Over the weekend of February 7th, eight officers of Beta Phi of Beta Theta Pi traveled to the annual Keystone Regional Leadership Conference for the South Central region in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Keystone Conferences are a part of the Men of Principle initiative of Beta Theta Pi, promoting chapter officer development, goal setting for the upcoming year, and interaction between different chapters of the Fraternity. At the conference, the officers of the chapter alternate between specific officer tracks for the president, vice president, ritual chair, risk manager, recruitment chair, alumni chair, pledge education, and treasurer and general sessions that promote the development of cooperation and vision among the executive committee. In the general sessions, the executive committee was supported in its development by conference coordinator Megan Vadnais and Board of Trustees member Lynn Maddox, Georgia Tech '63.
The Conference began on Friday at 8:00 at night with a welcome to all of the chapters that had made the trip to Tulsa and continued until 12:00 that night with an introduction of each officer to the track that he would follow for the rest of the weekend. Rising early the next morning at 8:00, the officers alternated between executive committee development and individual officer education, learning more about what the General Fraternity expects of each officer position as well as setting goals on their own and honing skills required for each position. For Matt Olson, the newly elected Recruitment Chairman, his officer track "helped [him] step out of [his] comfort zone and really improve skills necessary for recruitment."
After a going till 11:00 on Saturday, the executive committees met with their advisors in a final general session to put all of the pieces of the weekend together. Each officer brought individual goals that he had created in his officer track to the entire committee. All of these goals were wrapped together to create a general plan for the actions of the executive committee for the rest of the year. For Beta Phi, the officers created a plan to increase ownership in the chapter, return to the core values of Beta Theta Pi, and redefine the brotherhood within the chapter. Bringing these goals and plans back from Keystone, President Jordan Daubenspeck was most excited to see the rest of the executive members follow through on their goals for the year. Vice President Justin Fantasky typified the weekend when he said, "Keystone has given me the training and confidence that I need to improve our chapter and strengthen our brotherhood. I build bridges, not walls. I am proud to be a Beta Phi of Beta Theta Pi."
By: Elliot Britvec