February 2016 Update
Greetings esteemed Alumni! Just a reminder, my name is Rollin LeMand and I am your Alumni Secretary. It has been a while since the semester's first newsletter has been sent out so this will serve as a monthly update for February 2016. My goal from the very beginning as Alumni Secretary has been to involve you all as much as possible in the day-to-day happenings in the chapter. Here are a few pieces that I and a few of my brothers have written about the chapter!
With two weeks of classes standing in the way of Spring Break, many brothers are becoming eager to begin their travels across the country, and even some outside the United States, to enjoy their rightfully deserved, week off from school. Georgia, New Jersey, New York, California, Canada, Cancun, and the Bahamas are a few of the many places Delta Chis will be this Spring Break. Along with these destinations, some brothers will be staying in town to welcome home recent Delta Chi alumni. These alumni will be traveling to Daytona Beach from around the state, to as far away as France. Stay tuned after Spring Break to hear all about of our brothers’ trips and much more!
Daytona 500 Fundraiser
On the weekend of February 20th and 21st, the Embry-Riddle Chapter of Delta Chi worked countless hours at Daytona International Speedway. Beginning at 6am on both days, brothers operated a large concession stand that sold specialty sandwiches among other fanfare. Not only was this a great fundraising experience, as a large amount of money was raised by the chapter, but the brothers thoroughly enjoyed working it with one another. As the larger fundraiser of the semester is over, a few smaller fundraisers are set to take place later on in the semester. Be sure to check in each month to learn more about what fundraising and other events are scheduled next!
Socials with Embry-Riddle Greek Life
With the close of the month, our social chair has been very busy keeping the chapter busy. So far we have had a bonfire BBQ at the beach with Embry-Riddle's Sigma Sigma Sigma chapter. The event was a resounding success as laughs were shared around a beach campfire with good food and good company. Another social that has happened is the one pictured below. That social was a dinner and backyard hangout with the Alpha Xi Delta chapter here on campus. Another successful event, all due to our great brothers and social chairs, Alex Woodrow and Gabe Centeno.
The only group picture I could find from the social with Alpha Xi Delta. Totally normal.
Among the many things that we have to look forward to this semester is our breaking-ground ceremony. I know a few may roll their eyes at the thought of breaking ground “again” but this time we have a fully funded house and the construction company is a mere few weeks away from getting started. It is in the works now that a possible Alumni function will be happening around the time of the breaking ground ceremony so we can all gather and celebrate this momentous occasion. You will all be notified of important dates as far ahead of time as possible.
Lastly, the possibility of a spring formal is being considered by our formal chair, Tyler Dalicandro. Tyler has worked hard all semester to formulate an impressive get-away for us, in the hopes of rivaling the previous one we had in the fall. Since that last one involved more than five pontoon boats and a weekend at a vacation resort in St. Augustine, all of us are on the edge of our seats awaiting to hear what he has in store.
Brother of the Month
Earlier, I mentioned that one of the main things I strive to do as Alumni Secretary is to make you guys, our alumni, feel as involved in the chapter as possible. I believe a great way to do that is to help you guys get to know our active members. I'd like to highlight my brother, Alex Woodrow. Alex has served as social chair, Standards Board member, and held position of Secretary. Below is a short interview with him.
What is your major and academic standing, and what year do you expect to graduate?
Aerospace Engineering, Junior, 2017
What is your dream job?
I’d really enjoy working at a company at the forefront of space technologies. An example of this would be a company like Planetary Resources, whose endeavors with space mining are something I really resonate with.
What convinced you to join Delta Chi?
I was pretty bored my first semester at school just playing rugby, and was suitemates with two people who were rushing. After they went through it, and I saw how much fun they had doing it, I came out and rushed.
What has convinced you to stay with Delta Chi?
The brothers. I really connected with all the brothers during my pledge process, and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with them as a brother. I also really like getting to know new members each semester, and helping them learn about how awesome Delta Chi is.
You’ve been to some pretty cool places this past summer. Where did you go, and was there a story that really stood out?
I stayed in Germany this summer, and took a couple trips to France and Denmark. One of my favorite stories from that time was actually meeting up with a brother who was living in Germany for the summer. I took a trip up to Hamburg (where he was staying), and we ended up hanging out and exploring the city together. We may have also gotten drunk at a bar on the top floor of a skyscraper, but that’s a story better told in person.
As always feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have! Your feedback is always appreciated. Expect the next monthly update at the end of March. This report was written with the help of the members of the Alumni Relations Committee, James Donahue and Mike Lemonie.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2018
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science Major
Alumni Secretary | The Delta Chi Fraternity
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