Brotherhood is for Life

The NY Sigma ΦΚΘ Alumni Chapter has initiated an Alumni Program for Regional Event Subsidies, or A.P.R.E.S. Ski.  For many of us, our choice to join the Brotherhood of Ski Lodge marks one of the most impactful decisions of our lives.  The friendships made with Brothers we lived with, or Alumni met through chapter events, are some of the strongest relationships we have in our lives.  Through this program, the Alumni Chapter aims to sponsor social events for Brothers and their families to maintain and solidify the bonds of brotherhood for our members beyond those formative college years.   

Specifically, this program provides chapter alumni funds to incentivize brothers to plan, organize, and hold alumni social events in their local communities.  The funds are intended to shift the financial risk associated with holding events from individual brothers to the Chapter at large.

Program Goals   

This program marks an investment in ourselves.  Establishing a culture that nurtures a strong and engaged alumni base and engenders spouses and families to the warmth of our community ensures that our membership has a vested interest in the success and long-term well-being of our organization.  The direct, measurable goals of the program are to:

  • Increase brother participation in Alumni-sponsored events

  • Increase the number of brothers who frequently participate in Alumni activities

  • Create a series of annual or recurrent events outside of Troy

  • Increase total annual donations

Funding Opportunities

    The Board of Trustees has authorized a four-year pilot program to provide up to $4000 per year for the four-year period starting Charter Day 2018 and ending Charter Day 2022.    There are two semi-annual distribution periods spanning Charter Day to Alumni Weekend and Alumni Weekend to the following Charter Day in each program year. Half of the annual funds will be allocated for each distribution period.  Any undisbursed funds in a given period up to the semiannual allocation amount will rollover to the subsequent distribution period.

Application Process

    Each event requesting subsidy funds must submit an APRES Ski Application form. The APRES Ski Program intends to grant subsidies for all events that do not contain disqualifying characteristics up to the program funding limits.  

Applications for each distribution period must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the start of the distribution period (e.g. two weeks before Charter Day or Alumni Weekend).  The Program coordinator will grant subsidies from this application pool to create a broad portfolio of events reflecting the desired traits of the APRES Ski Program.

Applications submitted after the distribution period due date will be considered on a first-apply, first-served basis until distribution period funds are exhausted.  These rolling submission applications must be submitted no less than 4 weeks prior to the event to allow time for the Program Coordinator to review the application and help Sponsors advertise the event.