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Cornucopia and Alumni Newsletter - Fall 2009

You'll have a chance to hear from our newest board members, see pictures of your fellow Ditzers in action at a few 2009 events, as well as find out what happened when we paid off

Proposed Constitution

The Alumni Board has been operating without working knowledge of a Constitution since as least 2003. As one of six initiatives for this year, the Board has set out to improve our structure and management. After some digging, a constitution of unknown age was found with some other documents. The existing constitution doesn't accurately reflect the way we conduct business, so a new constitution is being proposed. A final vote will occur at the March 6, 2010 meeting (9:00 AM at 252 Langdon in conjunction with Maverick).

Competing in the New Student Housing Market

This presentation was given at Homecoming 2009 and discusses the need for house improvements in order to stay competitive in the ever changing student housing market.

If you haven't done so already, you should also watch Required House Improvements.

Required House Improvements

At the 2009 Homecoming meeting Dr. David Wieckert, inaugural Wall of Fame Member, gave a six minute presentation on some necessary house improvements. 2005 Wisconsin Act 78 requires that all fraternities have sprinklers installed by 2014. DTS must comply with this new law in order to own ANY size house. View the slide show to learn more.

2010 Themes

We've got a long year ahead of us with a LOT to accomplish. Since I took office last year, I've put a heavy emphasis on goal setting. This gives us focus and discipline to make progress and improve DTS. While there are many different thing we would like to do for DTS, there are six main themes we need to focus on in order to succeed.

The House is a Rental Property?

Did you know that less than half of the house is occupied by DTS members? When membership is low, renting out the vacant rooms to other students is a must in order to maintain cash flow.

In the past we didn't necessarily do a good job keeping up with all of the requirements of owning a rental property. Over the last two years, we've made great strides improving every aspect of our operation: we updated the rental contract to help better enforce house rules, we adjusted rent pricing to better compete, and we froze rent for members to encourage them to stay for multiple years.

New Alumni Board and Education Foundation Boards Elected

Congratulations to all of the new Alumni and Education Foundation Board members. Elections for the Education Foundation Board were held following the Homecoming and Ballweg Dinner on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Elections for the Alumni Board were held Sunday, November 1, 2009. Special thanks to Greg Hansen and Craig Schnuelle who leave their respective boards after many years of dedicated service.

You Don't Know DTS... Yet

That's a strong statement, I know, but think about it for a minute. When was the last time you talked to the brothers that pledged with you? When was the last time you connected with your pledge father? How long has it been since you've went to a DTS event or visited the house?

Mentorship

As one of the reasons many of us joined DTS, and indeed a major reason for joining any fraternity at all, we want to add some substance to our promise of mentorship and networking opportunities.

Under the guidance of Dr. David Wieckert, the Mentorship Committee is charged with the goal to match each active with an alumnus working in the active's desired field or industry. This opportunity is just getting off the ground, and the active members would really like to see it grow in order to connect more of our Actives with fellow alumni for mentoring and networking.

State of the Chapter

Did you miss the Homecoming meeting this year? No worries! We recorded the presentation and audio for you. Catch up on the State of the Chapter in less than 30 minutes. You'll hear about the good things we've done, some places where we need to improve, and how you can help.

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