Mark your calendars for November 11, 2017 as we will be venturing back to the home land to celebrate our Eta Omega Chapter’s 35th Anniversary at Chico State!
For those of you who attended the 25th Anniversary, you know that this will be a celebration you won’t want to miss. This time we will try not to finish our open bar tab in the first hour. Details about the event will be forth coming, but expect a classy dinner with moderately high debauchery. We will be getting a block of rooms at the OXford suites and also provide transportation to the event.
Similar to the 25th anniversary we will be launching a fundraising effort to raise $25,000. This money will be used to start a scholarship foundation through our National HQ. The foundation will allow our chapter to give out scholarships to brothers in perpetuity through the annual dividends that are earned. There will be a pledge class competition as well as an individual competition. The brother with the largest contribution will have the scholarship named after them, while the winning pledge class will receive a $500 bar tab at Riley’s. Starting a foundation has been a longtime goal of the Alumni Board’s and we are very excited to finally start pursuing its establishment.
Keep an eye out for further details!!
Alumni Board of Eta Omega Chapter – Theta Chi Fraternity
Are you currently looking into getting solar for your home? If so, then there’s an opportunity to also help out the Chapter.
I recently spoke with our Alumnus brother Adam Shea and we got to talking about his company SolarCity. As I’m sure you know, SolarCity is the leading provider for clean energy in the U.S.
Brother Shea is a consultant for them and has been doing some awesome work in the San Diego area. He recently started “Sun Raising” and is seeing amazing results so far. He reached out to me because he wants our Alumni to benefit from this simple way to raise money.
Here’s how it works… We give Adam names and numbers of our friends, family members, colleagues, etc. who are home owners and interested in going solar. It could even be your own home. Once he has names he will reach out and see if solar would be beneficial for them. If a home owner decides to go with SolarCity Eta Omega will get $200.
I’m sure some of you have already gone solar and that is great. This is a perfect opportunity for us to start the conversation and help the people we love, trust, and care about to get a better source of energy to power their home.
So if you have any names or contacts please reach out to Adam Shea at: email@example.com
With Alumni Weekend coming up next week, it seems appropriate to send out an update on the “State of the Chapter” from the Active Chapter (see below). For all of you who are heading to Chico, remember to be smart and safe (if you’re going to drink, do so responsibly and stay away from the Chapter House), and have fun.
State of the Chapter
by Daniel Stellini – Chapter President
We’ve had a few challenges this year related to the Campus-wide Greek Life suspension, but our Chapter has been very successful in overcoming this major obstacle and keeping our brotherhood strong. After receiving a very good score on our presentation to the administration and complying with all the reinstatement guidelines our chapter was one of the first to be re-recognized by the school administration. We have had a huge success with recruitment taking in a class of 30 new members. Our current Chapter has 70 active members keeping us in the “top house” position with the largest IFC chapter on campus.
We continue to hold a very strong relationship with the community and other organizations on campus such as CAVE (Community Action Volunteers in Education) and CADEC (Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center.) We also have a few members that are part of CLIC (Campus Legal Information Center) who have made great leaps in raising the standards of our chapter as well as holding all other chapters accountable for their actions. We also continue to work with many other Greek organizations to do large community cleanups. We have also kept our sports teams competitive, taking the championship in football and softball last semester.
Our Chapter morale is high and we are motivated to do whatever it takes to keep our good standing with CSU, Chico. I am looking forward to another great year.
For brothers coming up to Chico this weekend for alumni weekend (and Riley’s alumni weekend), we’re putting on a little event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the installation of Eta Omega at CSU, Chico.
The Alumni Corporation will be hosting all brothers and family at the House at 7:00pm this Saturday (April 28) – that’s 630 West 5th street, Chico, CA. There will be pizza and soda, followed by a house tour highlighting the recent improvements and future plans for the house.
Afterward we will head across the street to take over Riley’s where starting at 8:30pm a tab will be opened for alumni and actives 21+, where drinks and tip will be covered for as many rounds as the budget allows.
A couple of things to note about this weekend:
There is to be NO alcohol consumed at the house. This is grounds for Eta Omega to be kicked off campus, and there is a zero tolerance policy by us or by campus PD if there is booze in the house.
It is also Father’s Weekend for the undergrads, so not every older person at the house will be a brother. Act responsibly.
Other than that, let’s have fun and I hope to see you all up there shortly!
With Alumni Weekend and our 30th Anniversary coming up in three days, our active chapter would like to reach out and ask for you to please lend a helping hand. This week Theta Chi Fraternity will be hosting its 3rd annual “War of the Roses” philanthropy event. The event involves the local sororities of Alpha Phi, Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Kappa, Gamma Phi Beta, and Alpha Gamma Delta. Each day Theta Chi Fraternity will be hosting an event such as house decorations, on-campus coin drive, carnival, and a powder puff football tournament. Each event has point values awarded to the winning teams, and will help to raise donations. War of the Roses has been very successful in the past and donates all proceeds to the Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence. We have raised nearly $5,000 in the past two years, and are looking to launch our best and most successful year yet.
For those of you who don’t know, the Brady Campaign is aimed at the prevention of gun violence. They are, “devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.” We of Theta Chi Fraternity support the Brady Campaign and feel strongly against gun violence.
With hopes to surpass previous year’s donations, the active chapter is branching outside of the CSU campus and asking everyone for donations towards the Brady Campaign. Each dollar donated will provide my team with 100 points, and go towards a great cause. Your time and support for the active Chapter is much appreciated!
It’s been another great year for Theta Chi, Eta Omega. The Chapter has continued to thrive in Chico and we are still the Top Fraternity on the Chico State Campus. For the last two years, the Chapter fulfilled their commitment to “fill” the house with 18 paying tenants. As a little incentive and reward, we installed a little “upgrade” in the house. You’ll have to go visit to see what it was.
The Alumni Board of Directors has also continued to gain ground and build upon the prior years’ successes. We do have board positions that need to be filled by motivated brothers (See Below). Our financial foundation is solid and we are in the process of evaluating the feasibility of the Phase 2 house remodel. In fact, our newest appraisal values the property and houses at $950,000; even in today’s economy. Fortunately, Chico remains semi-isolated from the housing debacle and has not been hit as hard as other areas in California. It just goes to show you, Chico is a great town with a sturdy economy.
The Alumni Board of Directors is always looking for volunteers and there are many ways you can help without leaving your home. We also need donations and you can do this simply by joining the 1981 Club Monthly Donation Plan (more info below). Get involved and remember, Theta Chi for Life!
[Tom wrote this before he announced he was stepping down from hist position as Alumni Board president. See below for details.]
Brother Tom Hyatt, F’93
Message from the Chapter President
This year has been a great year for the Eta Omega Chapter here at Chico State. Theta Chi continues to have a strong presence on campus with 70 active members. This semester we took in a pledge class of 12 freshman. We have built great relationships on campus with the Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) and the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC) to help promote good relationships with our University. We have held multiple events with CADEC including a Halloween weekend water handout to help keep students safe and hydrated. Also, our chapter has held Friday cleanups as a part of Community Service to clean up the streets around us.
The past two years we have won the “Greek Cup” which goes to the Chico Fraternity that performs the best in all sports. I’m happy to say that we are currently in first place with a returning Championship basketball and softball team to still play this semester. Finally, this year Theta Chi National has awarded our Chapter with the Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award which is presented to chapters that initiate 25 or more new members during the previous academic year.
Our Chapter is as strong as ever and motivated to continue to carry on the traditions of Eta Omega and continue to be an example of excellence among the community and university. A few choice recent events:
Halloween grab a date “Monster Mash” – The Chapter used our fraternity house as a Venue with tight security to manage risk and used hosted an awesome social with Alpha Delta Pi.
Theta Chi had another successful “My tie” theme where every brother put a tie in a box and brought it to the sorority house where every girl grabbed a tie and found their date for a memorable social.
Last semester the active Chapter sold “We Love College” shirts with an OX incorporated into the word College. They sold these T-Shirts and Theta Chi “livestrong” style bracelets to all sororities and was a huge hit.
The State of the House
Our House at 630 w 5th St is in much better shape now than it was just a few years ago (see 1st floor remodel photos from 2009), but it’s still only half remodeled. Our major goal continues to be to raise funds to pay for the 2nd phase remodel – which could potentially happen in 2013 or 2014 if undergrads keep fill the house with renters each year and if collections rates of rent/dues remain high. The next remodel phase will include a total overhaul of the interior of the 2nd floor and attic – including the addition of a 2nd floor living room and commercial quality bathrooms. An exterior renovation would be nice, too, and if we can raise enough funds we will include that in Phase 2 as well – but our top priority is improving the interior living conditions, energy efficiency, and safety of the House.
This year the House is full of rent-paying brothers, which keeps cash flow positive, and allows us to stay focused on this remodel plan. Another lease year is starting soon, though (June, 2011), which means we have to get another 18 guys to sign leases ASAP, and stay in the black into 2012/2013. The undergraduate brothers have a number of options when it comes to living near campus, and that’s one big reason we’re working to make the Fraternity House nicer – to make it a more appealing option. In addition to making it a more desirable place to live, renovations will make the House a place that Alumni want to visit, a place that all Brothers want to hang out in, and maybe even someday a place that doesn’t make parents cringe.
Early estimates of the total cost of the 2nd phase remodel are between $200k and $400k. The more we can put down on a loan the better, but we’ll definitely need at least 20%. The 1856 Club monthly donation plan alone has gotten us $12,000 closer to a down payment on that loan, and if you sign up we’ll get there even faster.
Jeremy Reither, F’95
Fundraising: “Your money or your time”
This is what Eta Omega needs from you. Plain and simple.
We need your help.
We have completed the first phase of the house renovation and are gearing up for the second phase. This will complete the house renovation and make 630 West 5th Street the only house on campus specifically designed for the needs of a fraternity. The first ever on the Chico State campus. This will further ensure that Theta Chi is a permanent fixture on campus for generations to come.
This future is not certain.
If you cannot give time to the chapter then you have the option to donate money . Help secure your legacy at Chico. Here are your options:
Join the “1981 CLUB” by pledging a recurring donation of $19.81 per month (in honor of the founding of the chapter in 1981): http://etaomega.org/donate1981/
Make a Tax-Deductible Check Payable through CSU Chico
Make payable to: UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION CSU CHICO
Write on the memo line: THETA CHI
Mail your donation to: University Development CSU, Chico Chico, CA 95929-0240
Please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you send a payment to the university, as we don’t automatically get notified.
29th Annual SF Giants Game: On May 20 last year, about 25 alumni gathered at AT&T park to tailgate and watch the SF Giants beat the A’s 2-1 with a run in the 10th inning. This was the 28th annual OX Giants game organized by Joe Silva. For details about the 29th annual 2012 game, including how to buy tickets from Joe, click here.
Riley’s Alumni Weekend (April 28, 2012): It’s is right around the corner. As most of you know we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary of the Eta Omega chapter this year. The Alumni Board will be hosting everyone at the House at 7pm for food , drinks and house tours. After that (8pm sharp) the group will walk over to a local watering hole (show up to find out which one) for a few rounds of drinks on us (the Alumni Corp). We look forward to seeing everyone there!
1st Annual Golf Invitational (September 28, 2012 – Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, Vallejo, CA): The stage is set and this beautiful venue has been booked for US. Save the date and commit to locking this epic and long overdue Alumni event into your calendars. Alumni brothers, it’s time to connect with new, reconnect with old, and kick off an annual event that will undoubtedly create fresh stories and friendships in pure Eta Omega fashion. I assure you, this is one you won’t want to miss! RSVP on Facebook.
Big year for Paul Weinrauch (S’95) who got remarried on 11-1-11 to Danielle Weinrauch, and now has two stepdaughters 15 and 20. He also started a new job with Byram Healthcare in December.
Seven brothers from the 1990’s and 2000’s (Matt Zipse, Jeremy Reither, Bill Hu, Chris Perry, Josh Wolcott, and Kevin Brooks) did the Tough Mudder endurance event in Squaw Valley in September. 13 miles climbing the peaks and ripping it up with 6,000 other athletes. Most of them were on the “Hula Tribe” team with 23 total members. Watch their video on YouTube.
Bother Jose Nunez got married to Allison Renee Nunez on July 2, 2011.
Brother Matt Zipse (Spring 06′) received a promotion in his company and is moving to Denver in February.
Mike Dunbar (S’93) and family had a baby girl Giants fan, Madison B. Dunbar, born August 15th 2011. That makes 3 kids so far for the Dunbars, 2 girls and a boy.
Brother Chris Boden and his wife Sarah welcomed their first child into the world this year. Congrats on the new baby girl Chris.
A tribute to Scott Sederholm: Brother Scott Sederholm (Fall ’95) left us unexpectedly at the young age of 34. He had a beautiful heart and an infectious personality that he shared easily with family, friends and coworkers; his smile lit up the room. Scott enjoyed spending time with loved ones, had a deep appreciation for music, and liked the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. Scott was born in Santa Rosa and attended Strawberry Elementary, Slater Jr. High and Montgomery High School (Class of ’95). He joined Eta Omega as a freshman and was a very active brother throughout his time in Chico, holding multiple elected positions and playing on several sports teams. Those of us who spent time with him in Chico and the years after graduation know he was one of the most likable men you ever met. Most recently he worked for the Sonoma County Juvenile Hall as a Correctional Counselor – he always had a special way of connecting with young people. Scott will be dearly missed by those of us who knew him best; his beloved wife of only six months, Eva; their pets, Chuy and Buddy; mother, Linda; father, Dave; brother, Joe (wife Jenny; children Stella and Colby).
Your Alumni Board: Present and Future
Current Alumni Board of Directors
President – Tom Hyatt (Fall ‘93)
Vice President– Peter Smith (Fall ‘04)
Treasurer – Jeremy Reither (Fall ‘95)
Fundraising – Ed Stone (Fall ‘89)
Secretary / PR – John Wenger (Spring ‘06)
Chapter Relations – Andrew Chalmers (Spring ‘07)
Tom Hyatt and Ed Stone Stepping Down
The Alumni Board and entire Eta Omega Chapter would like to thank Tom Hyatt for his commitment to the preservation of our great chapter. For the past 8 years Tom has built a strong Alumni organization through hard work and leadership as our Alumni President. Tom has been an intricate part of our on-going remodel of the chapter house, including having personally installed a new bathroom himself a few years ago. Tom will continue to be a big part of Eta Omega, but has chosen to step down to focus on his kids, wife, and growing business. We all would like to wish Tom all the best. Thanks for all your hard work Tom!
Our current positive financial state would also not be possible without the hard work and dedication by brother Ed Stone. Ed took over fundraising responsibilities a couple years ago and helped bring in much needed funding for the chapter and the remodel, through the implementation of the 1981 Club monthly donation program. Ed will also be stepping down to focus on other personal priorities, so we wish Ed all the best and thank him for all his help in creating a financially viable Alumni Corp.
We Need Volunteers
The Alumni Board of is looking for motivated volunteers! Taking a position on the Alumni Board is great opportunity to reconnect with brothers, Theta Chi International, and the school, to help run a million-dollar-per-year non-profit organization, and to give back to the chapter than changed your life.
The obligations include one conference per quarter, a 2-year commitment, and whatever responsibilities you are willing to take on. If you’re interested and dedicated we’ll find a role for you. Send us an email if you want to nominate yourself or someone else: email@example.com
“Alumni Weekend – 30 year Anniversary of Eta Omega!! April 27th-29th!“
“Um, that’s not really the 30 year. That wouldn’t be until November“
“Actually – that would be the 31st anniversary of the first pledge class being initiated!“
So, is it’s actually Eta Omega’s 30th? Maybe not exactly…but Rileys is celebrating that weekend, so let’s say it is. The Eta Omega Alumni Corporation may also be sponsoring a little event, so book your room now and stay tuned for details.
What: Beer and peanuts provided. BBQ available for use. (bring our own meat)
I only purchased 25 tickets so if you want a guaranteed ticket, get your $$$ in now. First come first served.
Pay via PayPal ($45) – use e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Pay by Check ($45) – email me for my mailing address; or my phone number is: (925) 846-2903
Of course many in the crowd will be charter members of Eta Omega, and there are always guys there from every era. Call some guys who you haven’t seen for a while and make it a pledge class reunion. Guaranteed to be a good time and you never know who you’re going to see. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you’ll have fun. Hope life is treating you all well. If you see someone who’s not on the list, but you think would be interested, please forward.
“We had Greek Week a few weeks back and unfortunately we fell short with a close 2nd behind Sigma Kappa, but older brothers were saying it was the best Greek Week they have seen because we had such great attendance. Our talent show was hilarious and the girls went crazy the entire time – we won this event.”
The guys in Chico are busy getting ready for Fall Rush…I mean, uh “recruitment.” They just sent us this photo of the front of the house…which they just spruced up with a brand new porch paint job (in Military Red, of course).
If you’re thinking the house doesn’t exactly look like it’s been remodeled, that’s because the exterior still hasn’t. We’re still raising funds for the 2nd phase of the remodel, which will include the 2nd floor, attic, and exterior. The 1st floor and cottage have already been completed.