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Fall 2012
Sigma Chi News
Sigma Chi at BGSU
s most of you know, Delta Kappa’s charter was relinquished voluntarily in 2004. While the decision to disbandwas painful, it was the only logical choice. By voluntarily giving up the charter opposed to having the charterrevoked, the door has been left open to recolonize at
.During the past several years, there have been efforts to begin the process of recolonizing but those efforts forany number of reasons stalled. One of the major stumbling points is the lack of local alumni who are able to play
a major role in the process. Fraternity and sorority life has changed signicantly over the years. Changes have
taken place due to issues stemming from media scrutiny regarding the pledging and initiation process, as well asthe increasing cost of a college education, the attitude of universities toward Greek organizations and the needs
of today’s students. The days of only one chapter advisor are over. Sigma Chi will not consider colonizing at anyuniversity unless there are ve or six alumni serving on an Alumni Advisory Board to mentor the ofcers of thecolony and the chapter ofcers. The preference of both Sigma Chi and
would be that the alumni making upthe advisory board be locally based and consist of Sigs from not only Delta Kappa but from other chapters as well.While it appears that the effort to recolonize is idle, it is not. Over the past two years, an alumni chapter hasbeen re-established in the greater Toledo area in an effort to identify local alumni brothers willing to help in the
colonization process and in advisory board capacities. We have identied several willing brothers, but not thenumbers we need to begin the ”intent process” with either Sigma Chi or
. However, we continue to activelygrow the alumni chapter, and hopefully, the numbers of brothers interested in helping at
A ”Sigma Chi Society” has been formed with the assistance of the BGSU Alumni Association. Forming such a groupwill garner University support with newsletter creation/distribution and to actively promote
with recruitmentand fundraising activities. Hopefully, forming this group will improve the communications with all Delta Kappa
brothers about Sigma Chi and the University.As a condition of becoming an ofcially registered alumni society we will not only publish newsletters but we are
also required to host an annual reunion event registered with the alumni association. We are planning an event
in either summer or fall of 2013. Brothers currently serving as ofcers of the “society” are Tim Ruff ’92, Bill Backus
’67, John Gest ’00 and Joe Martini ’63.We continue to keep in contact with the
Ofces of Student Affairs and Greek Life and Sigma Chi
headquarters. On both fronts, we have been told we are welcome to colonize as soon as the proper AlumniAdvisory Board is in place. As we continue to build an advisory board, there are several other items to consider.
Most importantly, we will need to begin a major fundraising effort. Currently, we have $25,000 available to helpwith some immediate expenses; in the long run, many more dollars will be needed to purchase initiation regalia,
ritualistic items, insurance, fund scholarships plus help support the never-ending needs of future college students.The goal is to recolonize as soon as possible but much work needs to be done. Alumni advisors are the key to asuccessful colonization and it is imperative to identify those willing and able to serve during re-colonization andbeyond before we formally submit our intent documentation to
and Sigma Chi Headquarters. If you or anybrother you know can commit the time and live in Northwest Ohio, please email Tim Ruff at
Remember that all Sigma Chi brothers are welcome to be involved regardless what university they attended as
Division of University AdvancementMileti Alumni Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Delta KappaSignificant Sigs
elta Kappa currently has severalbrothers who have been awarded
the Signicant Sig Award. Over the
past three years, three of our brothershave been added to the list of DeltaKappa who have been recognizedas brothers ”whose achievements in
their elds of endeavor have brought
honor and prestige to the name of
Sigma Chi.” Any undergraduate or
alumnus may nominate a brother for
this honor; nomination forms can be
found at
www.sigmachi.org/les/ Signicant_Sig_Nomination.pdf
and are due by November 15 of each
year for consideration.
John A. Lee ’46
Charles E. Shanklin ’51
Col. Donald E. Boomershine ’53James C. Young ’57Edward A. Ferkany ’59Robert K. Battaglia ’60Lary R. Scott ’61James T. Helwig ’65Robert B. Clasen ’66Robert W. Hill ’71Thomas A. Orchard ’75
(*) Indicates Chapter Eternal 
Order of Constantine
Each year, the Order of Constantine recognizes a group of up to 14Sigma Chi brothers for their commitment, dedication and service to theFraternity. Induction into the Order of Constantine is considered to bethe highest honor the Sigma Chi Fraternity can bestow upon one of its
Delta Kappa Constantine Sigs:
Joseph E. Martini ’63
Chapter Eternal
The following brothers have entered Chapter Eternal since June 1, 2011.Dr. Robert Hoellrich ‘65 Chapter Eternal 9/7/11Andrew E. Housholder ’55 Chapter Eternal 9/8/11Richard M. Salchow ’59 Chapter Eternal 10/2/11Kenneth K. Kisselle ’52 Chapter Eternal 12/6/11Henry Spangenberger ’58 Chapter Eternal 3/12/12Harold J. Deviney ’62 Chapter Eternal 3/17/12Dr. Emil E. Vavrik ’54 Chapter Eternal 3/28/12Charles E. Share ’50 Chapter Eternal 6/7/12If we have missed someone, please let us know by emailing the
information to
Founders Luncheon
he 12th Annual Delta Kappa “Founders Luncheon”
was held on Wednesday July 11, at the Bowling
Green Country Club. This year’s attendees included25 brothers, sweethearts and guests from bothSigma Chi HQ and the BGSU Alumni Association. Theluncheon included presentations by the University,
a re-colonization status report and provided anopportunity to renew friendships that have enduredfor over 60 years.
Back Row (L to R):
 Joe Martini, Ken Rider, Bill Backus, Jack Whittaker, Ron Zwierlein, Tim Ruff, Les Myers, Bob Schneider 
Middle Row (L to R):
Janet Beers, Tina Martini, Ina Mae Wagner,Ed Kuhn, Cindy Zwierlein, Joanne Schneider, Mary Pohlman
Front row (L to R):
Bernie Beers, Frank Wagner, Ev Rose Kuhn,Dick Kaufman, Carlton Flegle, Neil Pohlman

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Jack Frank added this note
Thanks for this information. I often wondered what happened to Delta Kappa. I have been out of touch with anyone from this chapter and my college days. I know quite a few persons in the picture and wish the photo was larger. I zoomed it but there was no detail and faces becare blurs. I'm 84 years old now, live in California, and really can't help with your recolonizing effort. Good luck!

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