Sunday, April 24, 2011

New "Old Bro's" + Updates - 4/24/11

After a very successful Chartering Banquet honoring the "New Bro's" who have re-colonized EpSig on the UCLA campus, it's time to get back to the business of expanding the "Old Bro" roster. 

Towards that goal, the Old Bro Network is pleased to announce the addition of FIVE new Old Bro's as well as an update for TWO Old Bro's.  This brings the updated roster count of "Old Bro's" to 129.

"Stud of the Week" mentions go to Steve Sann, Pete Phelps, Bill Schlichter, and Chuck Campbell for sending in contact info on other Old Bro's who were not previously on the roster.

First up, please welcome another of the very old and very wise 500 zeta bro's, Tom Fagan (EpSig 504).  Tom continues to serve as the President of the House Corporation Board, and is a great resource to draw upon if you need any information about the house and its operations.

From the ranks of the 600 zeta bro's, Old Bro Network welcomes Mike Cook (EpSig 656) and Glenn Garlick (EpSig 679).  Feel free to drop either of them a note and say howdy.

Checking in next we have another former High Alpha, Scott Sellens (EpSig 839), who currently operates his dentistry practice in the city of Fullerton.

Finally, please welcome another of the four digit zeta bro's, Kevin Brennan (EpSig 1027), currently working for Jones Lang LaSalle in their San Francisco office.

An updated e-mail address has been sent in by Steve Smith (EpSig 806), and updated work info was sent in by Tom Larson (EpSig 612). 

New & updated e-cards have been sent out for all of the Old Bro's mentioned above ..... as usual, if you have contact info for any other Old Bro's who are NOT currently on the roster, send it to my attention and I'll get them hooked up.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chartering Banquet Recap - 4/16/11

This recap of the Chartering Banquet was written by Old Bro Network "Special Correspondent" Len Poirier (EpSig 730) .....

Notes from the UCLA Lambda Chi Chartering Banquet

The rechartering banquet for the Epsilon-Sigma Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha was held on April 16th and was well attended by active members of the chapter and Alumni alike.  Any attempt at naming those Alums in attendance would undoubtedly leave someone out, so I won’t even attempt that.  Suffice it to say the largest contingent of Old Bros was from guys with Zeta numbers between the mid 6 to mid 8 hundreds.  There were however also brothers from as far back as the 50’s, with the lowest Zeta number being 201.

The evening began at the chapter house and the active members were enthusiastic to show us the changes that had been made to the house over the last few years and also the progress they were making on remodeling areas of the house, particularly the basement, where the large space to the right of the front staircase had been made into the new ritual room.  The one glaring deficiency was in the kitchen where they were lacking any dishes or glassware and also had no freezer unit or dishwashing equipment.  Dave Shapiro was quick to point out the dents in the cooktop vent housing that he made during a drunken “spoon drumming” session were still intact.

Old Bro's representing at the Chartering Banquet - standing left to right, Jim LaPeter (EpSig 633) & Tuck Meador (EpSig 638), seated left to right, Bill Schlichter (EpSig 647), Steve Robbins (EpSig 678), & Bill Harrison (EpSig 631)
The group then moved to the banquet facility at Covel Commons adjacent to Sproul Hall.  There were several speakers, two in particular who stood out.  Robert Frackelton, the emcee for the evening, and an Alum from the early 90’s, gave the background of the rechartering effort, including all the hard work of the current corporation board and the new active members that allowed this to happen. Also of note was Scott Lipman, the current High Alpha, who detailed his vision for what the fraternity meant to him and the active’s hopes for the future.  The current active members are a group of highly motivated and engaging young men.  It was great to spend time with them and I think they enjoyed our stories of old, or at least pretended to.

Old Bro's Len Poirier (left) and Tom Larson (right) present Old Bro Network "Gift Check" to current High Alpha Scott Lipman
I presented a  “ceremonial” check to the chapter as a gift from the Old Bro Network in the amount of $11,000, which is what we had raised at the time of the check's printing.  By the end of the day on the 16th, however, I understand the amount was closer to $15,000.  I can’t tell you how many of the active members came up to me after the event to express their thanks.  They really appreciated the efforts of the alumni and said this amount would greatly help in their effort to completely bring the kitchen up to functional status and aid in the goal of hiring a full time cook.

And speaking of cooks, the ultimate cookie herself, Florida Taylor was in attendance.  She received a standing ovation and round of “Here’s to Florida....”.  We were reminded that she served as Lambda Chi's cook from 1965 to 1985 and that she is currently 88 years old.  She looked great and cried when presented with flowers. She said she loved every minute of her work and there was never a day she didn’t look forward to going to work.  She retold several old stories but mostly wanted everyone to know she still thought Ernie Marchosky just wasn’t quite right.

After the banquet many of the alums and quite a few actives adjourned to Bill Schlichter’s room at the Luxe hotel.  The room had a wonderful back patio which would have made for the perfect post party location had the manager and security not come to the room to shut the party down ..... some things never change.  We did leave the room and go to the hotel bar for one more drink and a couple more old stories to excite the current actives.  My evening then ended with Dave Shapiro, Trevor Kirschner and 5 actives making a 1:30 run to the In and Out Burger in Westwood.  It wasn’t quite a 3 am Jumbo Jack and Super Taco run but it was close enough to bring back even more great memories.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the fund raising effort. I know it was tremendously appreciated and I have every confidence it will be put to great use.

Lenny Poirier
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Editor's Notes:

1)  Again, thanks to all of you Old Bro's out there who contributed to the fundraising effort.  One Old Bro in attendance at the banquet remarked that the New Bro's were "completely blown away" by this gift.  Well done, Old Bro's !!

2)  Anyone who would like to comment on their view of the evening's festivities is welcome to do so in the comment box below.

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