It's time to get serious.
The truth is that any organization worth being in is exclusive. It has a standard for entry, and those who do not fulfill that standard are not allowed in. If an organization does not do that, it will degrade, and lose any coherence in purpose, culture, and meaning. We do not have to like this rule. It simply is.
We have said who we are and the people we want. We have said this publicly for seven months. That alone should have been plenty of time to get in shape, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and there's still another month and a half before initiation. If you cannot pass, you will not receive the badge of Legion membership. No excuses.
Better luck next year.
The initiation test itself is a secret, but here is a short list of things you should consider doing in preparation:
1. Take cold showers
2. Perform 35 or more push-ups daily
3. Run a mile in under 8 minutes
4. Give a concise but meaningful account of why you belong in the Cascade Legion
Spend some time with all of these, especially number four. If you can't make yourself do it alone, find another initiate to work with.
Passing the test does not guarantee membership. You must be able to pull your weight in time and money, and you must be trustworthy in the eyes of other members. But you cannot become a member if you cannot prove your dedication through endurance and preparation.
If you're willing to fight, prove it.
Fight for your membership.