As National Vice President for Programs, it is my duty to work with the National Council to not only bolster our current programs and initiatives, but to develop new programs that will help our chapters thrive, flourish, and renew. After the 2018 Winter Council Meeting held in San Diego, California, the National Council has approved the Chapter Development Grant. This award, the first of its type, was created to promote leadership and chapter operations training for the brothers and band programs where chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi are located. This promotes the mission of the Fraternity by providing funds to bring one or more presenters to appropriate chapter events.
Chapter Development Grants can be used for topics inclusive of, but not limited to:
- Fiscal Operations (i.e. Budgeting, Managing Finances, Long and Short Range Planning, etc.)
- Officer Development Training (i.e. OMRS, Chapter Paperwork, etc.)
- Chapter and Membership Development (i.e. Brotherhood and Chapter Bonding, Meeting Etiquette, Building Relationships with Directors and Sponsors, Small Chapter Issues and Solutions, etc.)
- Membership (i.e. Recruitment and Retention, “Road to Wisdom”, Post Membership Education)
Another key component of the award is the reach and inclusion of chapters. The grants are awarded to events that utilize multiple chapter attendance from nearby areas in order to make the most of resources. For example, a chapter requesting a grant will need to make every effort to invite other nearby chapters (i.e. 150-mile radius) to attend. Each grant can be awarded for an amount equaling up to $1000.
It is our hope that chapters will take advantage of this grant in order to strengthen their foundations, bolster networking within their surrounding areas, and reinvigorate their membership. Please check the Kappa Kappa Psi website at www.kkpsi.org after March 15, 2018 for the application and more information under the PROGRAMS tab.
Dr. Nicholas Bratcher
National Vice President for Programs
Kappa Kappa Psi