Iota-Delta's First Regional Leadership Conference in 45 Years

Held in San Francisco

SOU's TKE Iota-Delta Comeback!

In February 2019, we sent four men to TKE's West Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) in SF, where we were given an honorary initiation amongst the Western TKE Chapters. This biennium's theme established by TKE HQ was How to Build a Championship Culture, and our chapter learned how to begin this for our campus.

Classes, Food and Friends

RLC began immediately after our four men's honorary initiation, followed by a fun filled weekend of meals, networking, and TKE HQ hosted classes for members to improve their chapters. Classes ranged from how to get better grades, have better social events like parties, practice interviews, being better volunteers in our communities, and how to better recruit new members. Each class was designed to assist members in the theme How to Build a Championship Culture, which TKE Chapters were attempting in each of their campuses they've been established.

First Takeaway

Our first takeaway was connecting to other chapters outside our own. These two are from a chapter in Nevada, and have come to visit on occasion after we all met in 2019.

Second Takeaway

Our second takeaway from the weekend of events was connecting with TKE HQ staff and volunteers. HQ staff are available at all times to provide assistance, guidance and regular visits to campus throughout the year. RLC gave us a chance to meet the men face to face who helped us up to that point restart Iota-Delta.

Third Takeaway

The third takeaway we returned to SOU was a new found understanding of Greek Life. Because Greek Life hadn't been on campus in 45 years, a lot of rumors, misinformation and opinions had developed. One of those was that Greek Life isn't diverse - many on campus thought there was little to no people of color, LGBTQ or other aspects of a diverse people in Greek Life - but what we saw, experienced and learned as we became part of TKE that weekend is, this notion is untrue. TKE Nation is filled with diversity, and has never since its founding in 1899 barred men from joining based on ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or nationality. It in fact, encourages recruiting men from as many aspects of campus as possible wherever chapters have been established.

The Iota-Delta Colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Southern Oregon University was installed as a chapter on May 25, 1962.

Since 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon has never had an exclusionary clause for membership. TKE does not judge men on their wealth, rank or honor, but instead on their personal worth and character.

Our mission is to "to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life." In essence, we build Better Men for a Better World.