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Are you a new fraternity man looking to explore and expand your leadership skillset?
Do you want to know what it really means to be a fraternity man?
Do you know a new fraternity man who is looking for these things?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, than Futures Quest is for you!
Futures Quest is a unique opportunity for men who are new to the fraternity experience to engage in an intentional and interfraternal leadership development institute designed specifically for those who have joined a fraternity in the past year. Think of how great it would be to have some additional advocates in your chapter or community who have been exposed to many of the same concepts that are discussed and learned at UIFI. Or, think of how amazing it could have been to have a similar experience right after you joined your organization. Now you have an opportunity to pass that on and encourage men to attend Futures Quest.The registration deadline for Futures Quest is fast approaching and is less than two weeks away. If you have been thinking about attending Futures Quest or encouraging the new fraternity men in your community to attend, now is the time for action!
Throughout Futures Quest, participants will be challenged to define and reach their own personal summit and experience a journey that will culminate in a plan for their future as a principled fraternity leader. Futures Quest explores the importance of Ritual, values, and courage and challenges participants to embody their fraternal ideals right from the outset of their fraternity experience. Each session of Futures Quest will be led by two NIC staff members and a group of mentors who are fraternity/sorority leaders from across the country.
Why should someone attend Futures Quest?
Futures Quest represents an exceptional opportunity for any community or chapter. By attendingFutures Quest, a chapter or fraternity community will be infused with young change agents who know how to address the challenges fraternities face. Futures Quest is an institute, and you would find the same quality as you would find at other NIC programs, such as UIFI and IMPACT. The curriculum is current and cutting-edge. The facilitators are dynamic and engaging. Futures Quest is also interfraternal, which allows the participants to grow their perspectives of fraternity. The team of mentors provides participants an opportunity to not only personalize their experience, but also to learn from their peers. Our location in Central Indiana is ideal for the experience, which includes an outdoor high ropes challenge course.
What is the cost?
The registration fee for Futures Quest is $395 for Interchange Members and $495 for Non-Interchange members (this is unchanged from previous years). The registration fee includes lodging, meals, and airport transportation. Participants are responsible for their own airfare or mileage expenses.
When and Where is Futures Quest?
There are two sessions of Futures Quest. Sessions are scheduled for December 19-21, 2009; and January 7-9, 2010. All sessions are held at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, IN.
We invite you to encourage fraternity men who have been (or will be) initiated in 2009 to apply to attend. More information as well as the online application can be found at: http://www.nicindy.org/programs/futures-quest/. The registration deadline is December 1, 2009. For more information, contact Will.
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Undergraduate fraternity membership is your last chance to be a boy, or your first chance to be a man...
Recently while facilitating a program, one of our facilitators shared the above thought with the participants and I immediately thought about how this relates to what the fraternal experience is all about. What is the purpose of fraternity? This is a big question and there are countless answers. Fraternity can be about different things for different men. One might say that fraternity is about building connections with your peers and finding a group of individuals to connect with in your community; or building leadership skills and improving yourself; or broadening your network; or improving your social skills; or improving your skillset related to your own career aspirations. Each answer can be correct and I can go on and on.
Beyond this initial question, this thought struck me as one of the tenets of the work that we strive to do through NIC sponsored programs. There are many reasons why men seek out fraternity. We all have members who have joined our organizations with the desire of extending their adolescence, but have found so much more within the fraternal experience.
One specific program that is designed to work with men as they move along the journey from adolescent to fraternity man is Futures Quest. The Jon Williamson Futures Quest has been developed for fraternity members who have joined a fraternity in the past year and are looking to move forward in their journey as a fraternity man. The central question of Futures Quest is "What does it mean to be a fraternity man?"
While the answers to this question may be varied, they are certainly easy to come by. Being a fraternity man is about living each day as a new opportunity to fulfill your oath and commitment to your organization and values. It means that you are making the conscious choice to live your ritual and let the lessons that you learned in your ritual drive your actions as a man, as a brother, as a son, a husband, and as a father, etc. Futures Quest gives participants the confidence and skills necessary to make that choice, because it is a choice. It is a choice that you must make today, tomorrow, and every day that follows.
Futures Quest is for the new fraternity member who is looking to have his fraternity experience help him be a better man. If that is you, or if you know someone who embodies that ideal, we want to help, because that is what fraternity men do.
To learn more about the Jon Williamson Futures Quest, go here.
AFLV (formerly MGCA/WRGLC) is now accepting program proposals for the AFLV-Central and AFLV-West Conferences as well as the National Black Greek Leadership Conference (NBGLC) and the National Cultural Greek Leadership Conference (NCGLC).
AFLV-Central and NBGLC will be held in St. Louis, MO February 11-14, 2010, and AFLV-West and the NCGLC will be held in Costa Mesa, CA, April 8-11, 2010. Proposals must be submitted online at www.aflv.org by Friday, November 13, 2009.
Individuals interested in presenting a Pathways session at AFLV-Central, should consult the additional information at the end of the Call for Programs document before submitting proposals.
We encourage presenters to submit proposals that acknowledge the diversity of the Central and Western regions and our college campuses. Specifically, we are looking for programs to challenge students, professionals, and volunteers to be the best members and advocates for fraternity & sorority life that they can be. We are looking for dynamic and engaging programs specifically for: Creating Change in your community, Council Leadership & Development (NPHC, Panhellenic, IFC, Multicultural, Asian Greek, Latino Greek, or local), Wellness, Teambuilding, Working with Alumni, and many more! See the list of "Program Topics to Consider." Submissions on other topics relevant to conference attendees are also welcome.
For more information visit: http://www.aflv.org/EventsPrograms/AFLVCentral/CallforPrograms.aspx