Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Phi Chi Theta National Meeting in Orlando. I wanted to take the time to inform you of the proceedings and their implications for us as a chapter. Every two years, the National Meeting serves as an opportunity for representatives from all chapters to convene and decide on proposed changes to the national bylaws, as well as participate in personal and professional development activities.
At the 2014 National Meeting, the most discussed bylaw amendment referred to the alcohol and drug abuse policy. Because the topics of this section are already covered in the risk management policy, it was proposed that the section be struck from the bylaws. This effectively places the policy in the hands of the national executive council to make any future changes they feel necessary. The motion was passed and Article III Section 3 was struck from the national bylaws. Because the risk management policy still prohibits the purchase, possession, and consumption of drugs and alcohol in relation to fraternity activities, there is no change to the fraternity's stance on these issues. The change simply protects the National Fraternity from future changes to the bylaws that could drastically affect insurance premiums and dues for chapters across the board.
Other changes included an increase in the national chapter dues by $5 per member to fund the hiring of part-time staff for the National Office, as well as an increase to the National Insurance Assessment Fee by $5 per member to help offset the increasingly large insurance premium placed on the fraternity. Both of these motions were passed and will go into effect for the coming fiscal year. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information regarding these or any other National Bylaw Amendments.
The National Meeting also provided an excellent forum for ideas. I had the opportunity to meet with delegates from chapters around the country and exchange suggestions regarding recruitment and chapter activities. We discussed many different ways to create value in the organization and get members more involved. We also attended presentations on student leadership and risk management, as well as presentations on some of the unique programs some chapters are engaging in.
My participation in the National Meeting has inspired me to reevaluate our chapter's level of involvement. I encourage each of you to take some time to think about what valuable contributions you can make this year to keep our chapter active and involved. I look forward to a productive and engaging year for us, and I hope that you will join me in taking our chapter to the next level.