Like Madness Is the Glory of This Life On a conference call in the spring of 2011, Bob Mintz, Ohio State ’71, abandoned good judgment and agreed to chair Gamma chapter’s Centennial committee (page 22). Over the 12 months that followed, Bob and his team assembled a plan that culminated in 300 brothers and guests descending on The Ohio State University campus this past April. The attendees enjoyed a variety of events that were designed with a simple elegance—to give brothers and guests a chance to ‘reunion,’ to celebrate the spirit of brotherhood, and to rejoice in their collective Ohio State and Gamma chapter experiences. The weekend was filled with excited chatter and bursts of rollicking laughter. The guests were a modern cast of a Shakespearean play. Seated in one corner, I noted a stately gent in a grey suit holding court among a I was reminded of the lyrics of an old camphandful of peers. This same scene was surely depicted with the same characters decades earlier where fire song, “Make new friends but keep the old, he undoubtedly challenged his fellow brethren “to one is silver and the other’s gold.” The simplicity thine own self be true.” On the other side of the room, I noticed a of that verse so aptly describes what Phi Kappa 40-something free spirit burst into the reception to the excited cries of long-lost friends, a bowler hat Tau can bring to life, and why reunions are so thrown rakishly over a sheepish smile. Undoubtedly this was the Puck in our mid-spring night’s dream. important to our fraternal mission. The crowd around him would spontaneously burst with laughter for the next two hours as he told tales of travel and adventure. Talking to Bob after the event, he felt a sense of awe considering the life experiences and history that was being captured at that moment. Through all of the frustrations of planning such an event—deadlines, budgets, communication—Bob and the committee had provided the attendees the great gift of joy that can only come from genuine, organic friendship. Having attended the Gamma Centennial as a guest, and then having attended our National Convention two months later (page 14), I was reminded of the lyrics of an old campfire song, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.” The simplicity of that verse so aptly describes what Phi Kappa Tau can bring to life, and why reunions are so important to our fraternal mission. If you’re planning a milestone chapter reunion this year or in the coming years, I encourage you to turn to page 20 and learn from those who have “been there, done that.” They’ll admit that it’s not an easy job, but that it sure is rewarding.
Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89, is chief executive officer.
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Published on Dec 18, 2012