Archive for the ‘1940-1949’ Category


Thursday, January 13th, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the newest initiated brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha Lambda Iota Zeta.  Fall 2010 grades are in and the men posted an impressive 3.15 cumulative GPA.  Way to go men.  The 932 brothers before you are impressed by your hard work and dedication.  Keep up the good work men. You make us proud.  A special thanks goes out also to Nick “Pokes” Weisensel on his dedication and hard work with these men.  Ever since their return, Nick has driven home the importance of grades and education.  Nick deserves just as much recognition as the undergrads. Way to go guys.


Thursday, October 7th, 2010

UPDATE: AM Ceremony will take place this Sunday 10/10/10 at 2pm in Whitewater. The event will be held in the University Center Rooms UC 68A&B. We will be meeting at the House around 1pm and heading over for those of you who don’t know where these rooms are located. This is it Gentlemen, all the hard work is about to pay off.

1st Annual Pokesapolooza Golf Outing

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Pokes Golf Outing Attire 


Come join the men of the Lambda Chi Alpha interest group as they honor their High Pi Nick “Pokes” Weisensel with his very own golf outing.

In recognition of the hard work, sacrifice and dedication of High Pi Nick “Pokes” Weisensel, the men of the Lambda Chi Alpha Interest Group-Whitewater are proud to sponsor the 1st Annual Pokesapalooza Golf Outing”

This event is open to all brothers of Delta Kappa, Chi Delta Rho and Lambda Chi Alpha who attended Whitewater between the years 1929 and Present.




The 1st Annual Pokesapalooza will be held at the scenic Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Verona Wisconsin on Saturday, July 10, 2010. (Which just happens to coincide with Nick’s 30th Birthday).  Tee times will start at 12 noon and are on a first come, first serve basis.  Cost will be $43 per golfer for 18 holes and $26 for 9 holes. Both prices include golf cart. (It appears they don’t offer a discount for walking).

For those who feel like extending the celebration, we will be having dinner after the outing at the Tilted Kilt. (not included in the price of the outing)

Contact Rick Lyon at to sign up.  Make sure to get your foursomes in before JUNE 21, 2010. Remember, tee times are on a first come first serve basis.  If you don’t have a foursome, don’t worry, we will accommodate you.  Make sure you put Golf Outing in the subject line of the email.

1st Annual Pokesapolooza

WHEN:                       SATURDAY JULY 10, 2010


                                    7701 W. MINERAL POINT ROAD

                                    VERONA, WI


COST:                         $43 FOR 18 HOLES AND CART

                                    $26 FOR 9 HOLES AND CART


CONTACT:                RICK LYON   TO SIGN UP.


DINNER:                   TILTED KILT  420 GAMMON PLACE

                                  MADISON, WI 53717

Chi Delta Rho badge

Friday, September 19th, 2008

What a great day! I have acquired a Chi Delta Rho badge from a private collector in Florida (many thanks to Mr. Banter for his generous trade! and to Brother Jono Hren for finding the collector & facilitating the trade).

This badge is an un-jeweled Chi Delta Rho badge from the Gamma Chapter at Milton College.

It’s shaping up to be a great weekend!

Chi Delta Rho cartoon

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Here’s a great historical fraternity cartoon of a Chi Delta Rho Pledge from “yester-year”. Taken from the 1949 UW-Stevens Point (Central State Teacher’s College) Yearbook-The Iris.

In the cartoon, you can see a couple staples of Chi Delta Rho pledges (from UW-SP, at least):
-A (red) lantern
-A Chi Delta Rho Pledge paddle painted blue & white (CDR colors)
-Pledge book (back pocket)
-The standard freshman “beanie”
…and I believe the mis-matched socks were also a required part of the ensemble.

Brother Harry S. Truman on leadership

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Brother Harry S. Truman

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Brother Harry S. Truman

Gamma-Kappa 213
33rd President of the United States

Delta Kappa original badge

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Tri-Kappa BadgeOur Delta Kappa Brothers may be interested in this post. I have recently acquired what I believe to be an original Delta Kappa member badge, from when the fraternity was known as Tri-Kappa, or Kappa Kappa Kappa (Founded in 1920). Remember, Tri-Kappa changed their name to Delta Kappa because of the inaccurate and unwarranted association with the Ku Klux Klan.

As you can see from the image, the triangular badge is surrounded by 9 seed pearls…3 on each side. Each set flanked by a red stone (ruby?) and one red stone in the center (7 total). There are three 5-pointed stars in the form of a delta surrounding the badge.

The badge comes from an original owner in the North-east, where Tri-Kappa was founded and there is still one surviving Chapter at Ithaca.

Chi Delta Rho: Gamma Chapter

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I have been in communications with the Milton College Preservation Society about the Gamma Chapter of Chi Delta Rho which existed there while Milton College was still in operation. The MCPS has been very accomodating and has taken the time to send us copies of Chi Delta Rho materials and photographs.

These items will help us in putting together a complete history of our Fraternity, as well as the history of Chi Delta Rho as a Fraternity.

Many thanks to the Milton College Preservation Society for these photos and other materials. Some of our Chi Delta Rho Brothers may recognize some people/places in these pictures.

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Chi Delta Rho: Wikipedia

Friday, February 15th, 2008

WikipediaI have begun the process of adding Chi Delta Rho as an official entry in Wikipedia.

If anyone can offer any important information about Chi Delta Rho, please comment here or use the Contact Us page to send me a message with the relevant information.

Things I am looking for:
– A list of all Chapters (schools)
– Official Colors, Mottos, Slogans, Values, etc
– Was there a headquarters?

…I am planning to add a Delta Kappa entry to Wikipedia as well, once the Chi Delta Rho page is underway and has some “guts” to it.

Our Veterans, Our Brothers

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Iwo JimaToday we honor all of Veterans who have given so much of themselves for our country, our liberties and our way of life. We are honored to acknowledge our Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha, Chi Delta Rho, Delta Kappa and Beta Kappa Nu who have sacrificed for us all.

(the list below is incomplete, only what we have from research and personal accounts, please let us know of others who deserve recognition)

– The entire Fraternity of Chi Delta Rho during World War II, as they were all called to serve, but specifically we know the names of:

Phil Gnatzig: Chi Delta Rho (WWII)
John Bumbalek: CDR (WWII)
Vic Matousek: CDR (WWII)
Stan Hittesdorf: CDR (WWII)
Harvey Schener: CDR (WWII)
Bob Chaffee: CDR (WWII)
Philip Tarpley: CDR (WWII)
Wayland Norell: CDR (WWII)
Clyde Morris: CDR (WWII)
John Austin: CDR (WWII)
Dick Olsen: CDR (WWII European Theater)
Kenneth Clark: CDR (WWII Pacific Theater)
Don Peterson: Delta Kappa (France)
Roger Buelow
Dave Engen
Fred Malcolmson
Joe Monday
Mike Skogstad
Bill Teuting
Ken Westphal
Joseph Adamson: Lambda Chi Alpha (Iraq)
Peter Agerholm: LCA
Mike Fitzsimmons: LCA
Jerry Perez: LCA
Darren Hafford: LCA (Bosnia)
Garrett Kucifer: LCA
Michael Ramig: LCA (Iraq)
Pat Sykes: LCA (Iraq)
Leo Cross: LCA
Gary Garber: LCA (Iraq)
Matthew Nelson: LCA
Michael Terpstra: LCA
Tim Bein: LCA (Iraq)
Jonathan Nathan: LCA

We would like to recognize:
Lt. Eldon Broman: Chi Delta Rho (1942)

We recognize Brother Broman’s courage and perseverance as a World War II pilot and Prisoner of War.

B-17s Over BerlinI first learned of Brother Broman and his experience while reading the 1944 Whitewater Minneiska Yearbook. Further research yielded a publication titled “B-17s Over Berlin: Personal Stories from the 95th Bomb Group (H) “by Ian Hawkins which includes a full account of Brother Broman’s story, in his own words. (Click here to read a preview from Google Book Search)

The recount tells of Brother Broman piloting a B-17F Bomber over Germany which was shot down, his undercover travels through Holland under an assumed identity, his capture by Nazi SS troops and finally his release as a Prisoner of War. (I will print a better account when my copy arrives).
(*Note: Brother Broman attended the Homecoming Banquet in 1946, as reported by the 1946 Minneiska)

Thank you to all of our Brothers who have given so much without thought of their own sacrifices.

If your deserving name was not listed, we apologize. Please comment on this post, or email Jeff eChopper and it will be added immediately.

Fraternity History in Whitewater

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

I have been doing some research, tapping into the archives department at Anderson Library at the University in Whitewater. I have received scans of Whitewater yearbooks (formerly known as the Minneiska) from years in the early 30’s-60’s. The remaining years from the 70’s-early 90’s (when the publication ceased printing) will be in my possession shortly. I will be putting together a complete history of Lambda Chi Alpha, Chi Delta Rho, Delta Kappa, and Beta Kappa Nu lineage throughout our existance in Whitewater. Check out a sample of the great photos, such as this one of Chi Delta Rho from 1937 (click thumbnail to enlarge).

Chi Delta Rho 1937

Besides all of the great photos, we can trace the movement of the Fraternity houses throughout the city as Chi Delta Rho and Delta Kappa moved several times.

Moeller63Keep your eyes out for the history to be posted soon, as well as photos to be posted for enjoyment of everyone. Speaking of which, here is a photo of a major contributor to the site: Brother Red Moeller from 1963.

These materials are fantastic and I would like to thank the Archive Department at the Anderson Library and their zeal in finding materials related to our Fraternity.

Update: Delta Kappa/Chi Delta Rho Summer Luncheon

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Here are a few pictures from the Delta Kappa/Chi Delta Rho summer Luncheon which took place on July 18th in the Wisconsin Dells.

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More photos and info about the event are forthcoming.

If you have photos from the luncheon you would like to share, please email them to me eChopper

Green Bay Packer/Chi Delta Rho: Theodore Fritsch

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

1946PackersCoverThrough my various R&D (that’s research and development for the non-advertising people) activities, I found this 1946 Green Bay Packers game program which lists a Chi Delta Rho member as a Green Bay Packer Fullback.

Theodore Fritsch played fullback for the Pack from 1942-1950.

FritschPhotoFritsch’s photo from the program is shown to the left. Click on any of these images to see larger images.

Below is Fritsch’s profile from a 1946 Green Bay Packers game program.