2018 TCAC pig roast more than a little laugh

Two brothers from Des Moines traveled to the Twin Cities over the June 23, 2018 weekend to attend the annual Twin Cities Alumni Chapter (TCAC) Pig Roast.
Their annual tradition usually draws a good crowd, including roughly 6 dues-paying members of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter.

There were some changes for the 2018 event. The first was location. Instead of the Lakeville location, the event was held at Minnehaha Regional Park near the heart of Minneapolis, MN. And contrary to what some brothers (with a sense of humor) tell you, Minnehaha does not translate to “little laugh”.

The park featured many shelters (one of which was reserved for the event), trails, splash park, historic sites, food, bike rentals, and of course the picturesque Minnehaha Falls.

(The above photo is at the top of the falls. The photo below is below the falls.)

There was also a new caterer this year, and they did not disappoint. Pulled pork was fall-off-the-bone-tender. The BBQ sauces hit the spot. And there were several positive comments about the sides of mac & cheese, baked beans, and potato salad.

The weather this year was nearly perfect for the pig roast. Temps were in the upper 70s and mid 80s. Sky was clear. Brothers playing the fun yard games could have broke a sweat, but those socializing under the shelter stayed cool. All had a good time. Thank you, TCAC, for hosting another great event!

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2018 Annual Meeting Results

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its annual meeting on Thursday June 21. This year’s annual meeting had good attendance, a fun atmosphere, and excellent conversation about future ideas and current planning.

The chapter had reserved the meeting room at the Ingersoll Palmer’s location, which provided a good space for taking care of official business as well as enjoying the social.
Many brothers enjoyed the keynote presentation by one brother who recently returned from Europe after about 1 year away, having backpacked and volunteered along the way.
The annual report was presented. Find the PDF version on the “Docs” page of this weblog.
Officer elections were held. Find the new officers on the “Officers” page of this weblog.
Events in-the-works were discussed along with ideas for new events. Many ideas were brought up for socials, community service, and professional development. Be sure to check out the “Calendar” page of this weblog for all the latest.

After the June 21 meeting all the online forms were completed and the franchising and insurance fees paid so that the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter is officially franchised through June 30, 2019. Here’s to another good year!

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.

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.

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

Happy Holidays

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its annual holiday tradition Saturday December 9. Several alumni brothers got together for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.

Thanks to Jody for hosting an excellent social event featuring a ‘Yankee Swap’ gift exchange, games, food, and drinks. Many brothers had never played the ‘meme’ card/party game ‘What Do You Meme?”. It was fun to play and lots of laughs were had.

For more things holiday, head to YouTube to watch Grand President, Tricia’s 32-second video (link here)

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter plans to field a volley ball team at the Feb. 9-11, 2018 Halsey Tournament. See the “Halsey” tab and “Calendar” tab of this weblog for more info and get registered before prices increase December 20.