Chapter Visit: Boomer Sooner in Oklahoma
Boomer Sooner! The Kappa Chapter of BYX continues to challenge college guys to grow as Christ followers and as brothers. The chapter has been very successful this past year in their endeavors, and this semester is no exception. They have a group of 60+ pledges that have been challenged and will be a good asset to the fraternity as it looks to continue to build leadership and commitment. Chapter President Zach Van Meter has led well this year; he was able to join the staff and board members this August on our first COR Leadership Retreat.
I arrived to Oklahoma Friday night and was greeted by Zach before we met up with the other officers for a night of activities. We went and had appetizers and caught up before we went downtown Oklahoma City to Bobo’s chicken and ate at the capitol building. We discussed pledge-ship and the opportunities that the men have been able to have. Socially, it has been a very active semester as well as the brothers have had several date parties and activities. The men are having their first fall retreat in the coming month and are excited about starting a new tradition with it. As we went to OKC, it was “party shirt” night, so check out our sweet party—Hawaiian shirts. At the capitol, two TCU brothers joined in with the officers and I—brothers Tom (current treasurer at TCU) and Jim Reed.
The officers really rolled out the red carpet for me this trip, and I really appreciate the effort that they put in to National visits. It really was encouraging to me in the middle of a very busy semester.
Saturday was the football game versus TCU and the new Fox One Gameday was on campus. The Madison Mansion house of OU BYX allowed me to stay with them for the few days I was in Norman, and so we went by the Gameday action briefly before heading to the BYX tailgate.
It was a successful tailgate as they smoked brisket, hot links and ribs. The Kappa Chapter invited the TCU brothers to join in on the festivities and there were a few of them that took the guys up on the offer. They brought a plasma tv out and had the football games going as they played tailgate games and hung out before the game. The state pride of Oklahoma is pretty strong and they roll out the Oklahoma flag before every game.
Sunday I was able to see BYX Board Member, Tyler Wilson, who recently accepted an associate pastor position at the Summit Church in New Castle, Oklahoma. Many of the brothers are active in this church. The brothers have really encouraged one another to be involved in the local church and in the home groups that are provided through the church and the desire for Biblical community has grown from the overflow of that.
After church and before evening activities, I talked with the officer corps one-on-one and got caught up with the ins and outs of the chapter. Pledge meetings are before chapter on Sunday evenings, and this years pledge class has many great guys in it. I enjoyed meeting with them during pledge time and then heading over to my last chapter meeting at OU as their advisor. It is always formal chapter when Nationals visits, and this was no exception. The brothers had worship, I talked and then announcements. The officers asked alumni to come back that had been officers while I’ve been on staff and I was thrilled to see some of them return.
Monday was filled with many meetings with potential officers and leaders, and this busy day was followed by a function with a sorority. It was a cupcake social and the guys joined the ladies at their house and decorated cupcakes and enjoyed some fellowship. Landry is pictured to the right, he has been actively involved on the pledge team, and I enjoyed the many conversations with him this week. Before the function I had dinner with previous president Lincoln Ferguson and pledge trainer Matt Curry.
It was a bittersweet trip to Norman, Oklahoma, as I had to say good-bye to men that I have worked with for two and a half years. It was a good moment when I went back to the “Madison Mansion” house and saw the last little bit of a cell group meeting huddled in prayer and then followed by a household intentional time together and challenging one another. It was a challenge to me and I challenge you to get to know the guys you live life with daily with intentional time together weekly aside from casually hanging out.
I headed out Tuesday morning and enjoyed a beautiful drive from Oklahoma to Texas. I stopped by Robertson’s Ham Sandwich shop and say out side and saw this sign that tells you how far you are from anywhere. It was an encouraging trip to OU that was then followed-up by seeing the guys in action at the Red River Shootout the following Friday as they had a flag football tournament against Texas.