Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

President's Message

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

President's Message

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Spring is one of my favorite seasons, so I'm glad the theme of this edition of Phi Kappa Phi Forum is "Spring Is in the Air." I of course think of sunny days, outdoor activities, and nature's rebirth - and, given my professional life, initiation ceremonies and academic commencements.

I've been reflecting on springs past and future as I complete my final months as President of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. This President's Message is not, however, about me; instead, it's about you and how the Society reflects you.

Is Phi Kappa Phi a compendium of chapters, members, or a combination of the two? The Board of Directors has been giving this question a lot of thought during the current triennium. Here's why:

Although approximately 30,000 new initiates join our esteemed ranks each year, the majority of the 100,000-plus active, dues-paying members are not engaged in the life of the chapter where they were initiated or in a chapter near their work or home. Also, most active members have no direct voice in Society governance, even though their dues help defray Phi Kappa Phi's day-to-day operations. This is a problem.

This lack of representation will change, however, in two crucial ways when William A. …

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