There are many leadership opportunities that APO has to offer, and each one requires different skills. One that is unique to Penn State alone is THON chair. Today I had the chance to sit down with one of our lovely THON chairs Joey Schaeffer, and discuss the highs and lows of his leadership position in APO alpha beta.
Q: What has been your biggest success as THON chair this year?
A: Definitely getting a THON child. John was a big addition to our org this year and added a lot to our THON experience. Another thing that I am proud of is that we were able to raise over $10,000 more than last year. That was a huge Improvement and hopefully we can raise even more next year.
Q: What was your favorite activity that you did with our THON family?
A: Hands down the THON football game that we went to. A lot of the brother came out for the game and hang out with John. He even mentioned to me that he had an awesome time at the game and it was great to be with and bond with both THON chairs.
Q: What has been the most challenging part of being THON chair and how did you overcome it?
A: The preparation for THON. There were a lot of rule changes and new pass regulations. The best way to combat it was to keep the brothers well informed about all the regulations. The most important was of course the new entry rules.
Q: How has this leadership position benefited you?
A: I really want to become a THON captain, and this position definitely let me see THON from a new angle. I have participated on committees, stood in the stands, danced, but never have I run an organization to raise and participate in THON activities. It was a new experience and I got to see THON with another set of eyes.
Joey and Sami (the other THON chair) put a lot of work into our fraternity’s THON experience. They both did a great job this year and we were super successful. With all the new changes, both overall with the new rules and our happy THON child addition to the APO family, our chairs made it run smoothly. Hopefully next year is just as successful.