The Colonization Process
Delta Lambda Phi is growing rapidly, but we do not create new Chapters lightly. The Fraternity has developed a rigorous process for the creation of new Chapters that ensures that new members have both the leadership skills and commitment to see the group through.
Step 1: Interest Group
The first step in founding a Chapter is to assemble a group of like-minded men. This is called an Interest Group. Think of this as an initial recruitment drive. There is no time limit or set schedule for the initial recruitment. Instead, it is important to ensure that all members of the group get along with each other, are serious about the Fraternity, and share a willingness to commit to its ideals and purposes. You should also contact the Office of Expansion as soon as possible for guidance and support. During this time, it is important to spend time together as a group, as well as to consider what sort of Chapter you would like to become. What does your group stand for? How does that fit within the larger whole of Delta Lambda Phi? Once the Interest Group includes at least ten (10) serious members, they may apply to become a colony of Delta Lambda Phi.
Step 2: Colonization
A Colony of Delta Lambda Phi is a Chapter-in-training. In this stage of the process, a group is working towards being recognized as an official Chapter of the Fraternity. Similar to Chapters, you will be recruiting new members, organizing social events, raising funds for your Colony and participating in philanthropy efforts. You are also doing the work unique to Founders: gaining recognition at your college or university, starting the traditions of your future Chapter, and laying the groundwork for all future generations of the Fraternity.
The Fraternity provides guidance throughout this period. Every Colony is assigned two official Colony Mentors, or Brothers who have committed to seeing the Colony through this time. These Mentors act as educators and advisors throughout the Colonization process. Additionally, Colonies are expected to maintain regular contact with the Director of Expansion and their Regional Director, as well as attend Regional Conferences and Conventions. In this way, Colonies are provided with a far-reaching support network to help them through periods of uncertainty or difficulty.
Step 3: Chapter Chartering
In order to progress from a Colony to full Chapter, the Colony must successfully educate a minimum of three pledge classes (one per semester), show continued growth and sustainability, and demonstrate good leadership. Upon submission of a Chapter Charter Petition and approval from the Board of Directors, the Colony will undergo a Chartering Initiation. The Colonists will become fully Initiated Brothers, and their Colony will be officially designated as a Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi.