The Sacred Purpose Blog

Theta Chi announces its newest award—the Dave Westol Sacred Purpose Award.  Presented annually, this award goes to the chapter that most exemplifies the spirit of our Sacred Purpose movement.  All chapters and colonies are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is May 15.

We are honored to name this important award after Dave Westol, Beta Zeta/Michigan State.  Following graduation in 1973, Brother Westol has devoted a good deal of his volunteer and professional career to the health, safety, and protection of fraternity and sorority members.  Dave is one of North-America’s most prominent and impressive Greek leaders.   He was elected to the board of directors of the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG) in 1993 and has served continuously on the board since that time. He has also served FIPG in the roles of Director of Policy Interpretation and more recently as administrator. In July 1998, he was elected to the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA) board of directors and served as president from 2002-2003. He has also served on the board of directors for, Gamma Sigma Alpha, and on the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV).

Dave has become a ubiquitous figure at fraternity and sorority leadership development events. He has performed his signature anti-hazing presentation “Hazing on Trial” over 1,800 times since 1981 and has spoken on more than 460 campuses and at over 300 Greek leadership events.

In 2012, Dave was named a recipient of the North-American Interfraternity Conference’s Gold Medal, the most prestigious honor in the interfraternal world.    Brother Westol is one of only four Theta Chi members to have received the Gold Medal. In addition, he has received the Distinguished Service Award from Theta Chi which is the most significant honor in the Fraternity.  Dave has also received three Alumni Awards from the Fraternity.

From 1975-1980, Dave served as a Regional Counselor for Theta Chi before being elected to the Grand Chapter and as National Vice President in 1980. He remained in that role for the maximum two terms in 1988. In December of that year, he was named the Fraternity’s Executive Director and held that position for 18 years. Today, he is the founder, owner and CEO of Limberlost Consulting.

This award gives us an opportunity to publically recognize and showcase hard work and accomplishment.  It allows us to say thank you to those chapters and colonies who are leading the way in advancing student health and safety.    And, it provides chapters and colonies with an avenue to share their best practices and most inspired ideas with all of us. 

Now is the time to apply.  The deadline is May 15. 

Click here to learn more and download the application packet.

Good luck!

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jason Barger.  Jason is an author, speaker, consultant, and friend of Theta Chi.  I’m continually inspired by his work. In our busy lives, it is so easy to get side-tracked.  In this post, Jason reminds us to be centered again on our Sacred Purpose.

We all have an F’ing problem…we Forget.

We forget what the point is. We forget what we’re actually trying to accomplish. We forget who we want to be. We forget our purpose.

One of the reasons why we forget is because we’ve never lived in a more cluttered, busy and distracting world than we do today. Marketers say we are bombarded by over 3000 messages and distractions every single day. We are constantly pulled in different directions and it’s easy to lose our way.

Yet, we know deep down, where we put our eyes, our hearts, and our focus is what ends up defining the lives we live. So, we need to think about the word remember a little differently. Not only do we need to make time to remember our sacred purpose and be reminded of the people we truly want to be, but we also have the opportunity each day to ReMember—to renew and recommit to our memberships—the people, projects and purposes that are our highest priorities. The most successful leaders, teams, chapters and organizations in the world are the ones who proactively renew their relationships, memberships, and focus in a distracting world.


1.  RePurpose:  Are We Busy or Effective?

It’s easy to find ourselves running around all day but not truly living out our sacred purpose. In our rush to achieve, score, win, or whatever the pursuit, we can’t forget what we’re actually trying to accomplish. What is distracting us recently? Are we busy or effective? What does effectiveness look like in living our sacred purpose?

2.  ReLease:  What do we need to let go of?

Often times there are burdens, stresses, or the old ways of doing things that keep us from becoming something new. We get stuck in ruts that trap us and don’t allow us to move forward. What are the challenges we are facing? Is there a mindset or an old mode of operation that we need to let go of?

3.  ReCast:  What is our new vision for the future?

We need to put on new eyes. We can get so trapped in the past or our current routines / habits that we need to be encouraged to see our future through a new lens. No matter where we are in our life, we have the opportunity to cast a new vision. Where are we trying to go next and what are we trying to create? What is the culture we want to have and the kind of leadership we want to develop?

4.  ReSpond:  What response is needed?

Our “response-ability” is everything. In a fast-moving culture, how we respond is what often defines our success and effectiveness. What does it truly mean to be a First Responder in your life, in your relationships, in your family, in your chapter, or in the world? Those who respond with compelling action and leadership are the ones who create profound ripples along their path.

Good luck ReMembering,

Jason Barger

Jason Barger is the globally celebrated author of the book ReMember:  renewing our memberships, relationships and focus in a distracting world and Step Back from the Baggage Claim:  Change the World, Start at the Airport