Dear APOonline Community and Brothers,
Happy New Year! It’s 2013 and with the start of a new year comes new adventures for Alpha Phi Omega and APOonline! 2012 was a very exciting year and the National Convention was a blast!
Firstly I would like to take the time to thank all of you for using APOonline and fueling it to grow, reaching over a third of the entire fraternity! The APOonline community is strong and I’m very thankful to be of service to each of you. In the beginning, I created APOonline to help my very own chapter, Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Kentucky, become more efficient and reduce paperwork so that we can all focus more time on what really matters: service. I’m happy to announce that since the introduction of APOonline, APO chapters have logged over 300,000 hours of community service! Congratulations to you all!
Moving forward, APOonline will face challenges from time to time, from within the fraternity as well as externally. If you were in attendance at the National Convention you heard about a challenge from both: YouTopia. This is an exciting time for APO to grow as we move into the technology age of our fraternity together. As founder of APOonline, I approach this challenge with excitement and as an opportunity to continue to provide the best service for my brothers.
In order to invest all of the resources, both in time and money, the national executive committee has devoted to YouTopia, I am sure they have done extensive research to conclude that you as brothers of APO need a tool to manage achievements. I did not find such results from my internal research of APO brothers: Gamification is great, but what I learned from brothers is that we do not do service to get a badges or points, we do it because we love service, we love giving back, and we love providing a helping hand for those in need. We do service because we love to serve. APOonline is designed from the ground up to help chapters do exactly this, and make the other “stuff” like records and paperwork simple and quick so that you can get back to what you love to do: serve.
But if our fraternity executives believe that gamification of service is in fact needed by the APO community, then APOonline will deliver. Live today is a fully featured achievement system integrated into the chapter management system that you know and love! Leaderboards and Top Brothers have been in place for years but they have been improved and extended so you can see how you match up with your chapter, section, region, or even the entire nation!
If there is a need in the APO community, APOonline will be there to serve your chapter. Thank you for your commitment to APOonline. As an added bonus for your dedication to the APOonline cause, I would like to publically announce that APOonline will have a mobile site! Beta testing will be available to a selection of APOonline’s oldest chapters in the spring and general availability will be ready for the fall semester.
Again, thank you for your continued commitment to APOonline! Click here to see all features available with APOonline versus other chapter management systems.