November Message from the Governing Council
Football games, homecoming weekend, parents weekend, changing leaves, and cooler, crisper days all signal fall on campuses around the country. Most fall recruiting chapters have completed their recruitments and are well into the New Member period. This is the time we nurture our New Members as they learn about the sisterhood that is Chi Omega. The G.M. is in charge of the program for New Members but the entire chapter must take responsibility also. How do we do this? We:
- Welcome each New Member into the sisterhood making certain there is full integration with all chapter members.
- Live the New Member program that promotes lessons on sisterhood, friends, values, expectations, academics, service, honor, integrity and much more.
- Make sure each new member takes time to study and focus on academics. Our goal is academic excellence that leads to initiation of all new members on time.
- Adhere to the agenda and activities outlined in the Membership Education program, paying particular attention to the revelation of Big/Little Sisters.
- Ensure that each New Member is engaged through participation in the Cardinal Cabinet. A New Member serves on the same Cardinal Cabinet team as her Big Sister.
- Review Chi Omega's policies, particularly those regarding human dignity, hazing and alcohol. The safety of our members is of utmost importance and is the reason for these requirements.
- Nominate a truly outstanding New Member for a chance to be the Supreme Governing Council Model Initiate at Convention 2010, an honor for the New Member and her chapter.
- Promote fun in everything we do!
For chapters without New Members this semester, now is the perfect time to plan for a seamless integration after spring recruitment so that the next G.M. has everything in place for the spring New Members.
Slating for the next generation of chapter officers is on the horizon. Begin thinking about who has the qualifications to serve as the next G.M. Consider the skill set needed to excel as the chapter leader who will be entrusted with educating the next class of New Members.
Upholding the six purposes of Chi Omega enrich the lives of each sister. When sisters come together, united with common principles and resolve, success is assured.
Jane Tankersley, S.M.
National Alumnae Officer