Reach for The Stars

The council is continuing the Reach for the Stars initiative to showcase the district’s chapters who Strive for the Highest and Reach for the Stars! Each star represents a task that a chapter must complete to earn. At district convention, chapters who reach all five stars will be presented with the Stellar Chapter Award and will be featured on the website for 1 year.

Congrats to the following chapters on earning the Stellar Chapter Award for the 2019-2020 year!

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Epsilon

Mississippi State University

Alpha Eta

University of Florida

Iota

Georgia Institute of Technology

Alpha Sigma

University of Tampa

Pi

Auburn University

Gamma Nu

Florida State University

Zeta Eta

South Carolina State University

Zeta Upsilon

Troy University

Zeta Chi

University of South Carolina

Eta Sigma

University of Central Florida

Theta Theta

University of Alabama Birmingham

Kappa Beta

Clemson University

Kappa Tau

University of South Florida

Mu Upsilon

Florida Gulf Coast University

Nu Alpha

Georgia State University

Nu Kappa

Georgia Southern University

Appoint a District Liaison

Due September 16th

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We know that chapter officers already have a lot of duties, and adding several District responsibilities can be overwhelming. To help, we encourage chapters to appoint a brother who is not an officer as their District Liaison. Each chapter’s District Liaison will serve as the main point of contact between the SED VPP and the chapter. The District Liaison will be the first point of contact concerning participation in Reach for the Stars (RFTS), and they will be the person in charge of filling out the Google form regarding completion of the following stars.

 

If your chapter does not appoint a District Liaison by September 16th, the Corresponding Secretary or President will serve in this capacity. Appointing a District Liaison does not fulfill any stars, but the position will still be used for communication related to the program.

Star 1 - Turn in All Paperwork and Dues on Time

Determined as of March 1st

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This will be determined by the council before district convention by using the Online Membership and Reporting System. If there are questions about certain paperwork, individual chapters will be contacted.

Star 2 - Submit to The Eighth Note

Due March 1st

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Your chapter must submit at least three photos and two pieces of content. This content can be an article, an interview, an opinion piece, or other types as approved by the Eighth Note Chair and VPP. This content must be publishable, so if the Eighth Note editor sends back your content with edits, you must make those changes and resubmit the piece before it counts towards this star.

Star 3 - Participate in every Statewide-A-Thon

October, November, February, and March

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Our first Statewide-A-Thon (SWAT) in October will highlight our Leadership. November is the Month of Musicianship, so we will be showcasing our district’s Musicianship. We will be sharing the Service our chapters complete in February, the Month of Service. Finally, we will celebrate our Brotherhood in March as we head into convention season and finish out the year.

 

To celebrate each of these initiatives, chapters will share relevant events for each SWAT on their social media to gain points. The chapter with the most points in each state will be the state winner and the state with the most combined points from all chapters will be the district winner. Prior to the start of each Statewide-A-Thon, guidelines will be posted on how to earn points for your chapter and help your state win. Participate in all four SWATs by earning at least one point during each to fulfill this star. 

Official SWAT guide links will be released one month prior to the SWAT (ex: October guidelines will be released in September). Check back here for more information. 

Star 4 - Complete 3 Musical Service events in the community

Due March 1st

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Our musical talents and skills can impact the community beyond our school. Musical service involves music directly in some way. By completing musical service, we can help promote the existence and welfare of our college and university bands. 

Events that fall in this category:

  • Volunteering at a high school, middle school, or elementary band program

  • Playing at an assisted living home or at community events

  • Holiday caroling at local hospitals

  • Assisting at events for musical organizations such as A Gift for Music, Bands of America

  • And many others!

Events that do NOT fall in this category:

  • Helping with concert setups

  • Assisting your band with football gameday

  • Other physical/logistical service where music is not directly involved

Once all three are completed, your District Liaison must fill out the Star 4 Submission Form, which requires a paragraph explaining what the events were, how many brothers were involved, and any other info you wish to include. Additionally, a photo of the brothers at each event must be attached to the email. Please contact the SED VPP if you are unsure about whether an event counts as musical service!

Star 5 - Submit 3 Workshops or have 3 Brotherhood events

Due March 1st

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Workshops can include any presentations or integrated discussions that are held within a chapter about topics such as service, leadership, musicianship, or other chapter operations.

Brotherhood events can include any events that focus on building the bonds of brotherhood such as team-building, leadership activities, social events that focus on communication, or events that work on the relationships of brothers in a chapter.

Once your chapter has completed three workshops or brotherhood events, please fill out the Star 5 Submission Form. This requires a description of the events, a link to the presentations or detailed notes (if the event was a workshop), what values or lessons you hoped to gain or what you feel the actual takeaway was, and photos and the dates of the events that were held.

For this star, you may do a combination of workshops and brotherhood events, as long as three events total are completed. 

For a link to the official 2020-2021 RFTS guidelines, click here!

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