2011 Chapter News
May 3, 2011
Our Survey Says...
Thank you to the 60 alumni who shared their opinions in our recent survey. Your responses were quite helpful, in contrast to those we typically receive at a Kovner Banquet which tend to be shouted, laced with profanity, and somewhat less constructive.
Congratulations to Barry Gould '72, the winner of our drawing for a Pi Lam sweatshirt!
The alumni association is successfully meeting your needs!
76% of brothers surveyed said the alumni association is meeting or exceeding your expectations.
You want to help with the undergrads.
42% of you were interested in volunteering in some capacity. The most popular response was "supporting the undergraduate chapter."
To clarify, the undergraduates have not requested support in the following areas: drinking beer, sleeping in, or disappointing their parents.
There are many ways to stay involved.
You could be convinced to get involved.
Geography is a barrier to getting involved (not the fact that 3 out of 5 Pi Lams can’t find the U.S. on a world map, but that many of you live too far away). Others said they could be goaded into participation with parties, pizza, beer, sporting events and hookers. Really, no surprises there.
There is also a desire to increase networking opportunities which we would like to do. There is certainly no shortage of lawyers which seem to be in high demand for Pi Lam brothers, and there are many other professionals in the brotherhood who actually do some good for society.
Many of you give a buck.
Here are a few things you said might convince you to contribute financially…
*Note: We've got your transparency right here. Check out the 2009 Financial Report.
You dig the events we host, and might add others to the mix.
The events that we hold regularly scored highest among the most likely you would attend (Kovner banquet, sporting events, tailgates, happy hours, and golf outings).
Class reunions and alumni/undergraduate events were also very highly rated. We plan to add more of these types of events to the social calendar. For example, the 1961 class reunion at this year's Kovner Banquet, and a Charity Poker tournament held in April at the chapter house.
Family friendly events and community service were the least popular event suggestions. So, it seems clear that you are wise enough not to expose your family to the unsavory behavior of your Pi Lam brethren, nor do you have a strong desire to give back to the community or provide public service of any kind.
Communications are mostly interesting, informative, sometimes funny, and hardly tasteless at all.
You came up with some creative suggestions on how you’d like to receive info in the future.
Summary: What we learned.
You’re mostly satisfied by the alumni association, but probably not at home, as the many of the suggestions you submitted were quite dirty.
Some of you still may not know that we have an active undergraduate chapter. They were reestablished in 2009. There are 32 brothers and they have a house at 1520 N 17th St, Philadelphia PA. They are doing well and on their way to attaining their charter.
We’re doing pretty good with events, but you might like some variety in there. We will try to add more alumni/undergraduate and class-specific events. As for the remote guys, not sure there is a lot we can do unless individual alums would like to sponsor a regional event.
Communications are lighthearted, yet informative. Though some of you find them juvenile. (You are poopy heads.) You might like a more “social” experience for the website. Some time this year, if we don’t become preoccupied with porn and video games, we will be upgrading the website to a more interactive format that will encourage commentary, contributions and open communications among the brothers.
You want to find ways to get involved. Some of you expressed your appreciation of the whaleshit-like dedication of the alumni association volunteers. Others would like to be whaleshits again too. There are a number of ways you can get involved.
Thanks again for your participation in the survey!