It all started with a paper cutter.
I had one job, and only one job: to cut out the Fun Team notes prior to the start of Open Table with that tiny orange paper cutter. Not only did I have to cut these notes, but precision was of the utmost importance - there were to be NO white lines left on the borders. That was my job.
This was my introduction to what is now the infamous and widely known GUXA Fun Team, a group of XA leaders who have one, and only one job: to intentionally embrace, embody, and emit the power of encouragement, affirmation, and whimsy on a college campus where stress, competition, and disappointment can seem to rule the day. It is no small task, but one that we taken on willingly and with a joyful heart.
So why did I start this blog post by talking about a paper cutter?
Because at first as a sophomore sitting at a little round table cutting out pieces of paper I didn’t recognize the effect that those small tokens of affirmation could have on someone. I would get frustrated when I didn’t cut them precisely, and I laughed at the silly title of “Fun Captain” which I had been granted for doing the task. But as I saw the Fun Team notes handed out at the end of Open Table and one by one bring a smile to the faces of those who received them, my perspective changed. I overheard how someone had had a horrible day, and that one note was the reminder they needed that they are loved and that their Chi Alpha community was always there to support them. I was sold on this whole “Fun Team” idea. I aspired to one day be the Colonel who led it all, who spearheaded the efforts to spread joy, do random acts of kindness, and plan events for the XA community that simply help us to come together as a family and remember how a little laughter and fun can go a long way.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 there is a simple, yet easily forgotten command: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I hope that you are all as excited as the Fun Team is to encourage each other this year, to bring each other up when we are down, and to strive to be that reminder that the smallest ray of kindness can shine through the darkest shadow.
Over and Out,
Fun Colonel NV