Get your gloves on and your rakes ready. The Sigma Chi Fraternity’s second-annual Merlin Olsen Day of Service begins tomorrow.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Fraternity encourages all undergraduates and alumni to better their communities or campuses by volunteering their time and displaying their generous spirit, much like Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig Merlin Olsen, UTAH STATE 1962, did throughout his life.
See if your chapter can set the standard this year in community service, whether it is by cleaning up a local highway, assisting in campus landscaping, volunteering at a soup kitchen or giving blood.
The Fraternity would like everyone who volunteers their time during the Merlin Olsen Day of Service to submit photos from their service activities along with a paragraph describing where the event was hosted and what service was accomplished to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your photo may be published in an upcoming issue of The Magazine of Sigma Chi.
You can also post videos and other information relating to your service projects on the Merlin Olsen Day of Service 2011 Facebook event page. Lastly, share your stories on Twitter using the hashtag #olsendayofservice.
To assist in spreading the word about and bringing awareness to the Merlin Olsen Day of Service, the Fraternity asks that you change your Facebook profile picture, to that of the official 2011 #olsendayofservice icon, on Sept. 15.
This icon and directions on how to change your photo can be found here.
Thank you for your efforts to improve your communities, and for honoring the spirit of Brother Olsen.
We encourage Sigs to take part in the second-annual Merlin Olsen Day of Service on Thursday, Sept. 15 by volunteering in their community. Whatever you do, do it in honor of the late Merlin Olsen, UTAH STATE 1962, affectionately referred to by many as a ‘gentle giant.’
At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Merlin’s competitive nature drove him to success as an NFL defensive lineman, actor and broadcaster; and his generous soul propelled him to support Children’s Miracle Network (now called Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals) for many years. In fact, Merlin helped forge Sigma Chi’s partnership with CMN Hospitals, one of the Fraternity’s preferred philanthropies.
Take part in the Merlin Olsen Day of Service to honor his philanthropic spirit. Imagine the difference that we could make if all of Sigma Chi’s approximately 238,000 living members volunteered just a few hours of their time.
We hope to capitalize on the success of last year’s inaugural Merlin Olsen Day of Service, in which Sigs across the United States and Canada served their communities by volunteering in local parks, donating blood, and collecting money for charity, to name just a few examples.
After participating in the Merlin Olsen Day of Service, send photos of your volunteer activities (please send the original files from your camera to ensure that we receive the highest-quality images possible), along with a short description of where the event was held and what you did, to email@example.com. Your photo may be published in an upcoming issue of The Magazine of Sigma Chi. You can also post photos, videos and descriptions of your service projects on the Merlin Olsen Day of Service 2011 Facebook event page. Lastly, share your stories on Twitter using the hashtag #olsendayofservice.
We thank you for your efforts to keep the spirit of service exemplified by Brother Merlin alive.