About Us | Founding The Association
‘Lambda-Lambda Alumni Association’ (LLAA) had its start in the fall of 1973. The original members were those Elon graduates who, as students involved in the chartering process, returned to campus and were formally initiated into our chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. These men were the association’s first official alumni members.
In 1978, an initiative led by undergraduate chapter GT L.W. Waldrup #72, established ‘Lambda-Lambda House Corporation’ (LLHC). The original intent for this non-profit corporation was to enable the alumni association to acquire funds to purchase and operate an off-campus chapter house.Note: When LLHC was formed, Lambda-Lambda Chapter and Elon’s other Greek organizations were housed at former residential properties owned by Elon College and heavily supervised by the institution. Kappa Sigma desired the opportunity to become independant of such scrutiny through the acquisition of private accommodations. (Until the late 1970s, Kappa Sigma resided at Neese House [today the property is Elon Town Hall]. From the late 1970s to the mid 1980s, Practice House [the former ITK House — adjacent to Elon Community Church] was the fraternity’s home. For several years following the demise of Practice House, a suite in Chandler Hall served as the chapter’s home base.)
In the 1990s, Elon College constructed Loy Center on the north campus specifically to house Greek-letter organizations, and Kappa Sigma was among the first to move to this facility. With the advent of a suitable ‘Greek Row’ in the form of Loy Center, consensus was that Kappa Sigma’s alumni organization no longer should pursue a property acquisition initiative (the original objective of LLHC). By the late 1990s, LLHC provided no practical purpose other than to contain the operating assets of LLAA (member dues and donations).
Until the early 2000s, the alumni organization operated in two separate hierarchies — LLAA (primarily focused on sponsoring social events such as Homecomings) and LLHC (the legal entity holdover). Despite certain redundancies, each organization had a separately elected set of officers. By vote at the 2004 Annual Meeting, the LLAA and LLHC hierarchies were consolidated into one single organization — LLAA. From this point forward, the LLAA officers became the sole leadership team of the organization. Essentially, LLHC served as the treasury of LLAA.
In the spring of 2009, during the administration of LLAA GM Perry Black #103, the LLAA Executive Committee provided authorization for the association to pursue nonprofit corporation status for LLAA, itself. LLAA GT Tony Lewis #115 was empowered to manage the process. So that the legally recognized corporation would mirror the existing Lambda-Lambda Alumni Association, the existing, member-approved LLAA Bylaws was filed in various federal and state offices. On May 29, 2009, the State of North Carolina’s Secretary of State recognized “The Lambda-Lambda Alumni Association of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity” as a non-profit corporation. [To view corporation documentation for LLAA on file with North Carolina Office of Secretary of State, click here.] On June 15, 2009, the LLAA received a notice from the Internal Revenue Department to formally acknowledge formation and to issue our Federal Tax ID number (EIN 27-0362222).
During the second half of 2009, the Board of Directors pursued the procedural steps required to dissolve Lambda-Lambda House Corporation. At the Annual Meeting on October 24, 2009, the membership formally voted to dissolve the LLHC. Following the meeting, LLAA GT Lewis submitted the Board’s dissolution filing to the North Carolina Office of Secretary of State. Effective November 4, 2009, the corporation was legally dissolved. [To view corporation documentation for LLHC on file with North Carolina Office of Secretary of State, click here.]
Thus, in 2009, LLAA became a 501(c)(7) corporation — a non-profit entity with tax exempt status as defined by the code of the Internal Revenue Service. This means that LLAA itself is not subject to taxation. (Note: as was the case with LLHC, members’ donations to LLAA are not recognized by the IRS as tax deductible contributions.)
Today, all alumni association assets reside within a corporation account owned and managed by LLAA. Both undergraduates and alumni fund our treasury. Starting with a policy ratified during the LLAA’s annual business meeting at Homecoming 2000, each active undergraduate chapter member contributes $15 per semester. Each semester, the chapter’s Grand Treasurer relays these funds to the LLAA’s Grand Treasurer for deposit into the LLAA account. Voluntary alumni membership dues are $25 per year. The members of our alumni body are encouraged to provide more generous individual support; indeed, many brothers far exceed their annual dues obligation.
The accumulated dollars constitute the operating funds used to provide a wide variety of important services to brothers of all ages. These funds make this web site possible, help defray mailing and corporation expenses, underwrite alumni events held during Homecomings, etc. LLAA assets have played a vital role in supporting our chapter in times of crisis, so this treasury represents a vital resource that perpetuates our Lambda-Lambda Chapter.
So the Lambda-Lambda Alumni Association may continue to serve our brotherhood comprehensively, please make a generous gift to the organization. Our fiscal year is July 1 through June 30, so a gift received after July 1 will be credited to the current fiscal year. Most LLAA operating expenditures support the cycle that aligns with the subsequent fall/spring academic calendar.