This past weekend, our Brothers at the University of Florida got down and dirty when they participated in Pi Beta Phi Sorority’s annual philanthropy, Down ‘N Dirty. This philanthropy consists of a BBQ and a flag football tournament, and the gentlemen of University of Florida’s various Fraternities compete in the tournament to be named the overall winner of Down ‘N Dirty! Exciting and fun, the event has some of the highest participation out of every Sorority philanthropy on the University of Florida campus. In 2013, the sisters of Pi Beta Phi raised over $22,000!
The Brothers of the Theta Delta Chapter of Chi Phi, who never back down from a challenge, got out there and got dirty as they played hard. While they didn’t make first place (that honor went to Delta Chi), the men of Chi Phi did manage to come in a very respectable third place out of all the Fraternities who participated!
Let’s give the men of Theta Delta props for not only getting out there and staying involved in their Greek community, but for not being afraid of getting dirty to help their sisters I Pi Beta Phi promote and support literacy through their donations to First Book, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
The Brothers of the Theta Delta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity at University of Florida certainly have plenty of reasons to be proud this month.
First, two of their Brothers were initiated into Florida Blue Key, which is University of Florida’s leadership honorary founded back in 1923. Florida Blue Key is nationally recognized as the breeding ground of Florida’s future leaders, with such past members at Lawton Chiles, Buddy MacKay, Bill Nelson, and many others. Chartered with the mission of developing civic mindedness, civility, and life-long learning and service, Florida Blue Key strives to achieve a level of servant leadership that not only enhances the lives of its members, but the greater community as well. Snaps to Brothers Brandon Corsentino and Brett Freidkes for being initiated into such a prestigious organization!
Second, Theta Delta also saw three of their Brothers be appointed to positions within University of Florida’s UF Interfraternity Council. Brother Thomas Echezabel was appointed and will serve as the Director of Information Technology; Brother Tyler Marinelli is going to serve as the Assistant Vice-President of Finance; and Brother Kevin Alagha will be serving as the Assistant Vice-President of Membership – Logistics. It’s always great to see our Brothers take an active role in not only their Fraternity, but also in the governing student bodies in their university. Congratulations go out to all of these young men, with well-wishes on much success in these new roles.
Finally, in true Chi Phi tradition, the Brothers of Theta Delta recently got together to clean up their community. These young men were not afraid to get their hands dirty as they set about clearing out debris, mowing lawns, and cleaning up playgrounds to keep the area not only looking good, but safe for the children as well. Once again, Chi Phi makes its mark on the community and gives back of their time and effort. Well done, Theta Delta!
Xi Delta has been moving and shaking this year! The Chi Phi Chapter at the Florida Institute of Technology made their mark at the 148th Congress this year, when they received the Thomas A. Gehring Award for Best Chapter! On top of that, Xi Delta was awarded Accreditation with Distinction for Two Consecutive Semesters and the Outstanding Alumni Newsletter Award! Way to go, Brothers!
On a more serious note, last month, the Brothers of Xi Delta gathered to pay their respects and pay tribute to the memory of past Grand Alpha Brother Richard Lane, who, sadly, was taken from us all too soon this past summer in an automobile accident. The Chapter and their local Alumni, along with National Director Brother Michael Azarian, came out to show their support. A memorial plaque for Brother Lane was given to the National Office, and an orange tree was planted on the side of the Xi Delta house in honor of Brother Lane.
(Information for this article was obtained from Xi Delta Alumni Association’s website, http://xdaa.org/chapter/Bathtub/Bathtub_November_2013.pdf).