THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER
By Dan Graff
The semi-annual Sigma Tau Chi Alumni meeting was held on May 11,2013 at the house. Seventeen alumni, along with an enthusiastic group of active members, attended the meeting. Elections were held and the results are as follows:
President – Dan Graff S ‘80
Vice President – Chris Marin S’06
House Treasurer – Howard Botting S’86
Alumni Treasurer – Dave Morgan S’82
Recording Secretary – Joe Basso S 86
2013 has been an exciting year for the Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association. House improvements are ongoing and the house looks better than I have seen it in years. We still have a ways to go, but we are determined to preserve the house of blue.
We are now faced with one of the biggest challenges in recent times that could jeopardize the future of the fraternity and the house.
The fraternity has been dealt a serious blow this fall by the college who banned them from pledging until the fall of 2015. The school charges stemmed from a scavenger hunt that was deemed to be hazing. No one was convicted of any criminal charges. While we do not condone hazing, the school seems to consider even the most innocuous activities hazing. A two-year ban would devastate the fraternity and threaten our survival. The number of actives would dwindle to a handful of members, and the future of the house would be in jeopardy. We need 15 guys living in the house to break even. That would be virtually impossible with the ban.
We are not going to take this sitting down! We have consulted with local attorney, Timothy Fennell, who is very experienced with charges of this nature. He appealed to the President of the college, but unfortunately it was denied. The only alternative we have at this point is to litigate the matter, and sue the college. The estimated expense to litigate is $5,000.00. Our attorney believes that prohibiting the fraternity from recruiting SUNY Oswego students for membership, new member activities, or meetings is unconstitutional.
Brothers, your support is more important now than ever.
2014 Membership Renewals
STCAA asks our membership for a yearly contribution. Renewals are due in January, however I am asking for immediate donations, as we have to take swift action. These funds go directly towards our programs and maintenance of our beloved house, and organization. We are completely a volunteer organization and none of the officers or board members is compensated financially for their efforts.
There are suggested financial levels of membership. If the financial commitment is currently a burden to you, we would rather have you give what you can afford than not register.
Recent grads - $25.00
Alumni 5 – 10 years - $50.00
Alumni 10 + years - $100.00
Considering the seriousness and urgency of our situation I am asking everyone to dig deeper this year. Our survival is at stake. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for the legal fund and needed repairs to the house.
You can pay your dues electronically at this safe and secure website that deposits the funds directly into our STCAA account. http://www.sigmatauchi.org/index.php/pay-dues
You may pay with a credit card electronically, or you may send it to:
David Morgan c/o STCAA
2415 Oakview Dr.
Rochester, NY 14617
68th Anniversary Alumni reunion weekend
Save the date: June 5-8 2014
These dates coincide with the college reunion. Hotels book very early, so make your reservations now. Lodging is also available on campus. Contact alumni.oswego.edu/reunion for information from the college housing & events schedule
Details of the events to follow. Volunteers needed. Please contact Dan Graff - firstname.lastname@example.org, (716) 583-7710
Oswego Harbor fest - July 24-27 2014
The alumni and actives park cars at the house, which is a substantial fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to clean up prior to the event, and directing traffic.
Yours in Brotherhood,
Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association