Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy 133rd Anniversary to Sigma Chapter!


The 125th anniversary photo from 2009.

This is a replica of the original charter.
Today marks the 133rd anniversary of the founding of Sigma Chapter at Wittenberg University! The original charter from Phi Gamma Delta was commissioned on October 25, 1884!

The story behind our founding 133 years ago is fascinating, and is captured in writing by one of Sigma's legends, George Hopper '32. George wrote the history in 1933, just ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration planned in 1934. Here's an excerpt from George's opening paragraph:

"They say that Friday is an unlucky day and that all ventures which begin on a Friday are foredoomed to failure. If these old whimsies be true, then a certain group of forthright youths was foolish in its choice of a day on which to launch an undertaking. For it was on a Friday evening in the spring of 1883 that Sigma of Phi Gamma Delta was conceived. That word, "conceived", is used advisedly and in its strict physiological sense, for, as all Sigma men know, it wasn't until the fall of 1884 that Sigma was born..."

Here's a link to the complete, fascinating article on Sigma's first 50 years, written by George and first published by the chapter in 1933:

What an amazing beginning, and what an incredible legacy Sigma Chapter has forged over 133 years. Godspeed, Sigma Chapter - may you endure and succeed for another 100 years!


Skip Buckley '80


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Help Support Sigma Chapter's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 16, 2017!

Sigma Brothers:

Nearly all of you who graduated in the last couple of decades will remember when YOU were in the chapter and organized your Brothers to hold the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at 20 West Ferncliff. It's become a huge annual fundraising event, with over 400 children, college students, and adults each year being served in the Back Lounge. The photo below is from 2012's Thanksgiving Dinner, showing Sig Fijis serving dinner outside the kitchen in the Back Lounge.

This year's Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the chapter house on Thursday, November 16, 2017. If you are in the area and can attend, I know the Brothers would GREATLY appreciate it! However, if you are like me and cannot attend in person, then please consider donating to this important philanthropy.

Everything is detailed on Sigma Chapter's GoFundMe page, including an impressive write-up of how the net proceeds will benefit Springfield Promise Neighborhood, at this link:

Good luck to our Sigma Undergraduate Brothers!

Skip Buckley '80


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spring/Summer 2016 Sig Fiji Newsletter Now Available!


The latest issue of the Sig Fiji newsletter is now available! As long as you have kept your mailing address up to-date-with our International HQ office in Lexington (, then you should be receiving your hard copy in the mail over the next week or so.

But since YOU are reading here, you can view and download the Spring/Summer 2016 issue right NOW at this link:

In this issue...
- Chapter updates on various activities, including scholarship and recruitment
- 2016 Pig Dinner Wrap-up
- Meet the 2016 Spring Semester pledge class
- The "Sig Fiji Extra" section with ALL of the architect drawings of the proposed new chapter house
- Update on Sigma Chapter Capital Campaign plans

A HUGE thank-you goes to Craig Olson (Sigma '74) whose company, Olfield Graphics in Youngstown, Ohio, donates the design, printing, and mailing of the SF newsletter. Thanks, Craig!


Skip Buckley '80


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sigma Chapter Capital Campaign - Architect Drawings

Our Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is at the very early stages of a capital campaign to raise approximately $4 Million to raze the existing structures and build a brand new chapter house.  More details will soon be announced, but here are the early architect's drawings of the external and interior layout.  It's exciting to envision!

More details to come!

Skip Buckley '80


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sigma Pig Dinner and Golf Outing - Join Us On Saturday, April 16, 2016!

Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016, for our 132nd anniversary Pig Dinner & Golf Outing:

Golf Outing – NEW: 9-Holes This Year: Windy Knoll Golf Club
500 Roscommon Drive, Springfield, OH 45503 – 937.390.8898

Pig Dinner: Sigma Chapter House, 20 West Ferncliff Place

2:00 pm – (Optional) 9-Hole Golf Tournament at Windy Knoll Golf Club

6:30 pm – Pig Dinner Fellowship Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar at Chapter House)

7:30 pm – Annual Norris Pig Dinner Banquet (Chapter House)

Keynote Speaker: Gary Williams, Ph.D., Wittenberg Director of Athletics

Symposiarch:  Craig Olson (Sigma ’74)

$35 – Pig Dinner: Graduate Brothers / Fathers (Undergraduates DO NOT PAY)

$90 – Golf Outing AND Pig Dinner (at $10 discount), $65 Golf Outing ONLY

Click here for the registration form:

Hope you can join us this year!


Skip Buckley '80


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fall / Winter 2015 Sig Fiji Newsletter - Now Available!

The Fall / Winter 2015 issue of The Sig Fiji Newsletter is now available to download!  The hard copies were mailed a couple of days ago, so all Sigma Graduate Brothers should receive theirs in the mail soon.

Here's a quick summary of what is included in this issue:

- Plans for the Chase Gage Memorial Garden, and how you can help
- Details of the Pig Dinner on April 16th
- Mystery of the Grandfather Clock in the Front Lunge - Do YOU Know?
- Complete list of the Board of Trustees of the Sig Fiji Alumni Association
- Meet the 2016 Cabinet Officers
- Congratulations to FIVE Fall Pledges

The complete issue can be downloaded here:

Thanks, Brothers!

Skip Buckley '80


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sigma Chapter Plans Memorial Garden to Honor Chase Gage - Raising $10,000

Our Sigma Chapter undergraduate brothers are trying to raise $10,000 to build a memorial garden on the chapter house lawn at 20 West Ferncliff Place to honor the late Chase Gage, who tragically died in a car accident in May 2015.  The project was tentatively approved by the Sig Fiji Alumni Association Board of Trustees on January 30, 2016.

A tree was planted on the property last spring after Chase's death, and the Delta Gamma sorority donated a granite marker last fall to honor Chase:

Tonight, on February 17, 2016, the chapter held a fundraiser on campus to raise additional funds:

Sigma Chapter has created a GoFundMe page to raise the necessary funds.  As of tonight, $5,000 has been raised. Please help if you can - the goal is to have the memorial garden completed by the Pig Dinner on April 16th or the first anniversary of Chase's passing on May 14, 2016.  Even if you cannot donate right now, please take a moment to click through the link below to read the touching and passionate tribute to Chase written by Sigma's Recording Secretary, and Chase's best friend, Kip Olson '17.  Here's the link:

Thanks, Brothers.


Skip Buckley '80