2019’s Northern, Snowy, Cold Halsey

The Theta Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota hosted the 61st annual, Halsey Invitational Volley Ball & Basketball Tournament, held February 9, 2019. Registrations totaled approximately 200. Keeping with tradition, the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter fielded a recreational volley ball team.

Several matches were played over the course of the late morning and early afternoon at the Whitney Recreation Center. There were some good wins and some heartbreaking losses, but in the end everyone had fun even though no trophies were brought back to Des Moines.

The weekend’s weather was mostly cold and snowy. Many attendees started the weekend on Thursday with a pre-party at Adam and Sasha’s house. But a snow storm caused many travel headaches. By Friday roads were much improved (though not perfect) for the travel all the way North to Saint Cloud.

The Courtyard Marriott was nice accommodations, with many rooms being 2-room-suites. Located in a downtown area, many bars and restaurants were within 1 or 2 blocks (a necessity since it was very cold and snowy).

Friday night activities including registration, picking up swag (mugs and flannel shirts), a painting/canvas event, and games.

The banquet, Saturday night, featured a long program and was MC’d by North Central RVP, Mark Dorn. Drake University won the travel award and several other awards were presented in addition to the Helmets for years of service to the fraternity.

The banquet food received mostly good remarks, but was overshadowed by the fun dessert of make-your-own S’mores and the fun, Northern lights decorations. Many attendees attended a dance after the banquet and a late night trip to MC’s Dugout Bar & Grill for drinks.

The 4 attendees from central Iowa and many more DSM-CIA Chapter of DSP members, friends, and former members had a great time. Thank you Theta Tau!
It was announced at the banquet that the 62nd annual tournament will be in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2020.

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Warm happy hour for a Cold Winter

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its January happy hour at El Rodeo Mexican restaurant in Clive.

This was the first event of 2019, so there was much discussion about the past holidays, and upcoming plans and goals.
There was also some planning and strategizing for February events including: The Halsey Invitational Volley Ball & Basketball Tournament, the February Happy Hour (coming up Thursday 2/21 @ Teddy Maroon’s on Ingersoll), and the North Central LEAD Provincial Conference.

Stay tuned for all the latest news and updates.

2018 Holiday Party

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its annual holiday party earlier in December. A change from year’s past, the 2018 event was held on a Friday night. Brother’s were invited to the home of alumni chapter president, Jody, for food, fun, games, and the holiday grab bag gift exchange (gifts pictured below).

Local alumni and their guests dressed in their best ugly Christmas sweater and enjoyed an evening of merriment, socialization, and laughs as they celebrated the past year and brainstormed ideas for the next one. Thanks, Jody, for another great holiday party.

Thankful for a Nov. happy hour

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its monthly happy hour November 15 at Saraki Sushi Lunge on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines.

It was an exciting night and the table grew longer and more crowded as several new faces enjoyed sushi, drinks, and socialization with several of the regulars. There was talk of real estate, apartment-hunting, new jobs and news of layoffs, holiday plans, recent unity against racism at Drake University, and initiations.

There was an announcement made about the upcoming, annual holiday party (featuring your best, ugly Christmas sweater and optional participation in a Yankee swap). See the calendar page of this weblog and FB for more information about this Fri. Dec. 14 event.

Des Moines Alumni represented at LEAD School

Two Alumni brothers from the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter traveled to Minneapolis Oct. 12-14 to attend the fall LEAD School in the North Central Province.

Plenty of networking and socializing with old friends and new connections was had. There was discussion about Ritual and lots of new things happening with the fraternity. Especially exciting were some updates with the Leadership Foundation and the new, Presidents’ Academy.

One of the Day’s break-out sessions was an alumni panel that Des Moines’ own, David participated on.

At the Great Plains Regional meeting and awards presentation, Des Moines’ own, Jody received an award for being the best District Director in the region.
The Alpha Iowa Chapter at Drake University was awarded the most outstanding chapter in the nation.

In other news… be sure to mark your calendars (and check out the calendar page of this weblog) for the November happy hour on Thurs. 11/15.

“A” great happy hour & simulation golf upcoming

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chpater of Delta Sigma Pi held its September monthly happy hour last week, September 20, 2018.

2 Drake students joined the social, taking the attendance to double digits (10). The happy hour was held at Eatery A on Ingersoll Ave. The popular spot has a great happy hour and was very busy that evening.

Pizzas, as always, were tasty and good times were had. Check out the calendar page of this weblog for info on the upcoming October happy hour at Urbandale’s Range Grill & Golf.

Meal Prepared at Ronald McDonald House

On Sunday, September 16, 2018 a charitable group of alumni brothers form the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, volunteered cooking dinner at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines is a brand new (2017 construction) 18-bedroom facility near Iowa Methodist Hospital where families can stay while their children are receiving medical treatment.

Deltasigs took over the kitchen for an afternoon of baking a pasta casserole dish and brownies. Even organizer and alumni chapter Community Service Chair, Jenny, researched the recipe and did the shopping for ingredients. Brothers pitched in for the cooking and cleaning on site at the RMH. All went well and many families were fed. The event was an enjoyable volunteering experience for everyone involved.

And don’t forget that Thursday 9/20 is the next happy hour at Eatery A.