By Paul Manly, Expansion Counselor
May 3, 2012 - Over the course of one year, I have learned a lot. I have studied the art of recruitment and explaining why what we do is so important. Advocating for fraternalism at more than eight college campuses and enhancing the worth of belonging to Sigma Tau Gamma has been the opportunity of a lifetime. Recently, I was honored to serve the fraternity and sorority community as an ambassador at the North American Interfraterity Conference Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. This was the capstone course for my first year on staff.
The annual meeting serves to foster an environment for communication between national fraternities and the NIC, and allows for select undergraduates and professionals to lobby for the fraternity movement on Capitol Hill. Currently, the big issue is the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA). Alumni are able to make tax-deductible donations to fraternity foundations for use in many areas. However, if an alumni wishes to make a donation to an individual chapter, in order for it to be tax deductible, the funds can only be used for educational purposes.
Some fraternity and sorority houses out there have a living space, bathrooms or kitchens in poor or dangerous conditions. Having excellent study areas and libraries is important, but having safe living quarters should not be overlooked. By making these donations tax deductible, more alumni would be encouraged to benefit their chapters and provide a safer and nicer home to their undergraduate brothers and sisters.
My goal was to approach this experience with as much excitement and curiosity as possible, and to learn from people. I met with some of the movers and shakers of the fraternity movement and discussed the true spirit of fraternalism. The fraternity community is excited for Sigma Tau Gamma for the recent successes and strides it has made to further its impact. I am honored to have been selected for this incredible experience, and I'm excited to use the information I have collected in my work for Sigma Tau Gamma.
Paul Manly, Epsilon Rho ‘11