“Theta Chi For Life…”
Joining a fraternity isn’t like joining any other organization, having any other job, or participating in any other event. Joining a fraternity is making a promise among men; the same promise that the founders of the fraternity made to each other so long ago. It is a tie unbreakable by adversity, strife, disagreement, or time. That promise is something that unites men from every corner of the Earth who share the ideals and principles of the great men who have come before them. It is because of this bond that we share with every member of our brotherhood that the friendships, the memories, and the positive influence that Theta Chi has had on the community continue to resonate with today’s men. This is what makes Theta Chi Fraternity something men today want to be a part of.
Alumni are just as important as the active membership in Theta Chi because of all of these things. The continued involvement of alumni members is crucial to the success of many chapters, as it is a means of preserving the history, traditions, ideals, and lessons of the men who founded this great brotherhood. It is commonly said that members of Theta Chi are “Theta Chi For Life”; this saying holds true in many respects of an alumnus’s life.
An alumnus brother is a “Theta Chi For Life” in the sense that they will always be part of the history of our chapter. Phi chapter realizes the impact that the men who came before us have made every day; every time we step into our house, we know it is a home that brothers had built for us. We realize that those who came before us have kept the house in a state that we may now live in it. We recognize the 11 Howard R. Alter Awards for Chapter Excellence that we have as a sign that the men who were before us have also built us the reputation we have as a nationally recognized chapter. Our historic house is full of a history that serves as a constant reminder that as it once was a home for alumni, is currently a home for the active membership, and will continue to be a home for the men to come, it is “The House That Brotherhood Built”.
They are a “Theta Chi For Life” because of the ties that they always have with their brothers. The second paragraph of the Creed of Theta Chi reads: “It Inspires True Friendship”. This is true of any man who is a brother- they are a part of an 1900+ deep brotherhood of men from Phi Chapter and an over 170,000+ internationally-linked brotherhood of men from all over the continent who have the love and respect for each other that is only shared between brothers of our fraternity. Events like our annual Pig Banquet allow a chance for these men to come back to the place that they once lived and reconnect with old friends and begin new friendships with the active chapter.
They are a “Theta Chi For Life” in the sense that the spirit of the helping hand shall continue to be a motto that they can hold themselves to for the rest of their life. It’s never too late in one’s life to help someone, or make a difference in one’s world. Now more than ever, when the world is constantly changing and the news is a constant reminder of the injustices and hurt in the world today, can the men of Theta Chi extend a helping hand and make a difference. The work that the active chapter does should be a testimony to the work that alumni have done in the almost 100 year history of Phi Chapter, and over 150 year history of Theta Chi Fraternity. Alumni continue to help the active chapter in the form of financial support, active involvement in alumni council roles, and in their continued encouragement and relations with the chapter.
If you are an Alumnus visiting this page, Thank You. It is because of you this great brotherhood has been shared with myself, and every other brother who has become a Theta Chi. Here you will find links to stay connected via email to other brothers, update your contact information, news about Homecoming and Pig Banquet, and other events that are in the near future.
The Bridge Builder
Anold man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim, near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.”
“This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”
–Will Allen Dromgoole