The office of vice president has traditionally been known as the fill in position. Whenever the president cannot attend an event, guess who gets a call? If this is what you’re expecting as vice president of your chapter, you’re in for a surprise. Delta Tau Delta believes that all undergraduate officers play a crucial role in maintaining growth within the Fraternity. One officer cannot do it alone; it takes the power and energy of all the officers.
Your two primary areas of responsibility are ritual education and internal organization. Ritual education will be a much easier task to undertake. Quite simply, it is your duty to insure that all members understand the rituals of the Fraternity and are able to perform each one. However, this will not occupy much of your time. On the other hand, your obligation to sustain internal organization will require a great deal of time and effort.
Your first order of business will be to assume the role of chairman for the administrative committee. As such, you will be responsible for finding out what is occurring in each committee and relaying this information to your fellow officers. Although your role will involve a substantial amount of behind the scene efforts, you must keep in mind the importance of your office in maintaining a smooth running chapter.
When a chapter grows and becomes too large for one vice president to handle, the Fraternity suggests electing a second vice president. This vice president is responsible for the external portion of the organization, such as improving or preserving relations with the school, community, and other fraternity and sorority chapters on campus. The duties of the two vice presidents should not overlap. Each should have his own area of clearly delineated responsibilities.
Whatever expectations you may have had, you must remember that you are the president’s right-hand-man. You should always be there for him. He may need your assistance for guidance on a particular matter, or he may just need someone to complain to. Whatever it is, remember that you are essential to him.
So who is your right-hand-man? Actually, you have the luxury of several. All of the chairmen and other elected officers become your right-hand-men. And to get the most from each one, keep in mind two key words: integrity and accountability. Remember these from your A Life of Excellence guide. Always do what you said you’d do and hold others responsible for their words and actions. Dependability is fundamental to your success.
- President’s right-hand-man
- Serve in the absence of the President
- Chairman of Administrative Committee
- Maintain internal organization
- Help establish and achieve committee chairmen’s goals
- Encourage high morale among chapter members
- Maintain committee focus on Mission & Values