It is hard to believe that it is almost Thanksgiving! Where did the fall term go? The national council met last week and wanted to be sure brothers around the country knew what we have been up to over the past few months. The update in September was well received, and our goal is to publish a council update every other month going forward. Below you can see some of what the council has been tackling.
Also, as the holidays and finals are fast approaching, the national council hopes that you have safe travels and a successful end of term!
Zac Humphrey, National Vice President for Student Affairs
National Council Updates
Jack Lee, National President – firstname.lastname@example.org
Have regional premieres (each district) of the commissioned piece “Of Blood and Stone”
- Jack, along with National Vice President for Professional Relations Dr. Douglas Stotter, National Executive Director Steve Nelson, and Tau Beta Sigma Vice President for Professional Relations Beth Bronk have been working diligently to ensure that we have “regional premieres” of the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma commissioned piece Of Blood and Stone that was premiered at the 2015 National Convention. Currently we have a handful scheduled, but we are working to finalize the remaining. This list will be publicized to the entire membership on the website as well as advertised in major band publications.
Changes within the Kappa Kappa Psi Governor Corps
- All governor positions are filled, and there are no intentions of additional changes in the Fraternity’s governor corps this biennium. Jack is pleased to welcome Mr. John Leonard to the national leadership team as one of the Northeast District Governors. Mr. Leonard is currently the associate director of bands at Northeastern University located in Boston, MA. He is eager to get started and is excited to begin this journey within Kappa Kappa Psi.
Review the Fraternity’s presence at Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and State Music Educators Association Meetings
- National Executive Director Steve Nelson, Tau Beta Sigma National President Kathryn Kelly, and Jack have been working to finalize the details of the Fraternity and Sorority’s presence at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. We will have a strong contingency from Kappa Kappa Psi that will include Jack, VP for Colonization and Membership Evan Thompson, and VP for Professional Relations Dr. Douglas Stotter. While at Midwest we will work to promote the National Intercollegiate Band, make valuable connections with directors across the country, and help spread the mission, vision and values of our fraternity.
History and Archives Committee Special Project
- Jack has been working with the History and Archives team to establish the plausibility of a special project that would involve digitizing much of the Fraternity’s historical documents. Our hope is for this project to come to fruition and enable chapters across the country to have access to historical documents – possibly chapters’ petitioning documents – for resources and membership education purposes.
Fraternity Employee Retirement Plan
- With the help of many individuals on the national leadership team, the Fraternity and Sorority are now providing a 401K retirement plan for our National Headquarters employees. Jack signed the official document on behalf of a unanimous national council vote authorizing National Executive Director Steve Nelson to allow the fraternity to formally offer this to our employees.
Stillwater Property Renovations
- Jack has also been working closely with Steve Nelson on fraternity properties relating to the necessary renovations and updates. The roof has been replaced at the CFR Duck Street House and the window replacement at National Headquarters is in progress.
Evan Thompson, National Vice President for Colonization and Membership – email@example.com
- Gamma Eta at New Mexico State University was installed on November 15, 2015.
- Evan is collecting forms/fees and planning pre-installation visits for Illinois/UC, Illinois/Chicago, and East Tennessee.
- Evan is also creating a new colonization application that will be available on the website November 15, 2015. Many thanks to Robert Bratcher for his work on this project!
- Unfortunately, there are several chapters that have failed to meet their financial obligations with the Fraternity. Evan, Jack, and our National Headquarters staff have been working with chapters to rectify these situations. Any chapter that fails to submit payment for membership dues on time and with the required signatures and documentation may be placed on suspension, which means no chapter activities may occur.
- Evan sent emails to every chapter Vice President of Membership or Membership Educator offering assistance. If you have not received an email please contact me!
- Evan met with the Curriculum Development Committee to review recommendations made by active members from the 2015 Colonization & Membership Committee. The committee’s plan is to present information and updates to members during the 2016 district convention cycle.
- National Chapter and Colony Education Coordinator Yvonne Daye and Evan designed an investigation protocol document that has been reviewed by members of the National Leadership and Headquarters Staff. The document was set for an October release, but leadership was in agreement that the document be reviewed by our legal team.
- Evan is continuing our work with chapters on discipline status to complete requirements and build a healthy, successful culture.
- Evan met with Dr. Kirk Randazzo (Professor of Political Science and Director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative, University of South Carolina) to discuss current trends in leadership development and future plans for a new fraternity leadership initiative. More to come in Spring 2016.
Marco Krcatovich, National Vice President for Programs – firstname.lastname@example.org
Month of Musicianship
- In progress! The council will do an evaluation at the end of the month to see how it went overall and see which chapters lived up to the fraternity challenge of FOUR events in the month.
- Be sure to take a look at the incredible stories posted on Kappa Kappa Psi’s social media channels around the month of musicianship!
Awards, Programs, and Website Updates
- The National Council will be reviewing all of the new documents, resources, and processes at our Winter Council Meeting and all approved changes will go into effect soon after. Stay tuned for a lot of changes to improve our national website!
- KKPsi.org needs regular updates and revisions to best serve our brothers, the community and college bands, and the time has come again to do some cleaning. Marco will be announcing in mid-December a contest for suggesting changes to content, finding mistakes, and suggesting new material and resources for the website.
Creation and development of new fraternal resources
- Marco is working on creating a strategic planning page for the national website.
- He will also be creating some new chapter and national documents that are effectively FAQs on items like the Fraternity Budget, Chapter Leadership Speakers, and suggesting updates for the National Constitution. As each is completed, Marco will be contacting the brotherhood to let you know it is available and adding them to the website and Podium Online.
Zac Humphrey, National Vice President for Student Affairs – email@example.com
Kappa Kappa Psi Presents Update
- Zac has hosted three Kappa Kappa Psi Presents sessions since September. These sessions have covered the OMRS, chapter financial planning, and active continuing membership education. While participation has been lacking at times, the most recent session had over 30 brothers in attendance. The conversations and fellowship have been great, and Zac is looking for ways to continue to improve this program’s efficacy. A special thanks goes to National Alumni Historical and Development Coordinator Aaron Moore, Board of Trustee member Danny George, and National Chapter and Colony Education Coordinator Yvonne Daye for their participation as co-hosts for these conversations.
District Officer Collaboration
- Zac has hosted three monthly meetings that have been open to all district officers. These conversations provided the officers a space to ask questions and share the work they are doing in their district with other district leadership. It has been awesome to see the work that is going on on a district level and it is great to see the brothers reaching across district lines for feedback and ideas.
- Zac participated in the Western District #SuckersforService Online Hangout. It was a combined effort between Google Hangouts and Twitter to share all manners of experiences and questions relating to service.
- During the November 13-15 weekend, Zac traveled to West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, for a weekend of fellowship and learning. He lead a conversation that looked at why brothers joined the fraternity and what keeps bringing them back. NED Governor Marie Burleigh and NED President Alex Thompson also lead conversations on page 50 of the ritual and on speaking up and engaging as an active member of the chapter, regardless of age. It was a successful venture, and he looks forward to seeing more events like this in the future.
- Zac has skyped into Gamma Nu and Kappa Iota’s prospective member classes. In doing so, he introduced himself and more generally the national council to the candidates and gave overviews of the work that the national council does throughout the biennium.