The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine - Spring 2020

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A Lesson from Mu Iota at 100: Don't Forget Your Chapter By Don Shelton (Idaho 1976)

About the Author: Don Shelton serves as Graduate Relations Chair on Mu Iota’s Board of Chapter Advisors. He retired as Executive Editor of The Seattle Times. Contact him at dshelton111@

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ore than 500 Fiji brothers and guests look up at me as I stand at the

All I can do is smile. Then I pull out my phone and snap a picture. I need to preserve this moment. Mu Iota’s 100th Frank Norris Pig Dinner was the highlight of an amazing weekend that kicked off our chapter’s year-long Centennial Celebration. But the most remarkable part wasn’t more than a third of our living

graduate brothers traveling to the University of Idaho from as far away as Ireland and Egypt to join us. Nor was it the heartfelt hugs or the tearful toasts we shared. The most amazing thing was that the weekend happened at all. The odds were against us. For me, the journey toward that unforgettable Centennial selfie with 500 others started 14 years ago with a single phone call from a long lost Phi Gamma Delta pledge brother. That spurred a

Mu Iota undergraduates and graduate brothers gather for a group photo in front their 94-year-old chapter house as snow falls during their 100th Pig Dinner weekend. 40


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