New Member of Delta Kappa Epsilon,
Welcome to Deke! We are excited to have you join our grand ranks of gentlemen, scholars, and jolly-good fellows. If you are reading this then the first and foremost of the many, many memorable experiences you will have with the fraternity is just about to begin – your new member education program.
The goals of the new member education program are manyfold and will be explained in greater detail in later sections of this document. In short though, this program aims to educate new members on DKE history and ritual, create capable leaders who understand how to effectively run an organization, unify the new member class with the active membership, and connect new members with the important communities in which any Deke chapter must exist. Because you have accepted a bid of membership into our organization, we trust that you are willing and able to accomplish these goals with the stoutness of heart that has been expected of all Dekes since our founding at Yale nearly two centuries ago.
As you begin this momentous journey into the world of DKE, please do keep in mind what a genuine commitment to this brotherhood fully entails: All members are expected to put forth honorable effort into the new member program and into all operations of the fraternity chapter after gaining active status; to be faithful to their brothers, their chapter, and to the international Deke community as a new, active, and alumni member; and to meet or exceed all academic, financial, behavioral, and other standards as set forth by the chapter and DKE International Headquarters. Please speak with your New Member Educator or another chapter officer about these various commitments in the near future.
Congratulations on your decision to join Delta Kappa Epsilon. We look forward to meeting you in the future during a chapter visit, at a DKE conference, or perhaps out in the wide world that is now so much smaller thanks to the bonds of friendship that bind the hearts of all Dekes together, forever.
In the bonds,
DKE Int’l Headquarters