Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,
It is with great excitement that I declare my candidacy for a position on the Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Trustees for the 2017 – 2021 term. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have been afforded as a member of this organization and am excited to continue my service as a member of your Board of Trustees. After carefully reviewing the duties and responsibilities of this position, I believe that that I possess the experience, professional ability, and enthusiasm to help drive the next phase of strong long-term planning for our organization.
My vision is for my term on the Board of Trustees is centered on investing in the future of Kappa Kappa Psi – investing in our members, building on our financial stability, and investing in new ideas that will foster a stronger spirit of giving within our organization.
Investing in our Members
I believe that Kappa Kappa Psi is made up of many remarkable individuals – active & alumni alike – who bring a variety of talents and experience to our brotherhood. However, many of these brothers are underutilized when they could be called upon to truly push Kappa Kappa Psi to strive for the highest. While there have been conversations, and there are some projects already in motion to rectify this, we can always do more. Every single member of Kappa Kappa Psi – regardless of membership status – should be afforded the opportunity to strengthen our fraternity. While there are efforts in motion Our alumni members have a wealth of fraternal & professional experience which can and should be utilized to help further develop our brotherhood. Leadership is action, not position.
Investing in our Financial Future
I propose two ideas to invest in the future of Kappa Kappa Psi. First, implement a mentorship program – pairing alumni & life members with interested active members. This could be focused on field of study/work OR geographic area. I believe that by partnering with the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association and Local Alumni Associations across the country, a program such as this would have the potential to be highly sought after – by active members seeking guidance and by alumni seeking to remain involved. Another part of this program would be pairing any member with past/present national leadership in order to better prepare those who will lead our organization into the future.
My second proposal to invest in the future of Kappa Kappa Psi is through impactful and focused giving. Kappa Kappa Psi has seen substantial growth and success and with growth comes expense. In order to continue striving for the highest in all we seek to accomplish, we depend on the generosity of our members and friends. Efforts such as the Alumni Giving Program are a testament to focused giving, but why should our giving efforts focus solely on our alumni? By fostering a spirit of giving within our active membership, we increase our potential sources of long-term giving exponentially. A model that I propose and have experience in facilitating focuses on soliciting smaller gifts from our active members. Quite often, university alumni who give back to their institution do so with the mindset that they seek to provide a similar or better experience for the next generation. Establishing an ACTIVE Giving Program provides current active members with that opportunity and the option to give at levels that make sense to them, while also fostering a philanthropic spirit as those members transition from active to alumni status.
Investing in Development
With these goals in mind, I believe that I am sufficiently qualified and prepared to join the Board of Trustees. I have four years of experience in the field of collegiate student affairs – facilitating leadership programming and overseeing the operations of various student organizations. Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Bowling Green State University Band Alumni Society where I help coordinate alumni programming and work closely with BGSU Bands to help secure funds for various campaigns. Finally, as a past National Headquarters staff member, I have worked on the All-Aboard Campaign (caboose & archives initiative) as well as efforts to fund and maintain Headquarters facilities.
While it is my intent is to become a member of the Board of Trustees, I am proud to simply be considered to serve Kappa Kappa Psi at this level and would accept a nomination for any of the other positions as well.
Kappa Kappa Psi has thrived for nearly 100 years. As a member of the Board of Trustees, it will be my goal to do all within my power to secure the next 100 years and beyond. It is with that optimism, sincerity, and a love for our organization that I seek your trust and support.
I openly welcome and look forward to your comments, questions, and feedback. You can connect with me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) & phone (937-417-3930) as well as on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram (presramsey for all accounts).
I look forward to seeing you all later this week in Orlando!
Preston M. Ramsey
Life Member, Beta Kappa (Bowling Green State University)