Letter from new Chapter Counselor - Norm Andersen ΕΓ357
I want to take this
opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who may not know me.
My name is Norm Andersen, EG 357.
I have been given the responsibility and great honor of being named
the Chapter Counselor of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi.
I have been working with chapter members for several years while my
son, Mark, was an active member and since his graduation. In 2008
the chapter initiated me as an honorary brother and I have worked
with the fraternity to help in any way possible.
Recently, a need for a new chapter counselor arose and after
discussions with regional and national leaders of the fraternity I
assumed the position.
With that being said, it is time to get things started. I will be
contacting existing advisors and other brothers who have expressed
an interest in becoming advisors to re-form the advisory board. It
is my hope that we will be able to fill each advisor position and
that each advisor will be in direct contact with their chapter
e-board counterpart on a weekly or, at the very least, bi-weekly
basis as was suggested by Matt Brawner, area LC, when Thomas Ahearn
and I met with him in November.
This ongoing communication will help to make sure that the advisors
will know that all is well and also make the active members know
that we are behind them and ready to help if help is needed.
As was suggested by Matt, I also hope to have quarterly meetings
with the advisory staff. This will be worked out as far as maybe
Skype, conference calls or meeting on campus.
I have waited to get started as not to interfere with final exams
and the new e-board that is starting in the next semester.
I would like to see a great advisor representation at the Keystone
Conference outside Chicago Feb. 4 – 6, 2011. Each e-board member is
required to go and advisors are strongly urged to attend so they
understand exactly what the General Fraternity expects from each
Each advisor can be reimbursed $100.00 for expenses such as gas and
incidentals. The meals and room charges are covered for advisors by
Beta Theta Pi. This is a great way for active members and the
advisory staff to interact and discuss what is presented at the
I would like to see as many advisors as possible at the semester
kickoff meeting on campus in January. I will also be working on a
way to allow advisors to attend regular meetings electronically as
advisor involvement is carefully watched by the General Fraternity,
and Matt told me that “electronic attendance” is acceptable to the
I will be e-mailing again when I have spoken with all the current
advisors and the other brothers that have expressed interest.
I apologize for the length of this introduction and I wish all of
you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a great “Knox” New
Yours in __kai__,
Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi
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