May 16, 2012

Exemplifying the Concept of Brotherhood

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Exemplifying the Concept of Brotherhood

By Jack Sieke, Ohio Iota Chapter President

I am Jack Sieke, the President of Phi Delta Theta’s Ohio Iota Chapter at Denison University.  I am a junior from Alexandria, Virginia and am writing today to talk about our Chapter Adviser, Chuck Gorman, Denison ’73.

Chuck started working as our alumni adviser around a year ago, and in that year, we have seen incredible improvement in our chapter, largely due to his influence.  Chuck was in Phi Delta Theta at Denison and his experience in the chapter during his undergraduate days led him back to us to step in and advise.  Chuck has taken his job with us very seriously. He has become very involved and always challenges us to push ourselves to the next level and remove complacency.  He has been extremely helpful to me as president to keep me accountable for everything and to make sure that I have all the help that I need in order to lead our chapter.

Many of our brothers play on the different sports teams on campus and Chuck does his best to follow our brothers and to congratulate them on big wins and personal victories as well.  Chuck and I sat next to each other this past Wednesday and watched our lacrosse team, led by two senior brothers, win their first round game of the NCAA national championship.  Coming to this game on a Wednesday afternoon to me shows Chuck’s dedication to our chapter.  He is always willing to drop anything to help out and advise our chapter.  Chuck really exemplifies the concept of brotherhood as he takes time out of his life to help us to become a better chapter and helps us to become the best that we can be.

Chuck and I talk a few times a week to just check in and while our conversations generally focus around the Fraternity, Chuck also works to make sure I am getting my schoolwork done and takes a genuine interest in what is going on in my life outside of the Fraternity.  Having him as a safety net and someone who is able to guide me in decisions that I make has been very helpful in my transition to being president.  He is always in my corner and helps me work through tough decisions that I have had to make, but he also helps me to see the other side of the decisions so that I truly can make the best decision for our chapter.

Thanks to Chuck, we have become closer as a chapter and have become a better version of ourselves.  I look forward to seeing where we can move as a chapter in the years to come with his advising.

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