Saturday, February 25, 2017

Three Big Social Events this Spring

We will be having three major social events this spring.  The first will be our Founder’s Day event, which will take place on April 7th at Huey’s Knight Club in New Brunswick.  The Knight Club is located at 164 Easton Avenue.  It is a few blocks north of Olde Queens Tavern on the same side of the street.  It is also a short walk from the chapter house.  We have drawn large crowds for this event each of the last two years and we look forward to more of the same this year.  The format will be the same, with the party beginning at 6:00 PM.  We have exclusive use of the Knight Club from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at which time it will be open to the public, but you can stay as long as you like.  We will have pizza and beer as we have done in the past.


80+ Theta Chi Alumni Founders Day 2016


The second event is the Theta Chi Tailgate that is held before, during, and after the Rutgers Spring Game, which will be held on Saturday, April 22nd. We will begin the tailgate at 1:30pm. The spring game itself will begin at 5:00 PM.  This has also proven to be a well attended event over the last few years.


Finally, the second annual Theta Chi Dart Tournament will be held at the chapter house.  The tournament will also be held on April 22nd.  The tournament will commence at 2:00 PM.  There is a $50.00 admission fee which includes pizza and refreshments as well as a small prize to the winner of the tournament.  There will also be a donation to the chapter from remaining proceeds.
All of these events have been successful in the past and we expect the same to hold true this year.  Hopefully a lot of you will be in attendance at one or more of these events.  I hope to see a lot of you this April!

Fraternally,

Glenn L. Long '72
President
Theta Chi Alumni Association. Beta Delta Chapter

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Brother Cherrie Receives Theta Chi Distinguished Achievement Award

On January 21, 2017 I had the honor of attending an award ceremony where Brother Stan Cherrie, Brigadier General and alumnus '64, received the Theta Chi Distinguished Achievement Award.  This ceremony was part of Theta Chi University, a regional leadership conference that was sponsored by nationals and hosted at Rutgers by our own Beta Delta Chapter.  The National Executive Director of Theta Chi, Michael Mayer was on hand to personally present the award.

I was astonished to learn during Brother Mayer's opening remarks that the Distinguished Achievement Award had only been bestowed upon 69 brothers nationwide out of over 180,000 members throughout the history of the Theta Chi.  As impressive as that was, Brother Cherrie's personable style and amazing career achievements showed why he was so deserving to be named as the 70th recipient.  Fortunately, I was able to capture some of this on video.  The opening few minutes of this video features Brother Mayer and the award presentation, followed by "about 10 minutes" of Brother Cherrie's talk on leadership.



When we initially put the word out on Facebook about the upcoming award presentation, several of Stan's Theta Chi contemporaries posted their congratulations, but many were unable to attend in person including Stan's wife Mary Ellen. I wanted to share my video with them, I hope you enjoy it.

I'd like to add that before his speech, Brother Cherrie had already spent some quality time with undergrads at their morning conference breakout sessions, and stuck around to participate in afternoon sessions. Toward the end of his talk, Brother Cherrie offered to mentor any brothers who reach out to him for help in working through whatever leadership challenges they're facing.

Godspeed
Todd Davis '90


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Rutgers OX Alumni Email Sign-up Drive



Failure to Communicate!

I've heard lots of feedback from fellow OX alumni over the years that we need better communication to increase the turnout for our alumni events. This always conjures up that awesome quote from Cool Hand Luke, "What we've got hear is failure to communicate!"



This is exactly why I starting working with our Alumni Board to see if we can update our methods and improve the situation.  So far, I've been posting on our RU OX Alumni Facebook page and started this Blog, I'm also working to update our website content and sending out some occasional emails.

Unfortunately our "email list" had gotten pretty far out-of-date, alarmingly we were at the point where the number of rejects was greater than the deliveries.  I've rebuilt our official email list from scratch using the free Mail Chimp platform and the current email addresses I had, but we were still only at 94 subscribers. Obviously, this is not acceptable as we could only communicate with about 25% of our total alumni base.

The Solution: Class Captains Email Drive

We put the email sign-up form on our website homepage, and I've enlisted our Class Captains to help get the word out that we need everyone to sign-up on our official Beta Delta Alumni Email list.

The process is simple and painless, and we won't bury you with spam emails. It's more about sending out important announcements, pdf versions of the Bugle, and details on upcoming social events.

To succeed, what we really need is for every Rutgers OX alumni brother to manage their own subscription info. If you received my email about the "2nd Annual Alumni Dart Tournament" delivered to the right inbox, then you're good-to-go.  If not, please be sure to visit our homepage and fill in the short email sign-up form. Be sure to click the mail chimp confirmation email that gets sent to your email address.

Thanks to the effort of the Class Captains so far, we've already increased from 94 to 120 subscribers in just 2 weeks.  Personally, I'd like to see us get over 250 subscribers, so please spread the word and encourage others to visit "betadeltaonline.com" to sign themselves up.

Thanks!

Todd Davis '90
Alumni Social Media Chair