The Life Loyal and Alumni Member Programs
The General Fraternity receives a substantial amount of financial support through Life Loyal Sig memberships, Alumni Program memberships and contributions to the Sigma Chi Foundation. These funds are crucial to the continued development of the Fraternity’s programs and services benefiting both undergraduates and alumni.
Upon graduation from college, each new alumnus receives a one year complimentary membership in the Alumni Program which includes a subscription to The Magazine of Sigma Chi and a membership card. At the end of this one year, brothers are contacted by the General Fraternity and encouraged to continue their active alumni status by renewing their membership in the Alumni Program or becoming a Life Loyal Sig.
Brothers may become a Life Loyal Sig as an undergraduate or alumnus. Undergraduates may join the program through a one-time payment or twelve monthly payments. Alumni may become a member through a one-time payment or twelve monthly payments. Brothers who were initiated at least 50 years ago are eligible for a special membership rate. Interested members should check the Sigma Chi website at www.sigmachi.org for specific rates. The membership includes a lifetime subscription to The Magazine ofSigma Chi, a certificate, membership card, lapel pin, and exclusive benefits for the more than 53,000 brothers who have made the lifelong commitment.
An alumnus may participate in and contribute to Sigma Chi in several ways. He may join an alumni chapter/association/club or organize one if no group already exists where he is living. He may also serve as an alumni chapter officer, ambassador, chapter advisor, assistant chapter advisor, faculty or financial advisor, or house corporation officer. He can assist an active chapter in recruitment and pledge programs, Initiations, career counseling, alumni communications and financial support.
Brothers can serve as a Grand Officer or Grand Praetor of the Fraternity, as an officer or advisor of the Sigma Chi Foundation, on the faculty of the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop, province workshop, as a member of a General Fraternity committee or awards-selection panel, or in numerous other volunteer positions.
Alumni can provide financial assistance for Fraternity and Foundation programs or donate to other charitable organizations such as the Children’s Miracle Network and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, both of which are Sigma Chi’s recommended charities.
In return, each active chapter needs to involve and recognize its alumni with an effective alumni relations program that includes mutually enjoyable events as well as a regular alumni newsletter. The active chapter alumni relations program is the responsibility of the Tribune, whose duties are detailed in the chapter officer section of this manual.
The Alumni Chapter
Alumni chapters are but one of many ways for alumni brothers to continue the Sigma Chi experience after graduation. More than 130 active alumni chapters are located throughout North America and provide a wide variety of activities that meet the interests of local alumni. Events hosted by chapters may include social gatherings, sporting events, community-service projects, and undergraduate assistance, to mention just a few.
Alumni chapters are duly chartered organizations and designated by the name of the city or area in which they are located. Membership is open to all brothers regardless of their undergraduate chapter affiliation and is composed of 10 or more alumni brothers who participate in the Life Loyal and Alumni Program.
In order to remain in good standing, alumni chapters must meet at least six times a year and file an annual report of their membership, officers and meeting schedule with Headquarters by February 15 of each year. Alumni chapters in good standing are entitled to a Ritual Book, charter, complimentary Web site, one vote at Grand Chapter, and one vote regarding petitions submitted for granting prospective undergraduate chapter charters.
The Alumni Association
Alumni associations are organized similarly to alumni chapters. They must meet six times a year and are entitled to a complimentary Web site from Chapter Communications, but they do not receive a Ritual Book, charter, a vote at Grand Chapter or a vote in regards to petitions submitted for granting prospective undergraduate chapter charters. Most groups designated as alumni associations are in the preliminary stage of becoming an alumni chapter and must be in operation for one year before petitioning the Executive Committee for an alumni chapter charter.
The Alumni Club
Alumni clubs are the stepping stone to becoming an alumni association, and are only required to meet semiannually. They do not receive a vote at Grand Chapter, a Ritual Book, charter or a complimentary Web site from Chapter Communications. Although it is encouraged, alumni clubs are not obligated to ever change their status to association after a period of time. In order to be recognized as an alumni club the group must fill out the annual report form and submit a membership roster with all updated information.
The Alumnus Ambassador
The alumni ambassador program provides a vehicle for identifying and recruiting alumni who are willing to serve their chapter (undergraduate and alumni level), province and the General Fraternity through their involvement in various activities within their province. Potential ambassadors may be recommended to the Grand Praetor and/or the Alumni Services Team at Headquarters by any member of the Fraternity.