Acacia Fraternity Foundation

Acacia Serves 365 - Part 1

Founders’ Day of Giving has just been announced with the mission of perpetuating our fraternity for future generations. What a fitting time it is to look at the young men to whom your legacy is entrusted. And what better hands to be in?! Our active membership gives their time and effort to local and national causes they believe in. They excel in academics and in student leadership because of the opportunities presented by the numerous funds our Fraternity’s Foundation manages. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight some of the efforts from our undergraduate men around the country.

Brother Jake Nelson shares a "selfie" with his mother Debbie.

A few weeks ago, past Venerable Dean of the Wisconsin chapter, Jake Nelson, found out his mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. To raise awareness and support for his mother’s treatment, Brother Nelson shaved his head, beard, and even waxed his chest, broadcasting it all on the Chapter’s Facebook page with a heartfelt tribute video. They then used the traffic to direct support to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s campaign, “Be the End of Breast Cancer.” We support the Wisconsin Chapter, Brother Nelson, and most importantly his mother, as they all battle this together. 

Hundreds of guests attend the Minnesota Colony's first philanthropic Masquerade Ball in partnership with the Rotaract Club.

More recently, our University of Minnesota Colony, in conjunction with the White Bear Rotaract Club, held a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 18th. The campus-wide event, which will help the Rotaract club in providing scholarships to students who dedicate their time to Human Service, raised over $5,000! We are incredibly proud of this group of young men as they continue to develop their colony and their presence on campus. 

Penn State Brothers and their THON 2017 partners, the women of ΓΦΒ (Gamma Phi Beta).

Finally, there is the Penn State Chapter, who dedicate themselves fiercely to Penn State’s THON every year. The chapter consistently raises hundreds of thousands of dollars alongside their partner sorority Gamma Phi Beta for the 46-hour dance marathon held each spring. Last year the pairing placed third amongst the Greek Groups in donations raised at $165,906. This past weekend, the pairing raised a grand total of $210,849.67 for a fourth-place finish at this year’s event. THON raised over $10 Million in 2017 and it is amazing that our men are consistently ranking towards the top! We are certainly proud of these young men and women in State College, PA.

Thank you for reading part one of Acacia Serves 365. We will be featuring more service and philanthropic endeavors by our undergraduate brothers in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! 

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Founders' Day of Giving

In celebration of the 113th Anniversary of our Fraternity, we are excited to introduce a new initiative from the Acacia Fraternity Foundation – our “Founders' Day of Giving,” scheduled for May 12, 2017. The purpose of this day will be to recognize our Fraternity’s achievements, and in celebrating, drive donations to the Foundation.

The Foundation supports the Fraternity’s leadership training, educational endeavors, the educational portions of fraternity house structures, and scholarships to deserving student Acacians. With a completely new generation of leadership occurring every two to three years, these are areas of operations that require development for our undergraduates and their respective chapters. The original fourteen master masons that founded our great fraternity at the University of Michigan in 1904 knew this, which is why we have labeled the day “Founders' Day of Giving” in their collective honor.

Within the Acacia Ritual, you’ll find the following, “An organization is not necessarily good because it is old, but old because it is good.” With 53,000 members and growing we invite you to celebrate all things black and gold.  This will be a day that all Acacians can find meaningful, the anniversary of our founding.

We hope to make this giving day an annual tradition, one day serving as both a reminder of our history and our commitment to the future of our fine organization. Through these programs and your gifts, we will be able to provide a fine fraternal experience for our future brothers for years to come.

For more information regarding Founders' Day of Giving or, please contact the AFF at alumni@acacia.org.

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Darold Larson receives NIC Gold Medal

Brother Larson addresses the NIC House of Delegates after receiving his award
Brother Larson addresses the NIC House of Delegates after receiving his award

Acacia is excited to announce that AFF Executive Director and past Acacia Executive Director Darold W. Larson, Washington State '81, has been awarded the prestigious North-American Interfraternity Conference Gold Medal for his years of service to Acacia and the fraternity movement. Brother Larson received his award at the NIC Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri on April 19 with several Acacia brothers and dozens of interfraternity leaders present. George F. Patterson, Jr., Cincinnati '42, is the only other Acacian to receive the Gold Medal.

From the North-American Interfraternity Conference:

The NIC Gold Medal was first presented in 1940. The medal is presented in recognition of lifetime service to the fraternity movement. Past recipients of the Gold Medal are models of selfless service, visionary leadership, and courage of conviction. When considering nominations, the awards committee take into account tenure of service, interfraternal leadership, and a dedication to advancing the fraternal movement.

Visit the North-American Interfraternity Conference website for a full historical list of award winners.

Darold's nomination was submitted by several Acacia leaders including International President Jeremy Davis, Executive Director Patrick McGovern, and three past International Presidents.

Brother Larson (far right) with Acacia International Presidents (L-R): Gerald C. Cook, Robert E. Roberson, Jeremy N. Davis, Donald W. Solanas
Brother Larson (far right) with Acacia International Presidents (L-R): Gerald C. Cook, Robert E. Roberson, Jeremy N. Davis, Donald W. Solanas

Brother Larson's dedication to Acacia is unsurpassed and his achievements many. Past International President Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg '66, sums it up best in his nomination: "Volunteer leaders come and go, but long-tenured staff are the glue, vision, and institutional memory that help organizations, especially fraternities, survive and succeed. I am sure that Acacia's present and future would not be as strong and optimistic as it is without Darold's many and diverse leadership contributions."

Darold has served Acacia as Executive Director and AFF Executive Director and is a past president of the Fraternity Executives Association. He began his tenure on the Acacia Headquarters staff as a Leadership Consultant in 1984. Since then, he has been recognized with the Order of Pythagoras (1985), the Award of Merit (1990), and the George F. Patterson, Jr. Outstanding Alumnus Award (2002). Darold is also the creator of the Acacia Leadership Academy which dates back to 1991, and as such the International Council has named the event in his honor, the Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy.