Starting A Fraternity
When I came to Drake University I was looking to join one of their Fraternities. Within the first 3 weeks, two men came up to me and started talking to me about a new Fraternity coming to the campus Phi Delta Theta. They said that they were looking for at least 25 people who wanted to be a part of Greek life on campus but in a different way. If we joined we would get the title “Founding Father” in our Fraternity. This means that we were the ones that started the Fraternity at the campus. I decided to sign with them as the 7th member of the new Fraternity. Within the next few weeks, we had 25 members and made it a Colony. Here is the article for when it happened, https://www.phideltatheta.org/2018/10/phi-delta-theta-returns-to-drake-university-with-colonization-of-iowa-delta/. Although this was great we still had a long way to go to become a Chapter and be a full Fraternity at the Campus. We now needed to get 45 members and have enough service hours for GHQ (General Head Quarters) to make us a Chapter. As of January 2019, we had 28 men in our Fraternity and we went down about 5 guys because they graduated in December of 2018. So now we had only 23 men and needed to build up to 45 men in our Fraternity.
In the Greek life community, there are specific times that Fraternities and Sororities can have people join. For us, however, we could open a bid, meaning we could ask someone to join our Fraternity at any point in the semester. But for Greek life in general it is always harder to recruit people in the spring because of people. First years, are either in a Greek life organization or are choosing to wait another year because they are doing other things with their time in college. The first years are the Greek lives biggest Target Market because they are new to campus and are looking for things to join at with people where they really know few people. This is why it was harder for our Fraternity at the beginning of turning into a colony to even get back up to 28 men. But we eventually got up to 34 men by the end up 2019 Fall Rush week at Drake. Finally, by the end of 2020 Spring Rush, we were up to 43 men and we had amazing service hours plus good grades that our GHQ passed us to become a full Chapter at Drake University. Sadly we were going to have our commencement after the Drake Relays but when COVID-19 hit we had to cancel it. But while that is sad we are now officially going to become a Chapter at Drake University and the Fraternity will be a full part of Greek life around the world.
For more information on our Fraternity https://www.phideltatheta.org/ is the best place since it is set up by our GHQ. https://www.phideltatheta.org/about/ this is the about page for easier access to learning the whole reason Phi Delta Theta exists.