Laitin Beecham

Laitin Beecham
Gamma Mu '15

In the fall of 2011, I accepted my bid to become a brother of ZBT’s Gamma Mu Chapter. When I started college, I was that guy that was not joining a Fraternity. I was one of the many that are blind to all of the great things Fraternities and Sororities do on college campuses today. The guys of ZBT showed me that they were about making each other grow as individuals by overcoming odds and benefitting the community through service and philanthropy. Additionally,

"Because of ZBT, I was able to learn from my brother’s with different cultures and beliefs. I was able to learn that as long as you focus on the collective strengths of the group the chapter will see success."

all of the guys were different. Everyone came from different backgrounds, and had different beliefs. I was always under the impression that Fraternities were simply a group of guys who all had similar backgrounds and beliefs. In the small town of Tennessee where I grew up everyone had the same beliefs, and hardly anyone knew someone that was of the opposite political party or knew someone that was not a southern conservative Christian. This was definitely not the case for ZBT, and I wanted to be a part of something that could bring all of these different kinds of people together to accomplish a common mission.  

It was not until the summer of 2013 that I knew choosing ZBT was the right decision. When I joined the chapter, it was still very new. Colonized in the fall or 2006, and chartered in the spring of 2009. We were still considered the new kids on campus, and everyone overlooked us for a lot of things. However we continued to shock everyone by winning big time Greek competitions in philanthropy, homecoming, and Greek Sing. Other than those small victories we were never recognized for anything until the summer of 2013. At the ZBT Leadership School in Ft. Lauderdale ZBT Gamma Mu was finally recognized for some of the great work we were doing in Memphis. We came home with a community service award, a heritage award, and runner up to the Brummer Cup. The smile on all of my chapter brother’s faces when we revealed that we were bringing home trophies  was amazing. We knew that all of our hard work was paying off, and that we were doing Fraternity the right way.

Because of ZBT, I was able to learn from my brother’s with different cultures and beliefs. I was able to learn that as long as you focus on the collective strengths of the group the chapter will see success. Additionally, as long as you keep on doing the right things the right way eventually it will pay off in some way, shape, or form. One of my chapter brother’s famous lines is to “keep on keeping on,” and he is exactly right. If you are doing great things keep doing them, because it may not be in the shape of an award, but some way it will end up paying off in the long run.