As you get ready to attend the 2015 Western States session, take the following tips for what and what not to pack.
Keep in mind your attendance at the session is governed by our Code of Conduct, which states that you will behave like a True Gentleman at all times. (more…)
Our attendees will be Well Prepared to achieve their goals once they return to their chapters and their campus communities. We believe that the Western States experience does not end after the closing session, and our curriculum is designed to give practical tips to our attendees while encouraging them to talk to their peers from different chapters, the Fraternity’s realm-wide leadership and the world-class faculty we’ve assembled.
Our attendees will be Well Versed in the traditions, values and ritual that our Fraternity enjoys. Our curriculum will have special classes on the meaning and nature of our ritual and insignia, and we will perform a mock initiation for all of our initiated attendees on Friday evening. Attendees will have the chance to participate in one of the largest initiation ceremonies our Fraternity performs in the West, highlighting the grandeur and honor that our initiation ceremony commands.
Our attendees will be Well Educated on how to pass along their knowledge of the Fraternity and of life to their fellow brothers. As we grow as a Fraternity in a post-new member era, our curriculum will enable chapters’ member educators and those responsible for implementing the True Gentleman Experience to perform their duties and to pass down the traditions that started in 1856, all in an environment that fosters brotherhood and unity across the entire chapter, not just small cliques or groups.
Our attendees will be Well Disciplined and will be their brothers’ keeper. We are facing a time when the slightest slip-up could be costly for a chapter’s reputation (and charter), and our curriculum will cover topics ranging from member discipline to crisis management. Our program will also highlight the strong partnership with have with the Fraternal Health & Safety Initiative (FHSI) to fight the most pressing social issues facing college campuses today: sexual and relationship misconduct, binge drinking and hazing. Having these honest conversations with ourselves will help us break free from the old traditions that have kept our chapters down and defeated.