Des Moines Alum Celebrate Drake 90th

Many of the locals from the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter celebrated the Alpha Iota Chapter’s 90th Anniversary on Saturday April 26.

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Besides the 9 members of the Des Moines alumni Chapter in attendance there were Alpha Iota alumn from Kansan City, St. Louis, Omaha, and elsewhere. Many Drake collegiate brothers were celebrating as well. The party easily filled up the 6 tables with 8 or so chairs each (48 people). The highlights were socializing with old friends, meeting new friends (old alumni), and talking with the collegiates about what was going on with chapter in 2014.

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Alumni in attendance got an awesome mug and t-shirt commemorating the 90th anniversary. The event was catered with Jethros BBQ, so the food was excellent!

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RVP Jillian and PVP Jodi were both in attendance at the event and gave remarks about how worthy it is to celebrate when a chapter has been continuously charted for 90 years. The highlight of the remarks probably was when Drake collegiate, Tom, received official recognition of winning the 2014 North Central Province Collegian of the Year. He was unable to receive his award at the Spring LEAD due to another obligation.

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Besides getting a little sunburned, the 90th celebration was a great success and great fun!


4/25 Drive

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On National Alumni Day, the Leadership Foundation hosts its 4.25 Drive – a 24-hour online fundraising campaign encouraging all brothers to make a contribution to the Leadership Foundation—and they can’t do it without your support!

When you assist the Foundation you and your brothers benefit from the Fraternity programs the Foundation supports. Just think—if every brother made a gift, the Foundation will be able to increase the number of scholarships, fund more educational programs, and more. Donating to the Leadership Foundation ensures the same (or even better) Deltasig experience for the next generation.

Share posts from Delta Sigma Pi and the Leadership Foundation on Facebook, Twitter (#DSP425), LinkedIn or message or call brothers asking them to support this cause.

Pizza, Pizza

It’s been a very pizza-licious time for the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. On April 11, the three chapter officers travelled to Iowa City (Coralville) to meet the Epsilon Chapter at the University of Iowa.

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We socialized and tried to recruit many graduating seniors to come to Des Moines and join the alumni chapter. Attending this event were the RVP, the Drake DD, the Iowa State DD, the U Iowa DD, and the U Iowa Chapter Advisor (in addition to 20 or so Iowa brothers) so it was quite a gathering of the volunteer leaders in the state! We met for dinner and beers at Backpocket Brewing. The beers were great! The pizza and appetizers were also tasty. As we were sitting in the brew-pub we could look out across the street and see the Marriott where LEAD will be 2/6/15 – 2/8/15. So look forward to awesome Backpocket brews next year at the Spring LEAD Provincial Conference.

Even more pizza was eaten at the April happy hour on 4/15. We met at Orlondo’s and Coors Light and pizza were the popular items on the menu.

If you have not yet registered for the 4/26 Drake Chapter’s 90th Anniversary Celebration it may not be too late. Late registrations do not get you the t-shirt and momento, but there is still socialization to be had. Late registration most likely still costs $25.

The alumni Chapter will be participating in Whiff-It (a charity whiffle ball tournament) 5/3 from 8 am – 4 pm. The alumni team is looking for another male to participate. Contact president Laura if you are willing and able to round out the team.

Sign up early for the Twin Cities Alumni Chapter pig roast. This annual tradition will be 6/28 and you can save $5 on the registration by signing up before 5/1.

April Exictement

Don’t forget to register by 4/11 for the April 26 Alpha Iota 90th Anniversary Celebration. It will be on the Drake campus and start at 11 am.

There are already 15 alumni registered from multiple states. Join these out of towners as well as the Drake chapter for this unique event. RVP Jillian said it best with the 5 reasons to attend: (1.) 90 Years Deserves a Celebration! Most chapters aren’t chartered for 90 straight years. Most of them go on probation or are forced to close due to lack of membership. Not Alpha Iota – this is something to celebrate! (2.) Edna Eppler – ‘Nuff Said. Many of us have won the infamous Edna Eppler award for various reasons. Let’s get together and talk about the good old times and what we did to EARN the Edna Eppler award. (3.) Meet the North Central Provincial Collegian of the Year! Yep, that’s right, the 2014 North Central Provincial COY, Tom, is from the chapter. And he’s a cool guy too. (4.) Have you dreamed of a better alumni picnic? Forget about picnics. This event will have Jethro’s catered buffet-style and plenty of options to choose from. You can even make your own version of the Adam Emmenecker sandwich. (5.) Bond with your brothers! Catch up with friends you haven’t seen in years or friends you haven’t even met yet!

Happy Hour
Attend the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter’s monthly happy hour. It’s the 3rd Tuesday of the month. April 15, come to Orlondo’s Bar and Grill between 5:30 and 7:00 to hang out with some of the most Deltasig-like people in all of Des Moines. It’s guaranteed that this event will not be taxing on your schedule, but a nice reprieve from the normalcy of your Tuesday evening. All will be as usual at Orlondo’s… then income the Deltasigs and the social begins. Look for the DSP t-shirts and use your powers of deduction to find our group’s table. To our credit, the monthly happy hours are some of our best-attended events. Haven’t been to one of our events before? Come check us out. After hanging out with us once, you are certain to return for more. Because our events are ver refun(d)!

The National Alumni Development Committee Chair Kara Lenox will present “Creating the Best Alumni Chapter” webinar. This opportunity (June 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific) will present tips and tricks to having a great alumni chapter, some best practices already in place and review some ways to become a Gold level chapter through the new Alumni Chapter Recognition Program. However, this event is in conflict with our annual meeting, so it may be difficult to attend this webinar.

Other events
Contact president Laura and see the 4/3 blog post for more info on the 4/11 Iowa City event and 5/3 Whiff-it event.

Get Signed up for Events, Bucs Event was Fun!

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi will be very busy for the next 5 weeks! Check the calendar page for a consolidated look of everything that is coming up.

Coming up Friday 4/11 is an alumni Event with the University of Iowa. We will be having dinner with the Epsilon chapter in order to get to know the brothers there. We will be carpooling from Des Moines and will be leaving around 5:15 that day. We will be coming back to Des Moines the same night. The evening’s festivities will be at Backpocket Brewing in Iowa City. Make sure you RSVP to president Laura if you will be attending.

Don’t forget that 4/11 is also the registration deadline for the 4/26 Drake Chapter 90th anniversary celebration. Note there is a new time for this event: 11 am – 2 pm.

Back by popular demand, our alumni chapter is participating in Spring Whiff-it. It is Saturday May 3, 8 am – 4 pm at Campbell Park in, Clive, IA. We last participated in this event in 2011 and had a blast. Whiff-It is a bi-annual Whiffle Ball Tournament that raises money for local children’s charities such as Miracle League and Children’s Cancer Connection. Cost is $200 per team. Teams can have 6-8 players. Each player on our team will be responsible for paying their share of the registration fee. Depending on how many players we have the fee per player will be $25-34. SPACES ARE LIMITED so please email president Laura ASAP if you are interested in playing. See the website for more details.

The Des Moines Buccaneers hockey game that we went to 3/29 was a good time. Although we weren’t joined by many collegiates from the Drake chapter we saw a good game (though the Bucs lost), had a great social, and David even won tickets to the Principal Charity Classic for his skills shooting a giant golf ball into the net during the second intermission.


David shoots and scores!

David shoots and scores!