Delta Chi - Educational Foundation

Spring 2020 Newsletter

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PAGE 3 The DelTa Chi eDuCaTional FounDaTion T he 2020 Trustee Society Experience will take place in St. Louis during the Delta Chi Convention, on July 31, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. All current Trustee Society donors, having met their $1,000 commitment within the 12 months prior to the Experience, are invited to attend, with one complimentary guest. We are proud to invite our Trustees on the quintessential St. Louis heritage experience: Casino-Riverboat Cruise! • Casino games (Monopoly Money) – Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, and Craps • Cruise the mighty Mississippi River aboard the Becky Thatcher steamboat • Enjoy food and beverage in the air conditioning, or pop up to the third deck for unrivaled views of St. Louis and the Gateway Arch Mingle with Delta Chi's members who are building/have built some of the most innovative and successful companies of our time, spanning multiple industries –the Who's Who of the Delta Chi Educational Foundation. We look forward to welcoming you aboard! Written as of April 6. TruSTee SocieTy experience 2020 The Troy Area Delta Chi Alumni Chapter – Making the Brotherhood Last a Lifetime Winston Griggs, John Ferguson, and Steve Campbell Y ou may be surprised to learn that the largest active Delta Chi alumni chapter doesn't exist in a major metropolitan area, but rather in the rural surroundings of Troy, Alabama. Over 300 active members congregate throughout the year to support the Troy State Chapter, culminating in a Homecoming tailgate that is the envy of the University. Imagine over 200 Delta Chi members spanning seven decades (1960s-2020s), along with significant others, kids, grandkids, friends, and active student members, gathered under a tent covering 50 yards by 40 yards. It helps that the Troy State Chapter has been in continuous existence since 1966; founded as the first national fraternity on campus. The Magnificent Seven started the group, and we're privileged to have presented an 1893 Replica Badge to one of the founders, Winston Griggs '67. Unbeknownst to us, it resembled the badge he'd had made but gave to a less fortunate member years earlier, only for it to be lost. The alumni chapter started 10 years ago by Steve Campbell '71, aided by his wife Brenda. They have been the engine behind its growth and are fixtures at every event. Dues are $100 annually, which funds scholarships for members and kids/grandkids of members enrolled at Troy University. Additionally, each member receives a membership card and a football schedule magnet with Delta Chi insignia. Scholarships are presented at Homecoming, along with alumni recognition awards. Perhaps the most exciting thing these days is the repurchase and renovation of the old Delta Chi house, which is being converted into an alumni house. First secured in the 1970s, it served as the home for the active Delta Chi Chapter until the 1990s, when the University built Greek housing and moved all groups on-campus. The Grand Old Southern Lady, as it is referred to, is being restored to its original turn-of-the-century grandeur, all with volunteer labor. Work weekends have galvanized alumni and active members, working side by side throughout the summers and winters. A soft opening was held during Homecoming 2019, which we were privileged to attend. John Ferguson '70, former Chapter "A" 1969, purchased the home and saved it from destruction in early 2019. It is the pride and joy of not only the alumni, but the newest chapter members too! So, if you want to know how to build a thriving alumni chapter, or you're curious to see what an alumni house can do for bringing everyone together, simply stop by or reach out to the Troy Area Alumni Chapter; they'll be happy to show you around and show you why Delta Chi is the "First and the Best" at Troy University. These guys are delivering on the Brotherhood of a Lifetime by giving their time, talent, and treasure to advance Delta Chi. Alumni House - Reunion, March 2020

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