SEMO Homecoming 2021 marked a return to their event after a two year absence (2019-rained out and 2020-Covid). There was a great turnout of alumni and chapter members, and we got to see the legendary TKE bell in action as well during the parade.
SEMO Homecoming 2021 began Friday afternoon with the scholarship reception. The TKE DZ Alumni Memorial Scholarship recipients this year are Fraters Kyle Murray, Aaron Christianson, Alex Morelock, and Jake DeVaughn (not pictured). Alumni in attendance included myself, Don LaFerla, Bill Diepenbrock, and Dick Gettinger. A photo was also taken with Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of SEMO.
SEMO Homecoming 2021 continued Friday evening with the alumni awards dinner and TKE was represented as well.
Frater Don LaFerla and his wife Gloria were awarded Friends of the University for 2020 for their long history of contributions and accomplishments for SEMO.
Frater Tom Meyer was awarded the Alumni Merit Award for 2021 for his contributions and dedication to the university.
SEMO Homecoming concluded with Frater Garion C Beatty (chapter Prytanis) winning 2021 SEMO Man of the Year award. It was the 3rd time in 5 years that a member of TKE was nominated for that award, and the 2nd time in 5 years that TKE won! Congratulations Frater Beatty for your well deserved accomplishment!
The St Jude's Run/Walk to End Childhood Cancer was cancelled, but that didn't stop the DZ Chapter and Alumni Association from donating $6399 to our official charity. We surpassed our goal amount of $5500.
The DZ alumni golf tournament for 2021 was the first one where we donated all profits to charity. Backstoppers got $925 and the DZ Alumni Memorial Scholarship fund got the other $925 in our 50/50 donation campaign. Profits from the golf tournament also went to the DZ scholarship fund. Thanks to all who attended the tournament, which allows us to donate to these great causes.
The updated list of scholarship recipients are:
Kaleb Miller was originally one of the scholarship recipients, but his other scholarship prevented him from benefiting from the scholarship award, so he graciously asked to have his share given to another deserving frater.
The 2021-2022 scholarship award is in memory of Frater Charles Haywood, DZ190, who passed away on 10/31/2020. Below is a link to his obituary, which described the type of great person he was...
The DZ Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship, endowed through SEMO, is at approximately $48,000 as of this post. This year, we were allowed $3370 to disburse to chosen recipients. The alumni association, along with input from the chapter, chose the following four actives from the DZ chapter: Kaleb Miller, Aaron
Christianson, Alex Morelock, and Jacob DeVaughn. In addition to making at least a 3.0 GPA, each of these fraters are currently officers in the chapter. They will each receive $842.50 for the 2021-2022 school year. Congratulations to these deserving fraters.
The first in-person alumni meeting since November 2019 was held at Rock N Brews Restaurant. In attendance was Brian Elledge (President), Larry Snopek (Grammateus), Dan Green (Treasurer), Ray Ford, Bruce Jannsen, Jack Schaar, Greg Sestric, and Steve Fenwick. The items we discussed included: adding a separate account specifically for philanthropy related expenses, alumni dues status (80 paid so far fo 2021), DZ Alumni Association Scholarship recipients, and upcoming events.
Our alumni Pig Roast resumed this year after taking 2020 off due to COVID-19. There was about 50 in total attendance and we profited about $288, which will be donated to the DZ Alumni Scholarship fund at SEMO.
Each year, the TKE DZ Alumni Association scholarship names the award to a Frater who has passed away. For the 2020-2021 school year, the award is named in honor of Frater Jerry Priest, DZ077. He was the owner of the Pladium and a respected member of both TKE and the Cape Girardeau community. Frater Priest’s presence transcended many generations and eras of TKE and was known and admired by many.
The recipients of this award went to Fraters:
Thanks to all who were able to pay alumni dues for 2020. It was a big part of how we were able to continue the work of the alumni association by making donations to various philanthropies and helping those in need, as well as support for the DZ chapter.
We are now accepting alumni dues payments for 2021, with not only plans to continue our work with philanthropic and chapter support, but also with hopes of returning to having social activities again as soon as possible. You can make payment by the following ways:
Send a check for $50 to:
Delta Zeta Alumni Association
PO Box 356
Cottleville, MO 63338
Or make a mobile payment to either:
Or Venmo: @dztkealumni or click the link below
I am looking forward to seeing what we can do to make 2021 a successful, rewarding, and fun year. Stay tuned!
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of all but one social event in 2020, the alumni association used that time to reflect on what can we be doing as an organization, rather than what we cannot do. During this past holiday season, we decided to have a Season of Giving campaign, whereas we would have several avenues of community service/philanthrophy that benefitted more than one charity.
The DZ chapter of TKE alumni association participated in philanthropic activities this holiday season to help the needy and our veterans in the St. Louis and Cape Girardeau areas. The executive board wanted to share with you the acts of giving the alumni association performed.
1)The Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau had an “adopt a veteran” program for veterans in need. The alumni association “adopted” two of their veterans and purchased the gifts that each one had on their lists. I delivered those gifts to the veterans home last week.
2) We organized a food drive that resulted in over 225 cans (about 400 pounds) of food, that benefited local food pantries. Dan Helman volunteered his business, Eagle Pest Control, as a drop off location and he delivered the canned goods to OASIS Food Pantry in St Charles. The on-campus TKE house was another drop-off location and I delivered those canned goods to the Womens Safe House Outreach Center in Cape Girardeau.
3) As part of the Wreaths Across America campaign, The alumni association bought 10 Christmas wreaths that were laid on the tombs of deceased veterans at Jefferson Barracks National Memorial Cemetery.
4) The alumni association adopted a needy family through the United Way's 100-Neediest Families program. We adopted a single mother and her 5 year old daughter. The alumni assisted the family by paying their past-due utility bills, as well as fulfilling their needs of food expenses, household items, clothes, and toys. Larry Snopek and Dan Green shopped for and delivered the gifts to the family’s social worker, who will give them to the family.
5) To close out our season of giving for 2020, the DZ alumni association donated $500 to the Dr Joseph Worth Memorial Scholarship at St Louis Community College, where Frater Worth (DZ771) was a counselor, educator, and leader for 18 years. His work and memory lives on in his scholarship and we are honored to contribute to this wonderful cause.
Special thanks goes to the following during this Season of Giving:
-Those who donated canned goods for the food drive.
-Frater Dan Green (treasurer) and Larry Snopek (secretary) for purchasing and delivering the “adopt a family” gifts.
-Frater Dan Helman for letting us use his business (Eagle Pest Control in St Peters, MO) as a food drive drop off location and for delivering the canned goods to the OASIS food pantry.
-Most of all, thanks to the Delta Zeta alumni. Your yearly dues payment allowed us to be generous in giving approximately $2,850 in gifts and other items to our veterans and the needy. Your continued support will allow us to continue supporting these programs. Looking forward to do this (and possibly more) next year.