Phi Sigma Sigma - founded in 1913

The eNewsletter for chapter leaders, advisors and volunteers of Phi Sigma Sigma                                  April 2009

in this issue
:: graduate to greatness
:: unlicensed vendors (oh no they didn't!)
:: rumor mill: GULP! fraternity ed exam for me alone?
:: chapter giving: foundation needs your help!
:: get famous - share your sisterhood stories
:: say 'yep' to convention prep
:: dates & deadlines
Stay connected this summer! | HQ's monthly message, just for you 
Ready or not - summer break's almost here! So, good luck on your finals and, as always, Aim High!
  • If you're graduating soon, be sure to check below for top ways to prepare for life after college.
  • If you're returning this fall, find the latest news below that you need to know before break! Then, look for Savvy to start publishing again Aug. 29, just in time to help you kick off the best academic year yet.
Please keep HQ posted on any chapter news in the next month or so (especially campus awards you've received) by writing With Convention fast approaching, we'll want to celebrate your kudos with everyone there! Have a safe and savvy summer!
 Michelle - first name signature       
Michelle Ardern, Executive Director
Graduate to Greatness
4 steps to achieving success

Ready for the next, most important phase of your life? Here's help
Phi Sig Graduation 2009Graduation isn't the
end of your Phi Sig experience.... It's actually the beginning of a lifetime of great memories in the sisterhood!
Get the top 4 tips that will help you stay in touch with your sisters and bolster career success - now and in the years to come! Read more > 
<3 recruiting | Terrific Tees 

6 'dos and don'ts' - and why licensed vendors are the only way to go

Recruitment TeesBefore placing this summer's order for your chapter's next round of totally creative recruitment tees, learn why Savvy Phi Sigs always keep a sharp eye on their designs - and use vendors who respect our sisterhood!
rumor mill Frat Exams 
Q: If I'm a Convention delegate this year, and my chapter didn't meet the Fraternity education requirement, is it true I'll have to take an exam onsite?
A: YES! Fraternity ExamAnd wouldn't that be a bummer?
According to Chapter Excellence guidelines, your sisters should've either held an exam or a special educational event, such as a Jeopardy! game reflecting Phi Sig knowledge. All sisters (not just new members) had to participate, and verification must be found in your Chapter Excellence portfolio.
If your chapter fell short, you'll be asked to take the Fraternity exam before voting in Plenary sessions.
You still have until May 10 to complete this requirement!
Contact your membership manager ASAP.
fundraising | Foundation Donations

Who's already given, who's pending - plus final deadlines to chip in
Foundation Donations 2009Has your chapter met Foundation's
expectations of at least $35 per sister?
Time's running out to be considered a "Chapter of Excellence!" Double-check your chapter's donation status - and prepare to make your final contributions now. Read more >
my phi sig | Chapter Data 

Log onto My Phi Sig and click on the link below to see this month's top-rated resource:

Online ResourcesCustomized Chapter Data - Get exclusive access to all your chapter's vital stats -including your roster, CRA funds, recruitment performance, Foundation donation levels and more.

HINT: Review and update your chapter data before submitting your Chapter Excellence portfolio by May 10!
feedback | How Are We Doing? 

Customer Service Survey 2009Got a few moments to spare? We at Phi Sig care deeply about the work we do on your behalf - and we'd value your opinion of our performance.
Please visit our Customer Service Survey. It's fast, anonymous - and we'll use it to improve going forward. Thank you!

my npc | Share Your Story!

NPC's 'My College Lifestyle' Project - 2009

Gotta story to share with the world about the power of sisterhood in your life? Help NPC reach out to potential new members by describing your best sorority memories and experiences.
If your story's a knockout, it could be featured online as part of NPC's new, high-profile "My College Lifestyle" project! Read more >

save the date | Convention '09

Norfolk, Va. ~ July 30 - Aug. 2 
Convention 2009 - Norfolk, Va.
Final planning is underway for this year's exciting Phi Sig Convention - so watch your e-mail in coming weeks for the latest news! Meanwhile, some preview info:
  1. Archons and CKAs are advised to keep these dates open.
  2. Chapters should review and discuss proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws so plenary delegates can vote accordingly.
  3. Vice archons should confirm chapters have met the annual Fraternity education requirement. (See "Rumor Mill," this issue.)
  4. Collegians wishing to volunteer at Convention (all onsite expenses paid!) must complete this application by
    May 15 to be considered. 
Please upload new chapter photos so we can highlight you at Convention! Here's how:

Dates & Deadlines

dates & deadlines | DUE ASAP
  1. Last chance! "Sign" Fraternity policies using our convenient, online acknowledgement form.
  2. - Budget posted to Billhighway?
    - All chapter reports filed?
    - Foundation donation submitted?
    - Fraternity exam taken?
    Remember, all these are required for Chapter Excellence. Call HQ with any questions or concerns.
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  • Chapter Excellence portfolios due at HQ - Don't be late!
  • Archon's Monthly Letter & Semester Goal Setting Report (2 docs)
  • Vice archon's Fall 2009 Event Calendar
  • MRC's Recruitment Plan, Wish List and Recruitment Event Form (3 docs)
  • Bursar's collegiate chapter finance committee meeting minutes
  • PR chair's Marketing Plan

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worth noting |COMING SOON
ritual spotlight | Celebrate Phi Sig Moms With This Memorable Event!
Mother's Pinning CeremonyIf your chapter hasn't yet explored the possibility of planning an annual Mother's Pinning Ceremony, you're definitely missing out on one of the most touching, meaningful ways to include your mom in your collegiate Phi Sig experiences!
Learn why so many chapters are incorporating this lovely ritual into next year's calendar of events - and plan a ceremony of your own!
tiptop tip | Collect Chapter Dues This Summer For A Stress-Free Fall
Want to help your sisters keep Fraternity fees affordable, while at the same time decreasing the stress associated with paying them this fall?
Agree as a group to begin collecting dues this summer - and even build this plan into your budget, if possible. That way, as sisters collect funds from part-time jobs and internships, they can start paying their dues now ... so they can enjoy their fall membership stress-free.
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