26 Feb

Support Fraternity and Sorority Life

Below is an email of interest to all sorority and fraternity alumni. We have been asked to forward it to our members. Thank you!

From: Michael Mayer
Date: February 13, 2019 at 7:29:28 PM EST
Subject: Fraternity/Sorority PAC Support Opportunity

Dear Brothers:
Fraternities and sororities need your help! They need it NOW!
There has never been a more critical time to play a part in defending and enhancing the fraternity and sorority experience. Increasingly, colleges across the nation have threatened students with reprisals for belonging to single-sex organizations, placed limitations on membership recruitment, and sanctioned or punished the many for the actions of the very few.
The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) exists to build strong relationships with candidates and lawmakers at the Federal level, and to advocate for legislation and policy that will preserve our single-sex status, protect the right to freedom of association, provide due process rights for individuals, and gain equitable tax treatment on donated dollars for member housing.

During the last two-year congressional cycle, we had language inserted in the Higher Education Act reauthorization bill in the House of Representatives that would prohibit universities from unfairly discriminating against members of single-sex organizations. In addition, the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act—allowing tax-exempt contributions for fraternity and sorority housing—was placed in the comprehensive tax bill that passed in the House in December.

These accomplishments would not have happened without those strong relationships in Congress, and those relationships cannot happen without your support. When the FSPAC makes a contribution to a Member of Congress, we create the opportunity to turn that friend into a champion for our issues.

Theta Chi Fraternity is a committed board member of FSPAC, steadfastly believes in its purpose, and encourages you to be among our many brothers who provide the funding vital to FSPAC’s success.
In this age of hyper-partisanship, the FSPAC is a distinctive and refreshing presence in Washington, DC. We are truly bipartisan and contribute to individuals in both political parties. We choose our candidates carefully, too. In the November 2018 elections, funding from FSPAC went to 169 candidates, and 87% of those candidates won and now serve in the 116th Congress.

FSPAC’s support is growing too. Consider this:
*  In the 2017-2018 cycle, FSPAC raised $890,000—shattering our previous best two-year total. FSPAC has become the largest higher education political action committee.
*  During that same cycle, our donor base expanded significantly and several new fraternal organizations joined our board of directors.
* Theta Chi Fraternity’s role in FSPAC continues to grow with three of our Brothers serving on the FSPAC Board of Directors

Yes, we have momentum, but the task in front of us is daunting. There’s a host of fresh faces in Congress and a different party controls the House. Productive new relationships must be built, existing ones must continue to be fostered, and new legislation needs to be written and advanced. Our fundraising goal for 2019-2020 is a bold and robust $1,400,000—and every dollar of that is critical and will be put to very good use.

Your support of the FSPAC says, “Today’s college students deserve to have the same friendship, leadership, learning, and service experience I had when I was a student.”

A pledge can be made with the attached Pledge Form, or you may make a contribution directly online at our secure website, www.fspac.org.
Your donation will make a difference!
Mike Mayer

Contributions to the FSPAC are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.  Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer for each individual whose contribution exceeds $200 in a calendar year.  Funds received in response to this solicitation will be subject to federal contribution limits and source prohibitions.  Contributions are limited by law to $5,000 per year from any individual or PAC, and contributions from federal contractors or foreign nationals are prohibited.

10 Dec

Happy Holidays from APT

APT had a wonderful holiday gathering at the Urban Food Market this past Wednesday. The alumnae in attendance selected delectable edibles and beverages from the various stations in the Market. We ate, laughed, shared stories of holiday traditions, had a lively ornament exchange, and a few rounds of holiday bingo.

Thanks go to Pat Scott and Michele Dames for organizing the event. It was FAB!

Upcoming Events

Our next event will be a Bunco Brunch at Westminster Oaks on January 5. Details announced soon.

Save the Date

Our annual Scholarship Luncheon and Auction will be February 16 at the University Center.

13 Nov

Delta Delta Delta’s Statement on the Passing of Maura Binkley

The Alpha Eta Chapter of Tri Delta at Florida State is devastated by the passing of our beloved sister, Maura Binkley. As a leader in our chapter, Maura embodied the Tri Delta woman – brave, bold and kind. Our hearts are with her family, our sisters and the FSU community during this difficult time. We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we honor Maura’s life, and we respectfully ask for privacy as we grieve this tragic loss.

Founded in 1888 as a society that would be kind alike to all, senseless acts of violence like this remind us all of the need to embrace kindness. At Tri Delta we believe kindness is more powerful than the issues that challenge our world – hazing, sexual assault, violence, hate. But for kindness to prevail, it will take all of us, working together – being kind to ourselves and to one another – in the spirit of our Founders.

Condolences for the Alpha Eta chapter may be sent to Tri Delta’s Executive Office while the chapter house is under construction.