Okay, I’ll play.
Here are some initial thoughts about what I might say...
#myFraternity taught me that being a fraternity man is not easy. But nothing in life that's worthwhile ever is.
#myFraternity provided me with countless real-life leadership lessons and experiences.
#myFraternity was the best way to live my college years.
#myFraternity occupied a house that was often a pit, and made my mother cry whenever she left me there and drove away. But it was home. And when I drove away the last time, I may have cried too.
#myFraternity didn’t shy away from shenanigans. And I’m smiling big right now thinking about one in particular.
#myFraternity has a very compelling Ritual. Which is better than a beautiful one. Because I still think about it.
#myFraternity looked out for each other. My brothers were a constant and daily force in my life back then, and still are today.
#myFraternity wasn’t just a club. It was an education.
#myFraternity taught me the difference between the big things that matter and the little things that don’t.
I appreciate how self-governed #myFraternity was. Sure, we made plenty of mistakes, but we lived to tell the tale.
I love #myFraternity because we basically looked the opposite of those posed, well-coiffed, smiles and shoulder-grabbing stock-photo pictures of fraternity men.
#myFraternity showcased how tough and relentless men can be when they go at each other, and yet how accepting and forgiving they can be when they come back together.
#myFraternity gave me a set of ideals and values to hold up against my actions and decisions. It's a timeless roadmap.
#myFraternity was a gift to my life. Not a gift that ends up in a drawer or on a shelf...but rather a gift that is always displayed, cared for, and treated as though it's as precious as any possession could be.
#myFraternity led me to a career in higher education, which led me to pursue a graduate degree, which led me to meet a sorority woman who was on the same path, and she became my soul mate, and my wife.
#myFraternity made me laugh. At least twice as much as it made me mad. That’s a good ratio if ever you can find it.
#myFraternity opened my eyes to all the dedicated professionals devoted to #myFraternity experience. Thank you.
The last place I stood on campus before I walked to the graduation ceremony was #myFraternity house.
#myFraternity stays with me as I journey through life.
I will forever be thankful for #myFraternity.
Join in and follow the hashtag #myFraternity on September 12. I encourage you to avoid the glossy brochure-speak and be real and authentic in what fraternity has given you.