Brotherhood and a love for our Order
That's what it's all about for me. Sharing experiences with brothers ranging from those who pledged with me back in 2009 to those young active members from the Omicron-Pi chapter who I had the opportunity to bond with even more at our Grand Conclave last month. I truly am blessed to be able to continue to give back to the number 1 Fraternity in the world. As some of you may know, last year, February 2016 we officially kicked off the beginning of a wonderful new district. The District of Eastern Canada was born consisting of two chapters and three official colonies. To top it all off, I had been approached by the SEC and Brother Jim Gaffney to consider the role of acting District Grand Master. Of course, I naturally accepted the position with open arms. Since that day, it has been a whirlwind of ups and downs, making mistakes, learning and figuring out what you really need to give to this volunteer position. It has required a lot of my personal time for phone calls, meetings, in person visits and constant stressful moments but time and time again, through the constant hard work of our undergraduates and especially our colony pledge brothers I am reminded of what it truly means to be a Kappa Sigma. I certainly could not do it without the help of my district team, so a huge shout-out to Carlos Chacon, Denis Meza-McNally and Tom Rankin for being my ADGM's, as well as those notable alumni who serve as AA's and AAA's for each colony/chapter. The team of volunteers we have is a powerhouse and I consider myself lucky to be able to develop our district with those brothers that I became great friends with back in my active days at Omicron-Pi. It all comes back full circle. This great chapter we have at Carleton University is the reason why we all give back so much of our time. It's truly an honour and I cannot wait to see where the future takes us!
Goals for 2017-2018
Our goal for the upcoming year is quite simple. Consistently work on Champion Quest. We cannot share a brotherhood if we do not have the brothers to share it with. I challenge each chapter and colony to go above and beyond. The pledge process is there for a reason, use it to your advantages. Omicron-Pi and Tau-Upsilon have a long year ahead and I have nothing but faith in their EC members to lead their chapters to greatness on their respective campuses. I also challenge each chapter to double their AGC hours this year so that we continue setting the new standard in the fraternal world. One new program I have been working on with my Western Canada counterpart is going to focus on a Canadian campaign for Military Heroes. Our American brothers fundraise thousands of dollars annually for their fellow soldiers and we are finally closing in a true north Canadian campaign which will see the money raised staying in Canada for our troops and veterans. We will be sharing that information shortly, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions or simply would like to make a few suggestions.
As for our colony's, Xi-Nu at the University of Western Ontario has their sights set on sending in their petition for chartering by the end of November. Currently they are sitting at around 50 members and growing. About ten hours away we have our colony at McGill University in Montreal. McGill sits at around 20 current members and with an EC revamp late last year, I have been working closely with them to ensure they hit the ground running come September. McGill has their eyes set on a complete petition by the end of April 2018. Both colonies have shown incredible drive and determination, but a special shout out goes out to the Alumni Volunteer teams who have been there since Day 1 mentoring, teaching and pushing those men to become even greater individuals on their campuses. Thank-You for all the hard work you have put in thus far and continue to demonstrate...you guys know who you are ;)
May success attend all your efforts brothers,
Adam P. Zavadil
Omicron-Pi , Carleton University, '09
District Grand Master - Eastern Canada
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