The Idaho Chapter of Beta Theta Pi believes in being an active part of the university, which is why it has 100 percent of its members involved in campus activities. Betas are involved in a long list of campus organizations, from the student government (ASUI) to Ping Pong Club.
In addition to getting involved in campus organizations, members are encouraged to become an active part of the club leadership. In 2008, the chapter was awarded the university’s Outstanding Campus Involvement Award.
Here is a list of some Betas who are leaders on campus.
The Richard D. Gibb Award
Outstanding Campus Involvement
Chapter of Choice Award
Excellence in Scholarship Award
Outstanding Philanthropic Service
This past year, we held our first annual "Power Puff Tournament". It was a great success. All nine sororities participated and helped us raise $2,300. The money was donated to the families of Amanda Andaverde and Shane Mayer. This was an all house project and everyone enjoyed coaching and referring the game. We hope to make this great philanthropic event a tradition each year.
In 2008, the Gamma Gamma chapter of Beta Theta Pi brought back the “Beta vs. Sigma Nu 24-hour Softball Game.” The members from both houses received pledges for how many runs their house would score. Because it was the first time many had done the event, there were some areas to improve, but overall, the event was very successful and raised nearly $1,000 for the Moscow Parks and Rec. Department. The softball game takes place annually in September.
A month after the softball game, Beta sponsors its annual Halloween Haunted House philanthropy. This philanthropy takes place in October and is a huge success. Flyers are posted all around the community, which we believe contributes to the success. The asking "entrance fee" is either one dollar or one can of food, which are donated to the Moscow Food Bank. This past year we collected over 350 food items and donated nearly $140 to the Moscow Food Bank.
In addition to the haunted house, the Gamma Gamma chapter also holds its annual woodcut. Many members of the house travel to Troy, Idaho and collect over ten truckloads of wood. The wood is then given to the Moscow Community Center for distribution.
Beta Theta Pi has also in the past teamed up with the Dean of Students Office to help launch a new philanthropy in the Boise area. Because of the chapter's history of philanthropic service, Bruce Pitman, the Dean of Students, asked for Beta's help to get the event started. Over Spring Break, a small group of Betas teamed up with a group of Gamma Phi Beta's and gave up a Saturday of their Spring Break to help out the Boise Rescue Mission. The event was such a success the university wants to continue growing it with the help of Beta Theta Pi.
In addition to our sponsored events, we also attend as many sorority philanthropies as possible. In the Fall, Beta had two men on a teeter-totter for the Tri-Delta philanthropy for 12 hours. Our chapter also participates in the Gamma Phi basketball tournament and the Delta Gamma Anchor Splash, to mention a few.
In addition to major events, our chapter has also participated in numerous blood drives, volunteered for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, preformed highway clean-ups for the Adopt-a-way service, and donated time to the PCEI (Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute).
All of these service hours are an attempt to average 20 hours of community service per member as we try to earn the Knox Award from our General Fraternity. The philanthropy requirement for the award is an average of 20 hours per man, which the chapter easily surpasses each year.
For the 2009-10 school year, Beta Theta Pi placed first among all fraternities on campus for the Living Groups Points Championship. Beta Theta Pi is very active in intramurals every year. We participate in a wide range sports including basketball, football, softball, climbing, and Frisbee. Co-Recreational sports such as basketball and soccer are also popular in the house.
Some other recent achievements include: