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Philanthropy/Community Service

Brothers from CMU, UTK Come Together During Thanksgiving Service Trip

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With more than 2,600 undergraduate members on our rolls, it is not unusual for Brothers from different Chapters to cross paths. But who would have thought that two Brothers would come together during a service trip more than 2,000 miles away?

Aleks Silva, CMU 2018, and Addison Mossett, Phi Delta 2020, both took part in a summer internship with Southwestern Advantage Sales Program, which involves 2,000 students from more than 350 universities each year. With their remarkable enthusiasm for their work, the Program offered both Aleks and Addison an incentive trip to Cancún over Thanksgiving Break, where they were also given the opportunity to help the local community and give back to those in need.

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, our Brothers and other volunteers on the trip went on a service project to assist Casa Hogar San Jose de la Inmaculada, a safehouse for girls aged 2-18 who have confronted extreme challenges in their lives. The Southwestern Advantage Sales Program worked with the four missionary nuns running the facility and raised enough money to build an addition to their current living quarters.

The volunteer team spent most of their day helping maintain the property by weeding, painting, picking up rubbish, and even some landscaping work. They were also able to come together to purchase the facility a lawn mower and picnic table and even provided school supplies for the girls for the coming year.

Thank you to Brothers Silva and Mossett for their continued dedication to community service and philanthropy, even when already being rewarded for a job well done!

Do you know Brothers making an impact on their community, profession, or Chapter? Submit your stories by emailing Director of Member Engagement Dan Coutcher so the Fraternity can continue to recognize our members for their outstanding efforts.

Above: Brother Aleks Silva (left) and Addison Mossett (right) during their service at Casa Hogar San Jose de la Inmaculada

Below: Brothers Silva and Mossett with other volunteers and residents hard at work maintaining and improving the property




  • Pi Theta Chapter at UW-LaCrosse Serves up Thanksgiving Meals

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    The Pi Theta Chapter at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse spent part of their Thanksgiving giving back to their community.

    Brothers worked alongside other volunteers at the Salvation Army to prepare, cook, and serve meals to members of the La Crosse community. Pi Theta’s Thanksgiving mission has been an annual undertaking for the past several years, faithfully returning to the Salvation Army each Thanksgiving to commit themselves to community service before returning home to their families for the holiday.

    Thank you to our Pi Theta Brothers for continuing their outstanding work in their community and on campus.

    Do you know Brothers making an impact on their community, profession, or Chapter? Submit your stories by emailing Director of Member Engagement Dan Coutcher so the Fraternity can continue to recognize our members for their outstanding efforts.




  • Chapter Spotlight: Lambda Theta at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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    See this Chapter submission and many others like it in the fall 2018 edition of the Chakett!

    Hello Brothers,

    The Lambda Theta Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has had a great year. Though many Brothers were lost for various reasons at the beginning of the year, our Chapter was not hesitant to fill in the positions those Brothers held. It was intimidating at first, but many of our Brothers stepped up and took on a position, truly growing as an individual as the year progressed.

    Something I’m particularly proud of this year is our success in participating in the MS Walk. The MS Walk is a national fundraiser whose goal is to end the life-changing condition known as Multiple Sclerosis.  Brother Kyle Gagne set up our participation in the event, and we managed to raise over one thousand dollars. It was truly inspiring to see the things we could accomplish working together as a Chapter.

    In addition, this year we held one of our most successful Alumni events. We call it the “Alumni Games,” where Alumni from the Chapter come and play a few sports against the current Chapter. Per usual, the Chapter lost to the much stronger and older Alumni; however, we had a great showing from both our Chapter and the Alumni alike. It was the perfect time for new Brothers to meet Alumni and bond with them over common interests.

    Overall, this year has allowed our Chapter to grow and mature as a part of Chi Phi. Brothers appear more motivated than ever to work towards bettering both the Chapter as well as themselves. Our Brothers show a lot of ambition and truly want to dive into the responsibilities of being a Chi Phi. I am excited and honored to witness these changes, and cannot wait to see what the future years of this Chapter hold in store.

    Fraternally,
    Dylan Tocci
    Zeta of the Lambda Theta Chapter




  • Chapter Spotlight: Theta Delta at University of Florida

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    Brothers Raise $45,000 for Dance Marathon

    Dance Marathon 2018 at University of Florida was an all-around success, with almost 6,000 students participating in some form. The Theta Delta Chapter was among those participants, many of the Brothers standing for the full 26.2 hours of the event.

    In addition to participating in the marathon itself, the Chapter raised $45,000 for the cause – they were surpassed in fundraising by only one other fraternity. All money donated during Dance Marathon benefits the patients of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

    The Chapter is already gearing up for Dance Marathon 2019, where Brothers Nick Scianna and Gabriel Rojas will serve as Overall Directors.

    Theta Delta Brothers pose together during the Dance Marathon. Photo credits to DM at UF




  • Chapter Spotlight: Xi Delta at Florida Institute of Technology

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    Xi Delta Celebrates Philanthropy

    “The Xi Delta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity had a tremendous year! Although the Greek Life in Florida is under the microscope, we had a great recruitment season and took in 16 New Members. Xi Delta is also hosting our 50th Anniversary this spring, and we look forward to the gathering of Alumni and undergraduates.

    The Chapter has continued our tradition of effective philanthropy events, including the 4th Annual Kicking for Kids Soccer Tournament (pictured above), which raised over $1,100 for the local Boys and Girls Club. Our efforts this year included our “America’s Next Top Doge” competition, an event benefiting Brevard County’s SPCA.

    We were also honored to host the Southeastern Regional Leadership Alliance for Chapters in the region in mid-February. Finally, the Xi Delta Alumni Association gained 14 members during the Alumni Installation Ceremony, demonstrating a lifelong commitment to Xi Delta and Chi Phi!”

    -Mitchel Spalding, Xi Delta 2020, Chapter Zeta

    Above: Xi Delta Brothers and Mr. Pickles (right center, sitting like a good boy) with the winners of their Kicking for Kids Tournament.

    Below: Two of the lovely participants in Xi Delta’s Next Tog Doge Contest.




  • Brothers use Spring Break to Make a Difference

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    Spring Break took on a new meaning this year

    Being a Fraternity Man means more than just partaking in the Bonds of Brotherhood; it means putting others before self, acting out of goodwill and an acute sense of propriety. We were thrilled this spring to see our Brothers acting as True Gentlemen and using their time away from campus during Spring Break to serve others.

    Two Brothers from Alpha-Chi (Ohio Wesleyan) traveled with a group of students to Houston, where residents are still confronting the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The group worked with SBP, a recovery organization founded by an unaffiliated Ohio Wesleyan Alumnus to help recovery in the St. Bernard Parish of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Since 2006, the organization has expanded well beyond Louisiana to aid recovery efforts from natural disasters throughout the country.

    Dr. Chad Johns, Alpha-Chi 2002, Chapter Advisor and University Chaplain, helped prepare his group of OWU students throughout the semester through team building exercises and other bonding methods to build them up for a week of hard work. Among the students who joined him was the Chapter’s Theta, Evan Hudgens, Alpha-Chi 2019.

    Across an ocean, another Brother used his Spring Break to work with a community in the Ekumfi District, Ghana. Evan Schumacher, CMU Colony 2020, along with 39 other Central Michigan students, provided medical care to residents through a local clinic over several days.

    The team of students, along with staff and doctors, diagnosed and treated approximately 734 patients in their time there. Along with treatment for illness, malnutrition, and a variety of other ailments, the group helped educate their patients about Ghana’s national health insurance, malaria, hygiene, and safe sex practices.

    For many, Spring Break is all about sunshine and relaxation, but we commend these Brothers who utilized their time off to do some good. Building Better Men comes in all forms, and we look forward to many more Chi Phi Brothers doing just that!

    Did you or a Brother you know spend Spring Break making a difference? Tell us your story by emailing us at chiphi@chiphi.org.




  • Funds Raised by Pi Theta Presented to Local Organizations

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    This week the Sara Rose Hougom Foundation presented checks in excess of $11,000 to various groups in the La Crosse area, including the local police department and Big Brothers Big Sisters. A portion of those funds was raised by the Pi Theta Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse during their 5th annual Sara Softball Tournament.

    The Foundation promotes violence awareness and prevention and provides positive opportunities by uniting and supporting area youth with community members, businesses, and local authorities to facilitate a brighter, safer future in honor of the founder’s daughter, Sara, who passed away in 2012.

    Sherry Hougom, Sara’s mother, presented the donations during a local little league baseball game and also announced a new initiative of the Foundation; “Share the Love, Sara Style.” Sherry and her volunteers have collected candy, stuffed animals, and school supplies to create care packages for children in need. The care packages will be distributed by local police officers.

    For more information and updates from the Foundation, visit their Facebook page.




  • Did you know that a simple cheek swab can help save a life?

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    Did you know that a simple cheek swab can help save a life?

    Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.

    Patients like Chris Leahy, Gamma 2002, need donors who are a genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. A simple cheek swab can help determine your compatibility with Brother Leahy and thousands of others like him who are waiting for a blood marrow donor.

    To learn more, visit Be The Match Registry’s FAQ page here. To register in honor of Brother Leahy, visit bethematch.org/ChrisLeahy. By using this link, your willingness to donate will be extended to other patients whose doctors are checking the Registry daily; however, if you wish to be tested only as a potential match for Brother Leahy, you may have your testing done privately.