A Message from the “AA”
From My Perspective — Delta Chi’s Top 16 from 2016
What have you done for Delta Chi today? As a collective group, when we look back to 2016 the answer is pretty overwhelming. As your “AA”, International President, here are some of the facts I am very proud of when I reflect on our beloved fraternity over the past year.
- Growth- We shared our brotherhood with more than 6,000 undergraduates at more than 120 chapters and colonies throughout North American. We saw an average chapter size of about 50 members, which is up dramatically from where we were just 10 years ago.
- New Chapters- We welcomed the Little Rock Chapter as our first Chapter in more than 126 years in the state of Arkansas. Welcome to the brotherhood of a lifetime!
- New Staff- We welcomed Keith Shriver as Executive Director and Marquez Brown as Associate Executive Director. We also welcomed Becket Duncan as Director of Fraternity Services and new Leadership Consultants Dan Henne, Nicholas Ohl, Kevin Smith and Logan Rivera. We also welcome back for a second year Michael Kennedy and Zach Stroth as Leadership Consultants.
- New Colony- Delta Chi established a new colony at Delaware – a brand new site for us – and had more than 125 found fathers initiated making it one of our largest first semester groups ever.
- New Executive Committee Members- Tom Carrol was elected to serve as “CC”, Ron Martin as “DD” International Treasurer and Miles Washburn advanced to retiring “AA” as the EC team.
- New Colony- We established a new colony at Colorado State, the same site of a former Chapter in the early 2000s.
- New Board of Regents Members- Chuck Wade joined the Board representing the chapters of the west part of the country in Region 2, Dave Weber rejoined the Board representing the Northeast in Region 7, and Ron Stowers was elected to succeed term-limited Chris Kilroy in Region 8 representing the chapters of the southeastern United States on the Board. Welcome to the team brothers.
- Convention- Delta Chi hosted a convention in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time with more than 500 brothers in attendance – a near record! Join us for the next one being held for the first time in Denver in 2018.
- New Chapter- Welcome to the Buford Chapter, the first NIC Fraternity on this growing campus in South Carolina. We are excited to have you as part of our family.
- New Colony- We established a new colony at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which is the site of a former Chapter.
- Strategic Plan- After more than a year’s of discussions, the Board of Regents adopted and presented to the fraternity a five-year strategic plan that will guide the fraternity’s overall direction on a number of diverse fronts. This plan was unveiled at convention and more information about implementation will be coming in 2017.
- New Colony- The fraternity established a new colony at Texas A&M – Kingsville ,which is a never-before visited site for Delta Chi.
- Fundraising- The Delta Chi Educational Foundation raised over $1,100,000 to support 540 scholarships/grants, the “A”s Academy; UIFI attendance and number of educational programming efforts of the fraternity from more than 2000 donors.
- New Founders- we welcomed these brothers as new founders for their contributions of $100,000 or more to the Delta Chi Fraternity and Educational Foundation — David G. Falconer, Michigan 1962, Edward Fusco, Embry-Riddle 1973, K. Spence Price, Embry-Riddle 1971, and John S. Ziegler, Louisiana Tech ’01. Dave Weber, Cornell ’68, was recognized as a 2nd Degree New Founder for lifetime contributions of more than $250,000.
- Gender Equity– The international convention voted and adopted a Gender Equity Resolution that better defines Delta Chi’s association criteria, stating that any individual who identifies as a man is welcome to seek membership.
- New Housing- We saw groundbreaking for new housing at both Embry-Riddle and Georgia Tech and the dedication of a new house for the Michigan Chapter.
Actually, this list could go on and on. When we stop to reflect on what we accomplished in 2016, we should truly celebrate these successes. However 2016 is now history and our focus shifts to making 2017 more successful. Before going to bed tonight, ask “what have I done for Delta Chi today?” If the answer is nothing, stay up a bit longer and do something that moves the fraternity in a positive direction.
Kansas State ’98