Don Weber ’67 entered Chapter Eternal

Don WeberDonald Jon Weber,  (’67) age 71, passed on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Valatie. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 3, 1945 he was the son of the late Jeannette Elizabeth (Chubb) and John Frederick Weber. He grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio and graduated from the Charles T. Brush High School in 1963. Don came to NYS for his undergraduate education and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He then served proudly as a Lieutenant in the US Navy from June 1969 through 1975, working as navigator on Navy planes. Don came back to the Schenectady/Troy area to work and continue his education, where he earned a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from RPI in 1978. He worked for General Electric for almost 30 years as an engineer for MAO and GE, retiring in 2004.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved in-laws Jean (Elder) Clark and Robert C. Clark, and brother-in-law Robert C. Clark ll. Survivors include his wife Teri L. (Clark) Weber of 40 years, and his treasured children, Darren J. Weber (Lisa) of Watertown, MA and Katherine J. Weber of Saratoga Springs, NY. He has a much loved sister, Mary Jeanne (Chubb) McRoberts and brother-in-law, Paul McRoberts of Anthem, AZ. Don also has a cherished niece, Tracy (McRoberts) Begalke and family of Anthem, AZ. He was fortunate enough to have his sister-in-laws Karen (Marcotte) Duell of Corinth, NY and Christine (Clodgo Clark) Higginson (Norman) of Corinth, NY as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 7pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff, Inc. Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Funeral services will be held at 10am Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave. at Henning Road, Saratoga Springs. Inurnment with military honors will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany NY 12205 or the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their love, care, comfort, and support they have given Don over his past 6 year stay with them. We also appreciate the kindness, care, and support of the entire Burke/Bussing & Cunniff, Inc. Funeral Home family at this time. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Aug. 6, 2017
Obituary

Responses: From Rangy Lil: “Don was my big brother as a pledge, and he had a lot to do with my nickname “Rangy”. I think he actually wrote the poem. Another reminder that our stay is a temporary one. In Hoc, Rangy”
And From Ruff: “I have fond memories of him with his beer, smoking, playing Thumper, and almost never uttering a sound for hours on end! Those House parties were worth returning for. I kept on returning to the House with fellow alums for 10 years after graduation (1972-1982), the last time with my wife who was pregnant. In Hoc, Ruff”
From Dick Ross: “Perhaps one of my fonder memories of Don occurred when we were both residing in the Norfolk, Virginia, area in the early 70s. At the time, he was in the US Navy and I was on field service for Lockheed. One day, Don decided it would be a good idea to travel from Norfolk to Troy to attend a Big Weekend at the Sigma Chi house. So off we went on Friday morning. We partied Friday and Saturday nights and returned on Sunday. Ah, those were the days! In Hoc Dick”
From Jim Straw: “A very solid guy and great Brother. Quiet but with a wry sense of humor. A good student when many of us weren’t. The Chapter Eternal will benefit from his presence. J”
From Jim Campbell: “Web” was a great and very even-tempered brother and a mentor to many of us as Freshman/Sophomores trying to find our way at the “Tute” and Sigma Chi. All honor to his name. In Hoc, Cramble
From Gary Simundza ’67: You may remember that he and I were roommates (in the Grotto) for a year back in 1965-66; a really nice guy. Gary

 

Sigma Chi 1950 Petition Discovered

Brother Jim Mitchell ’51, an original member of Sigma Chi at RPI, found a pristine copy of the 1950 brochure from local Phi Epsilon Phi Petition to Sigma Chi requesting membership.  Our petition is 5 by 9 inches, 32 glossy pages including an aerial photo of RPI on the front and back covers, a picture of the membership, profiles of the members, pictures of fraternity life in 1950, and countless supporting letters from school officials, local members and prominent Sigs (including Past Grand Consul L.G. Balfour – Balfour Jewelry).  Thanks to Significant Sig Jim Mitchell ’51, recipient of both the RAA Fellows Award and the Rensselaer Davies Medal, for the safekeeping of this memory.  Brother Mitchell has donated the booklet to the chapter for safekeeping.  A copy can be found at our Chapter Web Site Alumni page
www.sigmachi-rpi.org/newsletter/1950SigmaChiPetition.pdf

Armen Renjilian ’52 entered the Chapter Eternal

Armen Rejilian photoArmen Renjilian ’52 passed away December 22, 2017, of natural causes at the age of 88.33333.  He always wanted credit for the months after his last birthday.

Armen was a member of the first pledge class of Sigma Chi.  He worked in the Albany/Troy area most of his life and was the manager of Material Sciences at Albany International Corporation retiring at 81 having been a consultant to Albany International for many years after his official retirement.  He was an expert in water chemistry related to paper making processes and did some of the original work to covert the industry from wool to nylon industrial fabrics (and other polymers).  He holds 6 patents in this area.  Armen met Lois (his wife) at a party held at 58 Pinewoods Ave.  Their son, Rick Renjilian, is a member of the class of 1981 and lives in Port Washington, NY.

His wake will be on January 11 and funeral services on January 12 in Latham.

Obituary Link

Happy New Year 2018 from the Pomeroy Chapter House at 58 Pinewoods

[I posted this story from an email sent to me by 58pinewoods@gmail.com – Editor]2017-12 Chapter HouseThe chapter brothers finished finals late this year – Friday December 22, 2017.  They won’t return until January 16 for classes, so I have three plus weeks for my rest, restoration and relaxation.  Chapter Advisor and Order of Constantine member, Robert “Justa” Eckart ’73 will stop by frequently to check on my condition, just like Arch Love ’42 did for all those many winters.  It’s been a long time since anyone stayed over for the winter break. But I must guard against the winds blowing against my old front frame.  Unfortunately it’s very cold here and expected to continue for the next 10 days!

This month I said good-bye to three members at the December Graduation: They took the obligatory picture on my front steps, as so many brothers before them.

  • Sam Doskocil ‘17 graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and will begin working as a Technology Specialist – Patent Attorney Track at a Boston law firm.
  • Scott Carradi ‘17 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and is considering offers for structural engineering grad schools at Stevens, NJIT and Syracuse versus full time employment.
  • Ryan Gavin ‘17 graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Information Technology & Web Science and Business & Management, and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization & Entrepreneurship.

During the Fall semester, IFC included Brothers Marvin Cosare ’18 as president and Alex Steff ’19 as VP of Philanthropy.

Kent Rapp ’18 did not return for the Fall semester, selected to spend summer and fall semesters abroad and participate in the 2017 to 2018 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship, living in Rostock Germany.  I overheard that Fall Magister Aidan Gorby ’19 will not return for Spring 2018 semester and will study aboard in London.  RPI has requested that many juniors spend a semester away from campus.  These activities provide many opportunities for leadership positions to be shared / swapped during the year.  The mandatory away from campus (ARCH) program, begins summer 2018.

November 2017, I witnessed the preparation and training of 13 new brothers, men who showed a great potential for the future of our chapter. I overheard that these 13 new brothers will participate in Sigma Chi’s new program for post-initiation training called Ritual for Life (R4L) program. R4L is the beginning for ongoing ritual education in their Sigma Chi journey provided by the International Fraternity.  Leaders were trained at the BLTW in August and the program is supported by teaching lesson plans, online video and training materials and to be supplemented by ritual-trained alumni experts.

I witnessed Alex Steff ’19 present a lavalier to Jessica MacPherson.  Outside events included engagements by Oskari Rautiainen ‘16, Joe Pumper’16 and Nick Pitt ’16, and Alex Manocchi ‘16 married Chelsea.

At the October RPI honors convocation, graduate student Chaz Goodwine ’13 received the RPI Founders Award of Excellence.

During Homecoming celebration in October, led by Alan Roberts ’83, class of 83 brothers gathered to remember classmate, Doug Doskocil ‘83, with a White Rose Ceremony.  The groups also recognized many other Delta Psi brothers who entered the Chapter Eternal this year including: Henry O. “Hank” Lumb Jr. ’53, a founding father of Delta Psi of Sigma Chi at RPI in 1950; Albert Welford “Will” Castleman Jr. ’57; Robert Glaess ’65; John Schroder ’69; Mark J. Harris ’70; Bob Brooks ’75; and Jim “Flanigan” Comyns ’77.

In December, I heard that Armen Renjilian ’52 entered the chapter eternal.

More than 30 brothers piled into my alumni living room in September for the Pinewoods Educational Foundation’s (PEF) second annual Interviewing and Resume Skills Training Workshop lead by Dennis Powers ’63 with help from John Baldwin ‘77, Matt Miller ‘77, John Pfaff ‘71 and Dan DeSantis ‘78.  I overheard the current residents comment how the efforts by my alumni are really changing the dynamic of how fraternity is defined.

The fall semester began with excitement as the Delta Psi brothers brought back their 8th consecutive Peterson Award from the Sigma Chi Balfour Leadership Training Workshop.  But this Award was special and included a Gold Level Certificate (one of only six awarded by the International Fraternity) that shines on the mantel of my Library.  This award was the icing on the cake of the May Greek awards for Delta Psi’s second consecutive President’s Cup award for best fraternity and only fraternity out of 29 to earn a five star designation. Servant Leader of the Year Award went to Sigma Chi’s Sean Waclawik ‘18, and the Greek Man of the Year went to Marvin Cosare ‘18. Greeks also presented RPI’s chapter advisor of the year award to Bob “Justa” Eckart ’73 and then named the award for him permanently.

bull ridingFall rush events held on my grounds included bull riding as well as lots of game playing and picnicking.  I’m grateful that the bull was the kind that didn’t leave deposits all over my grass.

Work Party 2017 was similar but different.  The Alumni led by Bob Bedard ’75 and Thom Kouletsis ’76 as usually but since the rebuilt of my back half, the work party tasks have been simply.  I’m just not falling apart like I was did.

Work Party also honored remodeler supreme, Alan “HJ” Hanbury ’74, who was also recognized by the Sigma Chi Fraternity with the 7 Lights Award to service dedication.  HJ was joined by chapter mates at the 70th Grand Chapter in Providence, RI in June.

Scott and Barbara Dukette ’80 started a year abroad, living in twelve different countries.

Back in May, 14 brothers graduated: Ryan R-Dubz Williams, Nikolay Du Ciel, Brian Casel, James Crist, Conrad Mossl, JJ Hu, Alex Mikelis, Ryan Gavin, Luke Perkins, Matthew Tabak, Matt Rettig, John Romano, Alex Quigley, and Ravi PanseThey gathered on my porch steps for this classic pose.

During the spring 13 new brothers were added to my undergraduate members: 11 one day and 2 more athletes a couple of weeks later at the University of Rochester. My rooms are filled (but I love being full of terrific members!!

Lots of graduates, lots of awards, many new members and lots of enthusiasm – I can’t wait until my January nap is over and 2018 continues the EXcellence at the Pomeroy Chapter House at 58 Pinewoods Avenue. Here’s to a Happy New Year!

If any of you find yourselves in Troy, please stop by and visit the undergraduate brothers who watch over me (and me over them).

 

2017 December Grads

2017 December gradsPictured Left to right – Sam Doskocil, Scott Carradi & Ryan Gavin

Scott Doskocil graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and will begin working as a Technology Specialist – Patent Attorney Track at Wolf, Greenfield & Sachs P.C. in Boston. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-doskocil-96b12512a/

Scott Carradi graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and considering offers for structural engineering grad schools at Stevens, NJIT and Syracuse versus full time employment. https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-corradi-386028a8/

Ryan Gavin graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Information Technology & Web Science and Business & Management, and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization & Entrepreneurship.  He is looking for opportunities Product Planning, Product Management, Strategy/Business Development, or Marketing in either automotive or consumer technology as he returns to north/central New Jersey. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryantgavin/

Congratulations and best wishes Brothers!

Barbara and Scott Dukette ’80, spend year abroad – 12 locations – 4 continents

Barbara and Scott Dukette ’80 are hunting for an international living location by test living 12 cities in four continents over 12 months.  The Dukettes started their oddssey in April 2017.  Here’s Scott’s report:

“When I sold my share of civil engineering firm Klotz Associates and retired, we sold our house and cars in Austin, Texas, gave away/sold/trashed most of our belongings, packed up the rest into a storage unit and hit the road to seek our fortune abroad!  We signed on with a program called Remote Year (www.remoteyear.com), and are checking out 12 different cities for one month each as part of a group of about 50 working nomads.  I’ve been doing remote consulting work and trying my hand at writing flash fiction while adjusting to homelessness.  It’s been an exciting experience so far!

The Remote Year program provides housing, a fully equipped co-working space, travel between program cities and various local experience events.  We take care of our own meals, insurance, voluntary travel outside the program and any other miscellaneous costs.

We’re the oldest people and only married couple in our Remote Year group, known as “Veritas”, which ranges in age from 23 to 59.

While we’re currently over halfway through the program, we haven’t yet decided what life looks like after our Remote Year.  It’s likely we’ll spend a month or two back in the States with family and then pick an international location for a trial expatriate experience of 6-12 months.”

While we’re currently over halfway through the program, we haven’t yet decided what life looks like after our Remote Year.  It’s likely we’ll spend a month or two back in the States with family and then pick an international location for a trial expatriate experience of 6-12 months.”

Dukettes.jpgScott & Barbara, Belgrade, Serbia, September 2017

 

2017
May – Split, Croatia
June – Prague, Czechia
July – Valencia, Spain
August – Sofia, Bulgaria
September – Belgrade, Serbia
October – Marrakech, Morocco
November – Buenos Aires, Argentina
December – Cordoba, Argentina
2018
January – Lima, Peru
February – Medellin, Columbia
March – Bogota, Columbia
April – Mexico City, Mexico

You can access a daily photo documenting our travels on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/scottdukette/

You can access a sample of my Flash Fiction on my website at www.outofaustin.com

MONTH 1 – SPLIT, CROATIA April 30, 2017 through May 27, 2017

This part of the Adriatic coastline is spectacular.  The water is an alluring blue in deeper areas and fades to turquoise in the shallows.  Split seems a very safe city.  Tourist destinations are carefully maintained, and the streets are washed nightly.  Most of the restrooms we used were immaculate, either public or in restaurants.  Most people we encountered seem hard working and honest.   There were a fair number of cruise ship tourists about at any given time, but the city didn’t seem overwhelmed during our pre-season stay.Dukettes Croatia.jpg

Split was beautiful and is on our short list for further consideration.  Our main concern is the potential for tourist overload during the summer season.

There’s a huge old Roman ruin called Diocletian’s Palace that the city has grown around and into over the ages, which has created a fascinating maze of streets that are fun to explore.  We also had a great visit to some of the Croatian islands, as well as to the City of Dubrovnik, which is a breathtaking place used as the film location for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.

MONTH 2 – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC! May 27 through July 1, 2017

The architecture overall is beautiful and well preserved, and made walking around a pleasure. There is something interesting around every corner.  Much of it is very old, like the Old Town Tower at Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, built in the 1300’s and still in use.

Prague is also a very cultured city, with many museums.  Franz Kafka and Alfons Mucha (writer and artist respectively) are native sons. Sculptor David Cerney has several pieces displayed in Prague (see photo). The term ‘Bohemian” in reference to a socially unconventional artistic class started here!  Lager beer also originated in the Czech Republic.

They have a great public tram/subway/ bus system, beautiful parks, history, architecture and lots more.  There is an amazing amount to see and do.  We loved it!Dukettes Prague

Prague ticks a LOT of our boxes.  However, we’d have to winter over before deciding whether we could retire there permanently, and we suspect it would be too cold and snowy for us.  But anyone who likes four seasons and doesn’t mind snow should consider Prague for permanent retirement!

 MONTH 3 – VALENCIA, SPAIN! July 1 through July 29, 2017

 Since we can speak a tiny bit of Spanish, it was very comfortable for us. However, Valencia (pronounced Vahl-ENTH-e-uh) has its own dialect that takes some time to catch. The social atmosphere was fun.  It took us only a few days to adjust to the meal cycle.  Breakfast about 10, lunch between 2 and 4 and dinner very late. Restaurants don’t open for dinner until 8 or 8:30 – we generally ate about 10.  But sometimes MUCH later.  And rarely were we in bed before midnight.valencia.jpg

Valencia is definitely on our short list as an option for permanent retirement!

The food was good, the wine cheap, the weather warm and the beach amazing and close.  We ate almost every meal outside.  Cultural events, street art and social opportunities were everywhere.

MONTH 4 – SOFIA, BULGARIA! July 29 through August 26, 2017

Sofia was a pleasant surprise.  There’s a laid back, gritty vibe that we grew to love and a lot of very beautiful Tsarist architecture co-existing with ugly Communist Era concrete apartment blocks.  Sofia was something of a historical tech hub for the communist block pre-1989 and has continued to be one to this day. Average wages are low, but so are food and restaurant prices.

The language is difficult – and they also use the Cyrillic alphabet, so it’s impossible to read anything.  Most people under 30 speak at least some English, although not as well as some of the other countries where we’ve been.  But the people were SO friendly, language was never a barrier!Dukettes Sofia.jpg

While we loved Sofia, winters would be a deterrent for us.  But, like Prague, anyone who likes snow should consider Sofia.

Despite the run-down appearance of many areas (we’re told Bulgaria is the poorest city in the EU), it is a safe city overall – women are comfortable walking alone even at night in the downtown areas.  Food and just about everything outside of imported goods were very inexpensive.  And there seemed to be a beautiful green park every few blocks. 

MONTH 5 – BELGRADE, SERBIA! August 26 through September 29, 2017

Architecture ranges from stunning to extremely ugly in a variety of styles.  There are many beautiful late 1800s buildings (similar to Prague), some Art Deco-esque buildings from between the World Wars and some Russian influence.

Belgrade is similar in a lot of ways to Sofia, still gritty, but perhaps a little more prosperous.  There is also waterfront along the Sava and Danube Rivers that Sofia doesn’t have.

But, like Sofia, the language is difficult, wages low and many areas of the city are run down. However, in Belgrade they’re run down for a different reason than Sofia – Belgrade has suffered centuries of war damage.  The first shots of WWI were fired at Belgrade.  Both the Nazis and Allies bombed Belgrade extensively during WWII, and NATO action in the 1990’s also took its toll.Dukettes Belgrade.jpg

Winter again deters us.  But Belgrade is well worth consideration for the less cold averse.

Overall, an affordable, friendly city with a lot to do and see.  

MONTH 6 – MARRAKECH, MOROCCO! September 30 through November 4, 2017

It’s hard to admit, because Marrakech was one of the 12 host cities on our itinerary we’d most looked forward to visiting, but we were disappointed.  It’s a great place for a 4 or 5-day tourist visit, but not a place (in our opinion) to live for five weeks or to retire.  Our great memories and experiences from the month are mostly about our trips OUT OF Marrakech, to the Moroccan mountains, coast and especially our camel trek into the Sahara Desert.Another issue was feeling like 90% of the local people are trying to cheat or steal from you, and the other 10% excuse it as a “cultural thing”.  Our time in Marrakech was a stark reminder that not everyone in the world loves Americans or tourists in general, even though many of them rely on tourism for their livelihood.  In most places where we’ve traveled, the local people seem happy, even despite huge poverty and income disparity challenges.  While this still rang true elsewhere in Morocco, people in Marrakech seemed generally unhappy.Dukettes Marrakech.jpg

Morocco overall was interesting, but Marrakech is not a city where we would consider retiring.

Chaz Goodwine ’13 receives the RPI Founders Award of Excellence

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Sigma Chi graduate student Chaz Goodwine ’13 receives the RPI Founders Award of Excellence.

The 24rd Annual Honors Convocation was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the RPI EMPAC. The Rensselaer’s Founders Award of Excellence is the highest honor of the Convocation ceremony.

The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special certificate, recognition by faculty, staff, and peers at the Honors Convocation ceremony, and a cash prize. Approximately 70 wonderful graduate or undergraduate students – about one percent of our student population – are honored each year as winners of Rensselaer’s Founders Award of Excellence.

Criteria for the Founders Award of Excellence nominees include demonstration of all of the following characteristics:

  • Strong academic performance. Candidates should be in the top 10% of their respective class.
  • Pride and responsibility in all aspects of her or his life at Rensselaer.
  • Outstanding leadership skills exhibiting discretion, judgment, and well-rounded regard for the opinions of others.
  • Originality and imagination that may be evidenced by the potential to solve problems and possess skills to promote new ideas and theories in his or her field of study.

Chaz plans to graduate in 2018 with his Ph.D. in chemical engineering.  In 2013, Sigma Chi Charles Carletta ’14 was also recognized with the Founders Award of Excellence.

 

Pinewoods Educational Foundation Holds Interviewing and Resume Skills Training Workshop

The Pinewoods Educational Foundation (PEF) held its second annual Interviewing and Resume Skills Training Workshop from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The seminar and training and attended by more than 30 students (mostly sophomores and juniors). Dennis Powers ’63 presented the materials and was supported by returning alums: John Baldwin ‘77, Matt Miller ‘77, John Pfaff ‘71 and Dan DeSantis ‘78.

The seminar provided personalized feedback, important to improving the resumes and interviewing.  The students had excellent experiences and credentials but appeared reluctance students to open up and share their personal information about themselves as human beings – that what makes them unique.  The mock interviewed provided encouragement to communicate more effectively.

Draft resumes needed clear objectives and limited coursework and software training listings and replace it with meaningful info about themselves.  Participants made progress on teasing out good material for use in their second draft. Some had amazingly good experiences/achievements that were not mentioned in their initial drafts.

The PEF remains convinced that this program, open to all RPI students, can continue to make a very big difference in helping students land good internships and permanent jobs.   It is important to encourage sophomores and juniors to attend.  Exposing underclassmen to the program should help assure they are well prepared to interview and later after graduation.

Thanks to Brother Powers for organizing the event and to Brothers Baldwin, Miller, Pfaff and DeStantis for their participation.

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Dennis Powers ’63 address the chapter

Work Party 2017

Greetings and salutations, Brothers!  I hope you all are having a wonderful summer as i  Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27, 2017
Come join the festivities (and do a little work, too!).  This is the 12th annual celebration of our alumni/active pre-semester work weekend, and all alumni brothers are invited back to Troy to participate in this fun-filled event.
It’s been four years since the Bill Pomeroy Chapter House of the Delta Psi chapter of Sigma Chi was dedicated on Homecoming weekend, 2013.
An end of the year walk-through audit of the house this past May by House Corp Board Member Bob “Beo” Bedard ‘75 and Chapter Advisor extraordinaire, Bob “Justa” Eckart ’73 once again found the house to be in good condition.  The active brothers can be commended for the fine job they are doing in maintaining the house.  But as always, there are things to be done to prepare the house for the upcoming school year.  Foreman Beo and chief home remodeler and recent recipient of the Seven Lights service award from national, Alan “HJ” Hanbury ’74, along with input from the chapter, are compiling the “to-do” list for Work Party 2017 with jobs for everyone. Professional skills are not needed, just a desire to work alongside of the active brothers in caring for our house.  As always, there will be landscaping projects, clean-up activities, painting, minor repairs, etc. to be done, along with building a rock climbing wall in the garage and other fun projects.  Come on home to Troy this year and help us make that lady at 58 Pinewoods glow!|
But wait!  There’s more!  Let’s not forget about the Friday evening active/alumni dinner followed by the PEP Corporation meeting and elections, the weekend of great camaraderie, the Saturday night ritual house meeting, and the chance to strengthen our bonds with each other, swap stories, and tell tall tales of bygone days. To sum it all up, it’s simply a good time!
This should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Join us this year, and cross it off yours.
If you plan to attend, please send the following information to me:
1.)    Name/Nickname and Class Year.
2.)    Current locale in which you reside.
3.)    Cell phone # (with area code).
4.)    Friday alumni/undergrad dinner? Yes/No.
5.)    Last meal to be eaten with us, i.e., Sunday lunch.
For those interested in the Friday golf, you all will have to seek each other out and self-organize since Bob ‘Ruff The Babysitter’ Hutnick (’71) will not be in attendance this year and available to coordinate.  He will be enjoying some quality family time in the Outer Banks of NC.
I have emptied my mailbox in anticipation of an avalanche of e-mail responses, so have at it!
Only three weeks away, so please let us know you’re coming, so we can make plans accordingly.
Hope to see you in Troy soon!
In hoc,|
Klit ’76 (a.k.a., Thom Kouletsis) Cell: (717) 805-2618 E-mail:  tkouletsis@comcast.net