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.


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,

and from Jim Bonar (EpSig 405) .....
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 .....

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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! 


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


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.

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 !!!

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