Fun at Gray’s Lake

Several brothers got together for the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi Summer Picnic at Gray’s Lake Park in Des Moines. The afternoon picnic included grilling, Frisbee, and renting a canoe and stand-up paddle board.

Exciting Summer plans and happenings were discussed. Lots of food was eaten… even by those who didn’t really plan to eat anything at the picnic. The awesome menu included bratwurst (with sauerkraut optional) grilled corn on the cob, potato salad, bbq-flavored chips, chips with Queso dip, baked beans, and cookies.

There was some discussion about the baked beans and how they should be served. Some people thought they should be heated up while others were just thinking about serving at room temperature (it was a warm day at the park, overcast skies and breeze helped keep it pleasant). Answer the poll below about how you like baked beans:

And the store-bought cookies got spiced up a bit after they were heated up on a paper plate put on the grill. All was very tasty.
After lunch, brother headed over to the concession and rental area and took a canoe and stand-up paddle board out onto the lake for an hour. It was a good workout and fun way to enjoy the outdoors.

There are several events coming up. Check out the calendar for the late August happy hour and September happy hour.

Picnics galore

This Saturday August 5 is the Summer Picnic with the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. Find more information and the latest updates on Facebook.

As pictured above, central Iowa brothers attended an evening of wine and music Thursday July 20 at Jasper Winery. It was a very hot day and the crowds at Jasper were below average, but a good time was had. The winery’s sangria hit the spot to many in attendance and several purchased food from a food truck or snacked on things brought from home. It was Jillian’s last official event with chapter while living in Des Moines.

Many neighborhoods hosted picnics Tuesday, August 1 as part of National Night Out. One local alumni submitted an op-ed to the Des Moines Register’s Better Iowa series encouraging YPs to attend this annual event.

Final bit of news: Adam, the first president of this alumni chapter after it was refranchised in 2011 has gotten married. The wedding was July 29 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Adam moved away from central Iowa to Minnesota in 2013. Adam is currently the President of the Twin Cities Alumni Chapter.

Is this website breaking the rules?

The July 2017 issue of “The Deltasig” magazine has been published.
Read it online here.

Be sure to check out page 34 for a picture from Iowa State. Other highlights included a couple entrepreneurial articles, and a preview of Grand Chapter Congress in New Orleans next month.

Very concerning to this weblog was the letter from the Fraternity’s Executive Director on page 38 regarding the protection of Delta Sigma Pi trademarks.
“The Board of Directors, in consideration of protecting our trademarks, recently updated policy so that only vendors officially licensed by the Fraternity (or through its agents) have the right to produce merchandise using the the Delta Sigma Pi name, letters, or insignia.” writes Bill Schilling.
There are new rules relating to products including apparel, glassware, publications, and web pages.
More research will be done to ensure this web page complies with all new rules relating to the fraternity’s trademarked material.

Don’t forget the next happy hour with the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi is Thursday 7/20 at Jasper Winery. More info on FB.

Cold Temps at 2017 TCAC Pig Roast

Several brothers from the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, made the annual pilgrimage to Lakeville, Minnesota (just south of the Twin Cities) for the TCAC pig roast.

The Twin Cities Alumni Chapter has hosted an annual summer pig roast going back many years in history. Recently the chapter has hosted this picnic for 6 years running.
Last week’s pig roast was a cold one. Temperatures were in the 50s and 60s with sprinkles on and off. Brothers kept warm with blankets and socialization under the shelter.
Excellent as usual, the pork hit the spot with the approximately 50-60 alumni and collegiate brothers in attendance.

Of special note was the attendance of Past Grand President, Mark Chiacchiari (of Ohio). Travel worked out that Mark and his family could stop by the picnic on their way home from a family vacation in California.

Thank you, TCAC for inviting Des Moines brothers to another great event!

Brother walking Camino de Santiago

Sarah, a member of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter is currently in Spain, walking the Camino de Santiago.

Follow her blog here:

Writing June 9, Sarah blogged she has wanted to…
“walk the Camino for years now as well as backpack around Europe. One of my biggest regrets in college was not studying abroad, so in some way this trip is making up for it.
People walk the Camino for many reasons: health, soul searching, to prove something, adventure, and many more. I’m sure a little bit of all of those reasons helped to lead to me going but the best way that I can put it for my reason is that I felt called.”

Sarah graduated from Iowa State University where she was a brother in the Mu Psi chapter and has been teaching business in Mason City, Iowa after earning a Masters in secondary education from Drake University.

Franchised to 2018

This week, the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi completed its franchising forms and will again be recognized as an official alumni chapter for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. For a summary of what the alumni chapter accomplished in the past year and where it currently stands, please find the PDF of the 2016-2017 Annual Report uploaded the “Docs” tab of this weblog.

Check out the “Officers” tab of the weblog to connect with the newly elected leadership of the chapter. Many of the officers were reelected to their positions at the annual meeting June 15, and 1 of the officers is new to her post.

Check out the “Calendar” tab of the weblog to see what is coming up. On the FB Group there are 3 new events that have been created for a few of the chapter’s summer events.

Summer Events Planned at Annual Meeting

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its annual meeting June 15. Much business was conducted at the Legends American Grill downtown. But much socializing and enjoyment also occured over beers and food. Officers for the coming fiscal year were elected, chapter operations and goals were discussed, and much debate was had regarding legislation to be voted on at the upcoming Grand Chapter Congress.

Several Summer events were planned around central Iowa. Be sure to check the calendar page of this weblog for info on these events as well as links to Facebook events.