Our New “Old Gal” experienced its first Homecoming on October 8th, 9th, and 10th, while still under construction. This significant occasion was witnessed by the 57 alumni. The total Homecoming attendance, including undergraduates, wives and dates was 90. The ΑΣΦ Homecoming attendees commemorated this major milestone in our history by Inaugurating the New Old Gal's construction site with Mystic Soil from the sites of our six pervious fraternity houses.
We also celebrated Bother John Goudy # 758, was awarded National's Delta Beta Xi Award. "Goud" is our construction manager and has been instrumental in seeing that the new Old Gal was built on S. Darling. Goud's dedication to our House is not new. Many stories were told, including that when he was in the house he would invite prospective pledges to join him on his dates with his now wife, Cheryl.
Built on the successful format for Homecomings we started in 2012, the weekend started with a Thursday afternoon Welcome Reception at the Holiday Inn Express where and Brothers, wives and dates gathered into small groups for dinner at local restaurants. The night ended with Nut Nite in the party room at the Old Gal on Maumee.
Our Friday golf event has been such a success that Trine ask Goud to expand the event in 2015 to include all fraternities and sororities. To encourage future growth of this Greek Golf event, Goud ask us to let the Sig Eps win:-)
Friday afternoon at The "circus" Tent set up next to the New Old Gal, the first part of the Inauguration was held with Trine President Dr. Brooks and Angola Mayor, Dick Hickman providing congratulatory speeches to the Beta Omicron Chapter for building our New Old Gal on Fraternity Row.
House Corp. President, and House Champaign Chairman , Paul Ruegamer #913 and Tux (John) Anderson #864 spoke eloquently about our accomplishment of building the New Old Gal and at the presentation of Brother Goudy's Delta Beta Xi award that followed.
Once again ΑΣΦ won the Participation Award at the Friday night Trine Touch Stone Dinner, but this year we were the talk of the town. Alumnus John Alexander #369 won the Distinguished Trine Alumni of the Year Award for 2015 and our New Old Gal on Trine's University Row was featured along with John Goudy and the Sig Cup Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, Nathaniel Scroggins #1171 was the school's Student of the Year for his work in Trine's Innovation One development of Nick Santino' #657 Reaction Light sports race starting system. Nick's starter's light was also the product featured as an example that is manufactured by Innovation One. Brothers Darryl Shoff #750 and Mick Galiyano #757 were noted for their life time commitments to Trine University. If ΑΣΦ Homecoming Committee would have had planned an Alumni Awards Ceremony, we would have been seriously upstaged.
The Friday night party at The Tent that followed was a gala affair, with the unintended first beers drank in the New Old Gal by a couple of Alpha Sig undergrads. This was done with spot lights provided by the Angola Police Department. Good thing they have an eye on our fenced construction site. Alpha Sigs will be Alpha Sigs.
The Saturday morning Alumni Meeting was eventful as the Alumni Association and House Corp prepares for its rolls once the construction is completed. The Alumni Association adopted a new clarified set of Bylaws during the past year and the House Corp. is discussing many significant changes last year's Bylaws Committee developed. These Annual Alumni Association meetings are well attended and new brothers are becoming involved. Logan Nickel #1128 was voted on the Alumni Association Board and Doc (Wes) Stinson #1118 was name the Grand Chapter Advisor, reporting directly to National on undergraduate affairs.
The afternoon Tailgate Party began with the physical Inauguration of the New Old Gal's first Homecoming. First the Brothers were invited to sign the exposed framing , then Brothers spread the Mystic Soil on its site as discussed above and in a previous post to this web site.
This was followed by a continuation of the ΑΣΦ Legends Storytellers session where alumni tell of their escapade as undergraduates. This year’s session started with master of ceremonies, Oddball (Tom Alspaugh) # 840 presenting Tux Anderson with a ΑΣΦ purple heart for the wounds he suffered from friendly fire in the 1972 ΑΣΦ war with the GDIs. Framer (Carl Hall) #1163 told how his American History Class' very late special project was completed in an half hour by buying patriotic stickers at the drug store and placing them on a piece of poster board. The professor liked it so much it ended up hanging in a museum at Michigan State University. If you see it, please don't tell them.
Our annual dinner had a construction theme for obvious reasons. Orange ΑΣΦ construction safety vests were the party favors. From that time on, any one who left the tent was asked directions by passing cars looking for parking. The catered affair provided an excellent meal and with a professional bartender. A working 1/15 scale model ΑΣΦ bulldozer was presented to "Bulldozer Nick" Santino for his significant contributions to the development of Homecoming, as we know it, and to the formation the current Alumni Relations Committee, as he retires as its Co-Chair.
The Undergrads also gave Bulldozer Nick their Alumni Of the Year Award. The undergraduate Chapter President also presented the active brothers with awards for scholastics, sports and dedication to the Fraternity. They closed out the awards singing the sweetheart song to the new Chapter Sweetheart.
Some Bothers went across the street to Trine's Oakridge Boys concert and many of us stayed at the tent till the wee hours continuing to tell ΑΣΦ Legends stories in small groups.
We hope this summary of Homecoming 2015 !! indicates the fun we are having at our Homecoming rendezvous, the positive influence your fraternity is having on campus and the success we have had in our goal, To Better the Man.
Our New Old Gal on Fraternity Row will be formally DEDICATED at:
Homecoming 2016, The Old Gal; a New Beginning.
PLEASE Mark your 2016 calendar to be in Angola --
Sept 29th, 30th and Oct 1st.