Archive for the ‘1929-1939’ 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 Founders – 1930

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Chi Delta Rho BadgeAfter much extension research, I have found the names of the 9 Founders of the Chi Delta Rho Fraternity.

These men were students at Central State Teacher’s College, which is now known as the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. In 1930 they founded the original Chi Delta Rho Fraternity, which became the Alpha Chapter after they installed the Beta Chapter at UW-Whitewater. Chi Delta Rho went on to install Chapters at Milton College, the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and UW-Eau Claire.

Chi Delta Rho’s Founders are:
Raymond Boyer (First Vice President & Wrote the Chi Delta Rho Song)
C. Brooks
Fred Cochrane
Wendel Crosby
Jack Frost (First Secretary)
Elmer Larsen
Weldon Leahy (First Treasurer)
Douglas Robertson (First President)
James Turrish

Hundreds, if not thousands of men throughout Wisconsin owe their Fraternal experiences to these 9 men.

Chi Delta Rho Founders

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Chi Delta Rho Fraternity was organized and founded at Central State College (now UW-Stevens Point). Here are the names of 5 of the 9 Founders of Chi Delta Rho Fraternity (Alpha Chapter):

Douglas Robertson (the first President)
Raymond Boyer (the first Vice President)
Jack Frost (the first Secretary)
Weldon Leahy (the first Treasurer)
Elmer Larson

It is also appears that the first 2 pledges of Chi Delta Rho (February 1931) were considered Charter Members, they are:

Edward Luethold
John Murat

There are 2 others yet to discover. Any information on these men is appreciated….my research with UW-Stevens Point continues.

Chi Delta Rho Official Badge

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Chi Delta Rho BadgeI have found an image of the Official Badge of Chi Delta Rho. The badge appears to be an inverted fleur de lee which has the letters Chi Delta Rho in the center. The shape is then outlined by 16 pearls and has a different stone at the nadir (opposite of apex). I would assume the stone to be blue sapphire, as Chi Delta Rho’s colors were Blue and White (the 1st Generation of Chi Delta Rho, as described by the materials from The Central State Teachers College newspaper, The Pointer). The badge is topped by a crown of a King.

The image to the left was scanned from the 1935 issuing of the Central State Teachers College yearbook, The Iris.

If anyone has a Chi Delta Rho Badge and is interested in parting with it, please comment here, I would be very interested in it.

Chi Delta Rho – Alpha Chapter History

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Chi Delta Rho - Alpha Chapter HistoryIn my quest to assemble an accurate history of our Chapter in Whitewater, I continue to seek the beginnings of Chi Delta Rho Fraternity. It has led me to The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (formerly Central State Teachers’ College). In their archives I found this clipping which details the formation of Chi Delta Rho as a Fraternity, as this is the Alpha Chapter of Chi Delta Rho (UW-Whitewater being the Beta Chapter, Milton College was Gamma, etc).

***Click the newspaper clipping on the left to see a larger version, for easier reading.

Enjoy this clipping (if you have trouble reading it, leave a comment and I will transcribe it onto the site). Many thanks to the UW-Stevens Point Archival Department.

Celebrating our Founders

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Today in Lambda Chi Alpha History: A letter signed by Lambda Chi Alpha Charter Brothers Jack Mason, Bert Cross and Ray Ferris.

John Mason

May 27, 1932
On this day, the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Epsilon Zeta, and of our initiation into Lambda Chi Alpha, we unite in re-affirming our belief in the principles of Lambda Chi Alpha. What is worth while is difficult; this maxim is as true for us as a Fraternity today as it was two decades ago. Faith in one another, and the determination to meet and cope with any obstacle in the way, will help our successors in the active unity of the Order to surmount the difficulties of the coming academic year. We believe, as we believed twenty years ago, in the vital significance of the open and secret mottoes of Lambda Chi Alpha, in their ritualistic embodiment, and in their practical application.

Cited from The History of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Charles S. Peyser, Ph. D., 1992, p. 142

Happy Founders Day (#2) or Lambda Chi Alpha Day

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Founder's Day March 22, 2008I believe a good deal of stress should be put upon Lambda Chi Alpha Day. Morale is greatly stimulated by wholesome sentiment. Such sentiment is stimulated by anniversary speeches. We stand for something. Let us unite and say so.

Lambda Chi Alpha Day is a day upon which articulate expression is to be given as to what the Fraternity stands for, and recognition is to be given to all those who have made it what it is, and any time in its history, before, at, or after that particular anniversary.

John E. Mason – September 26, 1931

(Source: The Cross & Crescent-March, 2007)

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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Visit the Milton College Preservation Society online at:

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.

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