Nick Drago (Oklahoma City University, Theta-Delta)
Times have certainly changed since we joined Lambda Chi all those years ago. I hope you will also agree that organizations which refuse to evolve with society will, no doubt, meet their end.
I can’t tell you how many nights as an active brother I’d lay awake in bed worrying about where our Fraternity was headed. Are we steering the ship in the right direction? How will the decisions we make today positively affect men ten years down the road? How do we make sure accountability remains our focus for each other, our associates, our officers, and our big Brothers?
To be honest, I still worry about these questions today.
Despite those sleepless nights, I’m thrilled to be part of a Brotherhood so committed to changing the status quo. Headquarters is doing an excellent job of strengthening relationships with actives. In my day, I’m sorry to say, we felt that if we heard from Indianapolis, we were likely in trouble … so, we distrusted headquarters and tried to keep our noses clean (it was probably just suspicion of an undergrad talking).
Today, our actives look forward to hearing from headquarters … and they do (almost weekly, in fact) thanks to the new chapter support model. In times as strange as these, they feel comfortable reaching out for guidance and continue to do so without fear of reprimand.
I’m proud to see, first-hand and at the highest levels, Fraternity and Foundation leadership taking seriously the challenges young men face today: from mental health and scholastics to physical well-being and professional skill-building.
Though challenging, this year has truly been a blessing to watch Lambda Chi chart a new path forward, while so many others choose the path more comfortable and worn. I feel fortunate to stand on what I know will be the right side of history. I only wish I could write Lambda Chi a blank check! God willing, I’ll have that opportunity one day.
Some say, “It’s a good day to be a Lambda Chi.” Though I would argue, every day is a good day to be a Lambda Chi! My renewed commitment to the Circle of Light is a demonstration of that belief, knowing that our leadership is actively answering the questions that kept me awake all those years ago. The Educational Foundation needs 1,000 donors, like you and me, at the Gold Level ($1,000 and above) to fully fund the Fraternity’s educational initiatives, repositioning Lambda Chi as a leader in the fraternal world.
We believed in our Brotherhood “back then.” It’s time to reaffirm our commitment now! From one donor to another, you and I are making possible even more reasons to say: “Every day is a good day to be a Lambda Chi.”
Yours in Zeta Alpha Chi,
Oklahoma City University ’03 (and Loyal LCA Supporter)
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