Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Education Foundation head Garry Kief announces changes

The following is from Foundation Trustee Garry Kief. 

March, 2009


Several days ago I mentioned to one of the young SigEps that I work with…”when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

I thought I was being inspirational and expected a weepy response.  Instead, he gagged and we both started to laugh.

Truth be known… as corny as it sounds… the tough really do get going in times of stress, fear, and uncertainty.

In a recent planning session regarding the Fraternity’s Strategic Plan….we discussed the possibility of expanding “Sound Mind, Sound Body.’   Sadly, my suggestion for “Sound Mind, Sound Body, Balls of Steel” didn’t get too far.

But the sentiment remains.

It takes all of those to face the challenges facing us all… be that at work, at home, with personal finances, or in honoring our commitments to give back to a Fraternity that has given us so much.

In these tough times, it’s not uncommon to see others “duck and cover”….and fade away.

That’s not your Fraternity… and not your Foundation.

One amongst us has especially accepted now as the time to come to the plate and “get going.”  He’s accepted the calling to be President of the Foundation…and to lead us through the financial turmoil that is hitting us all. It would have been easy to say “not now;” instead he said “when do I start?”  Just like he did 20 years ago when he was asked to revolutionize the auto industry as a pioneering leader at Saturn.

After a little over eight years in this position….I’m proud to announce that Don Hudler has been elected as the new President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.

Along with Don, we have elected a new slate of officers, new Trustees, and new Life Trustees….all of which follows.

As for me….I’m looking forward to serving as Vice President of Program Development….where I can kick start consideration of some of our new ideas and programs…much like the Foundation did with EDGE, RLCs, and the Tragos Quest to Greece.

It should be an interesting year.

Working with all of you will make it even more so.

Just remember….SM/SB/BOS.



See Garry's full letter and the new makeup of the Foundation Board.

(I think we may have a winner of a new slogan, too.)

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