Building With A Purpose!!!
During 2020, I will utilize the following three principles in Fraternity planning and initiatives.
- Improvement in Fraternity Services
- Greater Use of Technology
- Fraternal Growth and Expansion
Listed below are current efforts that will employ the principles above.
Planning is currently happening for the 2021 Conclave. The planning process not only includes entities mandated by the Fraternity's bylaws but increased participation from Regional Polari. The ultimate goal is to help produce an even more pleasurable experience for our Brotherhood and our guests. We plan to include the use of recently developed technological applications/services in such areas as registration and communication. Lastly, Regional Polari has provided input on a tentative geographic pattern for future Conclaves.
A yearly calendar will be available to increase interactions between Brothers and to allow for greater awareness of regional/chapter activities. As well, this calendar will list national events that Iota Phi Theta will participate in, such as the 55th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches, the Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC, and the Divine Nine Legislation Day in North Carolina. By putting together a yearly calendar, the hope is to better inform our members so that they can better prepare to support, engage, and react to events and special opportunities that come along.
Iota Leadership Conference (ILC)
The format and structure of ILC will comply with our bylaws to "…..serve as a forum for Fraternity leaders to receive training, certifications, review and develop leadership skills and enhance their understanding and practice of the Fraternity's principles and purpose."
Treasury and Financial Accountability
The International Grand Treasurer, the Assistant Grand Treasurer, and the Fraternity's accountant will continue to ensure generally accepted accounting principles are in place to produce enhanced practices and procedures that will continue to result in the Fraternity being in positive cash flow and meeting all financial responsibilities. We have successfully moved in the right direction and continue to look at methods for continuous improvement.
National Iota Foundation (NIF) and Iota Sweetheart, Incorporated (ISI)
We are also in a position to strengthen our relationships with our internal family. With this collaborative spirit, the NIF Chairman and I have regularly been meeting working on a better way to communicate and create events and programs that will support our goals and each other. This is also the case in regards to interactions with ISI. The ultimate goals are to ensure bi-directional communications are ongoing with the intent to hear the concerns and thoughts of both organizations, and the want for a clearer and better working relationship is apparent.
Above and most important, we want to provide good membership focus. Our administration understands that the bottom line is about the members of the organization. It's our members who make up our brand, culture, and resources. We will be looking and all the aspects of our Fraternity in which our members dwell within the Fraternity. Understanding that IOTA means many different things to many different brothers, we can't possibly get to them all. We want to start with the look and feel of our Fraternity, from our National and Regional websites to our Bylaws and protocols. We brought in some new directors and activated a social action chair. At first, some of these things are not going to be easy and some we may come up against some heavy resistance. Please note that whatever we do, it will be with the best intentions for the members and Fraternity. I want to thank each of the members of our administration and the members of our Fraternity. Our work is not done yet, we have a lot more to do, and I want to say appreciate you and the work you do.
Thank you, in Brotherhood
22nd International Grand Polaris
"Building with a Purpose"