Welcome! Congratulations for being elected as the Vice President of Membership for your chapter. This is both an honor bestowed and a privilege granted. Your role in educating the Membership Candidates of your chapter is one of the most important responsibilities of any position in the Fraternity, as you are developing the future leaders of your chapter.
Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity has created the National Membership Education Program: The Road to Wisdom to assist chapters in developing and delivering the best educational experience possible. Membership Candidates will learn about the values and beliefs of Kappa Kappa Psi through your guidance as Vice President of Membership and the use of this program. The Road to Wisdom is the foundation of building a positive life-long Brotherhood experience.
The purpose of The Road to Wisdom is to ensure that each future Brother, regardless of initiating chapter, is receiving the same national standard of education and training. Kappa Kappa Psi strongly believes in a period of education for individuals to become familiar with the structure, organization, and history of the Fraternity. This should be a period of positive encouragement with the objectives of reaffirming fraternal values, developing leadership skills and other talents, and identifying the responsibilities and benefits of membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.
Throughout the Vice President of Membership Teaching Manual and the Membership Candidate Guidebook, the Vice President of Membership (VPM) is the primary instructor of this Program. The VPM should involve the Chapter Sponsor and Director of Bands in the membership education program, and inform them of all activities. The VPM can also create a membership committee to assist in coordinating and facilitating the education of Membership Candidates.
Kappa Kappa Psi recognizes many chapters have traditions within its membership activities. This program is mandatory for the education of Membership Candidates and must be treated as such. The content provided in the lessons cannot be removed or altered, but approved activities can be added to enhance the overall program, as long as the activities align with the values of our Ritual, Risk Management Policies of Kappa Kappa Psi, and your college or university policies. Any additions to this program should be done in consultation with your assigned Curriculum Advisor and District Governors.
The Road to Wisdom is a blueprint for excellence. We hope this program teaches the fundamentals of being an effective member of Kappa Kappa Psi, so that the chapter and the Fraternity might enjoy the future leadership of all who take the journey.