1 Month to October LEAD

Several members of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi have already registered to attend the Indianapolis LEAD School October 26. Although the early registration deadline has already passed, normal registration is still open to attend this event.

RVP Kirstie notes that as of 9/25 there are 374 people registered for LEAD in Indianapolis. And as of 9/18, the Indianapolis LEAD had the highest registration numbers out of all 5 LEADs.

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Photo from the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel website. Out the window you can partially see the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Friday is trivia night. As people arrive Friday evening, there will be trivia, meeting brothers, having fun, prizes, etc.

Saturday’s events kick off with a keynote from Clive, Iowa’s own Adam Carroll of National Financial Educators.

Breakout sessions include:
Events to Remember: Service/Professional/Fundraising
What You Need to Know–Risk Management, Insurance and Conduct
Resume Critique
Leadership Styles-What Type of Leader Are You?
Email & Netiquette
Ritual-The Right Way
Why Your Friends Matter
Deltasig Online: Hub/CMP/Social Media
Conflict Management & Confrontation Skills
Alumni & VPARs Unite!
Tapping Your Subconscious
Strengthening Member Loyalty
Dorm Room Entrepreneur
Recruitment Boot Camp
Meetings Everyone Will Want to Attend
Interview With Ease

While some of these appear clearly geared towards collegiate brothers, others sound very appropriate for alumni. Don’t forget that Saturday lunch is included with your registration and you can chat with representatives of the Leadership Foundation as well as check out the community service opportunities (more on that below) all day.

As you start preparing for the North Central LEAD in Indianapolis keep Community Service in mind. This is “Make a Difference Day” weekend and organizers are shooting for 100% chapter participation with a variety of different events for you to participate to support both our Provincial and National initiatives.

Provincial Initiative – American Heart Association
The North Central is going RED. Wear something RED for the business sessions to show support and raise awareness.
Buy a Red Dress pin for $5.
Stop by the Community Service table to make a pledge to improve your health.

National Initiative – Ronald McDonald House
Start saving pop tabs and bring them to LEAD for a chapter contest.

Happy Hour in Exile

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The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its monthly happy hour Tuesday at Exile Brewing Company. “Betty” was the most popular beer ordered by the six brothers and one guest in attendance. Many beers and several burgers were consumed Tuesday evening as conversation bounced around from exciting tales of the weekend before (Iowa/Iowa State football game) to summer travels in Europe.
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After one brother escaped the happy hour (allegedly having paid for fewer beers than she actually consumed) a second brother was surprised to find those beers made their way onto his tab! After this second brother made his case to the server that the number of beers on his tab was inflated, the server graciously removed the extra pints. This second brother will be mindful of his tab at next month’s happy hour. Perhaps we shall brush up on our business ethics at next month’s happy hour as well!

Overall, a good time was had by all those in attendance Tuesday. After the happy hour several members of the leadership team as well as brothers in attendance brainstormed ideas and events for the future. Be sure to check the calendar page to see what exciting things are coming up.

On Monday, Phil (of the alumni chapter) attended a recruitment week even held by the Drake chapter on the Drake campus. Having accepted the invitation from the Drake chapter to participate in the kick-off “Meet the Chapter” event, Phil was treated to mocktails, networking with Drake collegiates, and talking about the benefits of Delta Sigma Pi from the alumni perspective to potential new members.
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Phil thought the event went pretty well as many brothers were doing a good job recruiting and there seemed to be a large number of potential new members interested in discovering more information about Delta Sigma Pi. Phil’s perception of the mocktails was that the strawberry one was really sweet and the other one was a bit sour. He found both refreshing and satisfying.

Greater Des Moines Partnership Survey
Open through Friday, the Greater Des Moines Partnership Human Capital Survey, in collaboration with Character Counts in Iowa and the Institute for Excellence & Ethics, wants to know how our residents feel about living and working in Central Iowa. The purpose of this survey is to determine how embedded our residents are in the community and workplace based on your level of connectedness to people, place and purpose. The results of this survey will provide direction to community and business leaders in Central Iowa to determine what more needs to be done to improve the quality and quantity of life in Central Iowa.
Please consider investing 15 minutes of your time taking this survey.

Sept. Happy Hour 9/17, and Other Things Coming Up

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter’s September Happy Hour is coming up Tuesday, September 17. The (new/updated) location for this event is Exile Brewing Co. (1514 Walnut Street (downtown) Des Moines, IA 50309). The scheduled hours of this happy hour are 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Our happy hours are casual, free-flowing events. Stop by for the whole time or just a few minutes, it’s up to you. We’ll most likely grab a larger table or stake out an area of the establishment to park up and socialize. Look for some Deltasig T-shirts lying around and a clipboard… that’s us. While we may appear to be a raucous and intimidating bunch, believe it or not we want to meet new faces and welcome others into our party.

Towards the end of the happy hour Tuesday (maybe 6:30? or 7 pm?) the elected leadership is going to do a little planning and take care of some chapter business. Brothers at the happy hour are welcome to hang out and listen in/participate in this meeting. If meetings aren’t your thing, feel free to keep on socializing.

Drake Recruiting:
Central Iowa alums have been invited to one of the Drake chapter’s recruiting events. A “Meet the Chapter” “Mocktails” event is Monday, September 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Parent’s Hall South on the Drake campus. Tom asks alumni to RSVP if they plan on attending (details in a 6/30 FB post). The dress code is business casual.

Fall LEAD:
Registration for the Indianapolis fall LEAD will soon get more expensive. The October 26 LEAD School at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Center will cost $45 if you are registered by 9/17. After that date, registration increases to $65 per person.

Plug for the 2013 Greater Des Moines Volunteer Fair:
If you are looking to connect with or find an opportunity to volunteer with a local non-profit, attend this event. The Young Professionals Connection of Des Moines is hosting the 5th annual Volunteerism Fair Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Jasper Winery. Feel free to share your ideas with us about philanthropic events that would be a good fit for our alumni chapter.

NEW – Alumni Chapter Recognition Program

Delta Sigma Pi has implemented a new Alumni Recognition Program. Similar to the tiers for collegiate chapters, alumni chapters now have a program to benchmark their activity and achievements. Whereas collegiate chapters can be an Accredited Chapter, a Chapter of Recognition, or a Chapter of Excellence, alumni chapters can be recognized as Bronze, Silver, or Gold.

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“The Alumni Chapter Recognition Program was developed to encourage alumni chapters to move beyond basic franchising requirements of alumni chapters and recognize those alumni chapters that do. Criteria used in the Alumni Chapter Recognition Program are also designed to benefit the membership of the alumni chapters who participate.” – Alumni Chapter Recognition Program Guide

Approved March 1, 2013 by the Board of Directors, the program went into effect 7/1/13 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

“The Alumni Chapter Recognition Program is another avenue for alumni chapters to promote leadership, enrich programming, enhance communication with their membership and receive recognition for their efforts. While many items were considered in the development of the Alumni Chapter Recognition Program, the criteria chosen for the program will help strengthen your alumni chapter and the Fraternity as a whole.” – Alumni Chapter Recognition Program Guide

Bronze Criteria

(1.) Communicate at least 4 times a year with its members
(2.) Have at least 4 events per year including:
One Chapter Meeting each fiscal year (at which a quorum of not less than 25% of the membership shall be present for the purpose of electing officers)
One Community Service Event
One Co-Sponsored event with a Collegiate Chapter(s)
One Recruiting Event or New Member Orientation
(3.) Make a chapter donation of any amount to the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation and promote the Leadership Foundation to chapter members

Silver Criteria

(1.) Communicate at least 6 times a year with its members
(2.) Have at least 6 events per year including:
All Bronze Criteria Events
And at least 2 of the following Silver events:
One Professional Activity (i.e. speaker, company tour, career event)
One Founders’ Day (on November 7 or within 7 days) or Alumni Day event (on April 25 or within 7 days)
One Family and Friends Event (a family friendly activity)
One Professional Workshop for Collegiate Brothers (or a collegiate/alumni mentoring program with a kick-off event)
(3.) Make a chapter donation of any amount to the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation and promote the Leadership Foundation to chapter members
(4.) At least two of the required chapter officers must become a Tier 1 Certified Deltasig Leader
(5.) The chapter by way of the Vice President-Collegiate Relations will support at least the collegiate chapters in their region by contacting all the Vice President-Alumni Relations at least once in the fall term and at least once in the spring term.
(6.) At least 10% of your membership should be within five years of their graduation date/date of separation from the collegiate chapter

Gold Criteria

(1.) Communicate at least 12 times a year with its members
(2.) Have at least 9 events per year including:
All Bronze Criteria Events
All Silver Criteria Events
And 1 additional event of the alumni chapter’s choice
(3.) Make a chapter donation of any amount to the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation and promote the Leadership Foundation to chapter members
(4.) All four of the required chapter officers must become a Tier 1 Certified Deltasig Leader and at least two of the required alumni chapter officers must become a Tier 2 Certified Deltasig Leader.
(5.) The chapter by way of the Vice President-Collegiate Relations will support at least the collegiate chapters in their region by contacting all the Vice President-Alumni Relations at least once in the fall term and at least once in the spring term.
(6.) At least 10% of your membership should be within five years of their graduation date/date of separation from the collegiate chapter
(7.) Submit a chapter planning and operations report
(8.) Assist in the development of other alumni chapters by completing 3 of the following actions and report it accordingly:
Contacting another alumni chapter to share common goals and concerns and create a joint action
plan.
Mentoring at least one other alumni chapter and their officers.
Set-up a joint alumni chapter leadership training workshop/program.
Sharing best practices through submission of entries for the Alumni Chapter Best Practices
Manual.
Participating in a regional or provincial meeting with alumni chapters to share common goals and
concerns.
Participating in an alumni chapter round table at a LEAD event or Grand Chapter Congress.

Adam attended a session and got some info about this program while at GCC. He comments that the silver level is what most chapters could and should achieve. It appears our chapter is very close to achieving Silver.

What tier level should we shoot for? Is this program something our chapter should take seriously or blow off altogether? We will be discussing a plan of action, designing and executing events throughout the rest of the year. Let us know how you feel our chapter fits into this recognition model and what specific program criteria you feel passionate about leading or participating in.