In 2110, by the grace of God, someone will call my name as the 3rd National President of a century-old fraternity for artists. Perhaps there will be some three dimensional portrait of me in a historical exhibit with all the other past National Presidents. Maybe there will be some bullet points with the major accomplishments of my administration. If I’m lucky, someone will be there, not who remembers me, but remembers someone who remembers me.
But one thing is certain: I will not be alive in 2110. So I’d better do a damn good job at being a National President if I want to be remembered. I’d better make sure that every Founders’ Day is a milestone for our beloved fraternity.
Today, Gamma Xi Phi is five years old. Students attending Ramapo College of New Jersey came together five years ago with an idea for a new fraternity, one established for artists of all crafts. Years later, the fraternity has already grown into something far greater in size and scope than our original members could have expected. It has experienced this growth because it is fundamentally a good organization that has come at the right time.
I am proud of each and every one of our members, from the charter members of Alpha Chapter to our newest initiates. Gamma Xi Phi Brothers and Sisters are on the move, sculpting monuments in Washington, performing on tour in Europe and Africa, studying in graduate programs in New York, and hosting popular podcasts in New Jersey. We have done a lot in five years and we are not stopping any time soon. Through the years, Gamma will grow in size, in strength, and in influence due to our wonderful members.
But we can’t do it alone. To our families, friends, and supporters: If you believe, as we do, that Gamma Xi Phi is a good organization, we ask that you spread this simple message to the artists in your life:
You are not alone. There is an organization out there for men and women in the arts. They are waiting for you. They need you, and while you might not know it now, you need them as well. They are a group of great folks: literary artists, visual artists, performing artists, and professionals in arts-serving careers. They have an awesome national program of artistic service that I think you’d like. Check them out: www.GammaXiPhi.com.
Gamma Xi Phi will exist in 2110, certainly without me, but I must do my part to make sure that it is a greater organization than I could have imagined. If you are an artist, join us. If you are a friend, help us. These past five years have been a nice start, but we have only just begun to build our legacy.
Happy fifth anniversary to my Brothers and Sisters. Thank you, one and all.