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.

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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.

Happy Hours & Upcoming Community Service

Fall is just around the corner and students are heading back to class. The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi hosted its August happy hour at BeerStyles Taproom & Gastropub in West Des Moines.

Brothers enjoyed sampling and drinking many different beers (though not all beer received glowing reviews, and many beers must be so popular that they were out of stock before the happy hour even began).
Much conversation was had and planning was done for the upcoming community service event, preparing a meal for the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines. Check out FB for all the latest details and get in contact to sign up for your specific volunteer shift/role.

The happy hours will keep on rolling. Be sure to stop by Eatery A in Des Moines on September 20 for the next event.

Delta Sigma Pi takes the Iowa State Fair

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi welcomed brothers from across the country to the nationally recognized Iowa State Fair. Over 116,000 people attended the fair Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. And a handful of them wore their Deltasig letters with pride.

One of the event’s main organizers posted this message on Facebook after the event: “Deltasig Day at the Iowa State Fair was a success! The Delta Sigma Pi – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter hosted 20+ people from 8 alumni chapters across 6 states to brave the heat, see the sites, and spend the day with great friends. Thank you to everyone who came from near and far to make for a fun and memorable day!”

Highlights included the Iowa Craft Beer Tent, the Iowa Wine Experience, great food on a stick (especially the brown sugar pork belly), and seeing large things (like pumpkins and animals).

Be sure to check the calendar page of this weblog for info on upcoming events including the August 23 happy hour.

2018 TCAC pig roast more than a little laugh

Two brothers from Des Moines traveled to the Twin Cities over the June 23, 2018 weekend to attend the annual Twin Cities Alumni Chapter (TCAC) Pig Roast.
Their annual tradition usually draws a good crowd, including roughly 6 dues-paying members of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter.

There were some changes for the 2018 event. The first was location. Instead of the Lakeville location, the event was held at Minnehaha Regional Park near the heart of Minneapolis, MN. And contrary to what some brothers (with a sense of humor) tell you, Minnehaha does not translate to “little laugh”.

The park featured many shelters (one of which was reserved for the event), trails, splash park, historic sites, food, bike rentals, and of course the picturesque Minnehaha Falls.

(The above photo is at the top of the falls. The photo below is below the falls.)

There was also a new caterer this year, and they did not disappoint. Pulled pork was fall-off-the-bone-tender. The BBQ sauces hit the spot. And there were several positive comments about the sides of mac & cheese, baked beans, and potato salad.

The weather this year was nearly perfect for the pig roast. Temps were in the upper 70s and mid 80s. Sky was clear. Brothers playing the fun yard games could have broke a sweat, but those socializing under the shelter stayed cool. All had a good time. Thank you, TCAC, for hosting another great event!