John Hearn (Mu Chapter, Georgia), 66th Regent of Sigma Nu, is a product of legacies.
His late father, Judge George Hearn III, was a Sigma Nu, as was his older brother, George Hearn IV. His chapter has a legacy of excellence with numerous Rock Chapter awards. And one of his chapter brothers and mentors, Robert Durham, preceded him as Regent. He is conscious of his role in leading an organization that creates a legacy of ethical leaders, and he has committed to making a planned gift in his family's estate plan to ensure that legacy is supported.
When asked why he decided to make this commitment, John replies, "I believe that ethical leaders are needed now more than ever. We need to see Sigma Nu thrive rather than just exist. We have to pay it forward for the next generation."
He sees the local chapters as "incubators" for ethical leadership development but, "A local chapter would not exist without the national organization, which allows us to scale our collective efforts. The national organization thus needs alumni support for the benefit of the local chapters where our hearts are tied."
In the late 1990s, his chapter had a serious dip in membership and needed the assistance of the headquarters staff to recover. John says, "I hadn't seen the caliber and capability of the organization or appreciated its support until then. Our chapter wouldn't be here if it wasn't for that support." It was after his chapter began to prosper again that he became involved in national leadership.
He has approached his role on the High Council as a business person—always conscious of his responsibility of being a good steward of student fees and alumni contributions. "After I became involved at the national level, I saw the direct impact our organization makes in the development of ethical leaders—and how important every dollar is towards that goal." He goes on to say, "There are numerous external threats facing the Greek system right now—and we need a strong national organization to combat these threats."
John believes it's important for other Sigma Nus to join him in his planned giving legacy. "It will make a difference in the lives of young men, and the organization works hard to be a good steward of the funds provided."
To learn how you, like John, can create a lasting legacy at Sigma Nu with a gift in your estate plan, contact David Mainella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-463-1030 today.