Last week nearly 2,000 Sigs gathered at Chapel Hill for the Sigma Chi Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. The fraternity uses this event to award chapters for their hard work and commitment to excellence. My undergraduate chapter Theta Chi at Arkansas State was one of 3 lucky chapters to receive a Gold Peterson. All of the alum at our chapter were thrilled to here the news. The award alone is great news, but almost as good was what happened earlier this week.
As most fraternity members know, usually when you see a fraternity in the news its for something not so pleasant. So of course I was a bit nervous on Monday the first time somebody said “hey, I saw your fraternity had a write up in the paper today.”. Thankfully they immediately followed that up with “congrats on the award”.
Here is the article in case you’d like to read it: Jonesboro Sun article
I’d also like to encourage every Sigma Chi chapter to let your local newspaper know about the great things your chapter is doing. Whether thats a canned food, blood or clothing drive, or maybe you are keeping the highways clean. It can’t hurt letting the community know what you’re doing. Sure most people have no idea what a Gold Peterson is or what it means. But they all seemed to realize it was an accomplishment and felt it warranted a “congratulations”.