June 2 Meeting Minutes

Thank you to those of you that attended!  Here is a copy of our June 2 meeting minutes.


I.  Officer Reports
  • Social Chairman- Francis Slay
    • Brewer’s Heritage Festival (Volunteer Opportunity) on June 15-17 at the Ballpark Village
    • SEMO Alumni Assocation’s Thursdays in St. Louis- June 14th from 6-8 pm at Trainwreck Saloon in Westport.
  • Undergraduate Liaison- Chris Eckelkamp (not in attendance, report given by undergraduates)
    • 11 brothers graduated in May
    • $2000 raised for Derby Days
    • They are designated as a Bell Scholarship Chapter through the Sigma Chi Foundation.  The award is given to chapter’s among a number of criteria including alumni donations to the Foundation.  A big thank you to all making this possible for the undergraduates.
    • With the Bell Scholarship, more brothers are given stipends to attend BLTW.  This year, 12 Epsilon Phi undergraduates will be attending BLTW!
    • Alex Benjamin is the chapter’s Recruitment Chairman, and he will be forwarding events as soon as they are scheduled.  IFC’s recruitment period is from August 20-August 31.  Stay tuned for more information.
    • Any further Undergraduate Liaison reports will be added by Chris.
  • Secretary- Mike Menke (not in attendance)
    • Any further report will be added by Mike.
  • Treasurer- Steve Mortensen
    • Money will be deposited into the Grauel fund in order to continue replenishing the Grauel Scholarship Fund.
  • Vice President- Karl Gokenbach
    • Thank you to alumni that have attended our meetings and have been participating.  When you come to our meetings, please bring someone new with you.  New people mean new ideas and new ideas help our organization grow.
  • President- Ed Beckmann
    • Nominations will begin at our fall meeting.  Elections will take place at our winter meeting.
    • Survey will be going out before our next meeting.  This survey will help us assess our club’s progress and direction.  The survey will also have a question asking about your pledge class.  We are trying to continue to open up our communication mediums, and finding people from each pledge class is one step in the right direction.  Thank you to Ron Alfred for your input.
    • Greek Village Meetings
      • June 20 at 6 pm at the University Center in Cape Girardeau
      • June 21 at 7 pm at Triumph Bar and Grill in St. Louis (3419 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO)
      • This meeting is an informational meeting for anyone interested in the future of Greek housing at SEMO, as well as for people that specialize in architecture and financing to provide input.  If you have any further questions, contact Ed.
      • SIU-Carbondale is starting its I-Week on August 26 with the installation on Saturday, September 1.  Alumni volunteers will be needed, and I will be sending out information whenever it comes my way.
        • Epsilon Phi is the installing chapter.
II. Old Business
  • Scholarship
    • Will be handed out as early as Family Weekend and as late as Homecoming.
      • The Foundation asks for a two week turnaround time, and that may have an effect on when the scholarship is handed out.  The ideal date is Family Weekend on September 22.
      • Undergraduates will be sorting through the applications and will determine the scholarship finalists.
      • Alumni will have a final say in who receives the award.  The award will come from the Harold O. Grauel Fund and the Sigma Chi Foundation.
      • If you would like to be a part of the committee that determines the award winner, please send me an e-mail.
      • The prizes will cover the winner’s fraternity dues for the semester.
      • The award application has been forwarded to the chapter’s Recruitment Chairman and the IFC V.P. of Recruitment, Sig Adam Kazda, to follow policy.
III. New Business
  • Next Meeting- Middle to End of August.  Future details to come.
  • Family Weekend is September 22 and Homecoming Weekend is October 19 and 20.
  • Alumni Golf Tournament information will be released shortly.  After I receive information, it will be forwarded your way.
IV.  Announcements- If you hear or know of any “big” events happening in a brother’s life such as an engagement or a new baby, please send them to the Exec. Committee so we can make sure their event is recognized.
  • The Feldt family welcomed a baby girl in April!
  • The Kehlenbrink family welcomed a baby boy recently!
  • Rob Vollmar has moved back to the St. Louis area after a brief stint in the D. C. area!
  • Tom Legrand started a job at Mercy Healthcare!
  • Eric Mues was married in April to his wife Julie!
  • Nate Wills will be a Principal next year in Puxico, MO!
  • I apologize if that information is inaccurate, but I think I got everything there right!
  • Like I said, if you know of any life-altering changes, please let us know.
  • We are also looking at planning a summer outing for the last weekend in July before brothers leave for BLTW.  It will be for undergraduates and alumni, and it is a potential recruitment opportunity for our chapter.  We’ll send you details in our next e-mail.
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Derby Days

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Derby Days, as usual, was an incredible time in Cape Girardeau.  The events started on Friday evening on May 4 with a Derby Darling pageant.  The pageant had members from the participating sororities participating in events such as “Win A Date With A Sigma Chi” and some colorful poetry about the chapter of both the roast-worthy and the appreciative, complimentary variety.  Saturday morning’s event was a field day with everything from water balloon launching to an obstacle course.  The sororities walked away impressed, and everyone had a great time.  The winners of this year’s event were the women of Alpha Chi Omega, and the chapter will be donating $2000 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.


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The Numbers Are In…

The spring pledge class will have 13 men.  This is one of the largest spring classes that we’ve ever had at Epsilon Phi.  Great job by the UGs!

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Upcoming Events


The SEMO Alumni Association is planning an “Alumni Pre-Game Gathering” for the SEMO Redhawks and SIUE Cougars basketball game.  The gathering is on February 11 at 5:30 on SIUE’s campus at Birger Hall.  The game is at 7:00 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at www.siuecougars.com or at (855)SIUE-TIX.  If you would like more information on the Gathering or what SEMO is planning for the game, you can contact the Alumni Association at alumni@semo.edu or (573)651-2259.


Province is being held this weekend at SEMO.  If you would like more information contact Ed at esbeckmann1s@me.com or Brice at bricesechrest@gmail.com.

Make-A-Wish / St. Louis Young Professionals Happy Hour

The flyer attached is for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the St. Louis Young Professionals membership drive.  The event will be held Thursday, March 8th at Herbies starting at 6:30 p.m.  Herbies’ address is listed below, and this is a great opportunity to meet younger professionals in the St. Louis area with the money being raised going towards a good cause.  If you are interested and would like more information shoot either myself or Francis an e-mail at Francis.G.Slay@efleets.com

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January 14 Meeting Minutes

Here are the minutes from our meeting on Saturday, January 14
1.  Elections
The following officers were placed by slate.  Congratulations to the new Executive Officers of the Epsilon Phi-St. Louis Alumni Club
Vice President- Karl Gokenbach
Secretary- Mike Menke
Treasurer- Steve Mortensen
Undergraduate Liaison- Chris Eckelkamp
Social Chairman- Francis Slay
2..  Harold O. Grauel Scholarship
We have decided that our scholarship route will go through the Grauel fund.  We are in the process of starting dialogue with the Cape Girardeau alumni and the Sigma Chi Foundation to figure out where we should go from here.  Since we are still in the beginning stages, we hope to have more information in the coming weeks.
3.  2012 Province Workshop
Province will be held at SEMO this year on the second weekend in February.  When more details arise you will be notified.  If you would like to help out with this year’s Province, let me know or contact Brice at brice.sechrest@gmail.com
4.  Undergraduate Update
They have recently elected a new Exec. Board, here are their new officers.
Consul- Ross Freeman
Pro Consul- Glenn Ellington
Annotator- Taylor Johnston
Recruitment- Alex Benjamin
Magister- Andrew Feldt
Tribune- Alex Maxam
Quaestor- Derek Piper
Adam Kazda has also been elected to serve on the IFC Executive Board as the V. P. of Recruitment.
The undergraduates also have ten potential holdovers from the fall recruitment class for their spring class.  Here’s to the UGs keeping up the good work!
5.  Initiation Party
Something else that we are looking at and will be discussing at a future meeting is throwing a social event for the UGs after their spring initiation.  We will keep you posted.
6.  Dates to Keep in Mind
February 9– St. Louis Young Professionals Happy Hour at Herbies.  St. Louis Young Professionals are a group of professionals in all occupations from sales to education that are looking to network and beneift the St. Louis area.  The dues are $30 and the dues donate money toward the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  They have happy hour events every month or so, and this is a great opportunity to get our organization involved in.  Check your future e-mails for information.  If you have any further questions, contact Francis for details.
Saturday, March 10 will be our next meeting.  2:00 at Helen Fitzgeralds.  See you there!
Have a great week, and keep in touch!
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Homecoming Results

The Epsilon Phi chapter won this year’s Homecoming.  They won the triple crown of intramural sports, Greek Week 2011, and Homecoming 2011.  Great job brothers!

Stay tuned for information about initiation.

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On September 17th, our alma-mater, and OVC Championship winning, SEMO Redhawks are taking on Purdue University.  To cheer and celebrate, we are going to Mike Duffy’s in Kirkwood to watch the game at 11 a.m.  Here is the address to Mike Duffy’s…

124 W Jefferson Ave

Kirkwood, MO 63122


We’d love to see you there!  Have a great weekend!

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