High Ambitions October 2011

October 21, 2011

Original Article:

Dear Brother,

We, as the brothers of Sigma Chi, have made a lifelong commitment to upholding our values and ideals. Explicit within that commitment is a promise to obey the laws of our Fraternity. We do this, both in our chapter and in the Fraternity at-large.

As is sometimes the case, one of us may falter and not quite live up to that obligation. When that happens, Sigma Chi looks to the brothers of the involved chapter to hold that brother accountable for his actions. This is the preferred response within Sigma Chi. If the chapter cannot or will not police itself, the General Fraternity may be required to step in to protect the safety of the brethren, the reputation and honor of the Fraternity, or to expect a just and equitable outcome to a given situation.

This is what occurred a few weeks ago with the chapter at Towson University, and regretfully, it was necessary to suspend the chapter. The chapter had faced repeated violations over the years.

Thankfully it is not often that the Fraternity is required to suspend or revoke the charter of a chapter that has not evidenced our high ideals. When this does happen, we must look to the future and posture our actions to permit the return of recognition of the chapter at the earliest practical moment. Earliest practical moment does not mean immediate. We may be required to delay reinstatement of a chapter for years, depending on the circumstances or the original cause for withdrawal of recognition.

I, as Grand Consul, do not want to lose a chapter, but I will request the Executive Committee to take whatever action is necessary, including withdrawal of chapter recognition, if the honor of Sigma Chi requires me to do so. Likewise, if any given brother soils the purity of the White Cross by actions inconsistent with our ideals, he must be held accountable.

Sigma Chi expects more from its members than from other men. Guard well the honor of the Cross.

In Hoc Signo Vinces,

Dennis Santoli
67th Grand Consul


High Ambitions – Grand Consul Santoli

September 21, 2011

Dear Brother,

Sigma Chi leads the Greek-letter world because of the quality of its brothers. Each of us is committed to upholding our Ritual and demonstrating the values it teaches us, exemplifying the tenets from the day of our Initiation until we enter into the Chapter Eternal. By learning and living our Ritual, we embrace the core spirit of Sigma Chi and embody those virtues that we all hold dear.

During my term as Grand Consul, I want to gain the support of all living Sigma Chis in reinvigorating our practice of the Ritual, as well as rekindling the spirit of brotherhood that makes Sigma Chis stand together as we demonstrate true leadership in all of its facets.

We are establishing a Ritual Renaissance Initiative, which is chaired by 65th Grand Consul Bob Jones, RENSSELAER 1973, and includes many of our most knowledgeable experts on the Ritual and Ritualistic practices. Through this initiative we will help all chapters and brothers to appreciate the deepest meanings of the Ritual and to teach Sigma Chis how to demonstrate its beauty and communicate its value.

To that end, we will be also incorporating a Ritual proficiency requirement into our 2013 Peterson Chapter Award criteria. We will be certifying individuals in Ritual history, performance, and exemplification. These certified Ritualists will evaluate our undergraduate chapters and qualify them as proficient, with proficiency a condition to winning a Peterson Award.

Likewise, I have asked Constantine Capital, Inc., our affiliated financial entity, to develop a quick and simple loan process to be used by undergraduate chapters for funding upgrades and modernization of Ritual regalia.

Also, this month, our newly appointed Pledge Education Committee will be meeting to review the final revisions to our pledge education program. The new pledge education program will become a critical component in Ascent, our recently announced modularized continuum of educational and leadership development programs. Ascent aligns Balfour Leadership Training Workshop, Mission 365, Horizons and alumni services programs and other leadership opportunities in a vision of successive growth for our members.

In the upcoming months we will further emphasize scholarship and philanthropy. We will promote an appreciation of scholarship and encourage undergraduate chapters to voluntarily increase the minimum GPA needed for Initiation and to maintain active undergraduate status. Our philanthropic efforts will not only support fundraising for charity, but will encourage our chapters and individual brothers to engage in a broad range of campus and community activities.

I will continue to keep you informed as we progress in our efforts. Let’s work together for a great year and for the advancement of Sigma Chi.

In Hoc,

Dennis Santoli
67th Grand Consul