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The Sons of the Dragon Club
The Sons of the Dragon Club is the Beta Foundation’s annual giving program exclusively for pledging or initiated undergraduates. The Club is a unique way for undergraduates to learn about the Foundation and join other Betas and friends providing charitable gifts that fund the leadership programs and resources of the Men of Principle initiative. The deadline to join The Club is April 1 each year.
How Do I Join The Club?
Any undergraduate who gives $18.39 or more to the Beta Foundation is a member of the Club for the year. Gifts can be made online, at a Beta event or through the mail at: Beta Theta Pi Foundation, PO Box 6277, Oxford, OH 45056.
What Recognition Is Available to Students Who Join in 2017?
Individual Recognition – All undergraduates who join with their gift of $18.39 or more by April 1 will receive the 2017 Sons of the Dragon Club necktie or bow tie. Betas who double their gift to $36.78 or more will receive both ties. Ties will be given immediately to those who join the Club at the Presidents Academy or Keystone, but all other ties will be shipped to chapters in April.
Senior Recognition – Along with receiving the Club necktie and/or bow tie for joining the Club, graduating seniors are also eligible to receive the executive Beta padfolio embossed with the Fraternity’s logo. To qualify to receive the padfolio, seniors must commit to joining the Auto-Kai Club for alumni which includes recurring monthly contributions of $8 or more to the Beta Leadership Fund beginning on August 8, 2016 – Founders’ Day. This senior incentive is designed to recognize Sons of the Dragon Club members who become BLF donors as alumni.
Chapter Recognition – Chapters reaching 100% participation or 77+ Club members (Beta’s average chapter size) will receive the framed “Beta Badge Print.” This limited edition framed print (24 x 36 in size) tells the story of the Beta Badge and includes evolving imagery dating back to the Marshall Badge of 1839, the Paddock Badge of 1841, the Ransom badge of 1847 and many others until the badge was officially standardized by George M. Chandler in 1909. Chapters that show the most support for the Club will also be recognized at the 178th General Convention in Salt Lake City in August.
How Do I Know My Gift Makes A Difference?
Gifts to the Beta Foundation are given right back to Beta undergraduates in the form of leadership program sponsorships, Men of Principle Scholarships for recruitment and tuition-based Merit Scholarships. No other Fraternity Foundation grants more to its chapters than the Beta Foundation, and our fundraising efficiency leads the Fraternal world ($0.90 of every dollar spent by the Beta Foundation last year went directly to undergraduate scholarships and programs.) In simple terms, the $54,485 raised by the members of the 2016 Sons of the Dragon Club provided the funding for 54 student to attend the Wooden Institute or 23 executive committees to attend Keystone. Although your gift of $18.39 may seem small, you are joining thousands of your peers in collectively making a significant impact in the lives of your chapter brothers.