Lincoln for a Lincoln

When I was a sophomore in college, I did something I never thought I'd do- I joined a fraternity. Yes, fraternity, not sorority. Kappa Kappa Psi is a co-ed Honorary Band Fraternity for College Bandmembers, and it quickly became one of the most important parts of my collegiate career. I spent the next 3 1/2 years dedicating my life to that organization. I served the bands, and I served my brothers as their Corresponding Secretary (keeping in touch with other chapters in the northeast), and then the Vice President of Membership (in charge of bringing in the new members). That organization was so important to my leadership development, and my desire to always be better than I thought I could be. I give the organization and my brothers credit for who I am today, ten years later.

While I have many memories of my brothers and our time together, one of the things I liked the most were our interesting fundraising ideas. We decked out the music building for Halloween and had "Haunted Butler". We co-operated a snack room on the ground floor named "Soupy Sales"- and we all spent way too much time in there unwinding, working the desk, and bonding over music and laughs. And we also did something called "Lincoln for a Lincoln". We would send a penny with a letter in the mail to all of our alumni brothers and ask them to return their donation form with a $5 bill (or check)- therefore trading a Lincoln for a Lincoln! To this day I think it's genius. I, however, do not want to send 100 pennies in the mail, so I hope you will feel equally inspired by this portrait of our 16th president.

Can you contribute just $5 to my campaign today? We just placed our first order of literature and placards, and we could really use some extra support as we gear up for the launch party on April 29th. You're all invited, of course! That event page will be up soon.

Please visit my Crowdpac page to chip in now. If everyone reading this gave just $5, I bet even Lincoln would be smiling!

Shanna Danielson