Dr. Wood

Dr. Richard E. Wood, Educational Consultant

April 2019

B

eing a Theta Delta is forever, and when the "Old Lady" calls to ask for your service it is hard to say no. However, I was still surprised when I was asked to serve as an Educational Consultant for the Fraternity and to travel to five of our Charges in order to facilitate workshops and conduct ROVs (Record of Visitation).

I have been a brother at the Gamma Triton Charge since 1973 and have remained engaged with the Fraternity at the International level since 1989 when I attended my first convention in Richmond, Virginia. Among the positions I have held for Theta Delta Chi are Charge Alumni Advisor, Secretary of the Educational Foundation, Secretary and President of the Grand Lodge, Executive Director and, facilitator for the Preamble Institute.

The Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War informed my collegiate and fraternity experience and is very different than most of our current undergraduates. I cannot presume to understand all of the stresses of collegiate life today; however, I am well aware of the mission and values of our beloved Fraternity and how those ideals can serve as a guide for our everyday actions.

The values of our Fraternity served me well in my personal and professional life. I was an educator 13 years before becoming a principal of three different schools for an additional 14 years. Afterwards, I worked at as the Director of Instructional Technology for a major school district outside the City of Detroit. In order to improve my academic being during this time, I also completed my Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. I subsequently became an adjunct faculty for Oakland University in Michigan.

Seeing the impact that I could have within my previous roles, I decided to start my own educational consulting company. I travelled around the nation as a turn- around specialist for failing schools. During my journey, I had the pleasure of writing several articles on the subject for professional publication. After 13 years of running my own company, I closed up shop and served the Fraternity as its Executive Director.

I look forward to traveling to Mu Triton, Rho Proteron, Nu, Nu Triton and Rho Triton very soon. I met many great brothers from those Charges recently at the Preamble Institute and look forward to "renewing our social joys." Because of them, am encouraged about the continued success of our beloved Fraternity.

As I travel to your Charge, I would encourage anyone interested in serving as a Charge Consultant to meet with me and discuss this wonderful opportunity. You will be able to develop and practice many skills employers are looking for in new hires. Many of these skills are "soft" while others are workplace ready. Please contact me in advance and we can discuss this great opportunity.

Dr. Richard E. Wood, Gamma Triton '73, 64th PGL, Former Executive Director

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TDX170

171st Convention Recap

171st Convention Recap

For a full 171st Convention Recap, videos, and images, visit our convention site at http://tdxconvention.org/recap/

Awards

Our Scholarship Winners:
    General $1847
  • Brendan James Gudenburr, Gamma Triton 2016
  • Jack Frank Chovanec, Sigma Deuteron 2015
  • Davenport $4000
  • Tim Dabrowski, Psi Tetraton 2020
  • Yoab Garcia, Psi Deuteron 2018
  • Scott Robert Hojlo, Alpha 2019
  • Colin DeMeritt, Beta 2019
Individual Awards
  • Undergraduate of the Year – Levi Garrison, Upsilon Deuteron ‘18
  • Alumnus of the Year – “Wally” Thomas Stephan, Sigma Triton ‘73
  • Charles P. Schmid Loyalty Cups:
  • Highest Number of Donors – Gamma Deuteron
  • Highest Percentage of Donors – Rho Triton
  • Convention Awards:
  • Glenn Marston Travel Cup – Rho Triton
  • Graduate Attendance Trophy – Rho Triton
  • #TDX171 Photo Contest –@uwtdx
  • Service and Philanthropy Cup – Gamma Deuteron
  • Guy C. Pierce Improvement Cup –Delta Deuteron
  • Ritual Improvement Cup – Lambda Deuteron
  • President’s Cup – Upsilon Deuteron
  • Theta Delt of the Year – Taylor Early
  • Victory Cup – Iota Triton

The Grand Lodge is Hiring!

Educational Consultant

The Central Fraternity Office is taking applications for the newly created position of Educational Consultant.

The Grand Lodge is accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis with the goal of hiring an Educational Consultant for a start as soon as possible. A more detailed list of roles and responsibilities are available here.

The Educational Consultant is a position focused on member and resource development. The employee will work with current staff and the Grand Lodge to determine, develop, and implement strategic resources to benefit the membership of Theta Delta Chi. A majority of the focus will be on the undergraduate experience, specifically working to connect members to organizational values, reflect on their experience, and align their decision making with the organization values. The overarching goal is to create a shared definition with our members of what it means to be a Theta Delt and how that meaning can be articulated in personal actions, Charge actions, and in their goals.

If you are interested in applying please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree. Applicants with previous professional experience in education is highly preferred.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Grand Lodge Staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.999.1847. Dial Extension three to talk to Executive Director Brian Bertges.


Charge Consultant

The Central Fraternity Office is taking applications for the position of Traveling Charge Consultant. There are a variety of opportunities available.

The Grand Lodge is accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis with the goal of hiring a Charge Consultant for a start as soon as possible. This contract would extend through August of 2019, with the possibility to renew on a mutual basis. A more detailed list of roles and responsibilities are available here.

At the same time the Grand Lodge will start to review applicants for the role of Travel Charge Consultant with an expected start date of June 17th 2019. This contract extends through August of 2020, with the possibility to renew on a mutual basis. A more detailed list of roles and responsibilities are available here.

If you are interested in applying please submit your cover letter, resume, and three references here.

If you have any questions, feel free to email current Grand Lodge Staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.999.1847. Dial Extension three to talk to Executive Director Brian Bertges.

Dr. Christopher Niessen. Theta Deuteron '93

Dr. Christopher Niessen. Theta Deuteron '93, was honored at a recent Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) international conference held in Baltimore. Click here for the full AFCEA press release.

Do you have any exciting news about a Theta Delt? Feel free to reach out to Executive Director Brian Bertges at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800.999.1847 ext. 3

Founders Day Letter

Founders Day Letter

Happy Founders Day From Executive Director Brian Bertges

This Founders Day, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the "Old Lady.” On a reflective day such as this one, I look at the progress we have made since I was initiated some 21 years ago. Standing at childhood's gates on a day that feels like just yesterday, I entered a room wondering what the future holds. I now have the distinct honor and privilege of serving as the Executive Director of our beloved Fraternity, hoping to prove my friendship will be firm, faithful and mutual.

Every day I wake up refreshed and excited to follow my passions. Exhilarated, I come to work at the Central Fraternity Office. My desk sits comfortably in the Norm Hackett room. Norm Hackett, our first Field Secretary, paved the way for future staff members. While thinking what I would write about for Founders Day, I realized that it was fitting to recognize the efforts and words from our past. The following is an excerpt from the Manual Norm Hackett compiled in 1936, 60 years prior to my initiation:


"Single out any high type, successful man and you will find that he believes in certain ideals and consistently lives up to them. They form the moral basis of his life, the foundation upon which his character house is build. You will find no finer, more wholesome, helpful ideals to adopt for your creed of living than the ideals of your Fraternity. But they will be of little value if you do not try to live them that's the big thing, living Theta Delta Chi, by trying to make yourself more worthy of its precepts, its friendships, delightful social contacts, in short, being loyal to them, and loyalty to your Fraternity MUST be lived. It implies affection, love, enthusiasm and those things cannot be expressed by empty shouting. We should avoid the selfish question, 'What is Theta Delta Chi doing for me?' But rather ask ourselves, 'What am I doing for Theta Delta Chi?'"

My experience with the Fraternity echoes Norm's words. Live the values of our Fraternity and you will be a better person. Put your whole self into the Fraternity and the Fraternity will do the same for you. With every investment I make, whether that is time, effort, or monetary, I received a return that is tenfold. I owe a lot of who I am to Theta Delta Chi.

On this Founders Day, I would love for every brother to do one act for the betterment of our Fraternity. If you are an undergraduate brother, consider reading the Preamble and the Book of Rituals and reflect on its words, or go out and participate in a day of service. If you are an alumnus, plan a trip to your Charge or make a gift to the Fraternity. Simply, do whatever your inner voice tells you to do. In honor of what the Fraternity has done for me over the last two decades and all brothers, I am making a gift of $1,847. I hope you will join me in making a donation that makes sense for you. Happy Founders Day fellow brethren! TO THE 'OLD LADY!'"

In The Bonds,
Brian Bertges, Sigma Triton '00
Executive Director

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