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62nd Grand Consul Douglas R. Carlson, MINNESOTA 1973 - HONOR His Sigma Chi Legacy

posted Jul 30, 2017, 9:42 AM by Donald Astley
July 28, 2017
Brother Church,
On July 12, 2017, the Sigma Chi Fraternity Executive Committee and the leadership of the Sigma Chi Foundation jointly adopted a resolution (see the full text here) to honor one of Sigma Chi’s most outstanding contributors, 62nd Grand Consul Douglas R. Carlson, MINNESOTA 1973.
Brother Carlson has been a member or Chairman of the Ritual Committee for 42 years, served as Grand Historian for 18 years prior to his election as Grand Pro Consul in 1999, and was elected to the position of Grand Consul in 2001. He authored two books, The History of Sigma Chi from 1955-1980 and The History of the Sigma Chi Ritual, which have become integral contributions to the fraternity. Through his dedicated work to preserve and promote the history, heritage and principles of the fraternity, Carlson became the preeminent source of knowledge for all subjects related to our beloved Ritual and our storied history.
In his honor, Sigma Chi has announced the creation of the Douglas R. Carlson Principled Leader Award and the Douglas R. Carlson Sigma Chi Archives and Center for Advanced Study. The Principled Leader Award will be accompanied with monetary recognition for an undergraduate and alumnus member each year while the Archives and Center for Advanced Study is aimed to be a world-class facility which will enable Sigma Chis from all walks of life to be able to study and appreciate the intricate details of our fraternity.
We Need Your Help!! In order to appropriately honor Brother Carlson and his voluminous contributions to Sigma Chi, we are appealing to all Sigma Chis to make a donation to help us achieve these very important objectives.
If you would like to make a one-time donation to honor Brother Carlson, please visit and donate to the fund that suits your interest. Whether it’s $5, $50 or $500, we appreciate every dollar you can contribute. If you would like to make a monthly recurring donation, click here (for Carlson Award) or here (for Carlson Archives).
As a special “thank you,” Sigma Chi will recognize you with the following.
  • For a gift of $18.55 or more, receive a limited edition Sigma Chi button to demonstrate your commitment to honoring Brother Carlson’s legacy.
  • For a gift of $50 or more, receive the button and a copy of the History of Sigma Chi from 1955-1980 authored by Brother Carlson.
  • For a gift of $100 or more, receive all of the above plus a copy of One In Heart & Purpose, the story of the Founders and Founding of Sigma Chi.
  • For a commitment to a recurring monthly gift totaling a minimum commitment of at least $2,000, receive all of the above plus recognition on the donor board in the newly established Carlson Center.
If you are interested in a more substantial gift, please contact Sigma Chi Foundation Director of Development Matthew Pagan via e-mail for sponsorship and naming opportunities which will appropriately recognize your significant contribution. Sponsorship and naming opportunities start at $5,000.
Whatever you can give, please consider donating to honor one of Sigma Chi’s most outstanding contributors and help us achieve these critical objectives for the good of Sigma Chi!
In Hoc Signo Vinces,
J. Ashley Woods
Sigma Chi Foundation
Michael J. Church
Executive Director
Sigma Chi Fraternity