Sunday, December 23, 2012

Omega -- George Shenas 12/15/12

The Greek letter Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, and one of its meanings is that it symbolizes an end .....

The following notice came in to the Old Bro Network this week, forwarded by James Bonar (EpSig 405) and written by Haig Bazoian (EpSig 338) .....

It is with heavy heart I inform you of the passing of George Shenas on Saturday, December 15, 2012. His death was from the after effects of a stroke he suffered last Monday.
 
George was the originator of the Lambda Chi Alpha Christmas Party which started back in 1957 and continued for 56 years up to the most recent party a couple of weeks ago. We will all miss him and remember his outgoing and friendly personality. 
 
For Shake and I it is a major and sad loss. For the past 15 years or so we have been constant companions with George and Sally as we traveled the world and as George and I played golf. We also saw his dedication to Sally, Stephanie and Stacy. A really great guy!
 
The funeral service will be very private for the immediate family. It is expected that a memorial will be held in a month or so. When the specifics are available I will email the information. Sally is heartbroken and the family asks that we respect her privacy and not call at this time.

Haig

George Shenas (EpSig 321) will continue to be honored by the Old Bro Network as an "In Memoriam" member of our roster, which we have done with any of our brothers who have left us.

Other comments on George's passing, first from Stan Benson (EpSig 305) .....

I'm very saddened by the news.   George was the picture of good health, but we all know how that can change in an instant.  It's always such a shock when it comes out of the blue like that.  Like you, I will remember him for his warm and friendly manner, and for having such a good sense of humor.  I'm sorry for your personal loss, and appreciate your having taken on the task of notification.  Of course, we will all want to attend his memorial.
Thanks for letting me know,
Stan


and from Jim Bonar (EpSig 405) .....
 
MJH,
You probably didn't know George, but he was a great LXA and Ep. Sig.  My memory of first meeting George was my freshman year at UCLA (Fall 1958).  George was playing for our undefeated and un-scored upon flag football team while in law school.  Oh, yea, even with not being scored upon, we came in third.  How you say?  Two teams we played to scoreless ties - Beta's and ZBT, I think, didn't play each other.
 
Yours in ZAX,
Jim Bonar
ES 405
 
The thoughts and prayers of the Old Bro Network go out to the Shenas family in this time of loss, as well as to all the other Old Bro's who mourn George's passing .....

 
ZAX,
MJH
EpSig 700


Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Dough for Flo" campaign underway .....

It all started with a simple email sent in to the Old Bro Network .....

Hi, My name is Krystal and I'm Florida "Cookie" Taylor's grand daughter.
 
I am trying to get into contact with the fellas that were spent time with her while she was there.

You may email me back or give me a call @ 323-877-6838! 

Thanks

Old Bro Tom Larson contacted Krystal and reported back with the following .....

Greetings,

Rather than kick the can down the road, I contacted Krystal to determine why she was attempting to contact the Bros.

Flo is in good health and continues to drive at the young age of 89.  She has been a long time resident in the retirement complex in Long Beach.  Krystal advised me that Flo was going 80 on the freeway last week.  Pointing with a knife in her hand is also a trait that lives on per Krystal.

Flo's 90th birthday is April 6, 2013.  Krystal is in the infant stages of planning a party for the grand dame and wanted to include Flo's adopted family of Lambda Chi's in the celebration.  I suspect that Krystal could use some assistance in the planning and some $ for the spread.  This would be a great opportunity for the Old Bros to rally for a salute to our 'Mom' during our days at UCLA.

ZAX,
Tom Larson

Within minutes the Old Bro Network came alive with messages of support and "how can I help" and offers to contribute towards Flo's upcoming 90th birthday party. 

Tuck Meador has been nominated, seconded, and approved by acclamation to handle the incoming contributions, here's how YOU can be a part of this .....

1)  Make checks payable to "Epsilon Sigma Zeta of Lambda Chi  Alpha, Inc."
2)  Mail to V.T. Meador, 993 Glen Oaks Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

For all of you Old Bro's going to watch the Bruins vs. Baylor at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on 12/27, give your "Dough for Flo" checks to Tim Gudim and he'll make sure they get to Meador as well ..... GO BRUINS !!!

For many of us Old Bro's, Flo was not only just our cook, she was our housemother, our drill sargeant, our confidante, our partner in crime (well, there are rumors ....), and truly one of the most special and beloved individuals we have ever known.

She still to this very day is proud of her "boys" that she helped turn into men, and continues to show up at events, like this photo of her surrounded by her admirers at last year's summer reunion party .....



So dip into your piggy banks, clean out your couch cushions, and let's make Flo's 90th birthday celebration another great event !!!

The obvious contribution amount would be $90 each (90 for 90, right ??) but any and all amounts are welcome.  The last time the Old Bro Network had a fundraising drive we raised $11,000 for the "New Bro's" as a thank you for reviving our chapter at UCLA, I think that's a good target to shoot at for the "Dough for Flo" campaign.

Details about the birthday "event" itself are still in the formative stages, Old Bro Network will keep everyone posted as to the what, where, etc. as more info becomes available.  So, CLEAR YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THE DATE OF SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 ..... stay tuned for the 411 and in the meantime, send in your contributions !!!


Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

Friday, November 23, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes - November 2012

Old Bro Network is happy to announce the addition of ONE new Old Bro this month, please welcome Larry Keele (EpSig 478).  Larry listed his current address as Surfers Paradise, Australia, so it's great to see that the Old Bro Network is reaching farther and wider to bring more & more Old Bro's together.

Larry sent in the following note along with his contact info, a memory of life as an EpSig ....

Was sorry to learn of John Ford's passing...read it in the news.  He was very generous to loan the house an upright piano for a party we had planned to hold downstairs, so a few of us borrowed a pickup and headed up into the "expensive real estate area", carefully loaded the  piano into the pickup, and headed for the frat house. I was among those riding in the back to steady the piano. We found the traffic to be slow, and were surprised to notice the famous comedian Red Skelton driving a Rolls in the lane next to us. When Mr Skelton noticed us, he began an impromptu comedy mime performance that was truly overwhelming. Very generous of him to entertain us that way! John should have been riding with us! I have remembered it for 50 years!!!!!

Larry Keele 
Ep Sig 478

Next, current House Corporation President Tom Fagan sent in the following note to announce the date of next year's annual meeting .....

Thanks for the FYI. For all of those who are interested, the Corporation Board has scheduled Ep Sig’s annual meeting for February 23, 2013 that will most likely be at the house with a return to the chuck wagon lunch or at a venue close by. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Stay tuned for announcements as the planning of the meeting progresses.  On the undergraduate side, your contact will be Kevin Drake who will be working with the Board to put on a memorable event. All alumni will have a lot to be proud of in terms of our resurgence on campus as one of the top leadership organizations at UCLA

J. Thomas (Tom) Fagan
Corporation Board President
 
Finally, order has been officially restored to the universe .....

I think I'm gonna make this my new screen saver !!

Photo courtesy of Old Bro Gerald Sauer's Facebook page, just for posting this Gerald also earns the coveted title "Stud of the Week " ..... GO BRUINS !! 

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700





Sunday, October 28, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes -- October 2012

Old Bro Network is pleased to welcome TWO new Old Bro's to the roster this month ..... first up is Ralph Yack (EpSig 653), currently living down in Newport Beach.  "Stud of the Week" honors go to Bill Schlichter for helping to get Ralph hooked up with the OBN.

Second is another of our "In Memoriam" tributes to a fallen brother, John Henry (EpSig 652).  John passed away in Park City, Utah in September of 2010, read about it HERE.

These two additions bring the total roster count for the Old Bro Network up to 305 and, as always, if anyone has contact info about an Old Bro who is currently NOT on the roster, please send it in and I'll get them added.

Also, on October 13, a dozen Old Bros were among the 500+ in attendance at the Palm Springs Air Museum for the Celebration of Life honoring our recently fallen brother Steve Robbins.  Steve's life and accomplishments were celebrated by family, relatives, friends, co-workers, colleagues, even a Congresswoman spoke warmly about working with Steve and his "S**t-eating grin" while hammering out water rights deals in the Coachella Valley.

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The Board of Directors of the Coachella Valley Water District, where Steve was the General Manager and Chief Engineer for the last decade, chose to honor his memory by naming the CVWD's offices as "The Steve Robbins Administration Building", read the official press release about that HERE

After the official Celebration, the Old Bro's retreated to our local hotel to toast Steve's memory (with, among other things, Steve's favorite beer ..... Coors Light).  The reminiscing and story-telling went WELL into the night (truth be told, it went well into the following morning, a send off that Steve himself would have been proud of).  ZAX, brother Robbins, rest in peace .....

Pauley Pavilion exteriorOn campus, the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion opens to the public this week, with a series of events from 10/28 to 11/4, in advance of the first basketball game of the season on 11/9 against Indiana State.  Read about the various events to be held during "Welcome Back Pauley Week" as well as about some of the details of the renovation HERE.
Pauley Pavilion is definitely sacred ground for all of us Bruins, so get out there and check out the new and improved version of this legendary arena.  I can almost hear the 8-claps ringing out already .....
 
 
Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700  


Friday, October 5, 2012

Omega ..... Steve Robbins 9/27/12

Steve Robbins
Steve Robbins
 
The Greek letter Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, and one of its meanings is that it symbolizes an end .....

On Thursday, September 27, brother Steve Robbins (EpSig 678) lost his battle against leukemia.  Old Bro Bill Schlichter (EpSig 647) sent in the following:

My Brothers;

It is with profound sadness that I report the passing of our Brother, Steve Robbins (EP SIG 678) on 27 September at 5:30 pm.  Steve died from complications brought on by the huge doses of Chemo required to fight back the aggressive form of Leukemia he had contracted.

Just 1 week prior, Tuck Meador and I visited Steve in his room at the City of Hope Cancer Treatment Facility in Duarte.  The Chemo had predictably caused him to lose his hair, and a fair amount of weight, but his spirits were high and he was excited for his scheduled transplant to take place the following week.  Tuck and I both agreed he was looking good all things considered, and mentally very much in the fight.  Once the transplant happened, it was going to get him back on track and out of the woods.
 
On Friday, Steve's second daughter, delivered to Steve his second grandchild.  He was a very happy Grand-pa and all the more motivated to get on with the transplant so he could get on with his life.
 
Saturday came, and UCLA was playing Oregon State (Steve's College for his first 2 years prior to transferring to UCLA).  Suddenly, and unexpectedly, Steve's blood pressure began to drop, followed by the shutdown of many of his vital organs.  His kidneys stopped working, heart started to mis-fire, and his lungs were failing.  His doctors later explained this was the risk associated with the administration of such high doses of Chemo required to knock down the cancer enough to give the transplant a chance to take hold.  He was admitted to ICU where they hooked him up to several life support machines that were able to stablize his system.
 
Steve in full Darth Vader mode
Sunday morning came.  I was sitting home getting ready for the day, when a call came in from Steve's cell.  I fully expected it to be him calling to give me crap about how Oregon State once again had slayed "Goliath" as they had done the 2 years he was there and I was at UCLA.  I answered the phone to find his wife Karen on the line, delivering to me the news of Steve's dramatic change in status.  My heart sank.  I immediately jumped in the car and made the 1 hour drive to Duarte.  When I arrived, I went straight to ICU and found, out in the waiting area, 20+ family and friends.  I am sure by this point in our lives, many of us have been there, so I need not go into how awful it was.  Steve's wife Karen came out after discussing the situation with Steve's doctor.  In short, everything that could be done medically had been done, and there was nothing more they could do.  The machines were keeping him alive.
 
Karen took me back to his room.  He was hooked up to a respirator and a mini-dialysis machine, and he was quite swollen from all of the fluid being retained.  I asked him if he knew I was there, and he moved his fingers.  So I got to spend some time with him.  I told him he looked bad, but I had seen him worse.  I told him we were all pulling for him, and a whole bunch of the Bros were wanting to put on a party in his cottage after he came through the transplant.  I could tell that made him happy to know we were all thinking about him.  I spoke with him a bit longer, but he was pretty out of it, so I said good bye to him, and returned to the waiting room.
 
Steve remained on life support for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  He was in and out of consciousness but at least it gave time for many of his family and friends to see him once more.
 
At 5:00 pm on Thursday, with Karen, his daughters, and his grand children at his side, the doctor removed his respirator and stopped the heart medicine that was keeping his heart stable.  He saw his family around him, and slipped off to sleep.  He was pronounced dead at 5:30.
 
Steve and I met in third grade, and literally grew up together.  It was my greatest pleasure to introduce him to Lambda Chi, and to have been his Big Brother.  The link below is to an article written about Steve in the local Palm Desert news paper.  Even if you did not know Steve personally, you will see from this article that he was a Brother that did a whole lot in furthering the good name of our Fraternity.
 
 
A celebration of life gathering with take place on October 13th, 5:00 pm, at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, California 92262
Bill-EP SIG 647
 
Professionally, Steve was the General Manager & Chief Engineer for the Coachella Valley Water District out in the Palm Springs area.  The official press release issued by the CVWD on Steve's passing, as well as his many accomplishments during his tenure in leading that office, can be read HERE.
 
Also, there is a website that was established for Steve at www.caringbridge.org.  At that home page, where it says "enter site name" type in "stevebrobbins", click on the "Visit a Site" button, follow the instructions to register and you'll get to Steve's page where you can sign the guestbook, leave a message, read tributes from others, etc.
 

The candid photos of Steve in this post were sent in by Old Bro Jim Hester (EpSig 641).  This one is of all the bro's in attendance at Jim's wedding, including Steve in blue in the front row .....
 
 
One less star in the skies tonight, one more angel in heaven above ..... rest in peace, our brother forever ..... Steve Robbins.


ZAX,
MJH
EpSig 700
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes - Sept. 2012

Old Bro Network is happy to announce the addition of ONE new Old Bro this week, and he's another of the "transfer" Old Bro's who was initiated elsewhere, then came to his senses and started hanging out with the EpSigs.

Please welcome Bob Schulenberg (Iota Gamma 99), who was initiated at Fresno St. before becoming part of the "50's era" Old Bro's at UCLA.  "Stud of the Week" honors go to Stan Benson (EpSig 305) for making sure that Bob got hooked up with the Old Bro Network.

This brings the total roster count for the Old Bro Network up to 303 and, as always, if anyone of you has contact info on any EpSigs who are currently NOT on the roster, send it in and I'll get them added.

Also this week, Steve Aylward (EpSig 838) sent in an updated email address, that has been distributed to all as well.  Again, if your contact info ever changes or is somehow incorrect, send me a note and I'll fix it.

Several Old Bro's posted photos of the shuttle Endeavour's last flight over Los Angeles this week, such as .....

Photo by Jim Kaldem
Photo: IMG_0296
Photo by Trevor Kirschner
Photo by Tuck Meador
 
However, what I'll bet that you DIDN'T KNOW was that not one, but TWO Lambda Chis flew missions on Endeavour during its long career with NASA.
 
Colonel Thomas Akers, from Alpha Delta zeta at University of Missouri-Rolla, flew on missions STS-49 and STS-61, and Colonel Terrence Wilcutt, from Lambda Lambda zeta at Western Kentucky University, flew on missions STS-68 and STS-89.
 
Endeavour will be on display starting October 30 at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, adjacent to the LA Memorial Coliseum and across the street from that other university across town. 
 
So you may now consider yourselves SLIGHTLY better educated .....
 
Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Steve Robbins Update - 9/22/12

About three months ago Old Bro Network published THIS POST about Steve Robbins (EpSig 678) and his battle with leukemia.  Since then, an "EXACT" bone marrow match for Steve was identified, and yesterday Bill Schlicter sent in this photo and note updating Steve's upcoming transplant schedule .....

Tuck Meador, Steve Robbins, Bill Schlichter
9/21/12 ..... Steve's transplant will take place next Wednesday the 26th.  We exchanged texts yesterday. He is currently undergoing pretty intense pre-transplant chemo which is intended to completely knock out his immune system.  Understandably, the chemo makes him feel like crap, but his spirits are good because he knows the transplant is finally gonna happen, and he has been waiting for that since May.  `You can see in the picture that Tuck and I were required to wash up, and wear mask and gloves before entering his room as his immune system was already in a weakened state.  This current round of chemo will completely knock it down.  The transplant is actually somewhat anti climactic as they simply come to his room with another IV bag which contains the bone marrow.  The bag gets hung, and the transplant material flows into his body, and ends up going to the right place…….done deal.  After that he goes into strict isolation while they monitor him closely to ensure the transplant takes.  Because they found an "exact" match for his bone marrow, the odds are in his favor.  But a little prayer from the Bros would certainly be welcomed.

Roughly 2 weeks after his transplant, they will move him to a small cottage located  at the City of Hope where his wife Karen can stay with him but he is still close enough for his docs to keep close tabs on him.  I think once he moves into the cottage he can have visitors, but to be sure, I will confirm all that in a future update.  Steve will spend 2 or 3 weeks in the cottage, then be released to go home around 01 Nov.

Anyway, just wanted to keep everyone appraised of his current status.  My hope is we can use Steve's recovery to rally in Duarte with a few of the Bros in mid/late October.  There is a Spaghetti Factory just around the corner where Tuck and I had dinner where we could meet. 

In Zax,  Slick    

I encourage ALL of you Old Bro's out there to keep Steve in your thoughts and prayers, especially next Wednesday, with high hopes for a successful transplant so that Steve can get this behind him and continue to live a full and long life .....

As Slick mentions above, we hope to use Steve's recovery as a reason to get together next month sometime, I'll keep everyone posted as details about that become available.

ZAX,
MJH
EpSig 700

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Old Bro Tahoe Conclave 2.0 - Recap

A world famous RumRunner
On the last weekend in August 2012, 70's era Old Bro's converged on Lake Tahoe for the 2nd Annual Old Bro Tahoe Conclave, here's a recap of the events .....

A 60% increase in attendance at Old Bro Tahoe Conclave 2.0 ..... check.
Tom Larson extending his vacation in order to join the festivities ..... check.
Catching up with Old Bro's about what's new in their lives ..... check.
A 14 mile Friday afternoon bike ride amongst the pine trees ..... check.
Boating across Lake Tahoe to the Beacon for RumRunners at sunset ..... check.
The traditional welcoming BBQ of shrimp and sausages at Harrison's ..... check.
Beers, margaritas, and great wine (and that's just on the 1st night!) ..... check.


The signature 206 yard downhill par 3 13th hole at Coyote Moon golf course 
A foursome of hackers at the beautiful Coyote Moon golf course ..... check.
John Kohler, hunting for his ball in the forest RIGHT of the fairway ..... check.
MJ Harness, on in two and then a smooth four putt for double bogey ..... check.
John Kohler, now hunting for his ball in the forest LEFT of the fairway ..... check.
Tuck Meador, catching fire on the back nine to take the title of "Low Bro" ..... check
(with a 97 ..... I did say HACKERS, didn't I?).
    
(here's video evidence of Tuck's silky smooth swing .....)

 
 
        
Old Bro's Harrison & Hester taking in the Lake Tahoe Air Show ..... check
JP McDermott attacking the bike trails up around Spooner Lake ..... check.
 
Lake in the Sky Air Show
 
An excellent Saturday night dinner at Scusa Italian Ristorante ..... check.
Back in the boats Sunday morning, headed to Emerald Bay ..... check. 
A leisurely hike up to Eagle Falls on a leisurely Sunday morning ..... check.
Gunner, our official mascot, going AWOL and making new friends ..... check.
 
Gunner, scouting the shores for new friends to play with
 
Sunday afternoon at Casa de Kohler in Zephyr Cove, NV ..... check.
Finding out why Gary Messerotes is Tuck Meador's new idol ..... check. 
Beach bocce ball, complete with SERIOUS trash talking ..... check.

Chef John Kohler grilling up some king salmon fillets
King salmon fillets expertly cooked on a cedar plank ..... check.
And we actually made a salad to go with the salmon ..... check.
Enjoying the view of Lake Tahoe from John's 2nd level deck ..... check.

Joe Bruin even stopped by to say hello !!
 
Lunch at the original Red Hut Cafe before heading down the hill .....    check.
Another VERY SUCCESSFUL Old Bro Tahoe Conclave .....      DOUBLE check.

For those Old Bro's fortunate enough to have made it up to Lake Tahoe for Old Bro Tahoe Conclave 2.0, all will remember a GREAT weekend full of activities, food and drink, old stories retold (some true, some maybe not) and getting the opportunity to catch up with old friends in a beautiful setting.

For those of you who MISSED IT, don't worry, we'll be doing it again next year.  You may even have the opportunity to see THIS GUY again .....

Wasn't he a county lifeguard in some previous life ?? 
 
I've also posted all of the photos the guys sent me on the PHOTO page of the Old Bro Network website, you can see them all HERE.
 
Just read the comments below from those who were there and I know you will want to be a part of this weekend NEXT YEAR .....
 
Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700


Monday, September 3, 2012

Old Bro Nation adds 300th member !!

Not quite two years old yet, the Old Bro Network is happy to announce the 300th member to the roster, please welcome Tim Bryant (EpSig 548).  Tim is a "late 60's" bro, who heard about the Old Bro Network from Nick Svetcoff (EpSig 746) and sent in his contact info.

Nick therefore earns the coveted title of "Stud of the Week" for his efforts in helping to expand the Old Bro Network.

In addition, we have TWO more new Old Bro's to add to the roster.  First up is the recently graduated Michael Ta (EpSig 1415) who sent in the following:

Dear Brother M.J. Harness, 

My name is Michael Ta and I recently graduated this June and would like to join the old bro network and be part of the Epsilon Sigma's legacy/studliness if that's all right. As a recent alumnus, I would like to thank all of the older brothers for helping us throughout these years. We wouldn't have achieved everything that we achieved without the assistance of the older brothers. Have a great day and looking forward to alumni events!

In ZAX,
Michael Ta
EƩ 1415

The next addition to the roster is another "In Memoriam" tribute to John Dukes (EpSig 383) who left us in March 2011.  Special thanks to Stan Benson (EpSig 305) for making us all aware of this news.  Old Bro Network always remembers our fallen brothers, and will add John's name to the directory in tribute.

Finally, please note that Old Bro Jim Hester (EpSig 641) has officially joined the ranks of the retired Old Bro's, his updated e-mail address has been distributed to all.

This now brings the total roster count for the Old Bro Network to 302.  Soon we will be promoting another "OLD BRO FALL RUSH" campaign, so check your address books for any Old Bro's who are NOT currently on the roster and be ready to send their contact info in.

20120830_mje_sm8_468_extra_large  Right back at ya, Coach !!  A tip of the cap and congratulations to new UCLA head football coach Jim Mora (a Lambda Chi) on the Bruins season opening 49-24 win over Rice.  Yeah, I know it's only Rice, but ANY win these days is something to celebrate ..... good luck to Coach Mora and the Bruins for their home opener this weekend against Nebraska, if you get the chance, head out to the Rose Bowl and cheer on the Bruins !!  There is also a post-game fireworks show to watch, let's hope the Bruins can provide some fireworks DURING the game as well !!



Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700





Saturday, August 4, 2012

EpSig chosen for Grand High Zeta !!

Received the following note from Max Henderson the other day about the undergraduate chapter's current High Alpha, Ian McRae .....

Mike, 

Hope all is well with you.  Attached is a picture from the 2012 General Assembly, a great piece of PR for the chapter.

Several brothers attended the 2012 General assembly (pictured) in Phoenix, Arizona. Our very own High Alpha Ian McRae (Ep-Sig 1429) was elected to the position of Grand High Psi - one of only two positions available to undergraduates on the Grand High Zeta.  He was chosen from among thousands of Lambda Chis from many universities.  We are all very proud of him!

ZAX
Maxwell Henderson
From L to R - Sean Hunter, Max Holden, Mike Witous, Ian McRae, Austin Copp, Tom Fagan, Jake Les, Doug Dejesus

I gotta say, those are some VERY STYLISH looking EpSigs down there in Phoenix for the General Assembly (even Fagan rockin' the tux !!).

Congratulations to Ian, I'm sure he will represent EpSig well in his new assignment as Grand High Psi, and to all the other EpSig's who had the opportunity to attend the General Assembly. 

I've mentioned this previously, but I'll say it again ..... the studliness continues at 10918 Strathmore Drive !!

ZAX,
MJH
EpSig 700


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes - July 2012

Just a few odds and ends going on in the Old Bro Network this month ..... first of all, OBN would like to announce the addition of ONE new Old Bro, Jason Garcia (EpSig 1199).  Jason becomes the 299th Old Bro on our roster, so we are now on the verge of becoming a tribe of 300.

Who will Old Bro #300 be ??  I urge all of you to scour your address books and send in contact info on any Old Bro's who are currently NOT on the roster, you WILL be recognized as a "Stud of the Week" for sending in contact info.

Also, Jim Botko (EpSig 867) sent in revised contact info, his updated Vcard will also be emailed out to everyone, please update your records accordingly.

Following up on this year's UCLA Alumni Day festivities, Stan Benson (EpSig 305) sent in this photo of Old Bro's enjoying the festivities on campus ....

Clockwise from left:  Ian McRae (current High Alpha), Stan Benson (EpSig 305), Jeanette Paige (Stan's sister), Josephine Bruin (party crasher!!), Jim Bonar (EpSig 405), Gordon Cudney (EpSig 402), Mike Rainer (EpSig 427), Bob Schulenberg, Linda Sinks (Earl's wife), Earl Sinks (EpSig 384)


Stan reports that a  good time was had by all, especially the reception that the Old Bro's received from the New Bro's at the chapter house that afternoon.

Hank Hickey (EpSig 397) will be coordinating the "Spring Get Together" next year, expect to hear from him about it, and I urge all of you to PLEASE CONSIDER attending this event next year, which combines our passions for UCLA and Lambda Chi together on one day ..... pencil it in on your calendars for next spring, details to follow .....

If anyone out there has any news, photos, upcoming activities, etc. that you would like to share amongst the tribe, send it in and I'll get it posted here for everyone to enjoy.  This is YOUR site to share things on, I'm just the inmate running the asylum .....


Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

Sunday, July 22, 2012

EpSig #1 !! New bro's rock !!

Received the following update on how well the "New Bro's" of the undergraduate chapter house are doing on campus these days, they are obviously building their own legacy at EpSig, just as the hundreds of us who came before them did in our time at the house .....

Thanks to Old Bro's Trevor Kirschner (EpSig 1131) and Robert Frackelton (EpSig 1103) for sharing the following news .....




Following isn’t public knowledge quite yet for our Lambda Chi students at Epsilon-Sigma Zeta at UCLA (since they have not officially picked-up their grades report from UCLA’s Greek Life office), so please keep this confidential for now…

Our outstanding Greek Advisor at UCLA, Mande Adams, shared this great news with me and so I am forwarding it to Chapter Services at Lambda Chi headquarters as well as our local alums.  Please keep this quiet for now, but read this and smile!.....

Epsilon-Sigma Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at UCLA (which was re-colonized just a few years ago) can proudly state that out of the entire UCLA fraternity system, they are:

#1 in grades
#1 in recruitment class numbers and retention
#1 in Standards for Excellence
#1 in Greek Week

Fantastic!  I learned this from Mande as we communicated regarding the Brother A. Barry Cappello Scholarship program, so I had to share.  I hope you all agree this is a Cross & Crescent worthy news item!

I think we owe a big thanks to Mande Adams, Bill Farkas, Barry Cappello, Berky Nelson, Derek Abrams, Aiden Mette, our entire Corp Board, Trevor Kirschner, Tom Turley, Damon Anastasia, our Alumni Scholarship Committee, and the terrific students who not only brought back Lambda Chi to UCLA but brought it back to a whole new level of excellence!  Truly fantastic that Ep-Sig is doing so well.

Best in ZAX,
Robert Frackelton

The studliness continues at 10918 Strathmore Drive .....


Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

The Remainers LIVE at the Troubadour 8/4/12

Old Bro Jason Lautenschleger (EpSig 1320), bass player for local LA band The Remainers, sent in the following about their continuing adventures in the LA music scene, as well as news of an opportunity to see them LIVE on 8/4/12 at the world famous Troubadour in Hollywood ..... 


Just keeping everyone abreast on the latest Remainers activity. For the Old Bros in the LA area, this could be a fun way for some guys to get together:

We're starting to record new songs this week and we want to test out how they fit in your earholes.  Oh, and if you don't make this show, you will be sad.  



BECAUSE:

1) It's on a Saturday night,  August 4th, 2012.  (There go half your excuses)

2) It's not even late.  We start playing at 9:30pm and most of you can be home in time for the SNL (spoiler alert!) rerun.

3) It's at The Troubadour!!  Quite possibly my favorite venue in LA.  (Factoid: Elton John's first live US performance was there) 

4) Mostly new songs! And if the exclamation point didn't give it away, we're really excited about them.  Of course we'll play some familiar ones too.

Tickets are $12 up front and $15 at the door.  To cut down on the Ticket Agent surcharges, we've worked it out to sell our own tickets via PayPal and we'll hold them for you at the box office.  Fiddy cents is much better than 8 dollars in fees.  The only downside to this is that we are limited to 100 presale this way.  Just click below on the number of tickets you want (of course you can get more than 4 in multiple transactions) and bring your receipt to the box office!

2 Tickets
3 Tickets
4 Tickets

If, for any reason those don't work, let me know and we'll work it out.

-Jason
jasonjoel@mac.com

"…and thank you for your support!"  -Bartles….or Jaymes

OK, Old Bros, plug this info into that already crowded calendar app of yours and make it down to the Troubadour to support Jason and the band ......

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Old Bro Newsflash -- Steve Robbins (EpSig 678)

Recently I became aware that one of our own, Old Bro Steve Robbins (EpSig 678) has been diagnosed with leukemia and is battling it head-on with intensive chemotherapy treatments.


Steve Robbins

Steve is the general manager and chief engineer for the Coachella Valley Water District, out in the Palm Springs area.  Two weeks ago, at the CVWD offices in Palm Desert, a bone marrow drive was held in support of his cause ..... you can read the article written about the event in the local paper HERE.

A couple of days later, Steve wrote the following letter which was published in the Desert Sun ..... 

I want to thank all my friends, colleagues and complete strangers who attended the bone marrow donor drive held June 13 at the Coachella Valley Water District. It was heartwarming and inspiring to see so many people selflessly offer to be a donor through the worldwide Be the Match Registry.

The drive was a great success with nearly 300 people added to the registry. Several more people tried, but unfortunately didn't qualify. If the drive doesn't result in a bone marrow match for me, hopefully it will result in a match for someone else in need. A simple “thank you” doesn't express my deep appreciation for the outpouring of support my family and I have received during my battle with leukemia. I truly feel blessed to be surrounded by so many caring and thoughtful people.

I also want to thank the media, including The Desert Sun, which helped encourage the community to attend the drive. If you missed the event, it's not too late to register with Be The Match. Simply go to marrow.org/join to have a kit mailed to you.

Steve Robbins, general manager-chief engineer, Coachella Valley Water District  


OK, Old Bro's, its time to stand up and be counted in support of one of our own.  The article about Steve's event also listed a "How to Help" section, which I've copied below.

How to help

If you couldn't make it to the bone marrow drive, visit www.marrow.org/Join/Join_Now/Join_Now.aspx and go through the questionnaire process to join the Be The Match Registry. When it asks for a promo code, enter hope4steve.  

I urge all of you to visit the website, go through the process, and join the Registry.  Right now Steve needs our help, let's show him that the Old Bro Nation is in this fight with him .....

I'll also pass along any future info I get about how Steve's doing .....


Yours in ZAX,
Michael J. Harness
EpSig 700 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes - June 2012

It's great to see EpSig at UCLA thriving once again ..... this summer, some of the "founding fathers" of the re-chartered version of Lambda Chi at UCLA are graduating, and are now transitioning from being "New Bro's" into joining the rest of us as "Old Bro's".

Old Bro Network is very proud to announce the addition of THREE new Old Bro's, all of whom played a part in the rebuilding of our fraternity on campus.  Please welcome Kyle Viet Nguyen (EpSig 1404), Ryan Nagy (EpSig 1409), and Khoa Nguyen (EpSig 1423).  This brings the total roster count for the Old Bro Network up to 298.

Wow ..... Old Bro's whose zeta numbers start with 14 !!  Counting from the lowest Old Bro zeta number (Dave Verity at EpSig 262), our little tribe now spans close to TWELVE HUNDRED numbers of EpSigs ..... truly amazing.

Thanks to everyone out there for supporting the Old Bro Network, this little project continues to grow and thrive and I'm happy to continue being the inmate running the asylum.

To add some perspective from one of the newest Old Bro's, Ryan Nagy sent this note describing some of HIS experiences as a recent EpSig .....

Dear Brother Harness, 
I hope you can use some of this. I just spent a few minutes reflecting my journey with the Fraternity: 

My experience with Lambda Chi has been very interesting and unlike almost all of the brothers', both current members and alumni. Not only was I one of the founding fathers that helped start up Epsilon Sigma, but I was the High Delta for the first three years after the Fraternity's inception. During our Freshman year, Lambda Chi was not even a thought on campus. It did not exist. However, we worked hard to earn the house back, recruit quality brothers, forge relationships with fellow Greek entities and ultimately, have our presence felt on campus. 

As the High Delta, I felt the pressure to bring in strong class, year after year because I was aware of the urgency of the moment. If we did not recruit, we would fail and literally, I had many sleepless nights during rush because I did not want that to happen. Fortunately, our hard work paid off because we have a full house of 98 brothers who are smart, caring, social and above all, reflect our Seven Core Values. 

For us founding fathers, many of whom are now graduating seniors, the Fraternity has been synonymous with our life here at UCLA. Everything over the last four years has been about Epsilon Sigma. This house has been the place where we eat, sleep, hang out, study, recruit, party, hold chapter meetings, perform initiation, etc. It has tied together a fantastic group of young men. It has been a four year project for us and I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished. 

I am happy to say that we seniors will be leaving Epsilon Sigma in the hands of dependable brothers. I have complete confidence in that they will continue making sound choices and will further the development of Epsilon Sigma. 

I also wanted to mention something that I have said to many brothers during my time here.  I believe that there is something magical about this house. We have been on the brink of failure, but things always seemed to work out for the best. If we continue following our hearts and making the best decisions we can, our Fraternity will be just fine. 
I have made so many great memories and friendships because of this fraternity. I have lived in the house for three years and am so glad that I made the decision to do that. I will miss this place dearly. I am tearing up just thinking about not living here anymore... It has been so good to me and to so good to my brothers. I am proud to be a Lambda Chi and I am looking forward to becoming a member of the Old Bro Network!

In ZAX, 
Ryan

Welcome to the Old Bro Network, Ryan, you earn the coveted title of "Stud of the Week" for sharing your thoughts on your fraternity experience.

As always, if anyone has any contact info on any Old Bro's who are currently NOT on the roster, send it in and I'll get them hooked up.  Likewise, if your info changes or is somehow incorrect, drop me a note and I'll fix that as well.

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

Friday, May 25, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes - May 2012

Old Bro Network is pleased to announce the addition of FIVE new Old Bro's, as well as updated information for ONE Old Bro.

"Stud of the Week" honors go to Justin Cochrane for submitting contact info on Danny Klein (EpSig 1077), Walt Becker (EpSig 1120), Gordon Froeb (EpSig 1158), Erich Litch (EpSig 1159), and Luke Williams (EpSig 1176).  These new additions bring the total Old Bro Network roster count up to 295.

In addition, Old Bro Steve Smith (EpSig 806) sent in an updated e-mail address.  New & updated E-cards have been sent out to the entire roster, please update your records accordingly.

Hope that everyone has plans to enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, and also hope that everyone takes a moment or two to honor our military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country (the real reason for the holiday !!)

It's also a day to remember other "fallen heroes" such as the EpSig brothers who have left us way too soon.  Old Bro Network continues to honor their memory by including them on our roster with the status "In Memoriam".


The other thing that Memorial Day weekend always means to me is ..... AUTO RACING !!  Whether your preference is for Formula One (the Grand Prix of Monaco), IndyCar (the Indy 500), or NASCAR (the Coca-Cola 600), settle in on Sunday and watch some great races as the finest drivers in the world battle it out on road courses as well as oval tracks.

Any of these races also provides a great reason to break out the barbecue, chips, and beer (as if any of you really needed a great reason for that !!)

As always, if anyone has contact info on other Old Bro's who are currently NOT on the roster, send it to me and I'll get them hooked up.  Likewise, if your contact info changes or is inadvertently incorrect, drop me a note and I'll fix that as well.

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700