Archive for November, 2008

Many Thanks on Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

The Alumni Association would like to thank all of you for your continued support. We have worked hard for the last few years to bring Lambda-Iota back to Whitewater and are still committed to that end. With our newly renovated house and the constantly growing interest group, we look forward to the imminent return of Lambda Chi Alpha at U-Dub-Dub.

Many thanks for all of you who donated to the Alumni Association and Housing Corps. at Homecoming. Specifically, we would like to recognize Brothers Nick Schreck, Matt Grace and Tom Boelk for their significant monetary donations to our Brotherhood.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Invite from UW-Whitewater

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

I have been asked to share this info with all of you:

We (along with all other UW-Whitewater Greek Alumni) have been invited by Jan Bilgen to join a conference call using

(*NOTE from Jeff: This is not a conference call directed at Lambda Chi Alpha, but the Greek System as a whole at UW-W).

Please review the conference details and information on how to accept or decline this invitation.

Conference Details
Subject: UW-W Greek Alumni Benchmark Review
Comments/Agenda: We will be reviewing the 2008 Greek Life Benchmarks and discussing the state of our Greek Community. We will also set up other opportunities to gather on campus and via conference calls.
Date: Sunday, December 07, 2008
Start Time: 03:00 PM Central Std Time
End Time: 03:55 PM Central Std Time
Dial-in Number: 1-518-825-1300
Access Code: 42765

(*NOTE from Jeff: The forwarded email requested an RSVP, but the email was tied directly to my specific email account. Be sure to just announce yourself properly when entering the conference call.)

Lambda Chi Alpha Alum welcomes new Chancellor

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

(L-R) Brother Martin Dunbar, Chancellor Telfer, and Mrs. Bobbi Dunbar (Alpha Sigma Alum)

Brother Martin Dunbar (Lambda-Iota 2) and his wife, Bobbi, greeted new UW-Whitewater Chancellor Richard Telfer at an Alumni get-together in Dallas, TX. The event took place on November 11, 2008. Warhawk football was a big topic of conversation. Brother Dunbar was pleased to find that Chancellor Telfer taught at the high school in Elkhorn (Wisconsin), where Martin grew up.

The Father of Veterans Day has ties to Lambda Chi Alpha

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

From the November 2008 issue of the Cross & Crescent

The Father of Veterans Day
Max C. FlotoMax C. Floto (Gettysburg 1918) grew up in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and was the oldest of these three men. Floto and Lybarger were elected officers of the Chess Club in 1916 and also faced each other on the inter-class debating team as sophomore and freshman, respectively. Floto was on the 1917-18 championship debating team. Later, in 1927, and after the chapter became Pennsylvania-Alpha of Theta Kappa Nu, they continued their close association and their support by serving on the chapter’s Alumni Association Board.

Floto graduated in 1918 with a degree in accounting; a year before the other two. He’d also been active in ROTC and was immediately drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1918. “I was a member of the largest band of draftees that ever left Connellsville,” Floto once said. He also remembered that he was one of only three draftees wearing a uniform that day because it had been required by ROTC. The war ended with an armistice, signed on November 11, 1918.

In 1919, Floto made a motion before the Milton L. Bishop Post 301 of the American Legion in Connellsville to make November 11 a holiday and to be known as Armistice Day. The motion passed on September 11, 1919, but Floto wasn’t satisfied to stop with convincing just his hometown. He and another veteran successfully petitioned the first-ever American Legion state convention in Harrisburg, and lobbied the State of Pennsylvania to declare it a legal holiday. It was approved by the legislature on March 31, 1921.

They then moved their petition to the national level. “We had a dozen or so Congressmen working on it,” Floto said in an interview with the (Connellsville) Daily Courier in 1978. A resolution was presented in practically every session of Congress until it was finally passed, and then signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 13, 1938.

The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. Then Congress voted in 1971 to shift the observance to the fourth Monday in October and Floto immediately became part of a committee that battled to have the holiday returned to its original date of significance, Nov. 11. In 1975 they were successful. A Certificate of Appreciation signed by Congressional Rep. Hamilton Fish, Jr., was presented in 1978 to Max Floto and designated him “Father of Armistice Day.”

Max Floto died January 13, 1985.

What is a fraternity?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Donald LybargerFrom the November 2008 issue of the Cross & Crescent

“I sometimes ask myself whether Phi Sigma died when it helped found Theta Kappa Nu. I ask again whether Theta Kappa Nu no longer lives since, by its union with Lambda Chi Alpha, it lost its identity. I ask myself what is a fraternity? Is it a name? Is it a house, a national organization? Is it a group of alumni? Is it the active chapter of undergraduates? Of course, it is no one of these; but by the same token it is the sum total of them plus that unending spirit of brotherhood which binds us together.”

– Donald Lybarger
Founder of Phi Sigma Fraternity
(Phi Sigma co-founded Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity, which merged with Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity in 1939).

Cross & Crescent: November 2008

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

This month’s Cross & Crescent marks the 3rd year that the official magazine has been published completely online. Features include:

  • An interview with Professional Wrestling legend Tito Santana
  • An article on Neal E. Boyd, winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent
  • An article about the founder of Veteran’s Day, Max C. Floto
  • An article I wrote about controling your image online
  • Chapter News section which has news about Brother Tommy Kempfer who is (still) stuck in a truck!