Fraternity Board Meeting Minutes in Seconds

Feb 23, 2017 – The National Fraternity Board of Directors met in Oxford, Ohio in January. Read the Minutes in Seconds for a quick summary of the meeting.

Minutes in Seconds for January 27-29, 2017 Board Meeting

  • Selected Claire Roberts, San Francisco State, as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree.
  • Approved a colony at Cleary University (Howell, MI), which currently has business enrollment under 400.
  • Revoked the charter of Alpha Chapter at New York University by unanimous vote for hazing violations. Also unanimously placed Beta Phi at Southern Methodist on probation for 12 months for violations of pledge education finances and ceremonial activities.
  • Agreed to approve a resolution for the Board to examine the election of pledges in response to recommendations submitted by chapters to the provincial councils.
  • Agreed to send three Ritual proposals to the provincial council meetings for feedback.
  • Changed CMP deadlines for strategic plans, financial statements/budgets and annual financial reviews from June 15 to June 1.
  • Approved a $5,000 "community support" contribution to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, OH in partnership with other Oxford national fraternity offices for a named room in the new ER Section.
  • Approved policy to reimburse installation travel expenses for PVP, RVP, and installing officer from installation funds, thus increasing those individual leader budgets.
  • Referred recommendation to purchase MemberPlanet licenses for all alumni chapters to the National Organizational Development Committee to evaluate tools helpful to alumni and collegiate chapters in member engagement and retention.
  • Directed staff to continue with more detailed research into potential licensing opportunities.
  • Removed requirements for a separate notebook and evaluating recruitment in the pledge education program policy.
  • Approved $2,500 to research the use of Snapchat by offering geofilters at 2017 LEAD Provincial Conferences and Grand Chapter Congress.
  • Referred recommendation to the Ritual Review Task Group that would seek to limit the number of area initiations in which a chapter may participate in a single academic year.
  • Referred recommendation to create a policy that states who is allowed to attend collegiate chapter meetings to Southern PVP Janene Markuske.
  • Discussed approach to pledge families and symbolic paddles to ensure consistency of communicating guidance and any usage by the membership. The Pledge Education Program Review Group will continue review of these items.
  • Shared goals and objectives for the Membership Task Group including a review of voluntary withdrawal, inactive status and trials.
  • Discussed Fall LEAD School attendee behavior and opportunities to increase transparency in Fraternity communications around discipline and risk management.
  • Discussed alternative training approaches for volunteer training.
  • Clarified goals and structure of the in-development Presidents' Academy, including costs and funding options.
  • Directed each PVP to determine a provincial process to identify a brother to attend LeaderShape for the July 23-28, 2017 session in Champaign, IL.
  • Referred recommendation to change the award submission due dates to June 30 so that all applications are reconciled with corrected CMP information on July 1 to the National Scholastic Development and Awards Committee.
  • Conferences/Academies
  • Fraternity Operations