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.

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!

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.

Sushi, DSMUSA, Drake’s impact on central Iowa

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its monthly happy Hour Wednesday May 17 at Sakari on Ingersoll.

Attendance was slightly higher than average with 9 alumni brothers from around central Iowa attending the social event. There was much discussion about what is the best sushi, how to order sushi, how to eat sushi, and ‘what is dynamite shrimp?’ The answer may still be unknown but it is really good! It was a fun time with discussion of summer travel plans, recent injuries, future alumni chapter event ideas, and company re-branding.

3 alumni chapter members, who all happen to be women, and their names each start with the letter “J” have birthdays within a week of each other. So we were lucky enough to have some great cake at the happy hour. An excellent time was had by all in attendance.

Stay tuned for info on the June annual meeting.

Drake University made news last week, releasing information on the school’s economic impact on central Iowa. Many of the stats were impressive including:
Drake’s status as a “brain gain” institution—a net importer of students and skilled employees—boosts the regional economy by more than $2 billion.
Drake supports 3,369 jobs and $187.5 million in workers’ earnings annually through its day-to-day operations, construction projects, and spending by students and visitors.
The University’s broad range of academic, recruitment, and athletic programming attracts thousands of out-of-town visitors who spend $14.9 million and directly or indirectly contribute to $26.7 million in economic output for the region.

Replacing the seizedesmoines.com website and the CarpeDM slogan, The Greater Des Moines Partnership is pleased to share a new regional identifier: DSM USA. DSM USA is a bold statement to the world: This is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. This regional identifier is the result of significant quantitative and qualitative research, and its launch coincides with the launch a new website to market the Greater Des Moines (DSM): DSMpartnership.com.

Alum reunite for Relays 2017

During the running of the Drake Relays, the Drake chapter of Delta Sigma Pi hosted their alumni picnic Saturday, April 28.

It was a rainy, cool weekend, so luckily the chapter reserved the game room inside the Drake West Village student housing complex. This room featured a TV showing the Drake Relays, Foosball, Shuffleboard, and Pool tables, the tasty picnic food, and the excellent brotherhood shared between collegiates and alumni. About 6 alumni attended the picnic, several traveling from out-of-state to be there.

And brothers can get together again next week (perhaps not the out-of-state people). The May happy hour will be Wednesday, May 17. Note that Wednesday is the day of the happy hour, it’s not a typo. See the calendar page of this weblog and FB for more details.
The happy hour will be at Sakari Sushi Lounge on Ingersoll. From their website: “SAKARI HAS AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF SUSHI ROLLS AND FEATURES A VARIETY OF JAPANESE CUISINE FOR BOTH LUNCH AND DINNER. CHECK OUT OUR MENU. END YOUR BUSY WORK DAY WITH SAKARI’S HAPPY HOUR FROM 5-7 MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, FEATURING $4.50 HOUSE ROLLS, $2.50 KIRIN DRAFTS, DOMESTIC BOTTLED BEER AND SAKE BOMBS. START WITH ONE OF THEIR GREAT APPETIZERS AND LET SAKARI SHOW YOU WHY THEY ARE THE BEST SUSHI BAR IN THE METRO. SAKARI IS LOCATED AT 2605 INGERSOLL AVENUE.”

Multiple Alumni Opportunities

Save the date for Tuesday April 25.

National alumni day is a great time to participate in the 4.25 drive.

Also check out the calendar page of this weblog to find updates on the events coming up Friday April 28 and Saturday April 29.

Last week was the April happy hour hosted by the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.

The event was held at the newly-opened 2nd location of Peace Tree Brewing. This taproom in the East Village was fun and had good brews available for sale. Sour beers are brewed here, but none of the alumni brothers in attendance went for the sour beers. A fun time was had by all in attendance.