Chive Nation is.
Chive Nation is made up of local chapters across the country and beyond- But one Chive chapter is anything but local.
Chiverhood of the Traveling Pants is a Chive chapter like no other with 4,500 amazing members from, well… all over the place. The group of cross-country misfits have made quite a mark on Chive Nation, earning Bona Fide status even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. CTP is well-deserving of the Bona Fide mark so it’s high time we learn all about ’em and celebrate this huge achievement!
So how did Chiverhood of the Traveling Pants come to be? Like all great things, it started with a beer…
On May 17, 2015, Chivers Benjamin Fisher and Andrew Frame grabbed a drink at a bar in Portland. It was there that a great idea crossed Ben’s mind. What if there was a Chive chapter that brought people together from all around the country, and even the world? It would be a way for traveling Chivers to find new friends wherever they went. And just like that, Chiverhood of the Traveling Pants was born.
Basically, CTP was founded as a way to connect like-minded, kind-hearted members of the Chive community across the nation and even the globe.
Though chapter members span many area codes and time zones, CTP Chivers share a love for meetups, helping local communities, and finding lifelong friends in this crazy nation of misfits. Plus, they kick ass at the whole charity thing.
In October 2016, the chapter decided it was about time to raise some money for a good cause. Since members were spread across the country, CTP held the first online auction of any chive chapter in history. They raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by auctioning off items that were handmade by chapter members.
The following summer in 2017, CTP thought up Chiverhood Nerf Wars, a creative way to raise money without holding a meetup in one central location. Nerf Wars has become the chapter’s biggest yearly event and an incredibly entertaining way to raise money.
The concept for Nerf Wars is simple: A person places a “bounty” on any Chiver they want to anywhere in the world. Then, whoever performs the “hit” sends in video or photo evidence of their victory and the “bounty” goes toward the fundraiser.
Over the years there have been many intense duels, perfectly planned ambushes, and several full-on battles. There was even a takedown of some Chive HQ staff right in the office…
The proceeds have benefitted previous Chive Charities recipients, who were all children that needed a little more help from the community.
The first summer of Nerf Wars in 2017 raised just over $6,500 for 3 different kiddos. The total raised from Nerf Wars to date is $13,770!
But CTP hasn’t stopped there. Additionally, the chapter has helped two amazing people in need that could not be given a Chive Charities grant.
First was Kris, a gentlemen who needed an off-road wheelchair. The chapter raised $3,728 and were able to get him not only the chair, but a few sweet upgrades for it as well!
Most recently, CTP teamed with with Portland Chive to raise money for TJ, a young boy with multiple rare medical conditions. Together, the chapters raised enough money to get TJ horse therapy lessons for an entire year.
All said and done, Chiverhood of the Traveling Pants
has raised a whopping $41,053.90. Oh, and they’ve done it all completely online. Color us impressed!
Though their fundraising efforts are virtual, members meet up all over the country to spend quality time together. Many times, CTP members have formed bonds online before they ever meet in person. But when they finally do… It’s a beautiful (and boozy) thing.
Of course CTP would not be where it is today without their fearless leaders, the admins. The admin team is made up of The Great Eight: Andrew, Ben, Amanda, Amanda (two), Josh, Jameson, Travis, and Jacob. The admins are spread out across the country and work incredibly hard for the chapter, so they deserve a little spotlight of their own. Let’s meet the admins and hear what they have to say about their chapter!
Benjamin F. (Caseville, Michigan) *Founding member*
“I could have never imagined way back on that day what the Chiverhood would become, the lives that have been touched, the crazy memories made and the ever lasting friendships. It is truly an honor to be associated with soooooo many Chivers over the years. It has been the most rewarding thing in my life helping the underdogs and those in need. I cannot wait for the many years to come, and continuing to make the world 10% better. “
Andrew F. (Hillsboro, Oregon)*Founding Member*
“I saw a place where I could make a difference in the world and ran with it. I would have never guessed that we would have created a group that had this big of an impact. I am so very proud of where this group has gone and I can not wait to see where it will go.”
Amanda K. (Denver, CO)
“What initially drew me to CTP was the TRAVELING aspect… since I was always on the road (as a military member), I wanted to meet Chivers in every city and town I went to… once I became an admin in September 2019, what I realized I really love about CTP is how much support we can give! The love, kindness and outright generosity of our members is truly what has made CTP what it is today, and it’s their dedication and support that got us here and make it possible for all of us to make the world 10% better.”
Travis P. (St. Cloud, MN)
“It’s always cool to meet Chivers in person after talking with them online and seeing how other chapters run their events. I’ve traveled to events all over now and a lot by car even, some people don’t think I have a day job. I’ve met so many cool and like-minded Chivers at events that I consider friends if not family now. Becoming bonafide is the best acknowledgment of what we’ve accomplished so far and it’s an even bigger push to continue our efforts as a community!”
Jameson Lemke (Coon Rapids, Minnesota)
“I’ve been a member of Chive Nation since 2015. It didn’t take long for this amazing community to become a second family. I was an admin for Chive MN for a couple years. I got to do some great things and made a lot of lifelong friends with them! I even met my rockstar girlfriend through Chive MN. Last July I was honored when the CTP asked me to join this absolutely amazing admin team! I’m a biker, bourbon/beer/wine enthusiast, dog lover, Vikings fan and all around goofball who is always looking for a new adventure. I love this community and every single one of you misfits that make it the wonderful family it is!!”
Amanda M. (Chicago, IL)
“I joined CTP on July 5, 2016. It became and still is my favorite chapter because we keep it wholesome, family-oriented and about lifting each other up when we’re having a bad day; it’s a chapter that’s inclusive and all about helping those in need any chance we get! I became a part of this Chivermazing admin team May 12, 2018 as I walked into the grocery store. These 7 other humans have become my brothers and sister during the last 2.5 years and I can’t imagine my life without them.”
Jacob C. (Cincinnati, OH)
“In 2017 I became an admin for the CTP. My favorite thing about CTP that brought me to the chapter was the fact that we treat everyone as family. This admin team and members have made me legit feel like I have family whenever and wherever I need it. They keep pushing me to better myself every day and I can honestly say I don’t know where I’d be without them today.”
Joshua Arney (Madison, AL)
“We always encourage an environment of Love & Encouragement, RAK often & well, build each other up & drive forward the most positive direction possible keeping the “Chiver’s Heart” at the center of all we do making our World 10% better.”
Speaking of Josh, yesterday we launched The Miracle on Chive Drive to give back to a Chive Nation family that has given so much to others. Josh and his wife, Rachel, are some of the most kind-hearted Chivers out there and deserve the world. If you’re feeling the Christmas spirit, you can donate to this amazing family HERE.
Chiverhood of the Traveling Pants uses its nomad status as a way to provide support for other chapters around the country and the world. The chapter has become sort of a hub for other Chive chapters to share their fundraising efforts and events, as well as direct Chivers to their local chapters or other national chapters (ChivEducation, Chive Gaming, etc.)
CTP treats every Chiver like family, whether you’re a part of their chapter or not. It’s their generous spirit and constant support of others that got them unanimously nominated by all the Bona Fide chapters. We think that’s pretty cool.
For Chiverhood, fun is what is expected and delivered but family is also what you find literally all over the world. The chapter truly is the melting pot of Chive Nation.
Make sure to check out CTPs awesome Instagram!
With chapter members ready to party with a purpose at any event, any time, anywhere… You bet your sweet ass their Bona Fide meetup is going to be a thing of glory. Stay tuned for more on the
beautiful shitshow that will be the first Chive Nation meetup when the pandemic is over.
It all started with a beer and two Chivers who wanted to bring people together in a new and unique way. Now, CTP has raised tens of thousands of dollars and created a nation-wide (and beyond) network of misfits who have done big things for the Chive community. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll always have a friend in Chiverhood of the Traveling Pants. So let’s raise a glass this Christmas Eve to the wonderful group who earned their Bona Fide status!
Make sure to check out the awesome Bona Fide CTP video announcement featuring Ryan Garcia and John Resig!
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