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The Men of Principle Initiative was an initiative set up in the General Fraternity to build Betas into even stronger men than ever before. It began in 1999, and the Beta Eta Chapter was one of the forerunners in joining the group of chapters choosing to become Men of Principle chapters. Every summer we send a group of Beta Etas to Oxford, Ohio to the Wooden Institute for Men of Principle where they spend a week learning leadership skills through team building exercises and large group activites with 80+ brothers from other Men of Principle chapters all over the country. This past summer Brothers McKinnon, Lemont, Dehaan, Keenan, and Satalich attended sessions of the Wooden Institute. For Summer 2009 we hope to send even more brothers.

Proud to be a Man of Principal, damn proud to be a Beta.


Eric Beaver
Men of Principle Chair

Beta Eta Brothers at MPI
(BrotherMcKinnon& Brother Lemont)

This is The General Fraternity's description of the Men of Principle Initiative:

The Men of Principle Initiative (MPI) is a commitment to the vision of our founders. A chapter that chooses to partner is making a public statement to pursue the Mission, Vision and Goals of the Initiative. Further, these chapters have committed to a positive pledge education, alcohol-free recruitment and the promotion of the principles and obligations contained in the Ritual of Beta Theta Pi. It is a commitment to being who we say we are.

Mission Statement
Beta Theta Pi is dedicated to building men of principle for a principled life. Our brotherhood aids the individual, builds the Fraternity and strengthens the host academic institution through lifelong devotion to intellectual excellence, high standards of moral conduct and responsible citizenship.

LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP — Bonded by oath and ritual, Betas form lifelong bonds of trust and friendship which are the foundation of the Fraternity’s mission.

CULTIVATION OF THE INTELLECT — Beta membership encourages individual and chapter support of the academic mission and provides opportunities for co-curricular learning and personal growth.
RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP — Betas participate in a system of self-governance, bound by trust and responsibility, which nurtures the development of social and leadership skills.
RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL CONDUCT — Beta Theta Pi is committed to standards of social conduct which are guided by principles of urbane, civil, courteous and responsible deportment.
COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY — The experience of being a Beta encourages men to serve their university, fraternal and local communities.

Vision Statement
Beta Theta Pi will be the exemplary standard for collegiate fraternal societies. Through implementation of Men of Principle, Beta will have successfully implemented policies and programs to achieve these objectives:

· Betas will be universally known as friends, gentlemen and scholars.
· Beta Theta Pi will be acclaimed and respected by the academic community.
· Beta Theta Pi will be endorsed by parents who will advocate membership for young men.
· Betas will be in high demand by leaders of business, government and the professions.
· Beta Theta Pi will engender bonds of friendship and brotherhood which create a lifelong commitment to serve and support the Fraternity.

These nine goals describe the distinctive character of the Beta culture. They flow directly from the Mission and anticipate the Beta Theta Pi Vision. While these goals are listed in numerical order, they are in fact interrelated and of equal value. There is no hierarchy. No single goal is more or less important than the others. They work together systematically.

Reading them in sequence gives a sense of systemic wholeness, of how they relate, fit together and mutually support one another. The programs relate specifically to the goals. When successfully implemented, the cumulative effect will be the achievement of the Mission and Vision.

1. Cultivation of the Intellect
2. Leadership Development & Self Governance
3. Commitment to Community
4. Member Education
5. Responsible Personal Conduct
6. Chapter Advisors
7. Member Recruitment
8. Communication
9. Lifelong Fraternal Brotherhood

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