A Message from Our Grand Polaris
A Message From Our Grand Polaris
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” President Barack Obama.
First, I would like to thank those of you who supported Bro. Rich Gilbert and myself during our campaign and in the past election. We appreciate that support and are humbled by those expressions of confidence in our abilities to lead Iota Phi Theta for the next four years. However, as I have said and will continue to say, WE (the current administration) will only be effective and successful with the support of the Brotherhood. It is my hope that under our administration, Brothers are inspired to become more active at all levels of leadership, as well as activity within the Fraternity in order for US, collectively, to be successful!
For the past 50 years, Iota Men have been “Building a Tradition” through our perpetuation of our cardinal principles of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity and Brotherhood within the organization, but more importantly, within our respective communities. Founder John Slade once stated that the Founders wanted to create an organization that was relevant to our communities. Without question, over the past 50 years, the Brotherhood of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. has done just that, albeit often quietly and behind the scenes, without much fanfare. For those we’ve served, our contributions are both well-noted and appreciated, and we’ve earned their respect. However, it is time for the rest of the world to know of our Fraternity’s positive contributions and impacts.
For the next 4 years (of this administration), it is my hope that our Brotherhood continues that ‘Tradition’ of being ‘Relevant through Service’ … service to our communities and our people, both nationally and internationally. To this end, my administration will embark of ambitious community service endeavors to address the plethora of issues affecting our people both at home and abroad. It is my sincere hope that all like-minded Iota Men join in these endeavors to maximize our impact, hence our relevance, on our people and communities.
However, in order for our Brotherhood to continue being the ‘relevant Change Agents’ that we were founded to be, there is much internal development that needs to occur, from the individual Brother to the chapters to the regions, which ultimately will strengthen our Fraternity, overall. To that end, for the next four years, there will be major focus on training and development. Although ‘esprit de corps’ in regards to chapters and regions, as well as the concept of Individuality within Brothers can be positive dynamics, it is crucial that Brothers understand that there is truly only ONE Iota – One Handshake, One Oath, One Brotherhood, One collective Mission and Focus.
Over the next year, WE, as ONE Brotherhood, will move forward, collectively and with resolute purpose, to strengthen our bonds of Brotherhood while initiating the Service initiatives that will let this nation and the world know that Iota Men are, indeed, “ … the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
21st International Grand Polaris
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.