When I attended SIUe, I pledged Delta-Omega Chapter in Fall of 1993, and it was a wonderful time. I loved everything about my experience, from my pledge brothers and the actives to the alumni that I met. After I initiated, we had let the house that we were renting go, and I thought I would make a plan to contact alumni to ask for money. I mean, they went through the same thing we did, they have money presumably, and we need a new house. Little did I realize that we had not done the greatest job with communicating with our alumni over the years. Not only were they not going to buy us a house, we were lucky if we got $100 from them. I always said to myself, “It will be different when I become an alumnus. I will donate.”
Many years later, I have made donations to my chapter. We still don’t have a house, and I have no idea where the money went to. Well okay, I have a good idea. My money would have been better served if I had given to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. I mean, I had been an alumni volunteer for over 13 years, but I always felt my time and commitment was my donation. It is to a certain extent, but I know I could have done more. I had that conversation with Former Assistant Executive Director Jonathan Frost (Delta-Omega, UMSL ’02) on many occasions. When will we realize that we have to contribute our part to our fraternity? If we want more from our fraternity, then we must do our part.
Still I did not give, and I always told myself that I would someday. Then I went to Mid-Year Leadership Conference in 2013. I attended the alumni session as always. Most of the sessions were the same over the years, but this time there was something different. PGS Larry Rovira (Epsilon-Nu, California State University-Fullerton ’85) was speaking on behalf of the SPEF. He talked about how important it is to donate to our chapter, but we also have a responsibility to donate to our foundation. He talked about just donating $18.97 one-time could get you started. That is a nice dinner that you might skip or a night out drinking for some. I then remember him saying “because…If not you, then who? Who is going to make our foundation stronger? Who is going to donate towards the scholarships out for our brothers? Who is going to make that commitment? If not you, then who?” I thought about that for a few days, and I decided on February 26th, 2013 to make a donation of $18.97. It felt good, and I even received a phone call from PGS Rovira to tell me good job and to keep it up.
A few months later I began to work on staff and knew that my commitment was even more important. I decided to make a monthly donation of $18.97 a month. Now I am starting a Chapter Educational Fund for my chapter. I plan on making an additional donation along with other brothers from my chapter. If we don’t do it, then who will? My challenge to you is this. Take a look at what you can do for your chapter or the SPEF. Look into making a donation by starting a Chapter Educational Fund, where the donation is tax deductible, and it is only for your chapter or a tax-deductible donation to the SPEF. If you are an undergraduate then join the Delta Society with a one-time $20 donation to the fraternity. All of this information can be found here:
I was not asked by anyone to write about this. I just wanted to tell my story and my decision. All I ask of you is to read about it and reflect on it. Then ask yourself this question. If not you, then who.