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Cross & Crescent

December 2012 . Issue 10

FROM THE EDITOR “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” -- St. Francis of Assisi As many of you know, two undergraduate brothers and one alumni brother from our Beta chapter at the University of Maine died in a tragic plane crash on November 16, 2012. They were:

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David M. Cheney, the chapter president who was in his senior year. He grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts, and was a graduate of Beverly High School, class of 2009. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, lacrosse, and spending time with his friends and family. He was very involved in his college community and donated blood whenever possible. He was a warm and genuine young man, with a kind heart and wisdom beyond his years, and will truly be missed by all. William “BJ” Hannigan was a 2011 graduate of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He held multiple chapter offices including treasurer, ritualist, and the North American Food Drive chairman. He worked as a research assistant at Maine Secure Composites and managed portions of projects related to research and design. In 2008 he enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard and, in March 2009, graduated at the top of his class from the Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice (C-135) Course. He was promoted to senior airman in 2011 and was deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He attended Airman Leadership School in 2012 and was selected for Pilot Training in October 2012. While on active duty with the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor he was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Service Medal, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. Marcelo Ruginialso was born in Muliterrno, Brazil, where he attended local schools and graduated from Escola Agrotecnia Federal De Serato in 2005. He was involved in the Communicating for Agriculture Program, which brought him to Maine in 2006. He began work at Spears farm in Nobleboro, Maine, and, after working there for two years, applied and was accepted to the university on a full academic scholarship, majoring in sustainable agriculture. He served as the chapter’s fraternity educator and was a hard worker who always set the bar very high for himself, always trying to go the extra mile in everything that he did. He loved to barbeque, play soccer, and was a big fan of the soccer club Gremio, in Brazil. As our brotherhood continues to grieve from the loss of these young men, we would like to again extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the families, the Beta chapter members, the university, and the entire local community. In ZAX & friendship,

Tad Lichtenauer Editor, Cross & Crescent Magazine

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With Worceser Polytechnic’s 202,900 pounds, chapters again raise more than 1 million pounds of food for local charities.

By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)


Fraternity News


Fraternity News

By Andrew Talevich (Washington State)

2013 Conclave Schedule

The Vital Role of a High Pi

31 History

Dr. Murray D. Lincoln Capitalist, Philanthropist, and Humanitarian

The men from the Alpha-Alpha chapter at Butler University recently received the Outstanding Young Adult award for their work on various philanthropy initiatives.



Alumni and undergraduate brothers from the Alpha-Chi chapter at the University of Richmond have shown a tremendous outpouring of support for Clay Derderian, a 6-year-old boy battling an inoperable brain tumor. Clay is the son of J.D. Derderian (1985), a former chapter president.

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On Nov. 10, the Zeta chapter at Penn State University celebrated their 100th anniversary. The chapter is the only one in Lambda Chi Alpha’s history to reach their centennial without facing closure in throughout their storied history.

By Jon Williamson (Maryland)



Based upon extensive research, the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation analyzes how to keep alumni brothers engaged.

By Travis Smith (Indiana) and Brad Hawse (Cincinnati)


Chapter News Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death

Akron (Gamma-Alpha)

row) Greg Becker (2013), Kevin Yu (2015), Sam Daly (2014), and Frank Rizzaro (2013).

On November 17, 2012, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for eight new brothers, as well as for four brothers from Colony 293 at John Carroll University.

The chapter also had a successful soccer season, making it to the semi-finals.

Butler (Alpha-Alpha) With help from the women of Alpha Phi sorority the chapter hosted its annual Haunted House charity event that raised $1,300 for the North American Food Drive. To date the chapter has raised more than $6,500 in conjunction with the North American Food Drive. The chapter held a Parents Weekend that included tours of the house and presentations from the brothers on various chapter activities.

Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma)

Delaware (Lambda Beta)

William Thomas “Tom� Van Etten died November 13, 2012. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired in 2001 from Sun Trust Bank where he had served as senior vice president of human resources in both Nashville and Miami. He had previously been employed by the First National Bank of Cincinnati as vice president of personnel, and by Waddell and Reed in Kansas City, Missouri, as human resource director.

Four chapter brothers were initiated into the Order of Omega, a leadership honor society.

Cornell (Omicron) The chapter won the Flag Football Championship by outscoring their opponents in the league playoffs 154-6, and by winning the championship game by the score of 28-0. The team is pictured below from left to right; (top row) Christo Meier (2015), Bill Morgan (2013), Kevin Koch (2015), Chris Merril (2015), Jim MacDonald (2013), Adam Stein (2013), (bottom www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent


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Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa)

Drury Board of Trustees Lynn Chipperfield (1973). Mark Bauer, president of the Educational Foundation, presented the award to Neville on behalf of the Fraternity’s Board of Directors.

The chapter added 20 associate members, their most successful recruitment effort since recolonizing in 2009. Ralph W. Eberly (1942), a former chapter president, died September 24, 2012. During World War II he worked as a civilian engineer for the Army Signal Corp., inspecting and testing wire, telephone poles, and other items purchased for the war effort. Later in life he became the vice president of Schutte and Koerting Co., Instrument Division of Philadelphia, and later president of Whitlock Manufacturing Co. of West Hartford. After retiring he became a volunteer driver and dispatcher for the Red Cross in Farmington and served for many years on the Board of Directors of the former CT Bank and Trust.

Drury (Theta-Sigma) On October 26, 2012, brothers and guests gathered at the Theta-Sigma chapter house at Drury University to watch Ron Neville (1969) receive the Fraternity’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to the General Fraternity through his gifts of leadership and his donations to the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation. Also in attendance were Drury President Todd Parnell (1969) and Chairman of the

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Elmhurst (Pi-Zeta) The chapter conducted its 21st Initiation Ritual Exemplification at Lake Forest College with the Pi-Pi chapter brothers from Lake Forest College. The following brothers were initiated into our bond: Jay Irvin, Jimmy Delaney, Tyler Dailey, Kristof Larsen, Dan Geller, Zach Bishop, Deonte Powell, Michael Schroeder, Rick Stanton, Sean Elfstrom, Nick Gafron, and Mack Logan. The following brothers have been elected to chapter officer positions for the next term: Rick Palandri, president; Alex DeFranco, vice president-internal; Vince Arcari, vice presidentexternal; Eric Ahrens, secratary; Mike Kopkowski, treasurer,


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and chef John Ingram, and music by alumnus brother Russell Brown and his band, The Flying Oatsmen.

Zach Lentino won Alpha Phi’s King of Hearts men’s pageant competition.

Iowa State (Alpha-Tau) Chad Bouton (1993) was honored at homecoming with the 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. After completing his college education Bouton joined Battelle Memorial Institute, the nation’s largest independent scientific research organization, at which he has filed 67 patent applications for medical devices that have saved and changed lives worldwide. He has received three R&D Magazine awards for his work and, in 2010, he was named Battelle’s Inventor of the Year. He is one of 35 Battelle employees who have earned the title of “Distinguished Inventor.” Bouton’s inventions include a device that helps doctors to evaluate the potential spread of cancer to lymph node tissues and organs, a device that detects problems with contrast media being injected into MRI and CT patients, and methods to decode brain activity – one of which allowed a paralyzed person to control a wheelchair through his thoughts alone.

Embry-Riddle (Sigma-Phi) Chapter Treasurer Cody Moore was elected IFC president. Alan Sayil, the chapter’s representative, was elected chairman of the Fraternity and Sorority Life Standards Board.

Richard C. Edel (1977) died October 11, 2012. He was the president of Edel Partners’ Advertising Agency.

The chapter will be hosting the 2013 Peninsula Conclave on February 8-10, 2013.

Kutztown (Sigma-Gamma)

Eureka (Theta-Chi)

Chapter brothers held a Pumpkin Bust to raise funds for the North American Food Drive. The money raised was donated to the Berks County Food Bank.

Bruce Darnall (1966) has written an article entitled White Sox Pitcher Helping Others in Faith Journey about Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. It was published online by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ.

Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa) Nearly 400 brothers and guests attended the chapter’s 2012 homecoming. The event also celebrated Order of Merit recipient Jerry Harmon’s 70th birthday. The festivities included a buffet dinner organized by Beta-Kappa brother www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent


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Louisiana-Lafayette (Iota-Omega)

Mercer (Zeta-Omega)

The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for seven brothers.

The chapter brothers paired with Chi Omega sorority to win the Homecoming 2012 Competition among Greek chapters. Eight men were initiated on November 17, 2012. New officers were elected on November 18, 2012.

The chapter earned second place in the Homecoming parade for their Pac-Man float. The chapter held its annual Watermelon Bust, collecting more than 100,000 pounds of food.

Maine (Beta) David M. Cheney, chapter president and in his senior year, died November 16, 2012. He grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts, and was a graduate of Beverly High School, class of 2009. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, lacrosse, and spending time with his friends and family. He particularly enjoyed spending time at his family’s lake house on Sebec Lake, Maine. He was very involved in his college community and donated blood whenever he could. He was a warm and genuine young man, with a kind heart and wisdom beyond his years, and will truly be missed by all.

Louisiana State (Upsilon) Ray J. Yount (1962) died November 3, 2012. He was a salesman for many years. In 1984 he and his wife opened Greek Expressions, serving University of Louisiana-Lafayette student and community organizations.

Lycoming (Iota-Beta)

William “BJ” Hanniganalso died November 16, 2012. He graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and held multiple chapter offices including treasurer, ritualist, and the North American Food Drive chairman. He worked as a research assistant at Maine Secure Composites and managed portions of projects related to research and design. In 2008 he enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard and, in March

The chapter collected more than 550 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive. The chapter held a “Jersey Shore Tribute Party”, which raised $250 for Hurricane Sandy relief through the American Red Cross.



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2009, graduated at the top of his class from the Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice (C-135) Course. He was promoted to senior airman in 2011 and was deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He attended Airman Leadership School in 2012 and was selected for Pilot Training in October 2012. While on active duty with the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor he was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Service Medal, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

through Invest in Tomorrow, has contributed over $99,000.00 to local school districts and educational foundations.

Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon) The chapter held its White Rose Formal on November 30, 2012, at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Alabama. The chapter conducted an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 10 brothers: Dexter Harrell, Michael Cleary, Evan Dixon, Chris Gothard, Jared Hillis, Joseph Markell, Kamero Norris, James Powers, Joshua Robertson, and Peter Strickland.

Marcelo Ruginialso died November 16, 2012. He was born in Muliterrno, Brazil, where he attended local schools and graduated from Escola Agrotecnia Federal De Serato in 2005. He was involved in the Communicating for Agriculture Program, which brought him to Maine in 2006. He began work at Spears farm in Nobleboro, Maine, and, after working there for two years, applied and was accepted to the university on a full academic scholarship, majoring in sustainable agriculture. He served as the chapter’s fraternity educator and was a hard worker who always set the bar very high for himself, always trying to go the extra mile in everything that he did. He loved to barbeque, play soccer, and was a big fan of the soccer club Gremio, in Brazil.

Murray State (Lambda-Eta) With the help of the women from Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, chapter brothers collected an estimated 7,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.

Nebraska-Lincoln (Gamma-Beta) Neal E. Sapp (1984) died October 24, 2012.

Nevada-Las Vegas (Delta-Lambda)

Memphis (Zeta-Theta) The chapter co-sponsored a blood drive with the University of Memphis. The drive exceeded expectations with 125 donors per day and collecting a total of 367 units of blood. According to Jennifer Gladstone, Lifeblood’s head of public relations, this will be sufficient to help 1,101 patients in local hospitals.

Miami-FL (Epsilon-Omega)

Partnered with the women of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, the chapter won the 2012 Homecoming Trophy that Berto Pahang (pictured) is holding. Kevin McCabe was selected as 2012 Homecoming King.

Darren Dupriest (1991), president and CEO of Validity, announced his company’s 2012 annual contribution of almost $13,000 through its Validity’s Invest in Tomorrow Program, created, “Solely in the interest of the community’s most valuable asset, its youth.” Since its inception in 2006, Validity,


The chapter hosted its annual Watermelon Bash and raised more than $2,500.


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New Hampshire (Alpha-Xi)

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Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda)

Chapter brothers assisted with a local elementary school carnival.

Rensselaer (Epsilon-Eta) Brothers decorated the chapter house for the annual “Light Up Durham” Festival.

Northern Colorado (Sigma-Omega) Dr. William Bowerman received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern Michigan University. Bowerman currently serves as professor of wildlife ecology and toxicology, and is chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Toxicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He served as a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northern States Bald Eagle Recovery Team and, since 1984, has been studying the correlation between bald eagle ecology and environmental pollutants in the Great Lakes region.

Oklahoma (Gamma-Rho) Dallas-Ft Worth area members of Gamma-Rho chapter will hold two receptions this winter to update brothers on the status of the house refurbishment. Don Sherman and his wife, Mary, will join Conrad and Ellen Masterson in hosting the receptions from 7-9 p.m. on December 10, 2012, and January 14, 2013, at #1103, 3601 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas. Spouses are invited to share in


To raise awareness and support for leukemia research, the chapter held a dodgeball tournament and sold orange wristbands reading “No One FIGHTS Alone!” The events raised more than $500 for the American Cancer Society. A close friend of one of the brothers is currently battling leukemia.

Rose-Hulman (Theta-Kappa) On October 6, 2012, the chapter held a Pumpkin Bash that consisted of team-based events like pumpkin toss, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin carving, a bake sale, and other pumpkinthemed events. The event raised $450 for the Soggy Donuts Fund, a charity that provides assistance to law enforcement


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As a part of the North American Food Drive, the chapter collected more than 2,100 pounds of food for a local food shelter.

The chapter raised 22,950 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive. The chapter was selected to host the Great Plains Conclave from April 5-6, 2013, in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Southeast Missouri State (Delta-Phi) The chapter hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive that included more than 150 student participants. Chapter brothers helped to distribute bags and pick up cans to help the Boy Scouts of America’s canned-food drive. The chapter held its annual Dad’s Day that included a barbeque, softball, and movies.

South Carolina (Epsilon-Psi) On November 16, 2013, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 10 brothers. The chapter thanks the Beta-Upsilon brothers from the University of North CarolinaCharlotte for helping to conduct the ceremony.

Tarleton State (Phi-Rho) The chapter has been selected to host the Gulf Coast Conclave on February 15-16, 2013, on their campus in Stephenville, Texas.

South Dakota (Alpha-Gamma)

Following an intensive selection process involving more than 300 student applicants, five chapter brothers were selected to serve as transition mentors for next summer, 2013. They will work during Orientation, Duck Camp (freshman camp at Tarleton), and Transition Week.

Chapter brothers decorated the chapter house for the holidays.

Johnny Robinson (2002) was named assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Texas-Arlington. He previously served in a similar role at Tarleton State.

Texas-Austin (Alpha-Mu) The chapter held an Initiation Ritual Exemplification for 30 brothers.

The 9th Annual Pi Beta Phi and Lambda Chi Alpha Haunted House raised around $1,600 for each organization’s respective



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Texas Christian (Iota-Pi)

On November 3, 2012, chapter brothers partnered with members of Christ Chapel Bible Church to restore a local home.

Virginia Commonwealth (Colony 294) Chapter brothers volunteered for Stop Hunger Now by helping to prepare 10,000 meals in three hours.

Western Ontario (Delta-Eta) The chapter raised 15,250 pounds of non-perishables for the North American Food Drive, completely filling two trucks in the process and breaking last year’s record of 15,002 pounds.

Worcester (Pi) Jerry Piepiora (1970) was installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maryland. He will serve as the leader of the Masonic fraternity in Maryland for 2012-2014.



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2012 North NorthAmerican AmericanFood FoodDrive Drive Results 2012 Results With Worcester Polytechnic’s 202,900 pounds, chapters again raise more than 1 million pounds for local charities. By Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)

With nearly half of the participating chapters reporting, Lambda Chi Alpha has collected more than 1 million pounds of food this year. It is expected that when all chapters have reported Lambda Chi Alpha will have raised nearly 1.5 million pounds of food. Food collected by chapters directly supports the hungry and needy within their local communities. Participating chapters typically gather money or canned food and donate all proceeds to a local food bank, shelter, or charity. For some shelters, Lambda Chi Alpha’s food drive is the single-largest source of charity they receive, and they rely on our chapters every year. Each collected can of food not only feeds someone in need but also raises the awareness that helping those in need is a cornerstone of what Lambda Chi Alpha is committed to doing. “Brothers Feeding Others” is more than a slogan. It is the embodiment of our Core Values upon which our Fraternity is founded.


The following are just a few of the chapters who were recognized by the media for their contributions related to this year’s North American Food Drive:

ince 1993 Lambda Chi Alpha has conducted an

international philanthropic project that has raised more than 35 million pounds of food for the needy across North America.

Eureka (Theta-Chi)

Although individual chapters had been doing their own local food drives for many years, 1993 was the first year that International Headquarters announced a cohesive North American program. Called the Lambda Chi Alpha North American Food Drive, this annual event is arguably the largest single-day philanthropic project sponsored by a collegiate organization.

Chapter brothers collected canned food in a door-to-door drive in Eureka, Illinois, on November 7, 2012. The food was donated to the Eureka Area Food Pantry. The brothers delivered empty paper bags, donated by Eureka IGA, along with letters explaining the project, to approximately 350 homes on October 25, 2012. They returned on November 7, 2012, to pick up filled bags.



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Worcester Polytechnic (Pi) — 202,900 pounds Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon) — 123,417 pounds Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon) — 105,773 pounds Louisiana-Lafayette (Iota-Omega) — 103,125 pounds Mississippi State (Epsilon-Chi) — 61,870 pounds New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha) — 58,764 pounds Millsaps (Theta-Eta) — 42,213 pounds Butler (Alpha-Alpha) — 34,302 pounds Incarnate Word (Pi-Epsilon) — 25,500 pounds Union (Lambda-Zeta) — 24,220 pounds South Dakota (Alpha-Gamma) — 22,950 pounds Texas Christian (Iota-Pi) — 22,712 pounds Colorado State-Pueblo (Delta-Omega) — 17,000 pounds Western Ontario (Delta-Eta) — 15,150 pounds Michigan Tech (Phi-Phi) — 14,649 pounds Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda) — 13,200 pounds Oklahoma City (Theta-Delta) — 12,382 pounds

Southern Indiana (Phi-Xi)

Spring Hill (Delta-Delta) — 11,458 pounds Delaware (Lambda-Beta) — 10,008 pounds Truman State (Phi-Psi) — 10,001 pounds Northern Colorado (Sigma-Omega) — 10,000 pounds

Murray State (Lambda-Eta) With the help of the women from Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, chapter brothers collected an estimated 7,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive. This was the 18th annual food drive the chapter has conducted throughout the city. One of the keys to this year’s success was a greater effort to involve Murray’s business community. The donations were then given to the Murray Calloway County Need Line food pantry, which provides groceries to approximately 900 Murray – Calloway County families each month. The chapter’s donation was enough to supply approximately 3,000 individuals with three meals for three days.


The chapter held its annual Pumpkin Bust, which included different events to collect canned goods for the North American Food Drive. The events began at the disc golf course, located on the southwest side of campus. The chapter invited any group at USI to join this great cause, which was open to the public. Teams consisted of a minimum of five people with just one team per organization.

Texas Christian (Iota-Pi) The chapter held its annual Watermelon Bash, benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The Watermelon Bash raised both food and funds for the organization. There were philanthropy opportunities throughout the week, including a canned food drive, a benefit dinner at Potbelly’s on Tuesday and a field day event. Eleven Panhellenic sororities as well as Eta Iota Sigma sorority competed in the field day event.


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Wyoming (Delta-Rho) The chapter collected approximately 6,000 pounds of food, all of which was donated to help families in need. This year 5,000 pounds of food was collected in Laramie and then donated to the local soup kitchen and the Laramie

Interfaith-Good Samaritan. IGS typically serves 3,500 to 4,500 people each month, and the food donated by the chapter will last IGS about three weeks. The chapter collected another 1,000 pounds in Cheyenne and delivered it to Interfaith Family Support Services. IFSS works with about a dozen churches in the Cheyenne area to house homeless families overnight and provide them with a hot meal.



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Service Before Self The men from the Alpha-Alpha chapter at Butler University recently received the Outstanding Young Adult award for their work on various philanthropy initiatives. By Andrew Talevich (Washington State)

On Thursday, November 15, the Alpha-Alpha chapter at Butler University received national recognition for their year-round community service, presented at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon in Indianapolis and sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Outstanding Young Adult award was given to AlphaAlpha Zeta following their nomination by the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation. The Butler chapter is the first Greek organization to receive this honor.


“As a chapter, we don’t really expect recognition in any way. This national award reminds us of the positive work we have achieved and reinforces our commitment to philanthropy,” chapter president Kevin Odenwald said. Over the past eight years the chapter has donated close to $100,000 to various charities and volunteered over 50,000 hours to service projects. Last year alone the chapter raised $10,000, the majority of which benefited Gleaners Food Bank, American Cancer Society, the Special Olympics, and the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.


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An Abundance of Service The Alpha-Alpha chapter hosted three major philanthropy events at their chapter house: Teeter Totter Marathon, Watermelon Bust, and Haunted House. Proceeds collected from the Watermelon Bust and Haunted House, held in the fall, went to benefit Gleaners Food Bank. Around $5,000 was raised between both those events. Last April’s Teeter Totter Marathon raised $7,200 for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Odenwald considers the Teeter Totter Marathon to be the chapter’s marquee philanthropy. This week-long event includes a concert, a kid’s day, root beer floats, a dunk tank, and several other attractions and activities that draw the community to the Alpha-Alpha chapter house. The main attraction is a 30 foot teeter totter that the members of the fraternity ride continuously throughout the week. “We have a lot more people from the community itself, and not just Butler, come to our house and check out the event. Usually every year some sort of news station comes down and interviews one of our brothers on the teeter totter,” Odenwald said. This event has also caused the Alpha-Alpha Zeta to form a strong partnership with the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, which was the organization that nominated the chapter for the Outstanding Young Adult award. The St. Vincent Hospital Foundation directly supports the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, the beneficiary of the funds raised at Teeter Totter Marathon. Besides hosting philanthropies, the chapter has also participated in Polar Bear Plunge, an event during Butler University’s Spring Sports Competition that benefits the Special Olympics; Breastfest, a philanthropy in conjunction with various groups on the Butler campus that raises awareness for breast cancer; and Plane Pull Challenge, a giant tug-of-war where groups pull a Boeing 757 and raise money for the Special Olympics. The men of Alpha-Alpha have also gone to the locations of the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, Gleaners Food


Bank, and Habitat for Humanity throughout the year to provide direct volunteer service. To enable the highest degree of outreach, the chapter has made a clear distinction between service hours and philanthropy. Service hours include events where members have to actively work on projects in the community, such as processing food at a food bank or building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Each brother is required to complete 12 service of hours a semester. On the other hand philanthropies are events in which members participate, that are hosted by the chapter or other organizations on campus, such as the Teeter Totter Marathon or Watermelon Bust. “When we go to places like Gleaners, Habitat for Humanitythose are more service basedyou’re representing Lambda Chi but it makes it a true focus of helping other people,” Odenwald said. The results of having a balanced approach between actively working in the community and hosting events have been tremendous for the chapter. Not only has Alpha-Alpha Zeta’s outreach benefited various non-profit organizations, it has also generated positive publicity. “I think our philanthropy events have mostly made Butler and the Butler community more aware of our chapter and its mission,” said Brad Jareczek, who previously served as philanthropy chairman.

Following Our Values The Lambda Chi Alpha core values of stewardship and service have evolved into being central elements for the chapter. “We take pride in everything we do, but it is clear that at Alpha-Alpha we place service for others at the top of our ideals,” said Josh Phelps, a senior who had also served as philanthropy chairman.


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FEATURE After receiving the Outstanding Young Adult award the Alpha-Alpha chapter hopes to continue to build off their success. Current philanthropy chairman Bryant Dawson is already in the process of securing corporate sponsorships for the Teeter Totter marathon set for next April. Last year, the Alpha-Alpha chapter participated in six major philanthropic events: • Polar Bear Plunge; part of Butler University’s Spring Sports Competition. Last February participants raised money for the Special Olympics and swam in a pool to display their support. The men from Butler donated $550. • Breastfest; last March the Alpha-Alpha chapter collaborated with various organizations on campus in a one-day event to raise awareness for breast cancer. The event raised $500. • Teeter Totter Marathon; this is arguably the biggest philanthropy that Alpha-Alpha chapter hosts. This week-long event in April includes a concert, a kid’s day, root beer floats, a dunk tank, and several other attractions and activities that draw the community to the Alpha-Alpha chapter house. The main attraction features a 30 foot teeter-totter and requires that members of the chapter ride continuously throughout the week. All proceeds collected go to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Last year $7,200 was raised. • Plane Pull Challenge; earlier this year, in August, the men from Butler entered this competition for the first time. The chapter raised $1,600 for the Special Olympics and competed by pulling a Boeing 757 across the tarmac against other teams, finishing in second place.

Dr. Elgan Baker, the Alpha-Alpha Zeta chapter advisor, attributes the growth of Butler’s outreach in community service to four key factors. The first is the increase in the number of philanthropies that the chapter has adopted, while maintaining the ones they have previously been involved with. Second, the Alpha-Alpha chapter has collaborated with other organizations on campus, including sororities, to raise awareness for various initiatives. The third key factor is the chapter increasing the number of volunteer hours to have a more direct impact on the community. Finally, members of the chapter have become more innovative when it comes to marketing their philanthropies through social media sites.

• Watermelon Bust; each September the chapter hosts this Saturday event. Sororities compete against each other over an obstacle course, in a watermelon toss, a lip sync competition, and by sponsoring a queen contestant. This year the event raised $1,500 for Gleaners Food Bank. • Haunted House; in October the Alpha-Alpha chapter redecorated their chapter house to resemble a haunted house and also turned a pickup truck and trailer into a hayride. They collected $2,600 through this event and donated it to Gleaners Food Bank.

Before winter break the chapter will also host a guest speaker from the Butler University Volunteer Center to motivate the chapter on the benefits of volunteerism. “We will be discussing service leadership and how it should be impacting our relationship with the surrounding community, especially the non-profits we support,” Dawson said.

Another beneficial element of increasing volunteerism is the uniting factor that it has brought to the chapter. Leaders in the chapter have scheduled brotherhood events to align with community service projects. www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent


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The True Meaning of Brotherhood Header Alumni and undergraduate brothers from the Alpha-Chi chapter at the University of Richmond have shown a tremendous outpouring of support for Clay Derderian, a 6-year-old boy battling an inoperable brain tumor. Clay is the son of J.D. Derderian (1985), a former chapter president. By John Kelly (Richmond)

and other fellow alumni and friends came together for a golf tournament and fundraiser to support their six-year-old son Clay’s battle against a rare pediatric brain tumor that he has bravely and continuously battled for half of his precious young life. It was Easter Sunday of 2009 when Clay was first diagnosed with a Pediatric Low Grade Astrocyoma (PLGA). For children whose tumors are in locations that permit complete removal the cure rate is nearly 90%. For children, like Clay, whose tumors are inoperable the outcome is far less positive. As it stands today there is no cure for these children and they are subjected to multiple chemotherapies, surgeries, and radiation. What this has meant for Clay has been two brain surgeries, the implant of a shunt, and years of continuous chemotherapy that have included five different protocols of toxic chemicals along with the pain and malaise that comes with them. Still, despite all these efforts, Clay’s disease continues to advance. Over the past six months he has experienced diminished motor skills due to a partial blockage of spinal fluid from the tumor near his brain stem. The Derderians were forced to contemplate a risky surgical procedure that would include temporarily severing his spinal cord to provide him some relief from this life-threatening side effect of the disease.


Finally, several weeks ago, Clay’s main tumor hemorrhaged, devastating his optic nerve and leaving him completely blind. ometimes the true meaning of brotherhood can’t be

explained. It must be experienced. J.D. Derderian, a 1985 graduate of the University of Richmond and former president of our local chapter, and his wife Mary both learned this lesson on November 2, 2012. On that day generations of Lambda Chi members


As a longtime successful lobbyist and owner of the Stanton Park Group in Washington, D.C., J.D. Derderian has spent nearly his entire career bringing attention to issues and causes. The more he and Mary learned about Clay’s type of cancer though, the more they came to understand the unique obstacles in the search for a cure. “Science currently does not


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FEATURE have the ability to mimic the disease in the lab,” he said. “This means there is no way to screen new therapeutics other than doing Phase 1 clinical trials in children. Clay was scheduled to be part of one of these trials but it was halted shortly after starting because it was determined that the therapy actually made children’s tumors grow instead of shrink. Each new treatment is an excruciating roll of the dice.” The couple’s own journey led them to Johns Hopkins Hospital and Drs. Eric Raabe and Charles Eberhardt who were interested in working to develop a reliable disease model. These connections provided the spark that launched “A Children’s Brain Tumor Cure,” dedicated to funding research for PLGA’s. The first phase of the project will use human neural stem cells to create accurate pre-clinical models that will have the potential to dramatically change the research landscape and to provide the incentive to screen hundreds of possible therapies. “This,” Derderian said, “can truly be a game-changer in the fight against this awful disease.”

Fundraising Initiative Dave Ong (Richmond 1987) stayed in touch with the Derderians, and Clay’s situation, and saw in person not only how devastating the disease is but how brave Clay was in the face of it. “He is just an incredible kid, this is an incredible family, and I wanted to see how we could do something to help.” The effort began modestly with an email to a few Lambda Chi brothers. Before long it had taken off beyond anyone’s expectations and plans were made for the Homecoming weekend golf outing. The growing team behind the fundraising initiative included some, like Ong, who knew J.D. from their own Lambda Chi days, but remarkably it included other key players who had only heard his story. One of those was Brian Betz (Richmond 1995) who well knew the chapter’s giving spirit from his previous experience chairing a fundraising effort for his friend and brother C.A.M. Wagner in his battle against Leukemia. “Even though, at the time, I had never met J.D., I knew right away


this was something I wanted to be involved in,” Betz said. “It is an incredible thing to see the bonds of brotherhood in action in a situation like this, and I am so happy to be able to play a small part in its success.” The multigenerational mix also included Thomas Johnson, the current chapter president at Richmond, who helped to organize the event and to spread the word. “Alpha-Chi brothers, actives and alumni, demonstrated in such a real sense the core values of Lambda Chi Alpha, especially loyalty, in this great effort to assist brother Derderian whose son is so ill.” Ong recalls that the initial discussions focused on raising somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000. They hit the upper mark within the first week. The goal line has been moved many more times since then (nearly $50,000 raised by the end of November) with donations coming from within the Lambda Chi family and beyond. “We are hearing at this point from friends-of-friends who were so moved by this story that they just wanted to help make a difference for Clay and other children like him.” Derderian recently announced that, thanks to these donations, the Johns Hopkins program will take its critically important first steps by the end of this year. “We could not be more grateful to the many who have reached out to us,” he said, “Or more thankful for the bonds of brotherhood that have helped get us to where we are.” What began as a one-off golf tournament is showing no signs of stopping there. “Our lead researcher, Dr. Raabe, has indicated that raising $75,000 will allow him to hire a Ph.D. candidate instead of a lab technician to drive the program,” Derderian said. “Of course, if we are able to expand our funds to $100,000, Dr. Raabe and his team would be able to test multiple hypotheses at the same time, thus increasing the chances of finding a cure.”

How You Can Help For more information on how you can help A Children’s Brain Tumor Cure visit: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/lxagolfouting/ LambdaChiAlphaGolfOuting


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Celebrating 100 Years of Continuous Brotherhood On Nov. 10, the Zeta chapter at Penn State University celebrated their 100th anniversary. The chapter is the only one in Lambda Chi Alpha’s history to reach their centennial without facing a closure throughout their storied history. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)

I have found it interesting how life is a circle, always reconnecting, especially in situations involving fraternity. In the fall of 1960, November 5th to be exact, I participated by taking a road trip with three actives to Penn State. As a pledge I felt very special, especially knowing that a blind date had been arranged for me, and that it was Penn’s homecoming featuring the game against our visiting Maryland Terrapins. My first thought upon arriving at the chapter house was, “Wow, what a fabulous house!” Now it is 50-plus years later as I write this article about Penn State’s hundred-year celebration.


The Society of Good Fellowship was founded in 1912 largely through the efforts of Paul S. Bingaman, the president of the Society who later served as a Fraternity Board member-at-large from 1912 to 1913. Bingaman had been a high school friend of Albert Cross who was then a Lambda Chi at the University of Pennsylvania. The sole purpose of this local fraternity, the Society, was to become a chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. On November 2, 1912, while attending a football game in Philadelphia, Bingaman and John McCord were formally initiated into the fraternity. Rituals in the form of


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typewritten sheets were carried back to Penn State by these two men who, on November 23, 1912, formally initiated the remainder of nine brothers who constituted the Society. Their first chapter house was rented at 312 West College Avenue. Zeta holds the distinction of being the first chapter of the Fraternity to publish an alumni newsletter, The Zeta Zephyr, which first appeared in February 1915. In 1917 the chapter moved to 138 South Frazier Street. At this time George Snell was the captain of the football team and Jack Wert was the captain of the boxing team. The year 1926 ushered in a new round of prosperity for the chapter when the current chapter house was built.

Alumnus Ken Termini I asked Ken Termini to reflect back on the chapter. “I was initiated in the spring of 1983. At that time I think we had about 40 actives and eight associate members. I joined Lambda Chi because it was a great place; very welcoming. The brothers were nice and I felt like it was the right group for me. The house was an incredible physical structure with seven beautiful gothic arches. Of course the house was always in need of repair; always requiring a lot of focus on the physical plant to maintain or improve the Tonya Daher

Corey Dolan, Chapter President

Tonya Daher, a senior account executive with Affinity Connection, has been credited with assisting the chapter in obtaining the historical archives and putting together hundreds of pictures. Her firm also assists the chapter on a regular basis by maintaining the chapter website at www.lxa-zetazeta.org and publishing various e-letters and newsletters throughout the year.

Corey Dolan is the current president of the chapter. “Presently we have 66 actives and 18 associate members. Scholarship is one of the chapter strengths. Our GPA of 3.23 places us as 7th of the 56 fraternities on the campus. By far the chapter’s biggest activity and philanthropy is Penn State’s THON. THON was started by the IFC in 1973 as a way to raise money to assist pediatric cancer patients. Today THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. This year a total of $10.6M was raised, with Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Sigma Alpha partnering to raise $245,000 of that total.” This year is a special year as you celebrate your 100th anniversary. “Yes, alumni, led by Tom Gasbarre and Ken Termini, have been very active in putting a reunion weekend together in celebration of not only 100 years, but 100 years of continuous operation.”


quality of the structure. I always remember the pipes banging, since we had steam heat. We were the only chapter on the campus at that time where everyone contributed to the work of the house. We were truly embracing the idea of moving away from the oldfashioned way of pledging.” Did the house have a special tradition in those days? “Yes, our Beef Roast. Duane Doty (Franklin & Marshall) was our chapter High Pi who, together with his wife Dottie, held a weekend-long party at their cabin not too far from campus. All the brothers and our little sisters attended. Homecoming is a huge tradition, with the chapter building a float every year. That tradition was started by Jim Vachon (Penn State 1984).”


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Alumnus Tom Gasbarre

Alumnus Brian Helgesen

Tom Gasbarre is currently the Managing Partner of First Flag Capital Advisors.

Brian Helgesen served as the High Rho during the chapter’s 70th anniversary in 1982. Dr. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli (Florida 1950) served as the keynote speaker.

“I joined Lambda Chi as part of a four-man pledge class in the winter of 1979. I was an officer throughout my undergraduate time, serving as a caterer, treasurer, and then as president. After graduating I became an industrial accountant and then, with the assistance of brother Tim Creedon who arranged an interview for me, I went to work with Merrill Lynch and stayed with them for 25 years. Now I own a Wall Street broker-dealer firm. I returned to my involvement with Lambda Chi in 1983, becoming the house corporation president for a period of five or six years. I returned to the position again during the 1990s when the chapter was experiencing some challenging times, and again in 2001 when, with the assistance of Bill Rae, we avoided liquidation of the chapter house. This latter action, coupled with dedicated work by the undergraduates, resulted in the chapter receiving the Phoenix Award in 2003.”

“Dr. Murphy Osborne (High Point) was unable to attend, but he sent the chapter a note which I believe captured the essence of a fraternity. ‘My sincere congratulations to our oldest, constantly active chapter – Zeta Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha. Our celebration of your 70th anniversary is highly important, for your long existence dictates that you have been a significant force in the lives of our members through Brotherhood. Only that which is worthy is granted longevity. Few fraternities just die; most commit suicide. Your chapter has chosen to live by seeking that which is significant and eliminating that which is trite. Your Anniversary reminds us that Brotherhood produces a quantitative as well as a qualitative characteristic in our existence. May God bless our future.’”

I asked Tom why he continues to be involved with Lambda Chi.

Alumnus Luke Taiclet

“We do it [homecoming] for everyone who is out there, the sheer joy on everyone’s face as they see people they haven’t seen for many, many years. The undergraduates gain a sense of all those who came before them. The traditions may have changed but the brotherhood remains the same; lessons learned and friendships made while looking out for each other. A fraternity and college are a transition from living at home to being on your own. There will always be challenges and we learn something as we overcome these challenges and we march on. That is why all of us do what we do.”


Luke Taiclet, currently the director of Finance and Business at the Penn State’s Beaver Campus, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Centennial banquet. “I think we had well over 200 people attend the banquet, but the reunion celebration was so much more; it was the entire weekend. On Friday many, if not most, of the alumni from our era went to Jeff Leo’s house for five hours and enjoyed one another’s company while rekindling friendships.”


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Notable Zeta Alumni

• Dr. Timothy S. Ackerman,


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

• Paul Aicher, successful business career

prior to his full-time civic activism. He worked for 17 years at Beryllium Corp. in Reading, Pennsylvania. In 1968, he founded Technical Materials Inc. (TMI), based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, where he developed innovative processes for bonding specialty metals that became widely used in the electronics and semiconductor industry; recipient of the National Association of Human Rights Workers Award; recipient of the Pew Partnership’s Civic Change Award in 1997; recipient of the John H. Filer Award in 2000, sponsored by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.

• Gary S. Anderson, president of Delta Metals Co. Inc., Memphis, Tennessee

• Dr. Henry John Bailey III, professor emeritus of law, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

• Dr. Robert Beachboard, former

Control Systems at BAE Systems, Ithaca, New York

• Ralph E. Peters, former chairman of the board of Benatec Associates in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

• Dr. A. Edward Blackhurst, retired professor, University of Kentucky

orthopedist, Audubon, New Jersey

• Dr. Eric C. Bruno, emergency medicine physician, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jean P. Souzon

Casualty of Vietnam:

Casualties of World War II:

Henry W. Claybaugh, Chalander L. Lesher, Alexander Mitchell Jr., and Royce R. Reinwald

• Dr. Robert L. Folk, Professor Emeritus

of Geosciences at the University of Texas, developed the ‘Folk’ system of classification of sedimentary rock

• Charles J.V. Fries III, undergraduate

faculty at Regis University, Denver, Colorado

• Paul M. Cheremeta, former president of Paralyzed Veterans of America

• Dr. Gary Gentzler, retired vice president of Jacobs Engineering of Ohio

• Lynn M. Cambest, executive vice

president, CFO, treasurer, Coconut Grove Bank

• Col. George Blanchard Comly,

graduated #3990 from United States Military Academy in 1900, served in the Calvary, served as an instructor at West Point, Aide-de-Camp to President Harding

• Dr. Thomas F. Conry, professor at University of Illinois

• Joseph H. Ellis, former member of the Fraternity Board 1913 to 1914

• John R. Evans, former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

• Edward R. “Ned” Book, retired

house was completed at the end of 1925, we three were assigned to move in as caretakers until the rest of the brothers moved in later in January, 1926. To the best of my recollection, we three lived there for about three weeks prior to the move from the old chapter house on Fraser Street. We three ‘pioneers’ slept on cots in the card room and virtually ‘camped out’ in the House for that period. We were then pledges.”

• Dr. William H. Bromley, chiropractic

language professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara, author

• Corin P. Beck, director of Fixed Wing

Jr., and William Roberts. As told by Walt Kelley (1930): “When the chapter

president/CEO of Travel Industry Association of America; former CEO and chairman of the board of Hershey Entertainment and Resort Co.; former member of the Fraternity’s Board from 1998 to 2002

First residents of present chapter house:

Ralph Eyster, Walter W. Kelley,



• William G. Gingrich, former vice president of General Electric

Dr. Charles E. Govier, former professor of engineering at Penn State

• Frank H. Graham, former member of the Grand High Zeta from 1919 to 1920

• H. A. “Skip” Hartman,

former general manager of Loew’s L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, former chairman of the Hotel Association of Washington, DC

• Mike Heimowitz, managing director of Burston-Marsteller, Washington, DC

• Dr. Robert K. Hirzel, professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of Maryland

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• Dr. Charles H. Hodgkins Jr., former

• Dr. Bruce M. Payne,

• W. Luke Taiclet,

• William S. Hoffman, (Zeta #11 0,

• Ralph E. Peters, former president of

• Dr. John L. Thomas,

physician, Hamden, Connecticut

first chapter pledge; recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1952; former dean of Liberal Arts at Lycoming College; former registrar at Penn State

• John E. Hull, president of Eastern

Associated Coal Corporation, Charleston, West Virginia

• James M. Husk, chairman and CFO

and secretary of the National Foodservice Purchasing, Alpharetta, Georgia

former vice president of Cornell University

Berger Associates; recipient of Penn State Alumni Achievement Award

• Willard Phillips, Regional Vice President Phoenix Insurance, Washington, DC

• Joseph M. Ream, former deputy

regional comptroller of the Currency, Sixth National Bank Region for the U.S. Treasury Department

• W. Lawrence Ream, former vice

president of New York Life Insurance Co.

• Dr. James Irons,

associate deputy director for atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Washington, DC

• James N. Kerr,

played in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins

• Dr. Daniel Kleehammer, retired oral

surgeon, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

• Dr. David A. Lightner,

professor emeritus of History, University of Alberta

• Joseph Lightner, played for the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1922, coach of Dickinson College from 1923 to 1925

• John C. Riener, executive vice president at Datamaxx; former president of Carlson Wagonlit Travel; former executive vice president of American Express,

• Dr. Andrew L. Riseman,

associate professor at the University of British Columbia director of career services at the University of Pittsburgh @ Johnstown

• Dr. James H. Rush, veterinarian, Allentown, Pennsylvania

• Gerard Sallavanti, chairman of the

• Dr. Steven Scheule, dentist,

Dr. John E. McCord (Zeta #2), professor emeritus of agricultural extension, Penn State; recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1937

• Dalph S. McNeil, CEO and chairman of the Board of Brookville Equipment Co.

• Milton K. Morgan Jr., chairman of the

board of the J. Walter Miller Co., Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes named in honor of Brother Morgan and his wife Lois

• Warren E. Neiger, former gymnastics

coach and teacher of physical education at the University of Pittsburgh for 30 years

Pennsylvania Revenue Board of Appeals, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Woodstown, New Jersey

• John Sedlak, former executive vice

president of Houston METRO, Houston, Texas

• Dr. Thomas Shoemaker Jr.,

veterinarian, Dushore, Pennsylvania

• George Snell, played professional

football for the Brooklyn Lions and Buffalo Bisons

• Dr. Paul A. Taiclet, dentist, Sewickley,

• Dr. Frederic Thompson, retired

orthodontist, Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania

• Dr. George A. Thompson,

former professor of geophysics at Stanford University

• Wilfred O. “Tommy” Thompson, first permanent director of the Penn State Blue Band in 1914; continued in that position until 1939

• William A. Thomson, retired

administrative officer at Kutztown University

• Dr. Daniel J. Tylavsky, associate

professor of engineering at Arizona State University

• Dr. Silas D. White, former professor of • George W. Wickstead, planner and landscape architect, honored by Penn State with the awarding of their Alumni Achievement Award in 1987

• Dr. Donald S. Williams, professor

emeritus of English & education at Colgate University

• Thomas K. Wunderlich, former dean

of research at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

• Charles H. Zendt Jr., recipient of

Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Merit in 1988

• Dr. Samuel D. Zeiders, former dentist in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania

• Frederick B. Ziesenheim, former

Director and Vice Chairman of the Webb Law Firm, one of the founders of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and president of such, captain in U.S. Navy




veterinarian, State

College, Pennsylvania

psychology at Muhlenberg College

• Ronald M. Rovansek,

• Donald Malinak, former co-captain of

football team; high school stadium named in his honor

Director of Finance and Business at Penn State Beaver

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Why did you join Lambda Chi?

Bangkok, Thailand, and became a real estate developer in the Ratchaprasong District. A couple of years ago I built the Renaissance Hotel, which is today a 5-Star hotel, in this same district and with over 1,000 employees. The third part is our crescent, Per Crucem Crescens, or Growth Through the Cross. In business we are climbing up the curve of the Crescent. Lambda Chi Alpha gave me everything. First the Vir part gave me my buddies, then the Kalepa part told me to labor hard, which I did, resulting in rising and growing from the nadir to the apex of the Crescent.”

“I am [part of ] a triple, one-generation legacy. My two brothers, Paul and Marc, as well as Paul’s son, are brothers at Penn State. I had so many great experiences as an undergraduate and I am indebted to the chapter for allowing me to live in the chapter house for the four years while I attended school part time. After my freshman year I stopped [studies] to work full time. I tell everyone that my sophomore year was the best year of my life; all seven of them. Because of my extended time at Penn State I came to know about 20 years of undergraduates very well.”

Following completion of the banquet Bhanubandh presented the chapter with a check for $50,000.

What are your favorite memories of the chapter? “Living in the house was very special for me and, at the 100th anniversary banquet, 11 brothers told stories about what it meant to live in the house from the 1960s up to the present time. Duane Doty served as the chapter High Pi from 1964 to 1986 and he was a very special man. He never made you feel like you were a kid and he was an adult; you always felt you were his brother. We learned to be thoughtful leaders from him and to look to the future. Our best brotherhood event was the ‘Beef Roast’ held at his cabin in the woods. This process began on Tuesday or Wednesday and took the coordination of the entire chapter through the weekend.”

Alumnus Tim Bhanubandh Tinasakti “Tim” Bhanubandh received the award for traveling the farthest to attend the 100th Anniversary. “In my comments to the brothers I spoke about the three mottoes of Lambda Chi Alpha that affected my life. The first is Vir Quisque Vir, or Every Man a Man, which I interpret not from a masculinity point-of-view, but more from an equality angle. I was actually the first Asian to be invited into Lambda Chi. In those days this required special written permission from the headquarters in Indiana; which, fortunately for me, was given. Secondly, I did apply another Lambda Chi motto, Χαλεπα Τα Καλα, or Naught Without Labor. Twenty years ago I returned to



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We’re All Young Alumni Header Based upon extensive research, the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation analyzes how to keep alumni brothers engaged. By Travis Smith (Indiana) and Brad Hawse (Cincinnati)


he time has come for Lambda Chi Alpha to

invest in our current and future leaders. Lambda Chi Alpha is focusing on our young alumni as they will be the generation to carry the weight later on in our organization’s lifecycle. However, does it need to rely on only one generation? The answer is simple. We are ALL young alumni and it is our responsibility to secure the future of our great fraternity.

Achieve, and his team, which published the “Millennial Impact Report” that has gained national recognition for its influence on millennial research. In this article we highlight some key points from this year’s report and how those have influenced Lambda Chi Alpha’s research on our own young alumni. For young alumni and how they would like to connect with nonprofit organizations, websites are still the number one way of learning about the organization, looking for volunteering opportunities, and giving a donation. Although the website is still the number one way of learning about the organization, this generation is accessing the website by different means than in the past. Seventy-seven percent of young alumni surveyed said they owned a smartphone and used the device to find out more information about organizations and ways to be involved. More individuals are using smartphones and tablets that use mobile technology to view websites and receive communication. Although the website is the best place for learning about your organization, email is still a preferred method of communication to learn about news, events, and volunteer opportunities.

The Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation has conducted research over the last eight months, particularly focused on young alumni giving and engagement. It has concentrated on learning and developing strategies for connecting with young alumni, learning why they like to become involved, and learning more about why young alumni give to important causes. As a basis for our research we referred to Derrick Feldmann (Southeast Missouri State 2001), CEO of www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent

On an involvement level, young alumni are generous with their time and volunteer to organizations that inspire them. Long-term volunteering opportunities will ultimately turn into larger gifts and increased involvement amongst their peers. The continuum for involvement with this generation is: micro-volunteering, one time volunteering, group volunteering, and leadership roles. Young alumni want to leverage their knowledge, expertise, and backgrounds to help lead nonprofits. Giving is something this generation is not scared to do. According to the Millennial Impact Report, three-quarters


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of the young alumni responding to the survey made a financial gift to a nonprofit organization in 2011. Their giving habits are sparked by an emotional and impulsive reaction, they want to know how their gift will make a difference and, lastly, they are more likely to give larger gifts to organizations with which they have strong relationships. Interesting huh? What does all of this mean to Lambda Chi Alpha? In essence it means it’s time to start looking at the Lambda Chi Alpha experience after graduation with a keen eye and find ways to ensure opportunities are plentiful upon graduation. So, to start, we surveyed our own young alumni brothers to see what we can do to better serve the alumni population.

Our Results After surveying approximately 600 of our young alumni, and hosting three focus groups, we have heard valuable feedback from our alumni. One of respondents summarized his thoughts by saying, “Outside of my family, work, and career development I have little time to pursue volunteer opportunities. I would welcome alumni opportunities that allow me to stay involved within my time and financial constraints.” Based on our research we found three important areas of focus:

1. Young Alumni do not feel connected or aware of alumni programming offered by the General Fraternity and the Educational Foundation. 2. Young Alumni are interested in participating, but have not, due to lack of awareness and options that align with their interests. 3. Donors need to know that their gift will make a difference regardless of size.


Ultimately the findings that are presented here are similar to the general habits of this generation and previous ones as well. The feeling is that the Foundation and Fraternity are lacking in programming that aligns with alumni interests after graduation. By increasing the level of meaningful programming there is an opportunity for Lambda Chi Alpha to enhance communication methods and messaging as well as provide a more confident approach to giving back.

What’s the Plan? Looking forward, there are a multitude of opportunities to engage our alumni with Lambda Chi Alpha in a meaningful and productive way. Lambda Chi Alpha has invested in the research needed to progress and by increasing the level of attention in each area we can drastically improve the alumni experience. Based on our research, as we move forward in connecting with our alumni, we want to improve communication with future alumni prior to graduation, target our juniors and seniors to begin the thought of life as an alumnus after graduation with help in areas such as career development and networking, provide mentor and mentee opportunities, improve communication on programming for young alumni through preferred online communications such as email and social media and, lastly, create new networking and content development practices around specific interests of recent graduates, such as career development and education. Involvement among all generations is the key to any successful alumni relations program. To do this Lambda Chi Alpha is looking to enhance alumni programs by creating a coordinated and consistent educational experience for alumni across the country. This experience might include alumni career and mentoring programming by utilizing resources from the Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program. The possibility of creating meaningful programming that is realistic for our large alumni base is more possible today with access to new and exciting communication technologies at our fingertips.


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With increased attention and focus toward education and communication there is an opportunity to enhance charitable giving to the Fraternity. A respondent to the survey said, “I know that chapters pay national dues and they increase regularly, so I would be interested in seeing how that money is being used and how a donation to the Educational Foundation would ultimately benefit my chapter and others”. Through a variety of communication channels we hope to answer this young alumnus, as well as others, in order to provide funds to continue building better chapters, providing support mechanisms and developing new dynamic and engaging programming for all of our undergraduate brothers. We all have the ability to give back to Lambda Chi Alpha in ways that are meaningful and important. One of our goals in Lambda Chi Alpha is to help build a culture of giving among all generations and provide an understanding on how your gift makes a difference. As a young alumnus, having the ability to give a gift of any amount is crucial to helping us reach our goals as an organization. To help build this culture our team is dedicated to enhancing the giving experience offering additional giving methods and approaches to secure your support and provide informational materials and opportunities to keep our alumni engaged, educated, and involved. Ultimately these approaches will change the way the alumni experience looks across all generations, and how it is approached on a staffing level. If you are a recent graduate, or an alumnus who has been out of touch for thirty years, we want to provide you with the best experience we possibly can through networking, education, and mentoring. By focusing on these areas of the alumni experience we are opening new doors and opportunities for older brothers to help younger brothers and foster the spirit of brotherly love.


What Can I Do Today? As we said earlier, we are all young alumni. There is an abundance of ways we can support the Fraternity. Whether it is by joining your regional alumni association and attending the meetings and events, by serving as a mentor in our mentorship program, by serving on an alumni advisory board, housing corporation, or as a High Pi at a local chapter, or by financially committing to the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation to support our nearly 200 chapters and nearly 11,000 undergraduates. In July 2011, the Educational Foundation announced the “Investing in Future Leaders Campaign” that will fund new programs to shape our future leaders of business, community, and country by teaching timeless values on which to build a foundation for life. The $20 million that this campaign will raise will build awareness and provide funding for valuable Lambda Chi Alpha programs. The success of this campaign will also build stronger and more stable chapters, create incentives for chapters to execute great ideas and do right things, dramatically increase access to conferences and experiences for all members, and lastly, secure the financial future of Lambda Chi Alpha and cause quantum growth in the foundation’s impact on future generations. Regardless of age, the time is now for ALL alumni brothers to jump in and generously give to Lambda Chi Alpha.


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2013 Conclave Schedule

Host chapters, dates, and locations are almost complete for all regional conclave meetings this spring.

By Marcus Kelley (Angelo State)

As early as 1916 chapters began participating in interzeta functions. These early, regional events were loosely scheduled depending upon the host chapter’s plans during the school term. These regional events took on the title of Lambda Chi Alpha State Days in the 1920s and continued to be an excellent way for the majority of brothers in a chapter to interact with those from other campuses, as well as with alumni throughout the country. Theta Kappa Nu also had regional events where chapters would come together to discuss issues facing campuses throughout the Fraternity. Though these were effective, even after the merger in 1939 it became apparent that some states had more than a few chapters to gather together and that there were some states where being the lone chapter meant the annual conferences were the more practical events to attend; so the conclave came into being. In Lambda Chi Alpha the term conclave refers to a means of grouping regional chapters together, based on location, as well as to the event itself where these collections of chapters meet. By the 1940s a more geographically proportionate division of chapters into conclaves meant that brothers from every chapter had the opportunity to participate in inter-zeta events.



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Many times a conclave serves as the only chance, aside from an ELC visit, that a man will interact with the “General Fraternity.” A typical General Fraternity function will attract 7-8 percent of the total undergraduate population, while a conclave can effectively target 40-50 percent of the regions totals.

Educational Programming Many workshops and educational programming opportunities have been identified. The workshops will be facilitated by Master Stewards, Professional Staff, and local chapter advisers.

Required Programming:

2013 Conclave Breakdown As more dates are determined we will provide further updates for the chapters in each of the conclaves. •

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Atlantic Conclave -February 22-24, 2013, hosted by

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Drexel •

Bluegrass Conclave -TBD, hosted by Eastern Kentucky

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Officer Skill Training Workshops

Colonial Conclave -TBD, hosted by Richmond Great Lakes Conclave -TBD, hosted by Wilmington Great Plains Conclave -April 5-7, 2013, hosted by

True ID • Sexual Orientation • Additional modules may be added to

complement the schedule

South Dakota •

Great South Conclave -TBD, hosted by Montevallo (at

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Gulf Coast Conclave -TBD, hosted by Tarleton State Midwestern Conclave -TBD, hosted by Valparaiso Northeast Conclave -March 1-3, 2013, hosted by

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Ozark Conclave -TBD, hosted by Missouri-Kansas

General Overview Evolutions can be conducted if there are chapters who would like to participate

Harm Reduction •

Dealing with Intoxicated People

Recruitment •

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Inner Circle • •

Maine •

Techniques to have a Successful Program Motivate your Brothers by Holding them Accountable Steps to Plan a Fun, Safe Event Where are We Going?: Setting SMART Goals Passing the Torch: Conducting an Officer Transition

Pacific Northwest Conclave -February 15-17, 2013,

Skills-based training & How to create a recruitment training program

hosted by Idaho •

Pacific Southwest Conclave --

Host chapter and

Questions & Additional Information

dates to be determined •

If you have questions about your conclave, please contact Associate Director of Chapter Services Justin Fisher at jfishter@lambadchi.org or Associate Director of Education Marcus Kelley at mkelley@lambda chi.org.

Peninsula Conclave -February 8-10, 2013, hosted by Embry-Riddle

Rocky Mountain Conclave -February 22-24, 2013, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo

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The Vital Role of a Chapter High Pi

More than 20 chapters are operating without a trained and certified primary alumni advisor.

By Bill Farkas (Butler)

Within Lambda Chi Alpha it is widely known that those chapters that perform the best tend to be those chapters with a strong alumni support lead by the High Pi. Most every brother of Lambda Chi Alpha has a memory of their chapter advisor (High Pi), some of these recollections might be humorous, thoughtful or appreciation. I am writing this article to create a greater sense of urgency regarding the need to find 22 qualified High Pis for the chapters listed below. It is crucial to having an alumnus serving as a mentor for our chapters. As a side note, your initiating chapter is not relevant to your qualifications to fulfill one of these open positions. Today’s undergraduates don’t care where you went to college. However, what they do care about is that you dedicate the time to be available when they have chapter meetings or need you to share your life experiences with them. What you receive in return for your service is a renewal about why you joined Lambda Chi Alpha in the first place, our brotherhood.

Definition of the Role The office of High Pi (the chapter’s primary alumni advisor) is an office of great dignity, demanding insight and practicality as well as always being impartial and deliberate in chapter affairs. In this advisory capacity, the High Pi must be sure to be familiar with all aspects of a situation before acting, and then be candid yet diplomatic in giving advice. Familiarity with the affairs of this chapter is essential www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent


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in order to properly advise the members of the chapters.

an Alumni Brother of less than two years from serving in other advisory capacities. The term of each High Pi shall expire two years after the date of his appointment, but upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Chapter, he may be reappointed by the Grand High Pi for successive terms of two years each. The Grand High Zeta may terminate the office of a High Pi at any time such action, in its judgment, is advisable. No Chapter shall pay a High Pi for his services and a High Pi, by accepting payment for any services to the Fraternity, shall automatically disqualify himself from holding that position.

It is important that the High Pi present a good example by his attendance at meetings and other activities, and by conscientious in following the highest standards of conduct and integrity. He will be judged by the impartiality of his dealings with members of the chapter.

Qualification & Duties As outlined in the 41st edition of the Constitution & Statutory Code, the qualifications and duties for a High Pi are as follows:

Code III-14. Duties of the High Pi.

Code III-13. High Pi—Qualifications and Appointment. The High Pi shall be the Chancellor of the Chapter. He shall be appointed by the Grand High Pi upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Chapter or upon the initiative of the Grand High Pi where circumstances warrant, taking into consideration the interests and welfare of the Chapter and the probable compatibility of the proposed individual in relation to the personnel of the Chapter. He shall be an Alumni Brother of at least two years. He shall be a Member in good standing and need not be an initiate of the Chapter he serves. Under unusual circumstances the Grand High Pi may waive the provision requiring a prospective High Pi who is an Alumni Brother to have had alumni status for two years prior to the appointment. This provision does not prohibit www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent

The High Pi shall be the chief judicial officer and the representative of the Grand High Zeta in the Chapter. Appeals from decisions of Chapter officers, complaints, etc., shall be made through him to the Grand High Zeta when necessary. In his advisory and representative capacity, it shall be his duty to report to the Grand High Pi any violation of the Laws or policies of the Fraternity within the Chapter. He should attend the majority of Chapter meetings. He shall furnish such reports as may be requested of him by the Grand High Zeta or the Office of Administration, and he shall have such further powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Laws of the Fraternity or delegated by the Grand High Zeta. The High Pi shall also appoint and serve as Chairman of the Chapter’s Alumni Advisory Board as provided in Code III-46.


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Training & Certification The General Fraternity has created educational components to specifically train alumni volunteers, including High Pis. The Neville Advisor’s College is the backbone of all of the alumni volunteer educational programming and is subsidized in part by generous contributions from Ronald A. Neville, an alumni brother and High Pi of Theta-Sigma Zeta at Drury University. The next Advisor’s College will be from January 11-13, 2013, in Indianapolis. The alumni volunteer certification process is a one-step process that each alumni volunteer must complete if he wishes to volunteer with his local chapter. The first step in the process is to complete the Alumni Volunteer Affirmation, which is a web-based tutorial designed to ensure that the alumni volunteer is current with what Lambda Chi Alpha is doing today, and is also aware of the policies, Mandatory Resolutions in the Constitution and Statutory Code, harm reduction processes, and the educational curriculum components that are available to the chapter.

The bottom line is that if you are trained, certified, and performing your duties as outlined by our Constitution & Statutory Code, then the General Fraternity will make sure you always have all the legal support you need should a situation warrant it.

For More Information Outlined in the General Fraternity’s 2017 Strategic Plan, Alumni Identification and Training is one of the five major focal points. A trained and certified High Pi is the minimum we need from our chapters. Ideally, each chapter would also have a functioning Alumni Advisory Board, If you are interested in learning more or becoming a High Pi, please send an email to Associate Director of Chapter Services Justin Fisher at jfisher@lambdachi.org. Chapters Operating Without a High Pi

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Volunteer Protection Act To dispel any fear or concern a potential High Pi has about volunteering, I am going to provide a brief recap of the Volunteer Protection Act. People who volunteer to assist nonprofit organizations run the risk that their actions, while well-intentioned, may cause harm to another. If those actions are deemed negligent, the volunteer may face civil liability for damages caused by the negligent conduct. The Act generally eliminates the liability of an individual volunteer for damage caused by his or her simple or ordinary negligence, so long as the individual was acting within the scope of his or her responsibility to the eligible organization and was not grossly negligent or intentionally trying to cause harm. The Act provides protection to the individual volunteer only; it does not immunize or otherwise limit or affect the liability of the nonprofit organization or government entity itself. www.lambdachi.org/cross-crescent


Bucknell (Delta) California-Los Angeles (Epsilon-Sigma) California State-Fresno (Iota-Gamma Colony) Cincinnati (Gamma-Gamma) East Tennessee State (Iota-Omicron) Eastern Illinois (Phi-Alpha) Georgetown (Kappa-Omega) Indiana State (Iota-Epsilon Colony) Lake Forest (Pi-Pi) Millersville (Delta-Tau) Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon) Oklahoma State (Alpha-Eta) Ohio State (Gamma-Tau) Pittsburgh (Gamma-Epsilon) Rhode Island (Eta) South Dakota Mines (Colony 298) Southeastern Oklahoma (Pi-Sigma) Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon) Texas Tech (Sigma-Nu Colony) Tulsa (Epsilon-Upsilon) Western Ontario (Delta-Eta) Wichita State (Colony 296)

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Dr. Murray D. Lincoln Radical Capitalist, Philanthropist, & Humanitarian Murray Lincoln (Massachusetts 1914), longtime president of Nationwide was a brilliant economist, a celebrated philanthropist, and an early Lambda Chi Alpha brother. By Mike Raymond (Miami-OH)

Murray D. Lincoln His Life Murray Danforth Lincoln was born on a farm near Rayham, Massachusetts, on April 18, 1892, as the second child in a family of six children. He was educated in the public school system of Rayham and eventually graduated from the Massachusetts Agricultural College, now University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1914.

Introduction I am sure that most of you have seen the new Nationwide Insurance commercials that ask the question, “Where do you belong?” Nationwide’s answer, “Where you are appreciated”. The commercial goes on to explain that Nationwide doesn’t have stockholders so they can put their members first. Did you know that one of the founders of Nationwide Insurance was a Lambda Chi? I didn’t think so. I doubt that many Lambda Chi’s under the age of 50 have heard of Dr. Murray Danforth Lincoln. That is a shame because his story is an interesting mix of radical capitalism, philanthropy, and humanitarianism.


Lincoln joined Lambda Chi Alpha in 1912. His leadership qualities were quickly recognized by his chapter and he was elected Eminent Archon (President) of Gamma Zeta during the 1913-14 school year. Lincoln also had a way with words. He offered to produce the first confidential magazine for Lambda Chi Alpha. His offer was not accepted; however he did write several articles for the Purple, Green, and Gold including a story on the installation of our Cornell chapter. Lincoln attended the historic Second Assembly, meeting at the Lambda Zeta chapter house on Newberry Street in Boston, which laid the foundation of the Lambda Chi Alpha we know today. In addition to approving such things as the current meaning of Zeta and Lambda Chi Alpha, a Ritual revision committee was organized by the Assembly. Lincoln was made a member of this committee but for unknown reasons resigned from the committee in May. This appears to have ended his formal involvement with our Fraternity on a national level, but Lincoln had much more to contribute to our free enterprise system and to humanity. Upon graduation, he became the agricultural agent for New London, Connecticut, placing him among the first agricultural agents in New England and the first in Connecticut. In 1915 he moved to Brockton, Massachusetts, where he organized the first cooperative milk distribution plant in New England. In October of 1915 he married Anne Hurst of Easton, Massachusetts. The year 1920 marked the beginning of his long association


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HISTORY with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation as their first Executive Secretary. In this position Lincoln organized numerous Farm Bureau cooperatives throughout Ohio. Over the years the Ohio Farm Bureau grew to include 60,000 members with about 250 local cooperatives being formed. Ohio farmers bought and sold millions of dollars of products ranging from fuel to seeds to tractors each year. If it was a good year for the local cooperative, the members benefited by receiving a check as their part of the profits. Many of the cooperatives that Lincoln organized continue to do their work on behalf of Ohio farmers to this day.

Just what is a cooperative? A cooperative is much like other businesses with the exception that it is owned by its members. They organize to provide themselves with goods and services that are often of better quality and at lower prices than their competitors. Profits are shared by the members and not reserved for stockholders and corporate officers.

The Original Care Package*

• 1 pound of beef in broth • 1 pound of steak and kidneys • 8 ounces of liver loaf • 8 ounces of corned beef • 12 ounces of luncheon loaf

According to Craig Lovelace, writing in Business First, many Ohio farmers were dissatisfied with the cost of automobile insurance. In response to the demand for cheaper auto insurance, the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company was founded in 1926. In 1947 Ohio insurance regulators demanded that the relationship between the Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Mutual be severed. At this juncture in his life Lincoln decided to end his 28 year career with the Ohio Farm Bureau and stay with the insurance business. In 1955 the name of the insurance company was changed to Nationwide.

Murray D. Lincoln Radical Capitalist In 1960 Lincoln and David Karp wrote a book with the provocative title “Vice-President in Charge of Revolution.” This semi-autobiographical book was called by its reviewer, William Papier, a “...story of personal challenge, of zeal, of courage of conviction.” According to the book, in his early years Lincoln described himself as a bedrock Republican. Later in life his feelings and politics shifted to the left. He was a man respected and feared for his belief that our free enterprise system should be based on cooperation not competition. In this respect Lincoln’s economic philosophy followed in the footsteps of the earlier farm labor political movements in the United States.

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• 8 ounces of bacon • 2 pounds of margarine • 1 pound of lard • 1 pound of fruit preserves

• 1 pound of honey • 1 pound of raisins • 1 pound of chocolate • 2 pounds of sugar • 8 ounces of egg powder • 2 pounds of whole-milk powder

• 2 pounds of coffee Source: www.care.org

Lincoln believed in economic democracy. His economic belief system centered on cooperation, teamwork, democracy, and the satisfaction of members’ needs at the lowest price consistent with quality. He was feared in some circles because he challenged the prevailing competitive nature of capitalism. By the late 1940s his ideas were taking hold and proving to be very successful in relationship to traditional capitalist organizations. I am sure that you are familiar with this list of successful businesses: Ace Hardware, Florida’s Natural, Piggly Wiggly, Sir Arthur Flour Company, True Value Corporation, and Land O’Lakes. But did you know that they are all examples of the over 47,000 cooperative businesses that operate in America today? Their successes stand as eloquent testimony to the viability of cooperative organizations. They also stand witness to Lincoln’s belief that cooperatives foster economic abundance, family security, greater choice, and more personal freedom in the lives of their members. Under Lincoln’s leadership Nationwide explored other areas of cooperative organization and development. To the


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HISTORY west of Columbus, Ohio, is a neighborhood called Murray Hill, but better known to its inhabitants as Lincoln Village. Lincoln Village was built with the needs of people in mind. Housing, a shopping center, parks, schools, and other amenities were built near factories in order to provide both jobs and affordable and attractive living conditions. Life Magazine featured the development in a 1960 article. The development included the Lincoln Lodge Motel, also named after Murray D. Lincoln.

Murray D. Lincoln Philanthropist and Humanitarian

composed of 22 American charities dedicated to fighting hunger in the aftermath of war-torn Europe. The original CARE package was composed of surplus Army rations, collected and distributed to millions of Europeans. (See the sidebar for the contents of the original CARE packages.) From 1945 to 1956 millions of CARE packages were distributed to needy individuals and families in Europe. Over the life of the CARE package program over 100 million packages were distributed worldwide. Now known as CARE International, the organization has expanded its relief activities to other parts of the world. Lincoln Quotes “People have within their own hands the tools to fashion their own destiny.”

One of my fondest memories of undergraduate days at Miami University is of receiving monthly “care” packages from home. Most of these packages were composed of candy, snack food, and magazines, with an occasional pair of new underwear. Some guys received more elaborate packages composed of such things as freshly made pizzas, gigantic salamis, cheeses, plus homemade cakes, cookies, and pies. Yes, we eagerly waited for the mail in those days. I didn’t realize at the time that the “care” packages that we received in the late 1960s had a history going back to 1945; a history that involved the humanitarian work of Lincoln. Lincoln seemed to have agriculture in his blood. From a county agricultural agent to executive director of the Ohio Farm Bureau to founding member of CARE, food production and distribution was part of his everyday life. It was a passion that he held closely for life.

“Prosperity is like strawberry jam. You can’t spread even a little of it without getting some on yourself.” “People believe that through the American way of life they can work together to encourage wider ownership of economic activities. In this way, they believe they can develop an economy of abundance which will provide a maximum of security and freedom.” “The opportunity that presents itself to young men today exceeds almost anything we had in the past. It’s the opportunity for leadership of people, knowing how to get along together and keeping from destroying one another. That is the challenge that none of us ever had before, and your fraternity is helping you to meet that challenge.”

Lincoln died in 1966 but he has left a legacy. At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst there is the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, built in 1970. The Ohio Farm Bureau instituted the Murray D. Lincoln Award for outstanding volunteer service in 2008. In 1960 he was recognized by Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity for outstanding success in the field of business by awarding him the Order of Achievement.

Lincoln was a member of multiple commissions dealing with the eradication of world hunger. He served as a delegate to the United Nations Conference on Food and Agriculture. In 1945 he served as the first President of CARE (Cooperative for American Remittance to Europe). CARE was originally a private national organization,



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