The 2015 Central Plains Regional Summit took place the weekend of October 23-25. Hosted by Beta Eta Chapter in Edmond, OK, we had a total of 30 undergraduates and six Alumni in attendance, including Vice President of Operations Lateef Ipaye.
Our region has made strides in the past couple years thanks to the previous Regional Board leadership, so it was my goal to keep the momentum going as we transitioned National and Regional boards. We focused not only on assessing and better understanding our entities, but also on providing tools and resources that Brothers could take back to their entities to solidify their operations and become more strategic about their planning. Some topics discussed were how to better manage entity finances by creating operating budgets and implementing controls, how to set and meet academic goals and expectations for individual Brothers and entities as a whole, strategizing recruitment and intake processes to address the needs of an entity, and performance of in-depth entity assessments and SWOT analyses to better target and plan for areas of improvement. We also hosted a panel of Alumni from the Oklahoma Alumni Association in which undergraduates were able to ask questions related to fraternal, career, and professional development.
I recall crossing in Spring 2010 and coming into a region that had no structure or accountability. It amazes me to see not only how far we’ve come, but how receptive our entities have been in building and strengthening our region. There’s now a healthy sense of competition among the region, and Brothers seem excited and willing to push themselves harder for the betterment of their chapter/colony and our Brotherhood as a whole.
I’d like to give a special thanks not only to Beta Eta Chapter, but to the Regional Board for their hard work in helping bring this together: Timothy Gassaway (Asst. RD), Eddie McComas (Finance Chair) and Omar Salas (Programming Chair). We are excited and look forward to hosting our Brotherhood Retreat in Spring 2016.
Central Plains RD