Panhellenic Council

Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the sororities at Drury University.  Panhellenic Council promotes excellence in academics, community and campus involvement, and sisterhood.  The bond of sisterhood is a special relationship that all sorority women share in their individual chapters and together as a Panhellenic community.

Panhellenic Creed

We, as Undergraduate Members of sororities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering sorority life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our sorority activities.

We, as Sorority Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual sorority and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.

Purpose

The purpose of Panhellenic Council shall be to develop and maintain a sorority life and inter-sorority relations at a high level of accomplishment and in so doing to:

  • Consider the goals and ideals of member groups as continually applicable to campus and personal life.
  • Promote superior scholarship as basic to intellectual achievement.
  • Cooperate with member sororities and the college administration in concern for, and maintenance of, high social and moral standards.
  • Act in accordance with National Panhellenic Conference unanimous agreements and policies.
  • Act in accordance with such rules established by Panhellenic Council as to not violate the sovereignty, rights, and privileges of member sororities.

It shall be the duty of the Panhellenic Council to comply with the rules governing the Panhellenic Council and to administer all business that is related to the overall welfare of the Drury University Panhellenic Council, including recruitment and preferences, which do not violate the sovereignty, rights, and privileges of member sororities.

Membership Expectations & Requirements

All members of the Drury University Sorority Life shall act in accordance with Drury Panhellenic policies and National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreements.

It is in accord with the dignity and good manners of Drury University Sorority Life and National Panhellenic Conference:

  • To avoid disparaging remarks about any chapter or college woman
  • To create friendly relations between Greek and non-Greek women
  • To avoid negative publicity on Panhellenic matters

Membership in Drury University Sorority Life is a privilege. Sorority Women are selected into their chapter over other interested women for their character, interests, talents, involvement, and scholarship. To enjoy the privileges of Drury University Sorority Life, Sorority Women must accept the responsibilities of membership.

Sorority women and chapters should bring all questions, concerns and ideas to Panhellenic council. Panhellenic council will decide the appropriate actions to be taken based on what is most beneficial for the Sorority Life community. Sorority women are expected to respect the decisions of Panhellenic Council.

Membership

The Drury University Panhellenic Council shall be composed of sorority women representing all chapters in good standing of National Panhellenic Conference sororities at Drury University.

Panhellenic Officers

The Drury University Panhellenic Council shall be composed of one senior officer and one junior officer for each Panhellenic officer position.

Officers and alumnae advisors to Panhellenic Council shall be selected by their respective sorority chapters to begin their term of office as soon as possible after all chapter elections.

Panhellenic council officers are responsible for the operation and activities of the Council. The officer team leads initiatives for campus promotion of Sorority Life. Officer terms begin in January and end in the fall semester after elections have been completed. It is the responsibility of each officer to train her successor and turn over all officer materials.

The senior representative in rotation for service as President of Panhellenic Council must have attended at least 75% of the meetings during the prior year. If qualifications cannot be met, that sorority will lose its place in the rotation of officers the next rotation year and may resume rotation the following year.

The junior representative in rotation for service as Vice President of Recruitment of Panhellenic Council must have attended at least 75% of the meetings during the prior year. If qualifications cannot be met, that sorority will lose its place in the rotation of officers the next rotation year and may resume rotation the following year.

Panhellenic Council has eight executive officer positions:

  • President: The President is responsible for the general operation of Panhellenic Council, including meetings, committees and communication with Drury Panhellenic advisor and NPC Area Advisor.
  • Vice President of Recruitment: The VPR is responsible for all recruitment planning and implementation for Panhellenic council Sorority Life Recruitment.
  • Recruitment Coordinator: The Recruitment Coordinator serves as the junior representative under the VPR.
  • Vice President of Event Management: The VPE is responsible for all event planning and implementation for Panhellenic council.
  • Event Coordinator: The Event Coordinator works as the junior representative under the VPE.
  • Business Manager: The Business Manager is responsible for maintaining accurate membership records, meeting minutes and general correspondence for Panhellenic council, in addition to the general supervision of the finances of Panhellenic Council.
  • Vice President of Involvement:  The VPI is responsible for conducting all Panhellenic-related publicity, collaborating with other departments, and advertising prospective student events.
  • Involvement Coordinator: The Involvement Coordinator works as the junior representative under the VPI.

Panhellenic Voting Members

The Senior Panhellenic delegates are official voting members of Panhellenic Council. The junior delegates shall have voting rights in general Panhellenic business, but shall only have a voice in judicial proceedings and official policy changes. The alumnae advisors to Panhellenic Council shall have voice, but no vote.

Panhellenic Officer Vacancies

When an officer vacancy occurs, it shall be the responsibility of the sorority concerned to select a replacement within two weeks.  When a senior officer vacancy exists, the junior officer of the sorority concerned shall fulfill the duties of the senior officer in all cases, save that of President.

Meetings

Panhellenic Council officers hold meetings on a weekly basis to improve the Sorority Life Community:

  • Regular Meetings of the Panhellenic Council may be called by the President when necessary and shall be called by her upon the written request of any member delegate to the Panhellenic Council.
  • Special Meetings of the Panhellenic Council may be called by the President when necessary and shall be called by her upon written request of any member delegate to the Panhellenic Council.

Meeting attendance for Panhellenic Council officers is important to ensure accurate and consistent representation within the council and communication to the chapter. Panhellenic Council will inform chapters regarding any officer that misses three Panhellenic meetings during a semester without a written excuse to the President or the Vice President of Administration. It shall be decided by the President whether a delegate’s reason for missing meeting is acceptable.

Three-fourths of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Council.

Events, Recognition and Awards

Panhellenic Council sponsors multiple recognition opportunities for Greek organizations and students each year. These events are designed to provide recognition opportunities to Sorority members. These events include:

  • NPC Badge Day: This ceremony is a special celebration for the entire Sorority community. It is held each spring semester and includes personal testimonies from select graduating seniors, a short ceremony celebrating the unique characteristics of each sorority chapter and highlights new member achievement through the new member scholarship award and the new member stand up, stand out! awards.
  • Sorority Sisterhood: This sisterhood activity is a special celebration for the entire Sorority community. It is held each fall semester and includes fun activities that promote inter-chapter sisterhood, a short ceremony celebrating the similarities that all sorority women share and highlights member achievement through the stand up, stand out! awards for initiated members.
  • New Member Achievement Award: The NM Achievement Award recognizes new members who have made positive contributions to their chapter and the sorority community during their new member period. Applications are distributed by the Greek Advisor in December and collected in February, with the award being presented during NPC Badge Day. Each NM Achievement Award recipient, one from each chapter, receives a special certificate and a monetary award that assists with financial obligations related to sorority membership.
  • Stand Up, Stand Out! Awards: The Stand Up, Stand Out! Awards recognize members and new members that have consistently made positive contributions to chapter members, their chapter and the Sorority Life community. Each Panhellenic Officer selects one award recipient per semester. New member awards are presented in the spring semester and initiated member awards are presented in the fall semester. Each Stand Up, Stand Out! Award Recipient receives a special certificate.