Update: 125th Weekend Packages & Costs

Brothers,

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 Iota’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 “Basic” is $85. The guest “Basic” 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 don’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! Let’s give it one that will be remembered for years to come!

Happy Birthday Iota!

AEKDB

Erik Harpst

August 13th: Alumni/Active EC Retreat

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 attend 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.

House Updates
– Updates on renovations
– New House policies/rental agreement

125th Anniversary/Homecoming
– Dates and Info

Brotherhood Development
– Discussion

Please forward on to other alumni that would be interested in attending.

Thanks,

Tim

Join the Final Work Weekend – August 6th

from Alumni Adviser Tim Stapleton

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.

Join Masters of Destruction Part 2, June 4-5

RSPV via Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169201776472278

What: Masters of Destruction (MOD) Weekend Part 2

Where: The House

When: Weekend of June 4th; sun-up to sun-down

Who: All actives and alumni are invited and encouraged to join the effort – that means you! Norwood Williams and Joe Abel are leading the effort.

How: Skills, sweat, tools, teamwork, and lots of fun along the way.

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.

Read Joe Abel’s report of MOD Part 1 here.

So please if you can come, come!

Joe Abel’s Update and Next Steps on House Renovation

Brothers,

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.

AEKDB

Joe Abel

Graduating Seniors and New Brothers

Let’s all welcome the Spring Pledge Class of 2011 as our newest 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…

Congratulations to you all!

Link: Commencement photos on Southwestern.edu

A call to all the brothers of Iota to pony up for the remodel of our old House

From Brother Joe Abel:

This is a call to all the brothers of Iota to pony up for the remodel of our old House.

We are going to redo the Head, Kitchen, replace the Main Doors south and North, repair all the other exterior doors, replace some of the room doors upstairs, do some electrical work etc. We will have to rent a rolloff dumpster for the tear out on May 21st and have it there for the remainder of the job. We are going to have to bubble wrap the composites and store them in a climate controlled storage until we are done. Plus we will have to have a painting weekend sometime this summer to put the finishing touches on the house. We have a good contractor for the job and Norwood and I will supervise the activity, so we should not have any thing get past us.

We estimate the cost to be $ 75,000.00. This should cover the whole job. Believe it or not there is actually some stuff that has held up since the work in 2007. I have thrown is $2500 to get us started, so everybody who can afford to give something please do so.

Alan Haworth is the EC member responsible for fundraising for the House Corporation.

AEKDB
Joe Abel

Editor’s note: Use the Donate button on Iotachapter.org to make a credit card donation, or mail a donation via check to Alan Haworth, 9135 Drumcliffe Ln., Dallas, TX 75231

Stage 1 of House Renovation: Demolition Weekend, May 21st

Iota Alumni News interviewed Brother Erik Harpst by email:

What’s the tear down all about?

“We will completely remodel the kitchen and upstairs bathroom among other things. We need all the hands that we can possibly get. All composites and historical items will be removed from the house and put in climate controlled storage. This will be the first of many work weekends until August. We have a contractor to handle the big stuff.”

When will it begin?

“We will begin tear out on Saturday May 21.”

Why are we doing it?

“Our old house is a half of a century old. It needs to be in the shape worthy of a chapter that is one of the oldest in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and ready for a couple hundred brothers and their friends to attend a historical celebration.”

Who’s in charge?

“Joe Abel is the Committee Chair of remodeling and will supervise the effort.”

Where should we stay?

“Suggested hotels in Georgetown are Country Inn and Suites and Comfort Suites.”

Reminder: Alumni Weekend, April 15-17

UPDATE 4/15: Weekend Schedule

Friday Night: House is open for alumni & guests. No formal activities.

Saturday:

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 don’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, with with BBQ, softball, and sunshine.

See you at the House!

See who’s coming on the Facebook event page for Alumni Weekend.

Softball Field: Southwest Williamson County Regional Park (Address: 3005 County Road 175, Leander, TX, 78641)

Announcing the 125 Year Anniversay Celebration of Iota Chapter

We have the privilege and honor to officially announce the 125th Anniversary Celebration for the Iota Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The celebration will take place during the weekend of November 4-6, 2011 on the campus of Southwestern University in conjunction with the SU Homecoming festivities.

We have a full schedule of events planned, from casual to black-tie formal, from social to uniquely fraternal. Here’s a preview:

  • Friday, November 4: Registration and Poker Tournament Fundraiser
  • Saturday, November 5: SU BBQ lunch, Reception and Tower Tree Dedication, Awards & Memorabilia Receptions, Iota 125th Banquet, House Party
  • Sunday, November 6: Model Initiation, Farewell Lunch, Time Capsule, Group Photo

As Fall approaches, look for emails from us with more details, additional activities, and calls for action. For now, we encourage you to do the following:

  1. SAVE THE DATE: Mark it on your calendar and tell your wife/significant other. An event like this only happens every 125 years.
  2. CONTACT YOUR PLEDGE BROTHERS: It’s great to catch up with other bros and to see how the house looks, but nothing beats sharing warrior tales with the guys who helped get you through it.
  3. RESERVE A ROOM: Reserve your room now and encourage other bros to do the same. Take over a wing of a hotel and plan to have housekeeping earn their pay when you pull away on Sunday.
  4. CONTACT US: One thing that will really help us to know who knows about this is if we hear from you. Let us know you got this email, that you know the date, and let us know the best way to reach you.
  5. UPDATE YOUR INFO: Make sure you don’t miss any important information by updating your contact info: https://iotachapter.org/alumni/
  6. ATTEND THE ALUMNI WEEKEND KICKOFF: The Alumni Weekend XXXVIII (38 for those who don’t read Roman) is April 15-17, 2011. We will start the ball (barrel?) rolling with BBQ, softball, and social refreshments.

If you have questions or need assistance in making plans, or if you would like to assist, please contact Erik Harpst or Scott Hanson. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing you in November (if not before).

AEKDB,

Erik Harpst & Scott Hanson

Erik: loeran(at)aol(dot)com
Scott: j_scott_hanson(at)yahoo(dot)com

P.S. As a reminder, we strongly encourage you to make hotel reservations now. If you haven’t been back in a while, SU Homecoming draws a large crowd, so rooms are already going fast. Here are some hotel picks we’ve had good experiences with in recent years:

* Comfort Suites – Ask for the SU Homecoming Discount – 512.863.7544
* Country Inn & Suites – Less expensive (and nice) than Comfort – 512.868.8555
* Holiday Inn Express – New property, not as conveniently located – 512.591.7890
* This site claims to have 10 other G’Town Options: www.tripadvisor.com

Homecoming 2010, Annual Alumni Meeting

The annual meeting of the Iota Alumni Association will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Kappa Sigma House. We encourage all active and alumni brothers to attend.

Here’s the Full Weekend Schedule: [Invitation for Iota Friends & Brothers] [SU Official Schedule]

Saturday, November 6th:

  • 10 a.m.: Coffee & Donuts
  • 11 a.m.: Homecoming Parade
  • 11:30 -1:00: Lunch on the Mall (tix from SU)
  • 3:00 p.m.: Active/Alumni Chapter Meeting
  • 4:00 p.m.: Open House, The Sig House is 50 years old this year!
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dinner at the House
  • 10:00 p.m.: Homecoming Party for Alumni

Sunday, November 7th:

  • 10:00 a.m.: Coffee & Donuts, before you head from home

Also, the actives have published a Fall Newsletter on the status active chapter: [Fall 2010 Iota Chapter Newsletter]

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Website

The Wake for Bruce

Join friends and fraternity brothers for a final festive good-bye to our dear friend Bruce W. Barrick.

This event will be:

Saturday October 23,2010
4:00 PM – we run out of stories

ARTZ RIB HOUSE
2330 South Lamar
(close to Hwy. 71)
(512) 442-8283

Information: Erik Harpst
(281) 433-3198

Update 10/17:
We are trying to get a head count .  Please email, text, or call ASAP. Forward this to anyone who might be interested. Erik’s cell:281-433-3198

Joe Dowdy Frazer

We received word over the weekend from Brother Roger Davidson about the passing of Brother Frazer.

From Brother Davidson: “He was in school at the same time I was. He was on the football team, a good Kappa Sigma….attended homecoming in 2008.”

Our condolences go out to all of the family and friends of Brother Frazer on behalf of his Iota Brothers.

We’ll update this post with any links we can find on Brother Frazer and his obituary.

Alumni Dues for 2010

Brothers,

In an effort to cut costs for the Alumni Association of Iota, we are sending your invoice for the 2010 Alumni dues electronically. In the past three years since I took over fundraising for the chapter, I have gotten the actual mailing with stamps down to 100 brothers from 500.

If you have not already received an email or other notification, please print the attachment below.

Please open the attached document, print a copy, and put a check in the mail. Or, use the Donate link to the right. Dues are $100 per alumni. As I have said in the past, if everyone pays their fair share, then we don’t need to ask for extra.

That being said, as we’re starting the final push for the 125th anniversary, any extra will go toward that celebration.

If you are a recent grad or still in graduate school and need a payment schedule, please reach out to me via email. Our recurring payment system is down until further notice.

[PDF] IotaChapter_Alumni_Dues_2010

My address:
Alan Haworth
9135 Drumcliffe Ln
Dallas TX 75231