2018 Annual Meeting Notice: Thurs. June 21

The annual meeting of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi is coming up in June.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 21. See all the details on the calendar page of this weblog.
6/21 we will be meeting at Palmer’s (2843 Ingersoll) in the small meeting room that we have reserved. Find the link to the FB event here.
The meeting portion will begin at 6 pm, but there will be social/networking/mingling starting at 5:30 pm. Palmer’s has beer and wine for purchase. Besides the beverages and food for purchase, brothers can snack off a dessert tray, courtesy of the chapter.

At the annual meeting, officers will be elected, $10 annual dues payments will be accepted, and there will be brainstorming for events and work on event planning. This will be a great opportunity for the regulars to enjoy a social and help with planning. And it will be an excellent opportunity for new alumni, brothers new to Des Moines, or people wanting to get more active in the chapter to see what it’s about and learn how to get more involved.

May 17 was the last monthly happy hour at Exile. It was a hot and sunny day and several alumni and 3 collegiates enjoyed the patio, the brews and food from Exile, and a good social to kick off the summer.

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April 2018 was fun, more to come

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi enjoyed April with 2 events last month.
Brothers gathered for the April monthly happy hour April 19 at Wellman’s West.

Then on April 29, as part of the Drake Relays festivities, alumni were celebrated at the annual Alumni Picnic hosted by the Alpha Iota Chapter at Drake University.

Good times were enjoyed by all in attendance.
Be sure to check out the calendar page of the weblog for info on the May happy hour and June annual meeting.

March’s magazine and April’s happy hour

Mark your calendars for the April happy hour with the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. The casual, social gathering will be held Thursday, April 19 at Wellman’s Pub & Rooftop (AKA Wellman’s West) in West Des Moines. Brothers and alumni will begin to gather around 5:30 pm (most likely on the ground floor) of this local favorite at 597 Market St, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

Only a few days after the April happy hour will be National Alumni Day (April 25). Link to website here.

National Alumni Day was just one of many interesting features in the March 2018 issue of “The Deltasig”.
Read it online here.

One article features an alumni who has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in every state in the nation. The article even mentions the biggest popcorn ball from right here in Iowa (page 14). Volunteering was a prominent theme in the March magazine.
There are a couple pictures of TCAC in the March issue (page 35 and 36) and a picture from Lincoln/Greater Nebraska (page 36).

And showcasing past LEAD Schools, the above picture was seen on page 8.

Fraternity news Feb. 2018

The national fraternity has posted some news you can use:

Board minutes in seconds here
including: creation of a task force for reviewing risk management, and clarification of the merchandise policy including: to no allow use of the confederate flag on fraternity-branded merchandise, and selection of College Football Hall of Fame for the 2019 GCC Friday night group outing


2018 Halsey was GREAT

The 60th annual Halsey Invitational Volley Ball / Basketball Tournament was hosted by the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at the University of Minnesota February 10, 2018. The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter kept with tradition and fielded a team for the recreational volley ball tournament.

the team

Several alumni enjoyed a pre-weekend social hosted by Adam (one-time president of the DSM-CIA chapter, current TCAC president) at his home in the Twin Cities suburbs the Thursday before the tournament. The Friday before the tournament saw some social events (primarily in downtown St. Paul) organized by former Des Moines resident (and former Great Plains RVP, Jillian). These were great fun for those who arrived in town early.

Friday night at the hotel was a good time for alumni to reconnect and enjoy the host-chapter-sponsored activity of a casino night. Attendees could play blackjack and poker, exchanging their stash of chips for raffle tickets for the many prizes. The 2018 Halsey theme was “The Great Halsey” (which was a take on ‘The Great Gatsby’). The hotel was the newly-re-branded “Graduate Hotel” on the U’s campus, conveniently located next to the rec center where Saturday’s tournament was held.

The Des Moines Alumni Chapter volley ball team played hard and had fun, but lost its contest for a 3rd place finish after a late morning rally (having been creamed in its morning opener against a competitive team that was ‘filling in’ when a non-competitive team was a no-show).

Saturday night’s closing banquet was enjoyable and memorable. The food received good reviews. Speeches by PGP, Bill Tatum and the tournament’s namesake, Ken Halsey were well received. The evening’s emcee, Meagan, did a spectacular job with the night’s program. The ‘countdown’ conducted by PGP, Norm Kromberg was done by “the year of your first tournament attended”. Several alumni attended their first volley ball basketball many many years ago. Ken Halsey’s first was 1972. Kromberg mentioned this and several other interesting factoids regarding the tournament and its participants.
The banquet ended with special recognition of Ken and Erin Halsey featuring a video with photos, roses, and the signing of “The Rose of Deltasig” led by Des Moines Alumni Chapter member, Tom.

It was announced that the 2019 tournament will be held in St. Cloud, MN.

A manly happy hour

The monthly happy hour back on January 18th was a manly one. Before the arrival of a female brother, 9 men (alumni and collegiate) were in attendance at Sully’s in West Des Moines.

Several rounds of beer flowed and popular meals included chicken tenders, nachos, and 2 brave souls tried the $10 steak dinner. The dinner included a baked potato and Texas toast. It was nothing to write home about, but received positive reviews. It came with a real knife, but only a plastic fork and Styrofoam plate.

Much discussion was had about the upcoming Halsey tournament, the upcoming LEAD Provincial Council, and the general state of the job market and career prospects.

Mark your calendars for the February Happy Hour (Thursday, 2/15/18 CHANGED TO Feb. 22 at Whiskey River in Ankeny). Located in the relatively new Prairie Trail development near Ankeny’s DMACC campus, Whiskey River has proved to be a popular establishment in a quickly-developing part of the Metro. Look on the calendar page of this weblog for more information and link to the FB event.

Halsey news: A post from the hosting chapter of Facebook: “This Tuesday the 30th is the last day to register for The Great Halsey! This is an event you won’t want to miss!”
Team registration: http://bit.ly/2DaSnU5
Individual registration: http://bit.ly/2DtGy8e