Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy Blog – Day Two

Thursday marked a day of learning at the Darold Larson Acacia Leadership Academy. The day started with the most delicious omelet bar you could imagine.  Then, we jumped right into learning about all OmegaFi offers our chapters, including Vault and myACACIA. In our breakout groups, we practiced the ritual that binds all of us brothers together no matter what state or chapter we may be associated with. A big focus for the day was that all brothers should continue to develop themselves as people and leaders even after pledge-ship is over. The Total Membership Development Plan that the International Headquarters designed will help our chapters do just that, grow as individuals and as a group. The Cornerstones App will connect brothers to alumni from all over the country with all sorts of backgrounds and careers.

The keynote speaker for the day was Mike Ayalon, founder of Greek University, who addressed important topics relevant to the Greek community. He discussed the heavy topic of preventing sexual assault and the steps we can take to create a “consent culture” on our campuses.  He also discussed how to motivate our chapters and how to better manage the daily operations of the chapter.  Overall the day was exciting and the ties of friendship were strengthened.

So Live.


Brother Ritter Krueger, Missouri '16

ALA Secretary

Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy Blog – Day One

Welcome from ALA! Sunshine and blue skies greeted our attendees at the start of ALA and energy was high as members began filtering in from all across the country. The ALA elected the following officers to serve on the executive team for the week:


Venerable Dean: Brandon P. Brodsky, Penn State '15

Senior Dean: Michael P. Foy, Wisconsin '14

Treasurer: Greg J. Schultz, Cornell '16

Secretary: Ritter M. Krueger, Missouri '16

Brotherhood Chair: Michael C. Bender, Missouri '16

Risk Manager: P. Kodjo Awadjie, Washington State '16

Senior Steward: Brandon D. Main, Wisconsin '16

Junior Steward: AJ Neu, Indiana '17


We will keep you updated each night on our progress, stay tuned for more details!

Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy Schedule - 2017

ALA 2017 Schedule

The Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy offers participants a chance to have a unique experience unlike they will find anywhere else. Nearly 25 years ago, Brother Larson (who was Executive Director at the time) was inspired by the example set by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) with the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and modeled the first ALA in 1992 after it.

The program attempts to replicate a model chapter setting, complete with officers and meetings. Combining this with traditional aspects of educational sessions (group sessions, breakout sessions, group discussion, structured/informal group settings) creates a model environment to inspire radical change.


ALA Day One: Wednesday, July 26

12:00 – 4:00 PM    Registration

3:45 – 4:30 PM    General Session One: Kickoff ALA – Why Are You Here?

4:30 – 5:15 PM    Breakout Session #1 – Introductions and Elections Slating

5:30 – 6:30 PM    Dinner

6:45 – 8:30 PM    General Session Two: Elections

9:00 PM               ACTIVITY: (Bowling at Classic Lanes)


ALA Day Two: Thursday, July 27

7:30 – 8:30 AM    Breakfast

8:45 – 9:45 AM    General Session Three: OmegaFi - myAcacia & Vault

10:00 – 11:45 AM    Breakout Session #2: Ritual Practice

12:00 – 1:00 PM    Lunch

1:00 – 2:45 PM    General Session Four: Formal Opening / Meet the President / The Purpose of Dues

2:45 – 3:00 PM    General Session Five: Cornerstones Program- Total Membership Development Plan (TMDP) and Cornerstones App

3:15 – 4:15 PM    General Session Six: Mike Ayalon – Preventing Sexual Assault

4:15 – 5:15 PM    General Session Seven: Mike Ayalon – Help! My Chapter is Not Motivated

5:45 – 6:45 PM    Dinner

7:15 – 8:15 PM    General Session Eight: Mike Ayalon – Strategies for Managerial Excellence

8:30 – 9:00 PM    Breakout Session #3: Processing Today

9:00 – 9:45 PM    General Session Nine: Know Thyself

9:45 – 11:00 PM    Trivia Night!


ALA Day Three: Friday, July 28

7:30 – 8:00 AM    Breakfast

8:15 – 8:45 AM    ACTIVITY: Drive to Rawhide Ranch

8:45 – 12:45 PM     ACTIVITY: Low Challenge Course

12:45 – 1:15 PM    Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 PM    ACTIVITY: Drive to Bloomington

2:00 – 3:00 PM    Acacia Olympics

3:30 – 4:30 PM    General Session Ten: Jerod Miles – 365 for 345: Recruitment Seminar

4:30 – 5:00 PM    Breakout Session #4: Work on Recruitment Plans

5:00 – 6:00 PM    Picnic Dinner

6:00 – 7:00 PM    Acacia Olympics

7:15 – 8:00 PM    General Session 11: Planning and Enacting Change

8:30 – 9:15 PM    Breakout Session #5 – What’s My Plan?

9:30 – 10:30 PM    Initiation: Second Degree Ritual Exemplification

10:30 PM               Movies & Games


ALA Day Four: Saturday, July 29

7:30 AM                Leave for Masonic Lodge

8:00 – 9:00 AM    Breakfast

9:15 – 10:45 AM    Initiation: First and Third Degree Ritual Exemplification

11:15 – 12:15 AM    Breakout Session #6: On Ritual – What is Our Purpose?

12:30 – 1:30 PM    Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM    ACACIA Olympics

2:45 – 3:15 PM    AFF Presentation

4:45 PM              ALA Attendees dressed in formal attire for pictures

4:45 – 5:15 PM    Pictures

5:30 PM              Final Banquet and Pass the Gavel

Acacia Fraternity Foundation Directors for 2017 - 2020

Please refer to the following list of bios for those alumni brothers nominated to serve as Acacia Fraternity Foundation Directors for 2017 - 2020.

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Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg ’66 – Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Order of Pythagoras; International President, Acacia Fraternity, 1998-2002; Past President, Board of Directors of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation, 1994 – 1998; Board of Directors, Acacia Fraternity Foundation (1992-1998 and 2011 – present), Chairman of the AFF Board Development Committee. Past Southern Region Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Recently retired as Lead Public Health Advisor for the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, GA. Resides in Roswell, GA.

David L. Ferguson, Indiana ’74 – Order of Pythagoras; Past President of the Indiana Chapter House Corporation Board; Past Chapter Advisor, Indiana Chapter; Lawyer at Ferguson Law. Resides in Bloomington, IN.

Mark R. Guidry, Louisiana State ’57 Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Order of Pythagoras; Past Chapter Advisor, Louisiana State Chapter; Board of Directors, Acacia Fraternity Foundation (2011 – present), member of the Investment Committee. Retired CEO, Avasem Corporation; General Manager, Avanti Bufalini, LLC and Avaline Partners, LLC. Resides in Henderson, NV.

Ronald T. Hopkins, Syracuse ’69Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Order of Pythagoras; International Treasurer, 1985-1990. Officer, Syracuse Corporation Board. Acacia Fraternity Foundation Director (2012 – present), Chairman of the Audit Committee. President, George O. Miller Co. Resides in Fayetteville, NY.

James N. Katsaounis, Ohio ’95 Award of Merit, Order of Pythagoras. Current Secretary of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation. Past Alumni Director and President, Ohio Chapter Alumni Association and House Corporation; Past Chapter Advisor, Ohio Chapter; Past Assistant International Treasurer and Communications Director, Acacia International Headquarters. Past director of public relations, Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Associate Vice President, University Communications, Drexel University. Resides in Philadelphia, PA.

David R. Quick, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute '93 - Past: Director, Ascentium; Development Manager, CommerceServer.net/SiteCore; Co-founder, Renasar Technologies Inc.; Current: Board member at Kingswood-Oxford School (West Hartford, CT); Development Manager in Microsoft Azure. Resides in Bellevue, WA

Donald W. Solanas, Jr., Louisiana State ’68 Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Order of Pythagoras, Donald W. Solanas Jr. Lifetime Service to acacia Award; Past President of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation. International President, Acacia Fraternity, 1992-1998; Second International Vice-President, 1982-1992; First Undergraduate Counselor on National Council; Regional Counselor; Past Chapter Advisor, Louisiana State Chapter; Co-Owner, COO Arrowhead Energy Exploration, LLC. Resides in Baton Rouge, LA

Byron A. Tabor, Iowa ’78 – Award of Merit; Order of Pythagoras; Iowa Colony Advisor; Corporation Board member 2001-present; Investment committee chair 2013-present; Kiwanis member 1990-present serving as Lt. Governor six times, President of 3 different clubs, currently Treasurer of one club and Secretary/Treasurer of another club as well as the assistant Nebraska-Iowa District Key Club Administrator; Recently retired as a computer programmer for the Derivatives team in the Investments Division of AEGON Asset Management. Resides with his wife, Julie, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Michael C. Tu, California ‘91Order of Pythagoras. Partner with the law firm of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Resides in La Canada Flintridge, CA.

Harold D. Zarr Jr., Iowa State University '73 - Order of Pythagoras (1999); Award of Merit (2006); George F. Patterson, Jr. Award (2013); Alumni Board President, The Acacians at Iowa State (1996 - present); Acacia Fraternity Foundation (2011 - present), AFF Investment Committee Chairman (2012 - present); Professor of Business Finance, Des Moines Area Community College, resides in Ankeny, Iowa.

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