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
www.windyknollgolfclub.com – 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:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwImNLvWpcx_UGhkdGtyQ1p2QzA/view?usp=sharing

Hope you can join us this year!

Fraternally,

Skip Buckley '80

Perge!


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:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwImNLvWpcx_NlF2QWY1VlJaWms/view?usp=sharing

Thanks, Brothers!

Skip Buckley '80

Perge!

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:
https://www.gofundme.com/zcp583tw

Thanks, Brothers.

Fraternally,

Skip Buckley '80

Perge!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Sig Fiji Newsletter is Now Available: Spring/Summer 2015


The Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The Sig Fiji newsletter from Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is now available to download!  Click here for the link.

This is a GREAT issue, the first for Sigma's Corresponding Secretary Ryan Parmater '16! 

In this issue:

  • Tribute to the late Chase Gage (wonderful, moving tribute)
  • Meet the Spring 2015 Pledge Class
  • Meet the New Cabinet
  • Thanks to the Seniors
  • Fiji Island 2015 pics
  • Ad Astra: Jon Joyce (Sigma '59)
  • 3-on-3 Tournament
  • 2015 Pig Dinner Recap
The hard copies were mailed last week to all Sigma Graduate Brothers.  A HUGE thanks to Craig Olson '74 for donating nearly all of the design, printing, and mailing!

If you have comments or suggestions for the next issue, please email Ryan Parmater at: parmaterr@wittenberg.edu

Thanks, Brothers!

Fraternally,

Skip Buckley '80

Perge!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Condolences and Congratulations: Four Days in the Life of Sigma Chapter

 
"Enjoy your achievements, as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time...
 
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself...
 
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy."
 
-- Desiderata

For a fraternity chapter that has existed for 131 years, you might not think that four days would make a difference.  But it did. Some lives will be changed forever.  From May 14, 2015,  to May 17, 2015, Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at Wittenberg and its Brothers endured the very depths of remorse and consolation with the loss of a friend and Brother, and the very heights of joy and celebration with the graduation of 15 Senior Brothers.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, Charles Quincey "Chase" Gage IV '17 lost his life in a one-car, rollover crash outside of Springfield, Ohio.  His only passenger, Fiji Brother Derek Williams '18, survived the crash with minor injuries.  Chase's obituary is here.


And just a little over 48 hours later, while his Brothers were still shocked and in mourning, 15 Sigma Fijis graduated from Wittenberg University.  The graduating seniors remembered Chase on their caps...




With Chase still deeply on their minds, the seniors still matriculated in the presence of family and friends...






And then the Undergraduate Brothers of Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta decided to honor Chase by planting a beautiful Red Oak tree on the fraternity lawn.  Chase ran his own landscaping business for several years, and he loved Oak trees.  On Sunday, May 17, with about 100 students, guests, and Brothers present, Sigma Chapter performed a Phi Gamma Delta ritual service in memoriam of an undergraduate brother and planted the tree.  Wittenberg University President Dr. Laurie Joyner attended and offered remarks.





 
 
 
Photo credit to Craig Olson, Sigma '74, who did an extraordinary job editing this photo in honor of Chase.
Our beloved Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta / Fiji at Wittenberg University since 1884 has survived World War I, World War II, the Depression, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and countless other challenges and tragedies over 131 years.  And it will survive this...

"Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth."
 
-- Desiderata
 
Fraternally,
 
Skip Buckley '80
 
Perge!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Sigma 2015 Pig Dinner and Golf Outing Registration Now Open!

 

Sigma Chapter's 131st anniversary Pig Dinner and Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, and YOU ARE INVITED!  See below for the link to the registration form, but here is the schedule for the weekend:

Friday, April 17th
                            All Day         Open House at the Chapter – Stop by
                                                the House for a Tour
                                                from Undergraduates!
 
Saturday, April 18th
                            9:30 am       Annual Meeting of the Sig Fiji Alumni
                                                Association Board of Trustees
                                                (All Graduate and Undergraduate
                                                Brothers are welcome to attend!)
                          12:00 pm       Informal Buffet Luncheon (for
                                                non-golfers) – Chapter House – Free!
                          12:00 pm       (Optional) Lunch for Golfers at
                                                Windy Knoll Golf Club – Cash Order
                                                from Menu
                            2:00 pm       (Optional) Annual Golf Outing at
                                                Windy Knoll Golf Club
                                                Shotgun Start!
                            6:30 pm       Pig Dinner Fellowship Cocktail
                                                Hour / Cash Bar: Chapter House
                            7:30 pm       131st Anniversary Norris Pig
                                                Dinner: Chapter House
                                                Keynote Speaker: Bill Downing
                                                (Sigma ’15), International Fraternity
                                                Archon Councilor
                                                Symposiarch (MC): Dale Finley
                                                (Sigma ’58)
                            All Day:        Open House at the Chapter
                                                Stop by the House for a Tour from
                                                Undergraduates!
 
Sunday, April 19th  
                          12:00 pm       Open House at the Chapter
                                                Stop by the House for a Tour from
                                                Undergraduates!

The RSVP form was included with the latest Sig Fiji newsletter recently mailed, and a formal invitation was mailed last Friday and should be received soon.  BUT...you can download the registration form at this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwImNLvWpcx_Wnd3WFBwazRTUDg/view?usp=sharing

We hope all Sigma Brothers can join us!  Please share these links with other Sigma Brothers you know.  Questions?  Please email me at gabjr33@comcast.net.  And be sure to see the photos below from past Sigma Pig Dinners and Golf Outings! Thanks, Brothers!

Skip Buckley '80

Perge!










Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fall/Winter 2014 Sig Fiji Newsletter Now Available!

 

The latest issue of The Sig Fiji newsletter is now available!  Copies were mailed to all Sigma Graduate Brothers late last week, so you should be receiving it in the mail any day now.  If you don't receive one, please BE SURE that our International Headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, has your current mailing address - send a quick email to phigam@phigam.org to request that they update your preferred contact information.

But, you can view and download the current issue RIGHT NOW at this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwImNLvWpcx_dTVwWi14SmtyNjA/view?usp=sharing

In this issue, with lots of photos:

- Complete chapter updates
- Thanksgiving Dinner recap
- Fall pledge class profiles
- New Cabinet announced
- Pig Dinner and golf outing on April 18, 2015 - registration form included
- Chapter house library gets upgrade
- Sigma's LinkedIn group page approaches 200 Brothers
- Mystery Fiji paddle surfaces
- Andy Nelson '95 honored
- Sigma hosts food trucks
- Archon Councilor Bill Downing (Sigma '15) update
- Sigma band: Gino and the Dirty Milk Boys

We'll soon begin preparation of the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of The Sig Fiji newsletter, so send your news and updates to our new Corresponding Secretary and The Sig Fiji newsletter editor Ryan Parmater at parmaterr@wittenberg.edu.  Or, to me at gabjr33@comcast.net.

Thanks, Brothers!

Fraternally,

Skip Buckley '80

Perge!