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hen Regional Leadership Academies (RLA) communication and articulating your chapter’s first started in 2008, there were four or five identity, philanthropy and service, and standards offered a year. Now, there are over a dozen offered. board information. That’s not the biggest change, though. A year and Members partake in a variety of activities a half ago, Delta Sigma Phi Headquarters decided throughout the day to stay engaged with the to refocus and restructure RLAs. experience. The RLA curriculum this year is specifically By the end of the day, chapters develop an action designed to address the needs of chapters plan, which includes two goals for their chapter based attending each RLA. Headquarters has looked at on what they learned during RLA. They develop a accreditation results, as well as information from specific plan of action tailored to their chapter that chapter visits to determine which pieces would be they will be able to implement upon their return the most applicable and useful for each specific to campus. Chapter Advancement staff, chapter RLA. advisors, Alumni Corporation Boards and campus RLA curriculum that is consistent across the professionals receive a copy of the plans to ensure board includes information on Vision 2025, the everyone is on the same page and the chapter is fully Fraternity’s strategic plan, and the Fraternity’s supported in accomplishing the goals they set forth. progress. RLA attendees also learn about The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and values training, where members explore both the values of the Fraternity as well as their personal values and how to better live those out. Each RLA also receives varying curriculum, based on what is needed by chapters in attendance. The varying curriculum includes intentional involvement (both within the Fraternity Undergraduates in attendance at the Indiana University-hosted RLA participate and on campus), in a group activity Oct. 18, 2014. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 One of the biggest benefits members receive from RLA is the ability to network with other like chapters who share similar issues. “The dialogue that takes place allows for young and upcoming leaders to take solutions and new ideas back to their respective chapters to make a real difference,” Brady Bair, Indiana University ’13, said. One major takeaway from RLA is the leadership discussions. While at RLA, members have the opportunity to develop their idea of leadership and dig deep into the meaning of leadership. “People have many different definitions of leadership, but you don’t have to have a title or ‘be in charge’ to be a leader,” Bair said. “Leaders are people who want to see change and enable others to act. Most importantly, leadership is about learning and growing in your own experience.” As we train these men to be good leaders, we also must train them to be good citizens. That’s where the values training comes in to play. At the University of WisconsinEau Claire-hosted RLA, Foundation Board Trustee Ken Riley spoke on values. “We were provoked to consider critically how our Fraternity values align with our individual and community

Undergraduates in attendance at the Indiana Universityhosted RLA answer questions Oct. 18, 2014.

values, how we recruit using them, the ways in which we act upon and exemplify these values and what it really means to be a Better Man,” Mat Riedel, UW-Eau Claire ’13, said. “It reaffirmed the reasons I joined this great organization: the importance of our focus on diversity and how, in the words of Ken, we ‘Lead the Way, and Challenge the Process.’”

The purpose of the Regional Leadership Academy (RLA) is to provide introductory leadership training for members of the Fraternity. With this training, Fraternity staff and facilitators assist members in recognizing their own personal values and better understanding the values of the fraternity. We will help them identify areas for improvement within their chapters and create action plans to facilitate positive change. Participants obtain the skills to lead their chapters in making these changes. Ultimately, we hope to provide an experience that will strengthen members’ loyalty and commitment to Delta Sigma Phi.

Life Insurance:

What does donating your life insurance mean for you, and how do you donate? Donating your life insurance policy is one of the easiest ways to give back to Delta Sigma Phi. There are two routes you can take to donate your life insurance policy: • Name the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation as a beneficiary on your policy • Transfer ownership of your life insurance policy to the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation AND name Delta Sig as a beneficiary. When you name Delta Sigma Phi Foundation as a beneficiary, you have the capability to donate one hundred percent or just a portion of your full policy, whether or not your transfer ownership to Delta Sig. 02

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The most beneficial option for you is to transfer ownership to the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation. When you transfer the policy, you make a donation to the Foundation in the amount of your policy premium. The Foundation then uses your donation to pay the policy premium. By transferring ownership of your policy to Delta Sig, you receive a tax deduction since you’ve made a contribution to the Foundation. We can also set up a payment plan for your donation. The best part about donating your life insurance is you have the capability to plan ahead and decide where you want your money to go. If you want a scholarship endowment, we can create one. As long as your idea is in line with Delta Sigma Phi’s mission, we can make your dream a reality.


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