group in public...or his grades have dramatically improved...I know he is not alone. Many of us do the work not for recognition...but a little spotlight can help grease the coffers for us to do more. I have 30 High School Young Men in our program...and would love to get to 60 or more...but we need gas to make the car go.
Side note...sponsoring a little league football team is hot, Brother OldSport. Well done...