Have you ever heard the saying, “Family: Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one”?
That’s the same thought the Long-Range Planning Task Force has with its proposed changes to support our chapters and alumnae associations.
We will always remain as one Kappa Kappa Gamma. Yet, in order to achieve the goal of making volunteer jobs more manageable and enjoyable, we have to grow in a different direction. Expand upon branches that are already working. Create new branches where others need support.
It is the recommendation of the Task Force that the best way to do that is to focus on the people and resources available to both chapters and associations. For this specific post, let’s focus on how these changes impact chapter officers and their advisers.
The Task Force has proposed moving to a district model, led by a District Director and supported by 11 Content Specialists. In this proposed model, the district personnel will provide content-specific support to chapter officers and advisers.
District lines were drawn in order to maintain a ratio of 11 chapters and 22 alumnae associations. The number of chapters and associations will be continuously monitored by the Fraternity and adjusted in the future if needed.
Each district team contains a point of contact for every chapter officer and corresponding adviser. The connections of these roles can be seen in the chart below:
This model will allow for each chapter officer to be directly connected to a content specialist in her area, increasing the support to both the chapter and its advisers while also offering a higher level of expertise, guidance and agile decision-making.
In addition, the Alumna Relations Specialists will develop strong relationships between chapters and alumnae associations to help to increase support during Membership Recruitment, exam periods, senior programming, mentoring focuses and transitions from collegian to alumna.
At this point you may be nodding along as you’re reading, but still not certain how this directly affects your role. Let’s walk through an example …
Let’s say you are an Advisory Board Chairman and are having a hard time retaining advisers for your chapter. In the proposed structure, you would reach out to your Advisory Board Specialist for help. Your Advisory Board Specialist would work with you hand in hand to find volunteers and provide you with resources to help manage the workload of your advisers.
You may have noticed that several of the specialist teams are currently being piloted in content areas of the Fraternity that already exist. These teams are functioning as an extension of the assistant roles that were already in place in our current organizational structure. If you’ve had a great experience with one of these new specialist’s teams, please let us know!
Kappa Kappa Gamma truly is an organization with a strong foundation and many branches of support. We are very excited about the positive impact the new structure will have for advisers and chapter officers.