Apr. 25th, 2005 @ 12:30 am
After almost ten long, frustrating (and somewhat fruitless) years as a college-based chapter affiliated @ California State University, Northridge-- north of Los Angeles-- the Alpha Omicron Chapter were at a crossroads @ tonight's mtg. Following a disappointing RUSH this Spring, AO would fall under the mandated "Eight Active" minimum guideline that goes into effect by Natl. Convention in July.
So, tonight we voted to decide the fate of the AO Chapter:
To, either close the Chapter down due to a lack of interest/increasing burnout @ our home school, or to petition the Natl. Board to become a "Community-based" Chapter here in the Northridge/San Fernando Valley area.
The remaining Bros. have decided to go Community-based.
Now, the real work of re-vamping the AO Chapter into a community-based entity is about to begin.
Any feedback/comments-- especially those from any community chapters-- would be greatly appreciated.
|Date:||April 25th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)|| |
One key thing is to make sure you have a variety of Rush events that are not all bar/club-oriented. That, and advertise the hell out of stuff. If you have a local gay paper with a community events listing, make sure you put the rush events in there. Put up flyers in any gay or gay-friendly establishment that will let you do so.
Don't forget to "reach back" to your roots. Maybe some people at Northridge will see a different mix of rushees when you go out into the community and be interested when they weren't when it was just the campus.
I'm glad you guys are trying to keep going as a community-based chapter rather than closing down.
I'd say, whatever it takes. But that's just me. I'm a huge optomist. :o)
|Date:||April 25th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanx for some of the(sobering)input, but the other Bros. (and not just myself)have decided to keep it open rather than allowing to die. And, after talking to the various board members, it gonna be hard push. So, we'll see where this goes. Hopefully, the Chapter will thrive because of it.
Our chapter also decided to leave IFC and the campus and become a multi-campus chapter. Personally, I think they'd have better luck going community-based, but they are going to give it a try. The problem with the campus-based chapters is the extremely limited pool that you have to work from. And with our being on IFC, there were even more restrictions as to who could be a member.
I know with Kent State, we have one other gay organization on campus, that only has about 20 members that show up all the time, if that. of those, half are women, and of the remaining men, many are opposed to the very idea of the greek system. it's no small wonder that out last pledge class was only one member, and this semester we didn't have one. The basic problem is that a lot of the out gay community hates the greeks, and the "progressive" straight guys who might join also dislike the greek community. And of course the greeks hate us. Behind the smiles and handshakes, I hear what they say when the don't know that one of us is around. I've been out of the public eye for long enough now that a lot of the new guys don't know who I am, so they say shit around me they won't say when they know someone's listening.
AM was community based as well. When you go community based you do risk scaring off your core audience of college students. I know we lost a lot of potential college students because the older crowd we were drawing who in some cases were participating for the wrong reasons. Good luck
That is one of the toughest things about being community-based is trying to decide who is rushing/pledging for the right reasons. That's why we have several "layers" to decide whether someone should continue or not in the program before Initiation.
More often than not, though, the "bad seeds" tend to flame themselves out and drop out of the pledge process. C'est la vie.
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