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Beta Theta Pi

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Beta Theta Pi

    New Member

    Education Program

    “We have a great heritage. That has been established and is ours by inheritance. The question is, will we give ourselves to the fulfillment of our destiny as a great and good fraternity? The Beta heritage and

    the Beta destiny go hand in hand”

     Seth R. Brooks, April „53

    Table of Contents

    Part I: The Basics

    ; Welcome…………………………………………………………….3 ; Fall Calendar……………………………………………………..… 4 ; New Member Phone/E-mail List……………………………………5 ; Opening Meeting Agenda………………………………………..… 6 ; About You Worksheet……………………………………………….7 ; The Rules…………………………………………………………... 8

    Part II: Weekly Schedule

    ; Week 1…………………………………………………………….…9 ; Week 2……………………………………………………………….24 ; Week 3……………………………………………………………….37 ; Week 4……………………………………………………………….53 ; Week 5…………………………………………………………….…71 ; Week 6……………………………………………………………….90 ; Week 7……………………………………………………………….100

    Part III: Appendix

    A Sample Constitution…………………………………………111 B Sample By-Laws…………………………………………….115 C Lore Exam Answer Key….………………………………….126 D Beta Inspirationals…………………………………………...142 E Leadership Inspirationals…………………………………….150 F Local Chapter History (optional)

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    SAMPLE WELCOME NOTE

Dear__(pledge’s name)___,

    Congratulations once again and welcome to Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. You made an excellent decision in joining our brotherhood.

    A gentlemen by the name of Jim Rohn wrote this piece of advice and would like to share it with you. It is called:

The two choices we face

    Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less.

    To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation.

    And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can. All of us have the choice. To do or not to do. To be or not to be. To be all or to be less or to be nothing at all.

    Like the tree, it would be a worthy challenge for us all to stretch upward and outward to the full measure of our capabilities. Why not do all that we can, every moment that we can, the best that we can, for as long as we can?

    Our ultimate life objective should be to create as much as our talent and ability and desire will permit. To settle for doing less than we could do is to fail in this worthiest of undertakings.

    Results are the best measurement of human progress. Not conversation. No explanation. Not justification. Results! And if our results are less than our potential suggests that they should be, then we must strive to become more today than we were the day before. The greatest rewards are always reserved for those who bring great value to themselves and the world around them as a result of who and what they have become.

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    These wise words are a testament to what we can do here. This experience will be what we make it. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and I look forward to our future. Know that I am always here for you anytime.

Sincerely,

New Member Educator

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    Beta Theta Pi

     Calendar of Events

October Meeting Dates Location

    November Meeting Dates Location

    December Meeting Dates Location

January Meeting Dates Location

     Initiation Week Location

Attendance is mandatory at all meetings. Talk to New Member Educator if there is an academic

    or athletic conflict

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    Beta Theta Pi

    New Member Phone/E-mail List NamePhoneE-mail

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    WEEK 1

    New Member Orientation

AGENDA

10 minutes New member Ceremony Review

25 minutes ―About You‖ Activity

15 minutes Overview Men of Principle Mission, Vision and Goals & Activity

    40 minutes New Member period overview

    - New Member expectations

    - New Member point system & point tracking system

    - New Member Honor Code

    - Review of Constitution and By-Laws

    o Review of Chapter Dues

    o Review of Officer Positions

10 minutes Recognition by Council for Fraternity Affairs

    5 minutes Review Leadership Opportunities:

    - General Convention

    - The Institute Oxford, OH

    - UIFI Scholarships Indianapolis, IN

    - Futures Quest

    - Beta Wilderness Challenge Wasatch Mts., UT

5 minutes Discuss Study Guide #1

5 minutes Review letter to Parents

5 minutes Nominate/Volunteer/Elect a committee to establish this weeks

    brotherhood mid-week activity

    10 minutes Have men sign new member cards

30 minutes Song Practice Crew Song

2 hours 40 minutes

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    WEEK 1

    “About You”

Name

Birthday

I am from…

    What motivates you?

I have never been able to…

    If I have learned one thing in life thus far it is…

My most embarrassing moment…

My biography would be titled…

My proudest moment…

My greatest pet peeve…

My biggest fear in life…

The last good book I read…

My greatest strength…

My greatest weakness…

My biggest role model…

If I could have one wish…

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    The Rules

    Take care of yourself

    ;

    Take care of each other

    ;

    Take care of this place

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    WEEK 1

    New member Ceremony Review

Purpose

- To formally welcome the new member class into the chapter

Main Points

    - “From this day forward you are a part of an organization to which, by your conduct, you bring honor, or by your misconduct or failure, cause all of its members to suffer.”

     Discussion Question How may one of you bring failure or misconduct?

- Read The Bridge Builder Poem Again

     Discussion Question How does this poem apply to Beta Theta Pi?

- “The New member Button....is an eight-sided Grecian shield of white

    enamel...displaying three five-pointed stars of gold. The white enamel is symbolic of the pure and stainless shield, the unsullied escutcheon of Beta Theta Pi, while the gold connotes the refining power of friendship and service. As gold is refined from baser ores, so are you to be enriched by your service in the Fraternity.”

    - “The new member grip sets apart in significant intimacy your handclasp with your fellow new members and with your Beta friends...”

     Discussion Question Any additional thoughts or comments on the ceremony?

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