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positively or negatively. As Dr. William V. Muse would say, "This man is the key man who can be attributed with the suc- cess or failure of a TKE chapter." An additional leadership opportunity is to be involved in leading an alumni as- sociation or aiding the TKE Educational Foundation in raising funds to benefit men like you. Alumni Associations are a catalyst to creating the TKE experience for the 50+ years we are a Teke after col- lege. The events hosted play a crucial role in serving the needs of alumni in terms of socializing and networking. Leadership as a volunteer within the TKE Educational Foundation means you have the ability to invest your time and treasure into an organization that benefits Tekes to give them a better tomorrow. It is an outward sign of our thankfulness in the TKE experience we have been given and a display of our passion to build the future we look to create. As we grow as leaders, we should have pride in the visionaries who have placed TKE ahead of its time through- out our history. We have had men in our ranks who have raised strong families, impacted their communities, flown into space, won Super Bowls, and won the White House. Our Fraternity has achieved all of these accomplishments by learning and challenging each other in the laboratory of leadership. I hope you take advantage of the valuable and unique resource we have as Tekes-each other. Yours in the Bond, Donald E. Aldrich Chief Executive Officer I n this issue of THE TEKE, you will read about the tradition and impact of the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. TKE Leadership Academy. "The Academy," as many of us call it, has been built on the generosity of Frater Charles Walgreen along with a foundation of amazing facilitators and participants who have made the program what it is today. This premier program is a micro- cosm of what our chapters, colonies and alumni associations represent each day- a leadership laboratory. It is my desire that more of our Frat- ers look at our fraternal experience as just that. Notice I said fraternal experience- not collegiate experience. We are proud to call ourselves the Fraternity for Life and the Founders and impactful leaders of our Fraternity have created countless reminders of this lifelong commitment in our Bond, our ritual, and the symbolism that exists throughout our organization. This means we have a lifetime of opportunities to learn and grow as leaders because we chose Tau Kappa Epsilon. We can learn to lead in multiple ways. First, one can serve as an officer or on a committee as a collegiate member. This allows that opportunity to make important decisions that you have to rationalize and validate to the men you represent. You learn teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, and time management among many other skills. Second, you can serve as an advisor once you become an alum- nus. This role challenges you to remove yourself from the day-to-day operations of the group and to focus on the long- term strategy the group will need to be successful through the leadership changes that occur annually. This role proves vital in someone who builds culture both The Leadership Laboratory CEO MESSAGE DONALD E. ALDRICH THE TEKE 4 WINTER 16

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