Hello everyone! Welcome to #MembershipMonday!

It was awesome to see everyone who attended the Section 97 Conference this past weekend at Alpha Eta Alpha chapter at STAC. They were fantastic hosts!

The weather outside has been all over the map, classes canceled, papers are due and finals are a little more than a month away; not to mention pledge/new member processes are completed or about to be completed, brothers are working to make sure they meet or exceed requirements, conference season is here too...It's a lot to handle all at once. So this week we're revisiting a two-part topic we've covered in previous installations: how to care. What we mean is, self care and chapter care. We feel a reminder is necessary, even for us in your squad, to make sure we're all taking care of ourselves and each other. Please feel free to leave your suggestions for each in the comments below!

Regarding Self Care:

Our health, family & friends should always come first, our schoolwork second, and our jobs third (school and work switch places every day as needed). APO is always fourth, as it should never come before those three things.

APO isn't a college major; none of us have degrees in brotherhood. It's important to take a moment to focus on yourself every so often if those first three things need your attention first. This is especially key to preventing burn out and becoming so run down that you get sick (and no one wants that). It's not selfish but necessary to do!

So what can you do to give yourself some care? Well, here are just a few things you can do.

ASK FOR HELP. There's nothing wrong with delegating tasks if need be. If you're feeling overwhelmed, your brothers can help you.

SLEEP. Make sure you get some shuteye. The college struggle is real enough. You don't need to pile on sleep deprivation. Besides, coffee and 5 hour energy can only take you so far.

WATER. Staying hydrated can keep your brain sharp and you from feeling sluggish. Aim for six 8oz. glasses per day.

EXERCISE. Even something as simple as a 10 minute walk will work wonders.

FIND A HOBBY. Try knitting/crocheting, reading, writing, whatever you find makes you happy, go do it.

Regarding Chapter Care:

This is different from self care in that the focus is on brother bonding and fellowship. Here are some suggestions you can try:

Have more fellowships for a little while! Do something fun each week to help reduce stress in the group. Even something simple like coloring or just hanging out over some food is a good thing. You don't have to meet up only for projects or meetings.

If school (which is one of the Top 3 as we mentioned previously) is figuratively eating your life as a chapter-it happens!-then have study sessions! They count as service to the fraternity in that you can't care for others if you can't care for yourselves first.

Have a moment each meeting to go over things that are going well or are positive that happened during the week in between. Show some love and support to one another and revel in the good things!

And don't forget to utilize your resources and ask for help if you need!

In conclusion, don't be afraid to reach out if you need to. Your brothers are here for you and there are resources out there should you wish to seek them. Never forget that you are VALUED, that you MATTER in this world, and that you're LOVED.

Tl;dr. Be excellent to yourself and to each other.

Next week we will be trying something different and going LIVE at 9pm to talk about chapter history and answer your questions about all things membership.

Don't forget that you can also reach us at membership@apor1.org.

Thank you and see you next week!

In LFS, YOUR Region 1 Membership Squad