HRAC Newsletter  -November 17, 2014 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 11/21/14  Nofrolk Admirals Game -7:30pm @ Scope Arena, Norfolk
  • 11/22/14  Adopt-a-Spot  -9:00am @ 41st Street, Norfolk
  • 11/22/14  Iota Pi Blue Sapphire -8:00pm @ David Student Union Ballroom, CNU
  • Dec 2014 Holiday Party to Benefit Toys for Tots  -Time/Date TBD


Quote of the Week

"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."
-Brian Tracy

Employment Opportunities

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Hampton, VA
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Good Reads

Millennial Money
By Patrick O'Shaughnessy

Leading the Life you Want
By Stewart D. Friedman



Have an article to share?  Know of a good book we should check out?  What do you want to see in upcoming editions of the HRAC Newsletter?
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HRAC Sums up the Year with a Bier

On Saturday, November 8, seven brothers met at the Bier Garden in Olde Town Portsmouth for the chapter's final meeting of the year.  During the meeting, it was discussed that brothers should be on the lookout for upcoming polls and surveys to share their opinions on organizational changes, the newsletter, and changes to chapter dues.  A service Christmas party is also in the works to help with the Toys for Tots drive.  

It was announced that the next brotherhood general body meeting will be held on February 7.  It is important that we have as many members possible present for this meeting as this is when the chapter will vote on positions for 2015.


Following the meeting, brothers enjoyed food and beverages provided by the Bier Garden A few guests and potential new HRAC brothers later joined the group for dinner and a night on the town.

Share Your Thoughts on an Increase in Chapter Dues

Brothers, please take a moment to complete a survey concerning the dues structure for the chapter next year.  The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete, but it is important to our continued success in 2015 and beyond.  

Please note that your name is required for the survey but it will not be shared when the results are presented.  Your name has only been requested for confirmation of which brothers have responded.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact brother Chris Stoney.

Responses must be received no later than Friday, November 21. 


Admirals Fundraiser Successful

The Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi is recently sold discounted Norfolk Admirals tickets for an upcoming game to help raise money for the chapter.  The fundraiser turned out to be a success with the group selling 33 tickets!  For each ticket sold, the organization received a portion of the proceeds.  HRAC would like to thank everyone who purchased one to help the chapter.

All preordered tickets can be picked up from a fellow AKPsi brother outside the gate prior to the game.  The event will take place on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm at the Scope Arena in downtown Norfolk.  See you at the game!



HRAC Anniversary is Just Around the Corner

In January, the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter will be celebrating it's 3rd anniversary.  Will you be there to join in the celebration?  The group plans to have a pot luck and party at brother Jody South's house in Suffolk.  In addition to food and beverage, brother South has recently constructed his garage into a lounge area with air hockey, pinball, and music.

We want to ensure that we have lots of brothers join the celebration.  If you haven't already, please share your availability by completing the Doodle survey below. Then stay tuned for more details in the next newsletter.



Event Fees for Future Activities

A change is coming in 2015!  As we continue to try to grow the alumni chapter, it is important that we all realize and respect the exclusivity of being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi.

How does this affect you?  For all social events hosted by the chapter, AKPsi brothers who wish to attend but have not paid annual dues will be charged a fee of $5 to attend.  Non-members will be charged $10.  This does include annual celebrations such as the cookout and Founders Day celebration.

How can you avoid such fees?  Become a dues paying member for 2015 and gain free access to all activities and social events!  We hope you will plan to do so.  Membership information and renewal details will be provided at a future date.

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Five Ways to be Indispensable at Work
by Jason Bettinger

In today's turbulent economic environment, it is no surprise that many companies are restructuring, once in a while. Jobs are being outsourced to places where doing business and getting work done is cheaper. Having said that, those who are in the employment line never have a safe job- because they can be replaced at any moment.

But is this really the case? Well, at least, not for everyone! Have you ever noticed that some people are just irreplaceable? They don't fear of being demoted, fired, or replaced because they know just how valuable they are. These people become restructure-proof for a reason. But what makes them indispensible? Are there ways in which you can make yourself an important asset to your company? Ways in which you can ensure that you remain in the company no matter what happens? Here are ways through which you can make yourself indispensable at work!

Build good relationships.

One of the secrets of the most successful people is building good relationships. Having people who share your interest, hobbies, or profession is a great deal to expand your knowledge and learn new things. You will meet different kinds of people, negative and positive ones, but both are ok. Connecting with different types of people can take you a long way- you can learn to adjust to different personalities, you'll be more flexible, and you can acquire skills that are necessary to survive any types of social environment. Let the negative people motivate you into becoming better and let them be a reminder of the person you don't want to be. And, let the positive ones inspire you to become the best person that you can be!

Focus on developing your skills, instead of promotion.

You got your job right now because you have the necessary skills needed to perform the job. But do you have the skills to deserve a promotion? When things go wrong, are you skillful enough to retain your position in the company? If you are already good at something, don’t stop learning! There is still always something to improve about yourself. Be open to criticisms, new ideas, and new opportunities. Instead of focusing on getting a promotion, focus on developing the skills needed for that promotion. So, if you want to be a Manager, get all the trainings and seminars needed for the position, act like a manager, speak like a manager, dress like a manager, and when you finally gathered everything that is needed, you will be highly recommended for the promotion!

Master the art of optimism.

As what I have mentioned from one of the articles I have written 5 Smart Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life, possessing a positive attitude is a choice! Some people blame their negativity on bad experiences in the past or in other people, and while this is the easiest way to justify their pessimism, they fail to see that bad experiences are opportunities to grow, and improve one’s self. Train yourself to be more positive by always choosing to see opportunity in every difficulty. Your social activities and thoughts contribute the biggest factor on how you live your life. The more you think positively, the more proactively you will set and reach your goals. This positive attitude will then emanate to everyone you connect with, which will help build good relationships and a good working environment.

Go the extra mile.

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like mad! In other words, if you are given a task you don't know how to do, say YES, and learn how to do it later. Do not be afraid to learn or try something new, because it is through change that we learn best! Exhibiting the habit of getting stuff done is good, but to be able to provide excellent output for your tasks is even better. Regular employees get things done, but superstars do a little more than what's expected of them. Have the initiative to go above your job description, and believe that you can do better than what you are currently doing.

To earn respect you must show respect.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!
As the golden rule states, and I couldn't agree more! Some keys to success when it comes to building strong work relationships include listening to people, giving them your time, being a good communicator, giving and taking feedback, and finally, being trusting and more empathetic towards people. Treat everyone with genuine respect. Look out for the people around you, be there when they need help, and be their confidante when they need to confide something or need some advice. This will put you in a good place especially when things take a turn for the worse. When you have built strong relationships based on trust and respect, it will increase your chance of not getting left behind.

Jason Bettinger is a value producer and a keynote speaker.  He creates high quality jobs and great services to help make the world a better place while inspiring other entrepreneurs to do the same.  Taken from Linked In Pulse.
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