To all alumni, brothers, and community members,
It’s an amazing feeling to say that as of Convention in August we are the official Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi International fraternity. This is a great achievement for our growing chapter as we are now full voting members of our international fraternity. With this we had a great deal of momentum heading into the Fall ’18 semester and acquired 19 new brothers through our rush process. With 48 active brothers and a new executive board taking charge this spring semester, I am confident we are on track to continue this momentum into rush this semester and well into the future.
Dave Jilk (an alumnus from the MIT chapter) as well as our recent graduates have been working very hard and have put together a housing corporation for us that will control our housing needs at the chapter house starting this upcoming fall. This is a huge step forward for us to be able to fill our housing needs without the complications of working through a management company. The board has been set up with Keagan Vernon as president, Nick Wilkas as vice president, Dave Jilk as treasurer, and Jefferey Switzer as secretary. This is and will be an essential tool for the chapter to get advice and support from our local and dedicated alumni.
We have kept a brother involved with the IFC since our founding starting with Thomas Cheesman and now continuing with Edgar Mendoza as Director of Recruitment. This means he oversees organizing rush for the entire IFC community which is a great position for our chapter to be in as we continue to grow. We will look to keep this tradition as it puts us in a desirable position with the IFC and with rush.
This spring semester we will host the third annual philanthropy golf tournament on April 7th. We are working to grow our philanthropy efforts in the community and the golf tournament has been a great starting off point to get our name out in the Boulder community. This semester the tournament proceeds will go to the benefit of UNICEF. Also, we are continuing with our semesterly yard clean ups through Cultivate. Cultivate is an NGO in Boulder that organizes yard work volunteering for the disabled and elderly that have a hard time getting their yards ready for winter and summer. I look forward to establishing a reoccurring annual fall philanthropy this upcoming fall with the help of our new philanthropy chair Imraan Shivji to establish us in Boulder as community activists.
As president and a founding father of this chapter my goals revolve around creating a transfer package for the next leadership. I would like to make a package that explains the roles and responsibilities for each position clearly so that the fraternity positions and traditions will last in perpetuity. Other goals I have are to introduce payment for executive positions for the next leadership to incentives our best brother to go for the top positions, locate a new chapter house with enough room to host our chapter in, and to establish an executive retreat location for the summer this upcoming summer that boards can use in the future.
We are excited for this coming year to step into a new stage of the fraternity. Crossing the 50 brother mark will cause chapter to be able to establish traditions that will last into the future and start to shape who we will be as a prominent fraternity on campus. This is an exciting time to be an Alpha Delt at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Br. Andrew Durham, RKMT ’19