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2017 Leadership Institute

 

 

This year we are taking advantage of the opportunity that convention offers us and building a 3 day leadership institute, alternating between large group sessions, small group discussions, and other activities, with each session building off the previous one.

Curriculum is being built around the 5 values of Psi Upsilon Fraternity: Lifelong Friendship, Moral Leadership, Intellectual Engagement, Responsible Social Conduct, and Service to Society. Small group discussions and activities will encourage brothers to share their own experiences and be able to get feedback from their peers and alumni. It will also allow convention attendees to get to know one another better. Alumni involvement is crucial to these sessions, the knowledge and life experience of alumni in these conversations is critical and will give them a better window into how they can work with their own chapters.

We will convene Convention and hold the necessary legislative work of the Fraternity over the weekend, but have no New Business or Old Business so we do not anticipate holding committee meetings this year.

As convention approaches we will have more information about the convention. If you are an alumnus and would like to volunteer to be a group leader, and help facilitate discussions please reach out to Executive Director Tom Fox.

 

2017 Community Service Projects

This year, as a part of the Leadership Institute we will be living out our value, Service to Society. Attendees will visit one of three venues to give back to the Lexington community. We have attached information about each of them for your enjoyment.

God's Pantry Food Bank

"The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources. At God’s Pantry Food Bank, we believe it’s not acceptable for hundreds of thousands of our neighbors—most of them children and seniors—to go hungry. We aim to provide efficient, effective ways for hungry people to meet their basic food and nutrition needs. God’s Pantry Food Bank handles a variety of donated and purchased food items including frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable food, as well as select personal care and paper products. The Food Bank’s network of more than 300 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, are then able to order the food they need from available inventory through an online ordering system. Agencies choose to either pick-up their orders at one of our facilities or pick up from a drop delivery location."

Seedleaf

Seedleaf finds success is nourishing communities by growing and sharing food. "Seedleaf works to increase the amount, affordability, nutritional value, and sustainability of food available to people at risk of hunger in central Kentucky. We are dedicated to improving healthy food access by maintaining community gardens where produce is shared with neighbors. Many of Lexington’s residents in the central sector live in food deserts: communities where a concentrated number of households do not own vehicles and are located more than a half mile from a grocery store.  Food insecurity and the inability to obtain healthy food puts adults and children at increased risk for diabetes, obesity, malnutrition, and a number of other chronic health problems. We work to increase our neighbors’ access to healthy food–one free, u-pick garden at a time."

Habitat For Humanity- Restore

"The store that builds homes. Not only do ReStore volunteers help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes in Lexington, but they also keep our community clean and green by diverting more than 6,000 pounds of reusable material out of the waste stream every day! Lexington Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Lexington Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all."

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