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Posted On: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 02:24 PM, by April Pinkston DuPree
Summer may mean a break from the academic year, a chance to take that memorable family vacation, or just time to enjoy a slower pace, but for college and alumnae chapters, summer also means preparing for fall recruitment.

Alumnae play an important role in our chapters' recruitment success through their recommendation of potential new members. Although the Fraternity no longer requires a reference in order for a chapter to pledge a new member, references for qualified women play a vital role.

College chapters depend on information provided in a reference form in order to make the best decisions they can during recruitment events. A thorough reference written by an alumna who knows of the potential new member's qualities and attributes helps the chapter to learn more about the woman they will soon meet.

As we all know, each chapter and campus has a different culture, and some place greater emphasis on the need for letters of reference for potential new members. Regardless of this culture, each chapter benefits from a well-written letter of reference, and in turn the Fraternity benefits from the recruitment of well-rounded young women.

I am grateful to the alumnae who take the time to write a letter of reference for a young woman participating in recruitment, and I encourage every alumna to do so when the opportunity presents itself. The form is found in the spring issue of The Kappa Alpha Theta Magazine each year, and is easily available online year-round.

As alumnae, one of the best ways we can support college chapters in recruitment is to help them get to know potential new members through letters of reference. I know our college chapters appreciate it, and so does the Fraternity.

April Pinkston DuPree, Zeta Lambda/College of Charleston, is Fraternity vice-president membership for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

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