Friday, September 26, 2014

Steven B. Robbins Foundation

Two years ago this week, the Old Bro Network lost one of our own ..... brother Steve Robbins (EpSig 678) left us way too soon, losing his battle against leukemia. 

Old Bro Bill Schlichter sent in the following note about something that Steve's family has recently set up in his memory .....

The 27th of September marks the 2 year anniversary of Brother Steve Robbins’ (EPSIG 678) passing.  He fought the good fight going 2 for 3 against melanoma, colon cancer, and finally Leukemia. 

Steve was active in the House throughout the mid-70s with his biggest contribution as the UCLA Mardi Gras Lambda Chi Fun House Committee Chairman.

After graduation, Steve moved out to the Palm Desert/Palm Springs area where he hired on with the Coachella Valley Water District.  His successful 25 plus year career resulted in his 2003  selection as the water district’s General Manager, the position he occupied until his passing.   Upon his passing, the Water District Board of Directors voted unanimously to dedicate the new water district building which had just completed construction, in Steve’s name.  Today, the Steven B. Robbins Memorial Building is home to the Coachella Valley Water District.  
Steve’s surviving spouse, Karen, and his three daughters; Ashley, Kristyn, and Kirklyn had the idea of honoring their Father by setting up a 501c3 non-profit organization raising scholarship funds for those children whose parents have fought cancer.  You can visit the Steven B. Robbins Foundation Facebook site at   Make sure and put a LIKE on the page to let the girls know we are thinking of them…..and paying respect to their Dad’s name.

 Old Bro Network would love to see ALL of you Old Bro's out there honor one of our own, just click over to the Facebook page and give them a LIKE ..... if you feel like donating to this worthy cause, you'll find info there about how to do that as well.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Old Bro's invade Jerry World - 9/13/14

Once again the awesome power of the Old Bro Network was unquestionably the difference maker in cheering on the Bruins to another victory ..... Several Old Bro's were in attendance at AT&T Stadium in Dallas (aka Jerry World) this past weekend to watch our UNDEFEATED Bruins stage an epic comeback and beat the Texas Longhorns 20-17. 

Old Bro Robert Frackelton sent in the following note:

Brother Harness,

There was a great showing of the Brotherhood in Dallas this past weekend to watch the Bruins come back to beat Texas in the Dallas Cowboy’s amazing stadium.  There was an impromptu tailgate with Bros from the early 1980’s (e.g. Scott Sellens and Bob Saunders), late 1980s (e.g. Trevor Kirschner, KC Nowak, Stefan LaCasse, Mark Redd, Chris Sutherland, Chris Johnson, Robert Frackelton) and 1990’s (but I can’t recall their names!).  Pre-game there was a gathering at Uptown Dallas bars with Jeff Richards, Bart Cleveland, Jon Congdon, Walt Edwards, and more. Attached are some photos….


Other Old Bro's in attendance posted photos to their Facebook pages .....


As always, whenever Old Bro's come together, GREAT THINGS HAPPEN !!  Old Bro Network encourages everyone to share those experiences, just send in a photo or two and I'll make sure it gets out to the entire tribe ....
U --- C --- L --- A --- UCLA FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT !!  GO BRUINS !!
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Old Bro Tahoe Conclave 4.0 - Recap

The annual Old Bro gathering in Lake Tahoe happened the weekend before Labor Day, as usual, and once again a group of lifelong friends got together to eat, drink, and be merry (which we Lambda Chi's are especially good at).

Role call included Greg Anicich, Jim Hester, Gary Messerotes, MJ Harness, Nick Svetcoff, BOTH Kohlers (John & Drew), Bill Harrison, JP McDermott (with wife Candy), Mark Kimball (with wife Linda), and Tom Larson (with wife Kathy).

Opening ceremonies 2014 - raise your glasses !!
Opening festivities ..... Conclave was declared as officially open with the traditional assault on Harrison's wine collection, which coincided with the opening Friday night BBQ.  As you can tell, Jim found a "Hester sized" bottle to get the party started .....

It's a bit of a mystery as to how many bottles of wine the Old Bro's knocked down on Friday night, but rumor has it that the total number ran into double digits, as no one's glass was ever empty for very long .....

Old Bro Tahoe Classic Golf Tournament ..... was held this year at the scenic Gray's Crossing Golf Club in Truckee.  In a controversial finish, MJ Harness drained an eight foot bogey putt on the final hole to apparently eke out a one stroke victory over John Kohler to claim the coveted title of "Low Bro".  However, after MJ conceded to using TWO mulligans to John's one, the golf gods reviewed all the facts over a round of Long Island iced teas and declared them to be .... CO-CHAMPIONS !! 

Next year we are hoping that more Old Bro's will bring their sticks to Tahoe and challenge to become the "Low Bro".  If you can break 100, you are definitely in the hunt for the title !!

L to R .. "Sandtrap" Svetcoff, Mezzo, MJ, Lars, and Dr. Drew, with JK attempting to fly in front

Saturday dinner at Edgewood ..... The entire group descended on the restaurant at the Edgewood golf club for dinner on Saturday night.  Evidently the wait & bar staff remembered us from last year, as they REQUESTED that we sing for them.  JK led us in a rousing rendition of the California Drinking Song, which received a standing ovation from our waiters (OK, they were already standing while serving us ....).  They DID stop laughing long enough to shoot a group photo .....

The entire tribe, on our best behavior (i.e. no food fights took place)
Sunday picnic at Emerald Bay ..... everyone took to the boats for a quick cruise across the lake to scenic Emerald Bay, for a Sunday brunch picnic before heading back to the Hacienda de Harrison to watch the 49ers-Chargers game.  Yeah, it was only a pre-season game, but those Niners fans are HARD CORE!! 
Commodore Bill Harrison leading the charge into Emerald Bay .....

Sunday dinner at JK's ..... the weekend concluded with everyone gathering on John's patio for dinner.  As the sun set over Lake Tahoe, all in attendance declared Tahoe 4.0 to be a rousing success, and agreed to meet again next year for Tahoe 5.0. 

The view from JK's patio .... YOU should be here next year for Tahoe 5.0, put it on your calendar NOW!!

Start making your plans NOW to attend Old Bro Tahoe Conclave 5.0, which will be convened over the long weekend of August 28-31, 2015.  Make your way up to see everyone for the entire time or just show up for a day or two, all of your Old Bro's would LOVE to see you again, in the beautiful setting of Lake Tahoe.  See you next year !! .....

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