As of May 22, I became president of the DZ TKE alumni association. I thank Dave Duckworth for his three years of being president and Bill Brengle for the two years before that. Dave has agreed to continue his support by being Vice President. I will do my best with the new position, but will be limited due to other obligations and interests.
I plan to focus on four main goals as president:
1- continue to support the chapter, so as to help them grow and improve.
2- continue to support the alumni association scholarship program and find ways to help it grow.
3- find ways to increase and improve alumni involvement and support.
4- get an online payment system set up, so as to help make payments for alumni dues and events more convenient.
I’m sure there are many other goals that could be pursued, but it will be easier for me to do my job if I keep the number low and basic.
The other officers: Dick Gettinger- VP 2014 and treasurer 2015-present; Ross Rosenberg- treasurer in 2014; Larry Snopek- secretary; Mike Conway- Histor from 2014-2018; and Matt Henson- chapter advisor, have been the officers during the 5 years since we restarted the alumni association. Understandably, they are ready to hand their roles over to different alumni. Please personal message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone is interested or willing to take over any of their roles.
As an alumni association, we have now been active for over five years, and the DZ chapter has been back on campus for five years as well. For both the alumni association and the chapter, this is a challenging time for both entities. The alumni association is in need for more involvement from alumni to help to continue to thrive and survive. With a higher than usual number of graduates this past spring, the chapter is working hard towards a highly successful fall rush, so as to help them grow as an organization.
What both entities do the next 3-5 years are going to define what we are as DZ chapter and we will need all the help we can to get the results we want- to remain active and thriving for many years to come.
Anyone interested or willing to help out in anyway can personal message or email me at email@example.com. Any assistance is greatly appreciated not only from me personally, but also from the DZ chapter that we all pledged to support long ago when we first joined the fraternity for life.
Yours in the Bond,
Pig Roast 2019-was a success! We had 48 people throughout the weekend. Thank you to all of you who attended Pig Roast. We also appreciate all who helped to make it happen. Food was good as usual. We turned a profit of $360, which is being donated to the chapter to help fund fall rush. Also a special thanks to those who paid alumni association dues and also received a donation to the DZ TKE alumni scholarship by Frater Blake Duckworth.
The TKE Alumni/Chapter Happy Hour/Meet-Up was held on Thursday, April 4 from 5-7pm in Cape Girardeau. It was a great opportunity for actives and candidates to meet and mingle with alumni.
TKE Alumni Christmas Party:
The Alumni Christmas Party on 12/1/18 was held at the Elks Lodge in Ballwin, MO. Dinner, drinks, and music was served at the event.
Alumni/Chapter Happy Hour in Cape:
The recent happy hour in Cale was represented by both TKE alumni and the actives/candidates from the DZ chapter. There are plans to have another one sometime next spring semester in Cape.
Homecoming was great success. There was a good turnout by alumni and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all who participated.
St Jude’s Run Walk:
The annual St Jude’s Run/Walk to benefit St Jude’s was held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. It was represented by both TKE alumni and DZ chapter. Although the run is over, you still have until the end of October to donate to the cause:
Please click this link http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Walk/Walk?pg=team&fr_id=89708&team_id=221059©_link_share to go to the SEMO Tau Kappa Epsilon St Jude’s site, where you can help the DZ contribute to such a worthy cause:
Donations done on the website can be done via credit card. If you prefer to donate by check, then send the donation, written out to “TKE Chapter Delta Zeta”, and mail to Tim Champion, Chapter treasurer, at 316 Mason Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The 2018 TKE Alumni Golf Tournament was a great time. This was the first year of having it at the Links at Dardene, which was a really nice place. Thanks to those who were a part of this event.
On Saturday, 8/18, the band Liquid, which includes two DZ Tekes, played at Red Fish Blue Fish in St Charles. A few Fraters were there to enjoy the music and hang out.
TKE Alumni Meet up at the Loading Dock-
some Fraters attended this event on August 4. The band Jake’s Leg, who at one time performed at a TKE Pig Roast in the 1970s, was there to perform as well.
TKE Alumni Float Trip 2018 was a fun time this year. Thanks to all you were a part of it and special thanks to Dan and Cori Helman, who were gracious enough to let us use their private land for this event. They were awesome hosts as well.
Pig Roast 2018 was a success once again. Thank you to all who showed up and especially the Pig Roast committee who make this fun event happen. We had 45 people show up throughout the weekend. We made a profit of $140, all of which will go to the scholarship fund for the DZ chapter. In addition, 2018 Alumni Association dues were collected from 8 people. Thank you Mike Langwith, Michael Cutler, Blake Duckworth, Robert M. Penn, Bryan Morgan, Ross Rosenberg, Kent Busse and Ken DeBeer for your payments.
2019 DZ Chapter Exec Board Announced:
The DZ Chapter in Cape announced the following new officers for 2019:
Prytanis- Dominick Gillette
EpiPrytanis - Nick Wright
Grammateus - Garion Beatty
Crysophylos- Mitch Smith
Histor - Noah Wagner
Hypophetes- Jeran Davenport
Pylortes- Brandon Chadwell
Hegemon - Aidan Burke
Rush Chair - Matt Gibbons
Congratulations to Frater Justin Marks for becoming an officer in the United States Army Core of Engineers. Well done, Frater!
The late Frater Steve Plackemeier‘s wife, Cindy “Israel”, passed away. Cindy & Steve were icons of their day. Cindy was the TKE Sweetheart in 1975 and both will be missed.
Sad news to pass on about the passing of Frater Colton Ellis (DZ 836). Frater Ellis lived in Cape, and died Friday August 10th. The following is the obituary posted in the Southeast Missourian...
Colton Layton Ellis, 23, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Frater Ellis was buried at Cape County Memorial ParkCemetery in Cape Girardeau, with military honors.
Some sad news to pass on. Frater Dennis Black DZ 232 passed away on July 28, 2018. Frater Black was Prytanis of the DZ chapter and was president of the St. Charles Historical Society. Frater Larry Harting said that Frater Black's family held a private service.
The DZ alumni association and active chapter extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Fraters Black.