Making History: Our 300,000th Initiate. April 29th, 2011
Sigma Chi initiated its 300,000th member into the Fraternity in a ceremony this morning at our Psi chapter at the University of Virginia. This is an important, historic occasion in our Fraternity and one that merits celebration by all of our members.
The 300,000th member initiated into Sigma Chi is Brother Nick Cafero, a freshman studying business. He is from Norwalk, Conn., his parents are Lawrence and Barbara Cafero, and his brother, Chris, shown above in the foreground image, is an initiate of the Epsilon Chapter at George Washington University. In celebration of the momentous occasion I attended the Initiation in Charlottesville, Va., and presented him with a diamond- and sapphire-encrusted badge, a Life Loyal Sig membership, a scholarship from the Sigma Chi Foundation, a special Initiation certificate and a Grand Consul’s Citation. I also invited him to be a special guest at the 78th Grand Chapter in Dallas, Texas, this summer.
Due to the tireless contributions of the dedicated alumni and undergraduate brothers who continue to add luster to our beautiful White Cross, Sigma Chi has been experiencing a period of exceptional growth in recent years. We have reached an all-time high of 240 undergraduate chapters and close to the highest undergraduate membership totals we have ever had, with nearly 16,000 undergraduates in our brotherhood. The more than 230,000 living Sigma Chis throughout the world are a testament to the strength of our grand Fraternity and the character of our members.
While Brother Cafero’s Initiation into Sigma Chi was surely a memorable moment for him and his 11 pledge brothers, I would like to invite all Sigma Chis around the world to share in this celebration. Please visit facebook.com/sigmachi to share your thoughts on Sigma Chi’s momentous occasion, perhaps reflect on your own Initiation, and congratulate Brother Cafero on his Initiation.
This comes with my sincere appreciation for everything you have done to make Sigma Chi as strong as it is today.