March 20, 2020
Just because many of us are now a great distance apart, doesn’t mean the Fraternity stops. In fact, the Fraternity is more valuable now than ever. While the way you experience the Fraternity might change, the value will not decrease. The Arch Chapter and Central Office are excited to announce several initiatives we will launch between now and May 1. Should the response to the COVID-19 virus extend beyond May 1, we will continue providing you with outstanding service well into the summer. Please see below for a list of new initiatives we hope you and your brothers will enjoy.
We will begin a live webcast three days at a week at 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As your CEO, I will be live on Fridays to provide a weekly Fraternity update. Monday and Wednesday will be topical interviews with our alumni. A big thank you to the men below who will provide value to our members for the next six weeks. These Delt Talks will be accessible via Zoom (details below). Please tune in and encourage those in your network to join. We will send reminders in the coming week via social media and email.
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March 23 – Southern Division President Mark Nichols on technological tools you can use to maximize your professional life
March 25 – Mo Bunnell, Owner of GrowBig and how to use master social skills to make yourself more effective
March 30 – Bill McMeans, Not-so-retired entrepreneur – How to use entrepreneurial skills in everyday life
April 1 – Director of member development Ashley Wollam – strategies for managing change in a dynamic environment
April 6 – Former International President Jody Danneman – applying to Ritual to your life
April 8 – Pacific Division President Mike Tankersley – How to be successful in a remote environment
April 13 – CEO of the NIC Jud Horras – High-level trends in the fraternity industry
April 15 – Pat Fuscoe – Management tips from a lifetime of building business
April 20 – Western Plains Division President Chris Wisbrock – important things to know for all those seeking employment
April 22 – Former International President Jeff Heatherington – the history of the Delta Tau Delta mission and values
April 27 – Phired up on Recruitment
April 29 – TBD
- Our leadership team will conduct research on academic resources regarding how to thrive via telelearning. We will work with our communications team to determine how to get this out to the members, preferably on the website or in MyDelt.
- We will begin a t-shirt design contest with our new partners at G Merch and they will produce shirts for the winning chapter and will make the design available for sale. Please stay posted for more details.
- We will provide guidance for how to conduct meetings virtually. We are soliciting questions from members currently, so please send yours as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are increasing our presence on LinkedIn. Please feel free to submit and share good professional development ideas there.
- We are working to coordinate a conference call with each PresX small group and their small group facilitators to swap stories, commiserate and reconnect after PresX.
- We will send a message reminding our men of the Mission and Values and encourage them to abstain from doing anything which will bring dishonor during this time they are out of in-person classes.
- We have developed a micro bridge loan program we can offer to house corporations that find themselves in a cash crunch. We have expedited the process and reduced the closing time and closing costs. If you are aware of a troubled house corporation, please contact Alan Selking or Andy Longo.
- We will reengage the Delts Helping Delts program which currently has $27,000 available for students and alumni displaced by natural disasters. We will launch the application process early next week.
- The chapter consultants are charged with speaking to all chapter presidents by April 1 and all chapter advisors by April 15. During the next week, they are touching base with all house corporation presidents to determine which groups are in the properties and which have vacated. Please make sure you answer their request.
Finally, we continue to evaluate summer programs such as Karnea, The Charge and Ignite. We understand those programs are on hold right now. We remain optimistic this will all lift soon, but in the event it doesn’t we are prepared. We are also contingency planning for the fall. Again, we hope we don’t have to use such a plan, but we are ready should we need to. As always if there are other ways we can serve you, our member, please send us your request. We are committed to making sure your Fraternity continues to support you in these strangest of times.
I still believe it is a great day to be a Delt,
Jack Kreman, Chief Executive Officer
March 12, 2020
Fraternity Continues to Adapt as Response to the COVID-19 Virus Escalates
As the response to the Covid-19 virus escalates, your Fraternity continues to adapt. Your steadfast and prudent leadership team of the Arch Chapter and Central Office have taken several steps to address the issues arising from campus suspensions. Please review carefully and let us know what we can do to help.
- Chapter consultants. We made the decision to remove the chapter consultants from the road for the month of March out of an abundance of caution. Seventy-seven percent of our campuses have limited or suspended face-to-face classes. The consultants will return to the office and then return home where they will work remotely for the rest of the month. We will review their travel schedules the final week of March and decide if we will send them back on the road in April or if we will keep them at home for the rest of their term. They will honor all scheduled “visits” by substituting online web meetings or conference calls with chapter officers. If you have a visit scheduled in March, please be ready to meet via phone or web meeting.
- Essential staff travel. Other staff will be limited to travel only for mission-critical items. As the month of March is typically a quieter month for travel we don’t have many obligations. We will evaluate this position at the end of the month.
- Central Office operations. The Central Office will remain open and operational at this time. We have had only 10 confirmed cases of the virus in Indiana. At this point, we are not in an emergent state. If we need to move to a point where we operate the office remotely, we are set up to do so. Our members shouldn’t experience a reduction in service. We have had remote staff since 2016 and are fully equipped to run the office remotely.
- House Corporations. We have drafted a message to provide guidance to house corporations. This message will come from Andy Longo in the coming days. We are here to support each house corporation’s local decision on a case by case basis. We are comforted by the number of house corporations that have escrow funds and reserves sufficient to cover two months of loan payments. If this situation extends beyond two months we will work with groups to restructure loans and payments. We also are exploring an emergency lending fund for house corporations in dire need of revenue. If you believe you might be in this situation, please contact Andy Longo.
- Pledge programs. We highly encourage any chapters not currently at schools on suspension to accelerate their new member periods and initiate their men as soon as possible. If a chapter is at a campus that has suspended face to face classes, the clock on the 8 week pledge period requirement will automatically pause. We have already notated all such campuses internally. Once the campus resumes operations the clock will begin with some extra time to resume. It should be noted chapters should NOT have any pledge activity if their “clock” has stopped. Such activity would reinstate the 8-week clock.
- Dues and payments. The vast majority of our 2019-2020 dues and insurance has been invoiced and paid. Accounts receivables are low. If we received zero spring annual dues we would experience a loss of 918 initiation dues this spring. While that is real money, we have reserves and a rainy day for a reason. This might be the rain. We would expect to recoup most of those funds in the fall when the spring new member classes initiate. In other words, it wouldn’t be lost revenue, it would be delayed revenue. Chapters are expected to pay any amounts currently incurred. If you are unable, you need to contact the Central Office
- Chapter advisors. You are the eyes and ears of the organization. You will be the first line for questions. We appreciate all you do. Please review the material sent on March 10. Please remind your men to take care of themselves and follow instructions from authorities. We suggest volunteers consider advising via text, phone or video conference rather than in-person meetings. We are a family and we take care of each other. Leave no man behind. And please, let us know how we can help.
The biggest thing we can all do is to model calm prudence. This is an unusual situation, but so was 9-11. So were the 1968 civil rights disturbances. So was the 1918 Spanish flu. Delta Tau Delta has persevered through all challenges because we have steadfast leadership—your leadership. We have thus far surmounted all obstacles to our progress. Please let me know what you are seeing and hearing. Thank you for being a good Delt.
Jack Kreman, Chief Executive Officer
I am sure you have read with increasing concern the varying reports about the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading throughout the United States and the world. Earlier today, Holmes Murphy, our insurance broker for liability and property insurance, released guidance you may find helpful regarding coronavirus :
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak. This is an emerging, rapidly developing situation and the CDC will provide updated information as soon as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.
- Per the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Additionally, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. o Stay home when you are sick. If you have flu symptoms stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Maintain at least three feet distance from anyone coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Should the member test positive for the coronavirus, the CDC and the local health department will conduct contact tracing which will likely lead back to the fraternity facility (if applicable). If this occurs, please contact your chapter advisor, house corporation president, host institution and the Central Office as soon as possible.
- If this occurs, your shelter will be under the control of the CDC and the local health department to determine the next steps.
- Individuals should not be quarantined in a fraternity facility, nor will it be allowed if there was a known case of the coronavirus.
- Should the coronavirus be present in any facility, the facility needs to be properly decontaminated prior to approved reentry. Local health department officials will advise on this process.
Health officials have continued to reinforce the risk of COVID-19 remains low in the United States but it is important to remain prudent.
The Fraternity continues to monitor events at our host institutions and in our chapters. As of now, Karnea will occur as planned from August 5-9 in Phoenix, Arizona. We will review the situation in April and if warranted, we will notify all chapters and volunteers accordingly. Summer leadership programs will proceed as planned. We will communicate changes, if any, by April 15. As of today, chapter operations, events and activities will proceed as normal. Chapters should use CDC guidance in evaluating operations, events and activities for the remainder of the academic year.
As with any infectious disease, prevention and early recognition are key to proper treatment and preventing further infection.
We will provide additional updates and resources as appropriate including information in Delt Monthly later this week. If you should have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at 317-284-0203.
Jack Kreman, Chief Executive Officer