I would like to provide an update regarding the Chapter, the Chapter House, and the recent 150th anniversary for the Chapter on Hanover’s campus. The Chapter has a full membership. The House is full and we expect to have an excellent rush. The Chapter’s GPA is over 3.0, which is very high compared to the remainder of the campus. Those of us involved in the Chapter’s progress could not be prouder of our active brothers!
It is also worth noting that no longer does the Chapter owe the college money. You may recall that several years back, the Chapter had an “environmental” crisis and borrowed over $300k to repair the damage and reopen the house. That debt has now been repaid. We continue to own both the house and property by taking advantage of a unique refinancing opportunity with the Phi Delta Theta Palmer Foundation to consolidate debt at better terms.
No one would be able to guess that our house is over 50 years old. Thanks to the diligent work of current (Jon Bond ’97) and past board presidents, we are happy to report the house is in terrific condition. A sprinkler system was installed over the summer for Chapter protection and insurance purposes. As necessary as this was, it was not cheap! Over $100k was spent to install the new system. We hope to recover much of that cost with reduced insurance costs over the next few years. Otherwise, the kitchen is in terrific shape as are the member’s rooms, the living areas and the exterior paint, landscaping, etc.
Our 150th anniversary was a huge success and attended by over 160 brothers, family, and friends. There was a bonfire event at the house on Friday, and a special invitation to the college’s athletic hall of fame brunch on Saturday morning. A ceremony was held Saturday at noon to celebrate the dedication of a permanent plaque near the “old” house. Both the college president and national officers were present at the ceremony. After the dedication, alumni attended the Hanover College vs. Rose-Hulman football game with complimentary game tickets provided to all by the college. President Lambert invited all Phis to his private box in the stadium and to have use of the college’s athletic hall of fame tailgating tent. Past Chapter president and national officer, Andrew Cole ’11, and board member Kevin Christman ’88 arranged a Saturday evening buffet at the Livery Stable Banquet Hall. It was terrific! What a weekend!
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Here is hoping we can provide such a positive report each year forward.
Yours in the Bond,
Joe Luigs ’65