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TKE Facts

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Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

  • Founded on January 10, 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon has initiated hundreds of thousands of quality men since it's founding and continues to do so on a yearly basis.
  • 273 active chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Governed by its Grand Chapter, which meets in biennial Conclaves to elect a Grand Council and revise or amend The Black Book (the International Constitution and Bylaws). The Grand Chapter is primarily made up of undergraduates.
  • The Grand Council governs the Fraternity between Conclaves.
  • 29 full-time employees on the professional Fraternity Staff. Thousands volunteer as unpaid staff.
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon publishes a quarterly magazine titled The Teke.

 

Services Provided by the Fraternity

  • The Offices of the Grand Chapter (International Headquarters), located in Indianapolis, Indiana, produces, collects, maintains and distributes a vast library of resources to chapters and colonies.
  • The Regional Servicing Team (paid and unpaid staff) provides visitation and support to chapters and colonies. Over 500 consulting visits are conducted each year.
  • The Director of Chapter Development, along with the Regional Servicing Team are dedicated to assisting chapters that want assistance with membership recruitment (fraternity rush).
  • The two Assistant Directors of Chapter Services provide specialized service in expansion, interest groups, discipline and finances.

 

Conferences and Conventions

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon holds its Conclave every two years; each collegiate chapter and colony is required to have at least one representative in attendance.
  • In the spring, TKE conducts Regional Leadership Conferences. Four are planned for next year.
  • The TKE Leadership Academy is a week-long leadership training conference held in the summer.
  • The Fraternity conducts four Regional Servicing Team Planning Conferences in late summer.

 

Expansion

  • The Assistant Director of Chapter Services – Expansion is dedicated to working with interest groups to start colonies. He works closely with the Regional Servicing Team to support their organization and growth.

 

TKE Educational Foundation

  • The TKE Educational Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization.
  • Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Foundation Staff consists of both full-time and TKE-shared employees.
  • Awards Named Scholarships of the TKE Educational Foundation, administers chapter scholarships, and selects the All-Teke Academic Team.
  • Provides grants for collegiate members to attend NIC conferences such as the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and Futures Quest.

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