Staff of TKE - Rees Linville
Operations Specialist - Membership
INDIANAPOLIS - In the summer of 2010, a photographer named Brandon began taking photos of thousands of New Yorkers. His goal was to put a face to the image that people had of the different New York boroughs and its inhabitants. As if overnight, Humans of New York became a worldwide sensation.
We looked at the Humans of New York project and realized we faced a similar challenge. Many individuals outside of the Fraternity's immediate points of contact do not truly know who is answering the phone, posting on social media or handling various tasks at the organizational level. For that reason, we are excited to launch a new edition of "Staff of TKE." Every two weeks we will highlight a new individual on TKE's Professional Staff. Each post will include two photos and a candid conversation. Enjoy!
Name: Rees Linville
Position: Operations Specialist - Membership
Chapter: Youngstown State (Epsilon-Iota)
Contact Rees for questions regarding recruitment, philanthropy, chapter organization and proper form for jumping on The Ohio State University bandwagon when you're ready.
How does it feel to be kicking off the relaunch of Staff of TKE?
Given my path through TKE and through life, it feels great to be able to sit down for this interview. I know this was a well-discussed piece last spring so it's an honor to join an accomplished list of individuals from the Fraternity's Professional Staff.
Have you seen any good movies lately?
It's funny you ask. I actually watched a really good movie last night. It's called "Air." The main character, Norman Reedus, and the other guy, I forget his name, are both engineers and they're tasked with the responsibility of keeping people who are asleep alive until the poisonous air outside is okay. It sounds strange, but the subplot is about them keeping their own sanity. It was just a pleasantly surprising movie that had a great story and was accompanied with great acting.
Any big trips coming up?
Yes, I'll be leaving tomorrow and spending two weeks in the Northeast visiting eight chapters from New York to New Hampshire to Connecticut. This will be my third trip since I joined the Professional Staff in July.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Making a positive impact on TKE Nation, obviously. But really, I want to improve my abilities so I can contribute them to TKE Nation. I know I'll learn a lot during my first visits this year. I want to take those lessons and help our members grow personally, professionally and fraternally while helping our chapters and colonies find a new level of success. It sounds like a cliché, I know, but I'm looking to become personally invested in the success of chapters this year.
What spot do you fill in the 2015-16 Service Structure, which was announced last June?
I am a Membership Operations Specialist in the Coastal Area. I'll be working with groups with a large amount of potential--groups that typically have 30-60 members. We'll focus on recruitment while ensuring a level of success is attainted in regard to philanthropy, community service, scholarship and the Fraternity's overall mission: Building Better Men for a Better World.
For the record, who are you taking to win the 2016 College Football National Championship?
That's easy, I'll take The Ohio State University Buckeyes! I'm an Ohio kid through and through so that answer comes naturally. I'll be sharing my pride and joy on my Twitter account at @Rees_Linville. Twitter is also a great way for people to follow my visits this year.
What's the last word?
I'm extremely honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve Tau Kappa Epsilon as a member of the Professional Staff. From chapter visits to fall events, I can't wait to start working with our esteemed alumni and collegiate members. Let's have a great year!
The next edition of "Staff of TKE" will appear Friday, September 11.
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