One benefit of becoming a brother of the Alpha Phi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi is the chance to attend our Brotherhood Retreat. The event, which is held once a semester, gives brothers the opportunity to bond with those they may not be close with, especially those they did not pledge with. However, this semester's retreat also opened the floor up to discussion about the state of our chapter and fostered visionary thinking on how to improve for the future. Below, Brother Summer Slaughter, PC Spring 2014, reflects on her experience:
past weekend at Alpha Phi’s Brotherhood Retreat, I had no idea what I
was getting myself into. I had been to other retreats before, but I
could tell that this one would be different. This was a group of 30-45
people whom I shared a deep connection with. We’d all gone through the
same pledging process and become brothers; now it was time to refortify
that connection and get to know each other a little bit better.
Brotherhood retreat was an experience like no other; we got a chance to
rediscover what makes us love this organization so much, while
simultaneously thinking of ways to strengthen the brotherhood as a
whole. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was when we would all
come together and have honest and thoughtful discussions on issues that
our chapter has been facing. With our brotherhood having over 140
members, it’s easy for some thoughts and suggestions to get lost, but at
brotherhood retreat everyone had a fair chance to voice their opinions.
Because of the intimate setting, we were able to come up with tangible
and attainable plans of action to remedy those issues, and ultimately
make the chapter better.
Another thing that I enjoyed was when we all had time to write each
other “Bro Mail” and explain to different people what we admire/love
most about them. Over the course of the weekend, everyone had an
envelope with their name on it and if you had something that you wanted
to tell that person, you could write them a note and leave it in their
“mailbox”. I think that this was a great activity because you never know
how much you mean to some people. Being a part of a large organization
can make you feel like you have drifted away from some people while
growing closer to others. It was great to read how my fellow brothers
felt about me, and even greater telling them how special they were to
me. Overall, I’d say that this was the most effective Brotherhood
Retreat that has been planned since I’ve been in this organization. It
emphasized all of the teachings and core values of our organization, and
helped us to appreciate each other more.
Brotherhood. Unity. Integrity. Knowledge. Service.