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.
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.
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.
Once again, the Twin Cities Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi hosted a summer pig roast (an annual tradition). The 2016 event was Saturday, June 25 at Antlers Park in Lakeville, Minnesota. Of the 48 people registered, 3 traveled from Des Moines. Also of note was 1 brother from Colorado and another from Nebraska. Several former central Iowa residents who now live in the twin cities attended the pig roast.
The food was excellent. Divine Swine was the caterer (same as in recent years).
There were many yard games played and much fun was had that afternoon. And there were even brothers who went swimming at the beach! The weather was very hot for the picnic and there had been some storms in the area the night before.
A great time was had by everyone in attendance. Including those brothers from Des Moines! Thank you, TCAC.
One of the attendees of the June 2014 TCAC Pig Roast was brother Doug Daggett, the Republican endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, Richfield, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Hopkins, New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, and parts of Edina, Spring Lake Park, and St. Anthony. He is challenging incumbent U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (DFL).
We would expect a Representative Daggett to (among other things) further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community. It will be a difficult race as Minnesota’s 5th is one of the most left-leaning districts in the state. The incumbent, Keith Ellison (DFL), won 55.56% of the vote in 2006, 70.88% in 2008, 67.69% in 2010, and most recently 74.47% in 2012. Barack Obama won 73.23% of the vote in MN-5 in 2012.
Another elected office-holder is Grand President Onuka Ibe. His recent alumni message is below: