I write this piece in reflection of my own fraternities Founder’s Day. It happened recently and I was moved by all of the posts, memories, pictures, and more being shared on social media as we reflect on what our Founders did all those years ago.
Founder’s Days are important. They ground us in the organizations we join. They remind us why we exist. We have celebrations on surviving another year, we are congratulated by friends and other FSL members who notice, and if you are anything like me you feel an intense emotional connection to those men or women who created this special place for you all those years ago.
So then I have to ask, what about the rest of the year. I see hundred’s of posts on that one day announcing our pride in our values to the world, the joy in our motto, but what about the rest of the year.
I say this in way of bringing another challenge for myself and for those of you who are sick of seeing the negative things about fraternities and sororities in the news. I challenge you to post, write, say out loud, or your own personal item you values every day. When you get up, do it. When you end your day, do it.
These words are meant to matter and be eternal. You should know them and if they stir those emotions in you, say so. Don’t let others trample those for you. And if you didn’t join for those values, I have a request for you as well: stop calling yourself a fraternity, a sorority member.