A Letter for Founders’ Day 2019

In fall 1890, a small cadre of university men met privately to establish a union where they could discuss events and share thoughts and opinions freely, outside of the confines of the rigid academic environment. We have a relatively small handful of historic documents and photos of these men who became our fraternity’s founders. The photos are common for the era; stoic and serious. There are no candid shots, nor group photos from a picnic or backyard cookout. They accurately reflect the maturity of a generation when a 20-year-old male may have already established both a professional career and family. In those portraits, we see men of responsibility.

If you’ve ever looked back at a high school yearbook, you may notice a trick the human mind plays on us; the upperclassmen appear so much older than the image we held of ourselves. Even decades later, the image of those “kids” in the higher grades remind us how we looked up to them and aspired to reach their academic and social status.

It is sometimes difficult to remember that our founders’ photographic images were taken during their college years. The men in those portraits were no older at the time than our average undergraduate brother. Remove the formal and well-pressed clothes, add a smile to their faces, and they may very well blend right into a modern-day photo of one of our current chapters.

Or would they?

Our founders truly had no idea that the social group they wished to form would carry on some 125 years later. The last few to pass on made this clear. But they were steadfast in the principles that led to our founding. Our current chapters are the stewards of the cornerstone ideals these gentlemen established.

We all play a role in enhancing the image of ourselves that others see. Whether you are an undergraduate or an alumnus you have the opportunity to impact your chapter and Delta Chi. This Founders’ Day, we encourage you to continue living our shared values by donating your time in service to our brotherhood or by making a financial commitment to the Educational Foundation. Every minute and every dollar makes a difference to our chapters.  Can we count on your support this year? 

Keep those positive images rolling in, for they reflect the moments that make up a life well lived.

In The Bond,

Aaron Otto
53rd International President
Delta Chi International Fraternity

Rod Arnold
President/Chairman
Delta Chi Educational Foundation

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