The post provides a digest of news from the past few months.
Since our last post about Brother Richard Kalmbach — who passed away in late September — we received news of two more brothers joining the Chapter Celestial.
Anton (Tony) Fraps IV passed away on October 24, 2020
Bob Rork, alumnus and former trustee passed away on December 29, 2020.
Our condolences go out to family, friends, and brothers during this time of sorrow.
Active Chapter News
The actives welcomed ten young men into the chapter as part of the Spring ’21 Pledge Class.
Iota Chapter Spring Class of 2021
To kick-off the new year, the active chapter launched a campaign to fund house improvement projects — a nice compliment to deferred maintenance and upkeep supported by the House Corporation. Visit the GoFundMe page below to support the campaign.
The Iota Alumni Association is proud to announce that current active grand master, Dillon Betros, has been awarded both the Kappa Sigma Iota Endowed Scholarship and the Lori and Erik Harpst Endowed Scholarship.
Dillon is a Senior from Cameron Texas and majors in French.
The two endowed scholarships have enjoyed generous support from alumni and friends of the chapter. The Association sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to these funds since their inception.
The Kappa Sigma Iota Endowed Scholarship goes to deserving students with a financial need and helps cover tuition.
The Lori and Erik Harpst Endowed Scholarship goes to deserving students with a financial need and covers the cost of student housing — such as the rent paid to live in the fraternity house.
There’s quite a group gathering (and a fun one too) for the upcoming workday at the House.
Come join for all or part of the day. Here’s the schedule for Saturday, August 5th:
– 7:00a.m. Breakfast at Monument Cafe
– 8:00a.m. Workday start
– 10:30a.m. Dedicate and bury time capsule from the 125th / group photo
– 1:00p.m. Lunch at House (sandwiches)
– 5:30p.m. Dinner at House (hamburgers)
– 6:00p.m. Wiffle ball game in the yard
– 7:00pm. Jam session
Note: a list of goals for the day and helpful tools to bring will follow this post soon.
Preserving and protecting the parquet floor will be the focus for the first work weekend, beginning this Friday afternoon May 30 and concluding Sunday.
Brother Sparks has led this effort and will manage the work. Regarding the floors he writes, “This will be, and should be for all of us given proper future maintenance, the last major effort regarding this particular issue.”
It’s a big job. Come lend a hand in the set-up and prep or in the treating and varnishing as you can. All are welcome.
We are planning two work weekends to get the house ready for the fall semester. The dates are July 28 and August 18. We have made so much progress. Let’s keep going. The house looks good but there are things that need to be done. Special thanks to Pat who took the time to put the list on paper after we did a walk through of the house and grounds.
Georgetown, TX – The Active Chapter has announced that Alumni Weekend will be held over the final weekend in March, the 30th and 31st. The schedule for meetings, softball, and other weekend activities will be announced soon. Save the date!
I hope this letter finds you well on this October 12, 2011, the 125th birthday of The Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma. We have a grand celebration planned for the weekend of November 4-6.
We are getting concerns and complaints that Iotaâ€™s Celebration is too expensive.
We are adding two categories to the registration to make it more affordable. There is no memorabilia included in either one. The alumni â€œBasicâ€ is $85. The guest â€œBasicâ€ is $75.
The new registration form has these additions. If you have already registered and have sent in your package and would like to change, let us know and we can do that.
Memorabilia will be for sale at the event on a first come first serve basis.
Our celebration is 3 weeks away. Southwestern will order food for the banquet depending on the numbers we give them. We will order our refreshments on the same numbers so help us out and donâ€™t delay.
I hope this letter will help clarify any doubts and lead to a successful gathering of the brothers and their friends on November 4-6. Events like these come once every 25 years so call your worthless pledge brothers and make sure they will be there. Iota Chapter has a totally remodeled house just waiting for a celebration! Letâ€™s give it one that will be remembered for years to come!
We are going to hold the bi-annual EC retreat at 11 a.m. on 8/13 at the newly renovated house. Please let me know if you can attendÂ via email or add a comment to this post. I’ve talked with the actives, and we should have nearly everyone.
We’ll have quite a few things to discuss. A rough agenda appears below. Let me know if you have any thing to add or remove.
– Updates on renovations
– New House policies/rental agreement
– Dates and Info
Please forward on to other alumni that would be interested in attending.
FINAL WORK WEEKEND – Don’t miss your chance to leave a lasting (positive) impression on the on the house. Saturday, August 6th will be the next, and hopefully final, work weekend at the house. We still have a lot to do to ensure the house is ready for the new school year.
For those of you artsy folks, we have lot of paint prep work that needs to be done, but if the outdoors is more your thing, we have a lot of earthwork and gardening too. I’m sure we can find something up your alley!
Work will be going on all day, you can’t get there to early, and you can’t get there too late. Any time at all you can contribute will be greatly appreciated.
If you like working with your own tools, we can always use extra shovels, paint brushes, rollers, sand papers, blue painting tape, steel wool (various grades), water blaster or pressure washer, pruning tools, wire cutters, and strong backs. Be sure to label your tools before arrival.
There has already been a lot of volunteers who have already given a lot of their time and energy, it would be great to see you there.
Why: The remaining tear work to be done includes: the head (another layer of sheetrock and flooring need to be removed), flooring in the kitchen needs to be removed, the carpet and possibly the subfloor in the old house mothers room needs to be removed,and a new deck put down. We need to do general ground works, etc.
We have started work on the Chapter house that was built in 1961.
Last weekend on May 21st we tore out the head (major leaks, and plumbing problems}; we also tore out the tile and some of the cabinets from the kitchen. We cleaned the grounds, chunked old couches, tore up sheetrock, old walls, and discovered more problems but none of them are structural. The old house is solid! Unbelievable!
We have a written contract with a contractor, reputable and on the spot. We’re redoing the head, the kitchen, replacing the North and South double doors, repairing all exterior doors upstairs and downstairs, fixing or replacing all the upstairs interior doors. We are putting new tile down with new sub flooring in the head and the kitchen. Repairing the fire suppressant system, and re-finishing the parquet floors.
We are having another work weekend on the 4th of June, all alumni and current Sigs are invited to come and help. The things we need to do is more work in the head (another layer of sheetrock and flooring need to be removed), flooring in the kitchen needs to be removed, the carpet and possibly the subfloor in the old house mothers room needs to be removed, and a new deck put down. We need to do general ground works, etc.
So please if you can come, come.
[For questions] Contact Norwood Williams, he is the project manager for the remodel for the alumnus and the contractor Joe Gilbreth. I think we have an opportunity to get the young guys involved and maybe get some of their input and help during the project. We want to get this thing done by August 1st to have it ready for the fall semester and the 125th. We will have a painting weekend to do sometime in July when the contractor finishes the major work.
Let’s all welcome the Spring Pledge Class of 2011 as our newestÂ initiates: Blake Carrera, Julius Young, Phillip Smith, Austin Smart, John Barfield, Chaz Sanders, Drew Snyder, Justin Gonzales
They’ll have a their work cut out for them replacing this lot…
Our Newly Graduated Seniors: John Walmsely, Daniel Knoll, Dario Bocanegra, Andrew Ivy, Mike Sullivan, Zachary Carr, Jack Frazee, Brandon Ramirez, John (Johnny B) Burton, Ben Atkins, Lance Turri, David Shinpaugh, Sam Allen, and Quinten Daniel…
Friday Night: House is open for alumni & guests. No formal activities.
10:00 AM: Welcome – enjoy coffee & donuts at the House
11:00 AM: Alumni / Active Meeting, planning for Iota’s 125th, house improvements, state of the chapter, report from the alumni association
Noon: Lunch – please plan on making a contribution for lunch, suggested at $15.
2:00 PM: Softball (see link below)
8:00 PM: House open for alumni and guests.
The Alumni Weekend XXXVIII (38 for those who donâ€™t read Roman) is this weekend. April 15-17, 2011. We will start the ball rolling for the 125 Year Anniversary (November 4-6) and have tons of fun. Saturday as usual is the big day, great for the family, withÂ with BBQ, softball, and sunshine.