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Volunteers help make Phi Delta Theta Great
Province Presidents – Our Regional Volunteers
The chapters of the Fraternity are divided into geographical subdivisions called provinces. Each province is assigned a president who is a Phi Delta Theta alumnus volunteering his service to the Fraternity. The Province President is appointed to a two-year term of office by the General Council subject to the approval of the chapters in the respective area.
The role of the Province President is to serve as a deputy of the General Council in safeguarding the welfare of the Fraternity in the section committed to his care. The Province President appoints chapter advisory board chairmen, assists in the expansion of the Fraternity in his area, works alongside the Leadership Consultant in the region, and makes visits to each chapter when necessary to work with the chapter and volunteer officers.
Every two years, Phi Delta Theta’s volunteers gather at the General Officers Conference (GOC) to discuss the health and well being of the Fraternity. Education and discussion is the bedrock of the GOC.
Chapter Advisory Boards
Phi Delta Theta is always looking for men and women who have the desire and willingness to share their expertise and background with the undergraduate brothers of Phi Delta Theta. Since 2010, the Fraternity has increased its number of chapter advisory board members by 145%.
Over the years the singular Chapter Adviser at a chapter has evolved into a Chapter Advisory Board, and the distribution of responsibilities has been spread out throughout a committee structure. The Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) commonly includes a Chapter Advisory Board Chairman, a financial adviser, a recruitment adviser, an academic adviser, an alumni relations adviser, a facilities manager, and a faculty adviser. The individuals making up the CAB usually meet once a month independently of the chapter and spend the majority of their individual time working with the specific chapter officer that matches their responsibilities.
The Chapter Advisory Board is usually made up of alumni from that specific chapter and other Phi Delts who live in the surrounding community. However, an increasing number of Chapter Advisory Boards have enhanced their board membership by involving parents and members of the university and surrounding community. These individuals bring a fresh and different perspective to the Fraternity, which can positively impact the undergraduate brothers.
Phi Delta Theta hosts Chapter Advisory Board training at its regional Chapter Advisory Board Summits. Volunteers who attend learn about: General Fraternity initiatives, the fundamental purpose and mechanics of a Chapter Advisory Board, basic principles and philosophies of volunteer management, the advantages of an objective-based management style, their personal advising style, and college students and the higher education landscape of today.
Chapter Advisory Board members are also asked to participate in an online certification process prior to officially assuming their post. Chapter Advisory Board certification and job descriptions are offered for the following positions: Chapter Advisory Board Chairman, Recruitment Adviser, Financial Adviser, Risk Management Adviser, Phikeia Education Adviser, Academic Adviser, Alumni Relations Adviser and Faculty Adviser.
The house corporation of a chapter is made up of dedicated individuals who are elected as volunteer trustees of a nonprofit corporation formed to own and operate a chapter house for a Phi Delta Theta chapter. The house corporation is organized and incorporated under the laws of the respective state or province and serves as the legal entity that holds title to any property owned.
The house corporation board of directors acts as the landlord of the chapter house. It also holds responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of the chapter house, payment of mortgages and property taxes, and the building of a reserve fund to insulate the corporation from future financial hardship. The house corporation is the entity to which the Walter B. Palmer Foundation can make loans for the renovation or building of a chapter facility.
Phi Delta Theta is committed to supporting and educating those who provide management and leadership to the Fraternity’s housing stock through its House Corporation Summit. Topics covered at the event include property management, risk management, alumni relations and fundraising, maintaining tax and incorporated status, house directors and much more.