The aha moment. That moment where all of the sudden an idea or concept is seen with a whole new degree of clarity. On the weekend of November 21, numerous brothers from all over the country will experience an aha moment as they participate in National Officer Training in Denton, Texas.
It’s the same story every year. Each newly-elected officer comes to National Officer Training with a limited understanding of their role (even if they would say otherwise), but, at some point everything clicks, and they start to get it.
It is the goal of the National Staff and Board of Directors to put on an event that gives the men an understanding of exactly what they have signed up for by taking on an officer role. It is said ad nauseam that the long-term success of BYX depends on the development of its leaders at the local chapter level. The Staff and Board do this during National Officer Training by:
- Casting Vision
- Generating Excitement
- Preparing for Responsibilities
The purpose and identity of Beta Upsilon Chi are foundational to everything. If nothing else, the new officers have to be fluent in the purpose and identity. They have to be able to effectively educate their men in who we are and what we do, and then move them in that direction.
BYX is not BYX without brotherhood and unity. BYX is not BYX if it is not 100 percent social fraternity and 100 percent Christ-centered. There is a good chance BYX will not be BYX if the men leading the chapter don’t grow in their understanding and love for who we are as the nation’s premier Christian social fraternity.
The men gain understanding of BYX through small group sessions and speeches from prominent leaders in BYX. On top of that, the men see brotherhood and unity lived out through their interactions with men from other chapters. The men see the national unity that intrinsically exists within the fraternity. The men find that they click with their brothers with minimal effort, helping to grow their understanding of just how special BYX is. Many brothers catch the vision at National Officer Training.
As they wrap their mind around the vision, excitement should build up in the brothers. The National Staff and Board of Directors want to fan that flame by helping them to see how precious and wonderful this thing called BYX really is. BYX is worth being excited about.
Breaking news: National Officer Training is fun. A lot of fun. Brothers get to compete together. They get to worship together. They get to laugh together. They get to build relationships together. They get to swap ideas together. Yes, it is exhausting and a ton of information to process, but it’s also a fun and memorable experience for the brothers, Staff and Board.
As the men share in this experience, a fervor is generated that is hopefully taken back to the chapters. We want the men to hang onto this experience and be inspired by what happened over the weekend at National Officer Training.
Preparing for responsibilities
The National Staff and Board of Directors have to point the men in the right direction. Enthusiasm will only get an officer so far if they’re oblivious as to where they need to apply it. We don’t want to throw the officers to the wolves.
The men participate in sessions that vividly outline what they need to accomplish in order to have a successful term and how to accomplish it. The men are prepared to handle the day-to-day tasks of their role. Each brother receives a manual for his specific role that gives him everything he needs and then some to thrive as an officer.
For BYX to be everything it is capable of being on a campus, the officers have to carry out the vision by executing their responsibilities with excellence. Good intentions will not make a successful BYX chapter. Simply put, the officers have an important job to do, and the Staff and Board have to prepare them to do it.