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

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2018 begins with HH, book of lists

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi will kick off the new year with a happy hour in January. Check the ‘calendar’ page of this weblog for links to the FB events for the Thursday January 18 happy hour at Sully’s Irish Pub in West Des Moines. Make your New Year’s Resolution to join a group of local alumni brothers starting around 5:30 pm. There will certainly be discussion about upcoming events for 2018 including participation in the February Halsey Volley Ball and Basketball Tournament.

The award-winning Twin Cities Alumni Chapter (TCAC) has compiled a year-in-review PDF that can be found online here. Check it out to see what our neighbors to the North have accomplished in 2017. It features many good photos throughout its 8 pages.

Another thing to view or save is the Des Moines Business Record’s 2018 “Book of Lists” (online here). This publication notes many of the major employers, groups, boards, industries, etc. around central Iowa. Save it for handy reference during the year.

Thankful for tacos and magazine

Last week the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its monthly happy hour. For many brothers it was their first time visiting the Urbandale location of Taco Hangover.

Many of the 7 alumni and 5 collegiate brothers in attendance ate tacos, but no one received a hangover from this evening social held November 16. There was some discussion about a community service initiative the chapter will be participating in. But mostly it was a fun time exchanging laughs and stories of working life (a life the collegiates are anxious to enter and the alumni are wishing they could transport out of…and go back to their college days).

Look for more details soon about the December holiday party.

“The Deltasig” magazine has been published. Look online for the November 2017 issue featuring photos and a summary of the 2017 NOLA GCC, awards, foundation giving, and more.

Sept. HH & Fall LEAD

The September Happy Hour of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi is next week. Check Facebook for the latest details on the after-work social at the University Library Cafe (3506 University Ave. 50311) Thursday September 21.

The previous happy hour was August 31 at the relatively new Barn Town Brewing in West Des Moines. Alumni brothers enjoyed spicy popcorn, craft beers (including some mead), and a selection of dinner treats. There was even some ice cream eaten at the after-party at Rita’s down the street.

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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.

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.

New Taproom, ARL Community Service

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.

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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.

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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.