To show our appreciation, we’re recognizing a number of dedicated SigEp volunteers who give their time to support our chapters and mentor our undergraduate brothers. We’re grateful for the commitment of each of SigEp’s more than 3,000 volunteers.
Matt Finke is a 2004 graduate of Missouri Mu at Truman State. He’s served as district governor for Missouri since 2016, overseeing and supporting volunteers throughout the state. Prior to that, he was a lieutenant district governor and a volunteer for Missouri Beta at Washington-St. Louis. He’s served on the national audit committee since 2014 and is a frequent facilitator at the Carlson Leadership Academy and Ruck Leadership Institute. Brother Finke received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2020 for his dedicated service.
Why do you volunteer? How has serving as a SigEp volunteer impacted your life?
Regarding your questions, I have an indirect answer to them because I view them as one in the same. When I was an undergraduate, I was mentored by many who came to be some of the most influential people in my life. Not only did some of the juniors and seniors help me find my way, but my chapter counselor at the time, district governor, Ruck facilitators, HQ staff and so many other alumni mentors gave me the tools that I needed to be an effective leader in the Fraternity which ended up serving me well throughout my life after college. All of those volunteers that helped me as mentors had a tremendous impact on me. I looked up to them as leaders and I aspired to be like them in their careers and family lives. They had taught me a great deal and they looked like they had a great time doing it.
I then came to realize that if you want to master something, you need to teach it. I called my district governor at the time (John Hartman) and asked if he could plug me in as a facilitator at Carlson. From there, I started volunteering as a facilitator and really enjoyed teaching undergrads the ins and outs of chapter operations. That grew into more opportunities to facilitate at Ruck and to serve as a mentor on the Tragos Quest to Greece. Just like how SigEp developed me throughout my college career, it continues to develop me as a leader each time I step into a volunteer role with the Fraternity.
There’s great truth in the adage “you get out of SigEp what you put into it” because I still feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment each time I get to interact with undergraduates in a mentor capacity … not to mention, it’s just flat-out fun.