20 QUESTIONS....



[1]Every member should know how to answer….
1. How many brothers are in the chapter?
2. My parents are concerned about me joining a fraternity….
3. I am not sure that I have the money. How much does it cost?
4. What are the requirements of being a member?
5. How much time will all this take?
6. What kind of service projects do you do?
7. What kind of social things do you do?
8. What does it mean when you say National Service Fraternity?
9. I’ve have never been a Boy Scout, can I still join?
10. What has the Fraternity done for you?
11. What are the advantages of joining now, as opposed to waiting till next semester?
12. Not sure I like the image of Frats… There’s all that hazing… Do you do any of that?
13. What else is going on this week?
14. Why join Alpha Phi Omega, over another service organization, their dues are much cheaper…
15. What leadership opportunities are available through Alpha Phi Omega?
16. Are the members a part of other organizations?
17. Are there any scholarship opportunities?
18. Are there any networking opportunities?
19. Are any alumni involved in the chapter? What do they do (for the chapter and a job)?
20. What are some of the chapter member’s majors, or hobbies?

EXAMPLE ANSWERS TO THE 20 QUESTIONS....

2. My parents are concerned about me joining a fraternity….
  • My parents felt the same way when I first joined. I had them talk to (name a member) and they felt much better. She answered all their questions. If you would like, I can speak with your parents so they have a better understanding of the pledging process.
  • I can understand the negative impression of fraternities. I found that this organization does not live up to that reputation. We have a national no hazing policy. My parents had a negative impression; however, they were supportive after we learned this.

5. How much time will all this take?
  • I also was concerned about time when I pledged. I felt I really had a lot on my plate. When I sat down and looked at what I was already doing, most of it could count for the pledging requirements. There was not that much more for me to do. I talked with (XYZ brother) and they helped me to lay out a time management plan to get everything done by the end of the semester.

8. What does it mean when you say National Service Fraternity?
  • We have chapters that are all across the nation, from Alaska to Florida. We have several chapters fairly close including (examples of a nearby chapter.)

9. I have never been a Boy Scout, can I still join?
  • Although Scouting was once a requirement, it is not any longer. We are based on the traditions, and still believe in the Scout Oath and Law. We have many service projects that work with the Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

11. What are the advantages of joining now, as opposed to waiting till next semester?
  • I thought about waiting to join myself. I decided to join right away, and have had some really incredible experiences. I have been able to participate in things like the APO LEADS programs and they have helped me to apply the leadership qualities I have learned to my classes right now.

12. Not sure I like the image of Frats… There’s all that hazing… Do you do any of that?
  • We have a Zero Tolerance hazing policy. The only things we ask pledges to do are outlined in this pledging requirements sheet. Let me introduce you to (XYZ) he/she is one of our newest initiates; please feel free to ask them about their experiences.

14. Why join Alpha Phi Omega over another service organization; their dues are much cheaper…
  • When I joined Alpha Phi Omega, I also looked at other organizations. There are great things about those organizations, but I found that Alpha Phi Omega had everything I was looking for. I found opportunities to develop my own personal leadership skills at the same time as doing community service, and having a great time doing it. And through Alpha Phi Omega, I have made some of the best friends I have ever had.

15. What leadership opportunities are available through Alpha Phi Omega?
  • Within Alpha Phi Omega, we have several different ways to develop leadership skills. We have a national program called APO LEADS, which is a leadership development program to help our chapters and members with their leadership skills. The skills we learn in those classes can be put to use in each chapter. We have immediate skill development within the pledge class with pledge class officers. After you become active, we have many different chairs and committees that active members participate in. That could be anything from the Executive Board or a service project chair. We also encourage members to participate in other campus activities, such as homecoming to develop leadership skills, or to participate in the Office of Student Activities Leadership development program.

16. Are the members a part of other organizations?
  • As part of our own personal leadership development, several members are also involved with (XYZ). I am also involved with…

20. Are any alumni involved in the chapter? What do they do (for the chapter and a job)?
  • We have several alumni advisors, two who work here on campus, one Bryon Glock works in the Technology Department. And Dr. Kane is a professor in the Communications Department. We also have several others, our community advisor; Maggie Morrison is a fifth grade teacher at Foster’s Elementary School. And Todd Campbell is our scouting advisor; he works in the community, and is a member of the local Boy Scout Council. Each one provides advice and guidance to the chapter in planning and executing our chapter’s projects.

[2] One way to answer any question: Feel, Felt, Found: You can empathize with how they Feel, you have Felt the same yourself, and you Found the answer you were looking for.

  1. ^ Beta Theta Pi Fraternity http://www.betathetapi.org
  2. ^ Mattson, M., & Orendi, J. (2006). Good Guys, The Eight Steps to Limitless Possibility for Fraternity Recruitment. Naperville, IL: Phired Up Productions LLC.