10 members (approx.) of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi attended the North Central LEAD Provincial Conference & Council Meeting the weekend of February 25, 2017 in Schaumburg, Illinois. The conference overall had good attendance from chapters all over the province and a great time was had by all.
Several highlights include: (1.) the council meeting where proposed ritual changes were discussed (generally favorably), (2.) a hypnotist was the Friday night entertainment. Many brothers found the show very funny and quite impressive. (3.) good sessions throughout Saturday including a good presentation on generational diversity by Adam Carroll and Tim Augustine. (4.) a great banquet featuring awards, and thanks for volunteer leaders not running for reelection. Especially awesome was a video recognizing Jodi Schoh for her service as Provincial Vice President. To kick off the program portion of the banquet was a Mardi Gras style parade and giving away of beads followed by a mic-drop by the volunteer leaders. (see pic below) (5.) The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi made a donation to the Leadership Foundation. (see pic above)
Lifetime achievement honoree Link
Deltasigs partied like it was 1999 and the other years of the 1990s during the February 11, 2017 weekend for the 59th annual Halsey Invitational Volley Ball – Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament was hosted by the Alpha Delta Chapter at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The theme was Flashback to the 90s. There were approximately 260 registered in attendance.
The weekend started with a 90s-themed dance. Brothers were encouraged to wear their best 90s throwback outfits and could dance and play various games while listening to DJ Jillian (RVP) spin the 90s greatest hits. Many brothers stayed at the Embassy Suites downtown which featured a great breakfast and evening happy hour.
The hotel was only a 14 minute walk to Rec Center on campus where the tournament was held. The weather was unseasonably warm, making the walk quite enjoyable. But the walk wasn’t the only warm-up the Des Moines – Central Alumni Chapter volley ball team got. They also worked out on some of the rec center equipment!
In the end, DSM-CIA did not make the final, bracketed tournament, but of the 6, 11-point, rallied scored games they played (against 2 formidable oppenents) they won 3. Everyone on the team was very satisfied with its performance overall.
The Saturday night banquet was assigned seating, so Des Moines brothers sat among several tables, but the program was short and sweet and included comments from several notable alumni, awards (including the best t-shirt going to Theta Tau for their Space Jam-inspired design), and the anouncement of the 2018 tournament (the 60th) to be hosted by Alpha Epsilon in Minneapolis, MN.
The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its second community service event of the fiscal year on Saturday, February 4.
Three alumni brothers took part in a 4-hour shift preparing gourmet apples for the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Iowa to sell as a fundraiser. According to their website, “The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa’s largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more.”
Brothers didn’t get to interact with any of the animals that Saturday, but they did make a difference in helping a quality organization raise money to fund its charitable mission.
The next Wednesday, February 8, the chapter got together for its February, monthly happy hour.
Several local alumni brothers visited one of the newest taprooms in the metro at New American brewing Co. in Ankeny, Iowa. There was much socialization and some planning for the Halsey Volley Ball and Basketball tournament that weekend. New American had several of their own beers on tap while also featuring many other beers from different local breweries. One brother noted that their pale ale rated pretty well. New American’s Ankeny taproom is located in the new-ish Prairie Trail district in the neighborhood of Jethro’s Lakehouse and Fong’s Pizza.