From the Elder President

Brothers, Another school year and summer concluded at the Pi Chapter and we are now well into the fall semester. There was a significant amount of work done at the Chapter House while school was adjourned, a necessity for our grand old house. Some of the projects include a new roof for the front porch, fire-rated doors on the third floor, and new gutters where needed. By the start of the new school year, the House was in excellent shape and is a source of pride for us and the entire neighborhood.

Thanks to an excellent year of donations from our devoted Alumni, we are able to afford the necessary costs of upkeep for the Chapter House. Particular thanks go out to Brothers Harvey Poppel and Ivan Smith, each of whom issued a "Donation Challenge," by which they volunteered to "match" the donations of certain alumni groups.

We celebrated Alumni Weekend (AW) in Troy/Albany on the last weekend of April. We all had a great time. It was good seeing and meeting old and new friends. Next year’s AW is set for the weekend of April 19th, 2008. Let’s have an even better turnout.

The school year started on August 27th and the Actives were back at the Chapter House on August 19th. for “Work Week.” On Sunday, August 26th, we held our annual “Rush Preview” meeting with Alumni and Actives in Troy, making plans for this year’s rush.

The International Convention this year was held August 14-18 in Lincoln, NE. (Go to for more information.) We sent three undergraduates, and as usual this is a great learning experience for them, as well as a lot of fun. I fully expect that participation at the convention will improve their rush skills and give them a better understanding of our brotherhood and what we expect from each other.

I hope all is well with all of our brotherhood and their families. Remember to mark AW, the weekend of April 19, 2008 on your calendar. See you there!

In Tau Kappa Phi, Rick Kasold '70