Monday, June 17, 2013

Old Bro's on the other side of the pond .....

Old Bro Network always likes to hear about EpSigs from any era getting together and keeping in touch ..... Tom Larson (EpSig 612) sent in the following about a recent trip to London where he was able to connect with a pledge bro, Dr. Jim Schmitz (EpSig 611) .....

Dr. Jim Schmitz (EpSig 611), Richard Fuller (member of Parliament), Tom Larson (EpSig 612), and Kathy Larson
 
My bride of 37 years and I recently took a trip that began with a series of Bed & Breakfast stops as we drove on the 'wrong' side of the road and the 'wrong' side of the car touring the Irish coasts and countryside with an 'occasional' stop at an Irish pub to sample the local fare.  We concluded our wonderful trip with several days in London.
 
Pledge Bro, yes we were Pledges, Jim Schmitz, a fellow Bruin oarsman form the Class of 1974 and now a cardiologist taking a year off to develop new business skills at the reknowned London School of Business, was our gracious host during our visit in London.
 
Dr. Schmitz is the oldest member of his class of approximately 60.  He is working his tail off as gains new knowledge competing with a classmates a generation younger than Ep Sig 611.  Jim provides some real life and sage experience to his neophyte mates from around the globe.  Graduation is late 2013. The next chapter in Jim's professional world is yet to be determined.
 
A highlight of our trip was a visit to Parliament and a tour by Richard Fuller, MP (Member of Parliament).  During our tour, we observed the House of Commons (where Mr. Fuller is a member) in session, visited the House of Lords and toured the Parliament facility.  Our visit was capped off with beverages on the Parliament terrace overlooking the River Thames.
 
The individuals in the attached picture are Dr. Jim Schmitz (Ep Sig 611), Richard Fuller (MP), Tom Larson (Ep Sig 612) and Kathy Larson.

ZAX,
Tom Larson
EpSig 612
Order of Merit

If any of you other Old Bro's out there would like to share your stories about EpSig get-togethers (locally or globally, doesn't matter), send the OBN a note and a photo or two commemorating the occasion and I'll publish it for everyone to enjoy.

With summer vacations right around the corner, if not started already, I'm sure there are a  few Old Bro's out there who might just run into each other somewhere, if so, share those experiences with the rest of the Old Bro Network.

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

Monday, June 3, 2013

"Dough for Flo" Wrap-up

Got a note this weekend from Old Bro Mike LaCroix, who had the honor of presenting Florida Taylor the check for the remainder of her "birthday present" from all her boys.  Since we didn't know what the final tally was going to be at the time, we gave Flo a check for $5,000 at the house during her birthday celebration on April 6.

She thought the remainder might be a few extra hundred, but as Mike explains,

I dropped off the rest of the funds to Flo yesterday and she just about had a heart attack over the dollar amount.  It seems she was expecting a few hundred bucks and a check for $4,400 completely took her by surprise.  I have attached a picture of the event.


Please embellish this story as you so expertly do J and get it out to the Bro’s

By the way…if anyone out there wants to send Flo mail (or books…she now loves to read) her address is;

Florida Ward
Long Beach Brethren Manor
Unit #313
3333 Pacific Place,  Long Beach, CA 90806

So once again, a big thank you to all you Old Bro's out there who contributed to this VERY worthy cause.  Flo's birthday present tallied up to just under TEN GRAND, and I can not think of anyone more deserving for all she did for us.

And now that you all have her address, make sure to stay in touch, otherwise you just MIGHT get some of that "special" chocolate pudding that Flo was famous for.

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700