From the Executive Director: Members are Phi Kappa Phi’s Biggest Strength

Bradley Newcomer
Jun 17, 2022

In this issue of Forum magazine, we focus on the topic of writing — the joys and complications of putting words on paper. As I write this column, I am reminded of the work and deep thought that must go into our writing projects. Big or small, each project requires thought and commitment from the writer.

The writing process can also bring joy to both the writer and reader. I am thankful for the work and deep thought that our contributors have put into their articles for us in every issue. I hope you enjoy the articles that this issue’s writers have so thoughtfully produced. Just maybe, you will experience a little joy from their efforts!

As I write this column, I am also taking a moment to reflect on the past year and how we continue to adapt to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. I was reminded recently that our current pandemic is the second one that Phi Kappa Phi has endured in our 125-year history, the first being the flu pandemic of 1918. This poignant fact is a powerful testament to how resilient our Society and nation continue to be.

These reflections also reminded me that the strength of our Society has, and will continue to be, our members. There was no more powerful reminder of this than when we gathered this past March in our national office’s garden to plant a tree in honor of those members we lost during the pandemic. I am thankful to be serving with such a caring board leadership and national office staff as we head into an exciting future for the Society.

In closing, I hope that all of our members across the world have a safe and restful summer. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at