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What YOU should know about running for Chapter, Regional or International Office. Cynthia Mason, President Kentucky Regional Alumni Association Alpha Delta Chapter Hopkinsville Community College
Why take up Leadership? Taking up a leadership role in Phi Theta Kappa is the Pinnacle experience of a lifetime! It is truly your opportunity to make a difference in the life of others, and in the world in which we live!
How Can I Be A Chapter Officer? Choosing to be a chapter officer can be very rewarding and your first step to being a lifelong leader. Never be afraid to “Reach Higher” for what you want! Look at where your passion lies and choose an office. There are many different opportunities waiting for someone to step up…why not let it be you!
What Type Of Office Do I Want To Hold? There are many different officer opportunities available in every chapter. Some chapters follow the traditional rolls, while others take more of a creative style. As we evolve as a society, so will our rolls in leadership. Most chapters have the positions of: President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Public Relations Honors In Action Rolls Chairpersons
Where Do I Begin? In order to serve as an officer you need to be an active member in your chapter. (That does not just mean that you paid dues). Being active means you participate in campus activities, community activities, regional activities or international activities. Familiarize yourself with the your chapters By-Laws and the International By-Laws. You need to know who we are and why we do what we do!
Continued Talk to your current and past officers. What were their rolls, how difficult is it to keep up with a full class schedule, etc. Talk with chapter members. Do they see you as officer material. Would they help you if you became and officer. Talk to your advisors. Would they support you and believe in you as a leader. Talk to administration. Do they feel you would make a good role model for others.
Continued Believe it or not, some of you new Phi Theta Kappans are already thinking…Hey, I can do that! You can all do this! If you believe it you can achieve it! The next step is to get your name on the ballot! Don’t delay, step up and be counted!
Officer Responsibilities Officer responsibilities vary from chapter to chapter. What I’m going to do is give you a generalized case scenario of what your role might look like. Understand that your role will be specific to your By-laws and can interpreted differently. I want you to be ready to take on the challenge and succeed! EVERYBODY READY???????
Example of a Chapter President This role can be defined in many ways but most people see this chapter officer position as the person who does it all! They are wrong! The President presides over chapter meetings, helps create ideas for projects and programs, completes annual reports and DELEGATES responsibilities to others. The President is NOT a super hero, they are there to create a TEAM that works together toward the same goals!
Expectation of Officers We are offering a session on specific expectations of officers today as well! If you truly want to dive into the rolls of chapter officers, please take the time to attend this presentation. The presentation will be at: 1:45, Room 108.
Most important when holding a chapter office… The most important thing for you to remember when holding a chapter office is that you represent not only your chapter, you represent yourself, your college, your community and your region! When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Do you like what you see? Are you being, doing and representing in the most positive manner?
Continued… Think before you speak! Think before you act! Think before you judge! Remember….others will be looking up to you! What do you want them to see YOU model? AND…..HAVE FUN!!!!!
What are the benefits of being a Chapter Officer You become a role model for others that follow you! You become more advanced as a leader! Some chapters offer incentives such as waived annual dues, assistance with regional and international travel and various leadership training. You get opportunities for campus leadership that you may not have gotten before.
Continued… You get to help watch an idea become a reality behind the scenes! You get extra scholarship opportunities! You get the satisfaction of knowing that you not only participated in a phenomenal program but you helped lead it as well! You come to fully realize what it means to “serve others” and it will make your heart smile!
Deciding to be a Regional Officer Serving as a Regional Officer is the Pinnacle of your region. You will represent each the state, each chapter, each chapter officer, each chapter member and each chapter advisor. It will be your responsibility to make sure your Region stays abreast of all the programs and activities that are offered and help promote them.
Regional Office Expectations Although the expectations may vary for each Regional Officer from region to region, expectations remain the same throughout Phi Theta Kappa.
Regional Officers are expected to uphold the Honor Code that must be signed by each Regional Officer upon their acceptance of their individual office. Regional Officers are expected to live up to the standards of the Phi Theta Kappa International Constitution and By-Laws at all times.
Regional Office Expectations They are to act as Liaisons between the chapters and members in their Region and International Headquarters. They are to serve as Ambassadors to Phi Theta Kappa International. They are to host a Regional Conference. This could be the Regional Honors Institute or the Regional Leadership Conference.
Regional Office Expectations They are to collaborate together as a team to preside over the Regional Convention. They are to encourage and engage their chapters participation in the region through the four Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship and Service. They are to encourage participation in the International Service Program, Civic Engagement Initiatives, Registering as a Chapter of Service, the Pinnacle Program, Five Star and of course the International Honors Study Topic.
Regional Office Expectations Participate in Regional and Chapter speaking opportunities. Correspond with the Regional Coordinator, International Officers and Chapters in their Region via e-mail and written documents. Upkeep the Regional Newsletter and Regional Website. Provide training and leadership opportunities by hosting various workshops during the year.
Regional Office Expectations Participate in all Regional events. Participate in the Regional Officers Academy at the International Convention. Participate in the International Honors Institute.
Participate in the International Leadership Conference.
Train the incoming Regional Officers or Regional Officer Team.
Regional Office Expectations Host a Regional Transfer College Fair.
Write letters of recommendation for fellow Regional Officers for Regional and International Awards. Assist their Region in reaching Pinnacle goals by offering to assist with membership drives. Correspond with the International Officers and International Staff via email.
Regional Office Benefits Letters of recommendation from the Region and International Headquarters. Achieve a leadership role in the ultimate Honor Society for the Two-Year College.
Receive Scholarship dollars to attend the International Honors Institute, International Leadership Conference, Regional Officers Academy, Regional Convention and all Regional Conferences.
Regional Office Benefits Great networking opportunities internationally as well as locally. Personal and professional development. Opportunity for travel. The opportunity to preside over local and Regional events. Opportunity to campaign for International Office.
What is involved in campaigning for Regional Office? Obtain an application via the Regional Coordinator Obtain approval from your chapter's Lead Advisor and College President Participate in the Regional Convention Prepare a speech on the International Honors Study Topic Campaign to your Region and provide a distributable piece to all convention participants explaining your Phi Theta Kappa and Leadership experiences Sign the Honors Code, attend Regional Officer Training and accept your role as a Pinnacle Leader in your Region
International Office Expectations Act as liaison for Phi Theta Kappa members to International Headquarters ++++++++++++ Serve as Ambassador for Phi Theta Kappa ++++++++++++ Preside over the International Honors Institute and Annual Convention ++++++++++++
International Office Expectations Speak to the membership through the Golden Key and Divisional Newsletters +++++++++++++++++ Work closely with Division & Regional Officers +++++++++++++++++ Participate in Speaking Engagements & Lead Workshops +++++++++++++++++ Participate in Summer & Winter Orientations
International Office Benefits Achieve highest Pinnacle of Leadership ++++++++++++ Personal and Professional Development ++++++++++++ Preside over International Events ++++++++++++ Travel
Two $700 Stipends ++++++++++ $2000 Scholarships ++++++++++ Replica of the Original Phi Theta Kappa Pin ++++++++++++ Laptop Computer
What is involved in Campaigning For Office? Candidate Packets + Informational Material + Campaign Manager + Campaigning + Speech
Scholarship for One Lucky Candidate Campaigning for International Office One lucky candidate will receive the award of a lifetime!
At the Friday Candidate Luncheon, all the candidates will vote for one person who campaigned for International Office for this award. Their vote will be for the candidate who exemplified the four Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa and put others before self during their quest for International Office. This lucky candidate will receive the prestigious Orlowski Candidate Award and a $1,000.00 Scholarship Named after Steve Orlowski to assist in furthering their education!
Obtaining the Gold! It is ultimately your choice to campaign and obtain your goal in achieving the Pinnacle Leadership Role in Phi Theta Kappa!
It is our goal to give you the knowledge and the keys to success in reaching higher for the ultimate Pinnacle of being "Good As Gold!"
For further information on this or many other programs and leadership opportunities waiting for you as a Phi Theta Kappa leader, please log onto www.ptk.org.