Welcome to the Alumni Association

The South Bay/Long Beach Beta Alumni Association is open to all alumni of Beta Theta Pi from all schools that have, or have had, Beta Theta Pi Chapters. The Alumni Association meets regularly approximately three times per year, and attends or hosts special functions. Alumni associations like the South Bay/Long Beach Beta Alumni Association are a great way to experience the depth of Beta Brotherhood beyond college. The Association enjoys members of all ages. All Betas Wecome!

_ kai _

LAST CHANCE TO RSVP

LAST RSVP LIST
FOR OUR
6/19/14 MEETING
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Brothers, here is the list of RSVP’s as of today (6/17/14).  If you are not on the list and plan on attending, please send me an email so I can add you.  It’s important to know how many plan on being there so we can order enough food for everyone.  When you check in we will have an envelope for you which contains your name tag and drink tickets.

If you have not sent in your $30 payment, we will collect it at the door when you register.  If you are on the list below and are unable to attend, please let me know.

Here’s what your $30 will include…
• Friendship and networking with brother Betas
• Anchor Bar Chicken Wings
• Cheese quesadilla
• potato skins
• chicken wedges – served with guacamole, fresh salsa & Bleu cheese)
• two drink tickets

Thursday, June 19, 2014
5:30 PM

Underground Pub & Grill
1332 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, Ca
(We will meet in the Chelsea Lounge)

Name                             School
Dan Bakaitis                 UCAB ‘07
Sean Bell                      USC ‘13
John C Conway            South Dakota ‘78
John V Conway            South Dakota ‘56
Tony Diiulio                   Illinois ‘83
Marc Doche                  UCLA ’00 (maybe)
Peter Gmiter                  Michigan ‘94
Bob Griffiths                  Washington ‘67
Gary Hatter                   LMU ‘10
Bob Kilduff                     UCLA ‘91
Chris Leanza                 UCLA ’99 (maybe)
Cam McLachlan            British Columbia ‘73
John Miller                     Virginia Tech ’88 (maybe)
Bryan Miranda               UCLA ‘08
Dean Nucich                  British Columbia ‘95
Al O’Donnell                   Wichita State ‘85
Russell Romeo               USC ‘12

See everyone Thursday evening.

Yours in __Kai__

John V Conway, South Dakota ‘56

175th Beta General Convention

Once in a generation, Betas everywhere are called home to where it all began: Oxford, Ohio. On August 7-10, 2014, the Fraternity’s 175th anniversary celebration will likely become the single largest gathering in the history of Beta Theta Pi with between 1,000-2,000 brothers and friends in attendance. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to stand with your brothers where the Founder’s stood exactly 175 years earlier.

With only nine weeks until the 175th Anniversary and General Convention, be sure to register to attend by June 15 at beta.org/convention.

Essential Information

Who:
All members and families, Friends of Beta, Sweethearts, Advisors, GFOs and Board Members

Where:
175th General Convention in Oxford, Ohio

When:
August 7-10, 2014

Cost:
$0 to $425. Please refer to the 175th General Convention pricing structure document for details

Lodging:
Please see the 175th General Convention pricing structure document for details

Deadlines:
June, 15, 2014

Cancellation:
July 5, 2014

Questions:
For general questions, please contact Ryan King or Jason Gangwer at the Administrative Office.

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RSVP for Next General Meeting at Underground Pub & Grill

The next general meeting of the South Bay/Long Beach Beta Alumni Association will be June 19, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Underground Pub & Grill in Hermosa Beach.

Underground Pub & Grill
1332 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, Ca
(We will meet in the Chelsea Lounge)

Underground Pub and Grill has been serving up great food in Hermosa Beach, California since 1982!  Want to shoot some pool, throw darts or play some shuffleboard? Then you have come to the right place.

btp_coaIf you RSVP for the meeting ahead of time we will be able to order enough food. The cost is $30, which includes:

  • Friendship and networking with brother Betas
  • Anchor Bar Chicken Wings
  • Cheese quesadilla
  • Potato skins
  • Chicken wedges – served with guacamole, fresh salsa & Bleu cheese)
  • Two drink tickets
The Underground Pub & Grill is a great place to watch a game. For brothers that have time to arrive early, the Underground Pub & Grill will be watching the World Cup game, USA v. Ghana beginning at 4 p.m. that night. It will be a Thursday night. So the night’s specials from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be:  $3 off well drinks, $3 domestic bottles and pints, $4 import/premium bottles & pints, $9 domestic pitchers, $12 & $15 premium and import pitchers and select $3 shot specials plus 1/2 off select appetizers.
Alsofrom 10 p.mm to Midnight will be $1 off well drinks, $3 domestic bottles and pints, $4 import/premium bottles & pints, $8 domestic pitchers, $12 import/premium pitchers and select $4 shot specials
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State of the Fraternity

The general fraternity has released its State of the Fraternity Statement. For a PDF copy of the statement, CLICK HERE. Following is the text and information provided in the statement:

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Collective GPA: 3.193
  • Leadership Program Graduates: 1,656
  • Undergraduate Members: 9,375
  • Core Advisor Positions Filled: 96%

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DETAILED STATEMENT

SELF-GOVERNANCE

This priority seeks to champion good judgment and effective decision-making by our undergraduate members behaviorally and academically, along with local volunteers and General Fraternity Officers who support them.

Beta’s collective GPA for all 127 chapters achieved another record-breaking milestone of 3.193 — among the highest in the fraternity world.

The Fraternity’s liability insurance provider, Liberty International Underwriters, is exiting the entire fraternity liability market based upon loss history and a hardening market; the General Fraternity is seeking comparable coverage with the expectation that rates will increase. Chapters and local volunteers will be kept informed as the Fraternity’s leadership moves through this important process.

Following significant efforts to support and empower Beta undergraduates to rectify matters of significant concern, the Fraternity closed three chapters and colonies this year:

  • Miami University, founded 1839, 112 men, Reasons for Closure: Lack of Leadership, Self-Governance and Peer Accountability; Hazing; Substance Abuse
  • Hanover College, founded 1853, 14 men, Reason for Closure: Low Membership
  • UC Berkeley, founded 1879, 44 men, Reasons for Closure: Violations of University and General Fraternity Directives; Ongoing Risk Management Violations; Hazing; Substance Abuse

EDUCATION

This priority seeks to continually raise member and constituent knowledge of Beta-specific values, projects, resources and current events, while also advancing the mission and vision of Beta Theta Pi.

btp_smSome 1,656 individuals graduated this year from one of Beta’s leadership programs, totaling 16,016 since the Men of Principle initiative began in 1998.

Following last year’s launch of the Pursuit Learning Center, the Fraternity continues to refine how best to deliver online education and operational resources to students and volunteers that complement Beta’s in-person leadership programs.

Nearly four years into vendor research and one full year of technical development, the Fraternity has partnered with “ChapterSpot” and will unveil new co-branded websites for all participating chapters and colonies during the 175th General Convention. Integrated fully with the Administrative Office’s member database, the websites will provide 1) chapter communication tools, 2) alumni engagement resources and 3) undergraduate recruitment technology. No start-up or maintenance costs are being passed on to the undergraduates at this time; 71 chapters and colonies have enrolled and will benefit immediately.

RECRUITMENT

This priority seeks to reinforce the notion that one of the best indicators of the relevance of our Fraternity on any given campus is the ability of Beta chapters and colonies to recruit new members who align with our core values.

betaBeta set a new record with 9,375 undergraduate members.

Beta’s average chapter size with 127 chapters is 73.8 — among the highest in the fraternity world.

Eight re/colonizations occurred at American (c), Drexel (c), Florida State(rc), Illinois (rc), Pittsburgh (c), Puget Sound (rc), Quinnipiac (c) and UC San Diego (rc).

At the 175th General Convention in Oxford, eight colonies will be petitioning for their charter: Centre, Chapman, Charleston, Creighton, Denver, Michigan State, Pacific and TCU.

This coming academic year, the Fraternity will re/colonize at least four campuses: North Carolina State (c) Ohio State (rc), Purdue (rc) and Willamette (rc).

VOLUNTEERS

This priority seeks to support Beta’s 1,500 volunteers who support our young men on a daily basis as coaches and mentors. We know undergraduates thrive when caring adults are active and present in their lives.

Following the General Convention this past August, the General Secretary established a goal of having 100% of all five core advisor positions filled for all chapters and colonies by the 175th Anniversary (chapter counselor, recruitment, pledge education, finance and risk management). At the time of publishing, 27 remain to be filled out of a possible 635 advisor positions (or 96% filled). One vacancy exists of the 43 district chiefs (98% filled). All 10 regional chief positions are filled.

In the midst of record levels of volunteerism (on average seven advisors per chapter), chapters and colonies still need men and women to mentor their officers and brothers beyond Beta’s five required core advisor roles. If interested, please contact Director of Chapter Services Jeff Rundle, Kansas State ’03, at jeff.rundle@beta.org or 800.800.BETA.

Of Beta’s 63 house corporations that own properties, 49 (78%) are members of the Cornerstone Housing Program. Some 596 volunteers serve on Beta’s 86 active house corporations.

Men of Principle

 

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A Brother’s Words From Afghanistan

“This Memorial weekend I remember all the veterans who have fallen, of which a few were proud members of Beta Theta Pi,” says SPC Aaron Butler, Tennessee ’10, who is deployed in Afghanistan for a second time. First deployed in 2012, Aaron had forgotten his Beta flag at home. He says: “When I was told I’d be sent again in 2014, I was sure to pack it.” Thank you, Aaron, for your continued service to our country.

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Famous Betas: Ken Kesey

Brother Ken Kesey was born September 17, 1935, in La Junta, Colorado, the son of Fred A. Kesey and Geneva Smith Kesey, cooperative dairy farmers. Kesey’s father described his son affectionately as always trying “to unscrew the unscrutable.” An avid reader and filmgoer, the young Kesey took John Wayne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Zane Grey as his models (later naming a son Zane) and toyed with magic, ventriloquism, and hypnotism.

Kesey’s Springfield, Oregon, high school class voted him most likely to succeed. He played football as a freshman at the University of Oregon in Eugene before receiving a scholarship as the outstanding college wrestler in the Northwest. He majored in speech and communications, acted in a number of campus theater productions, joined the Beta Rho chapter of Beta Theta Pi and was a proud member of the fraternity. He often wrote, directed, and starred in the Betas’ efforts at the annual “Duck Preview Vodvil” variety show. In 1957 the Betas performed a musical adaptation of the biblical story of creation, with Kesey as the narrator, backed by a male-voice chorus. Around this time, he tried his hand at short stories about his college experiences, and after graduation worked on a novel about college athletics. On May 10, 1956, he married his friend since seventh grade, Faye Haxby, with whom he had two sons and a daughter (a fourth child, Sunshine, was born to Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Adams).

Beta Rho Chapter

The Beta Rho chapter of Beta Theta Pi has been developing men of principle for a principled life since its UO inception in 1909. The chapter has Beta Theta Pi has continuously been one of Oregon’s leading Fraternities. The only Oregon fraternity to never be put on probation, Beta Rho has upheld it’s tradition of producing gentlemen, scholars and leaders, while also bringing brothers together to form a brotherhood that lasts through life.

 

Kesey’s Career

Brother Kesey burst into the literary scene with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1962 which he wrote from his experiences working at a veterans hospital. During this period, he volunteered for the testing on the drug LSD. After writing his second novel, Sometimes A Great Notion, he bought an old school bus dubbed “Further.” With Neal Cassidy at the wheel, Kesey and a band of friends took a trip across America to New York’s World Fair. It would be 28 years until Kesey published his third major novel, Sailor Song, in 1992, and he later said he lost interest in the novel as an art form after he discovered the magic of the bus. The bus ride was immortalized in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 account, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The movie version of the “Cuckoo’s Nest” swept the 1974 Academy Awards for best actor, best actress, best director, and best picture. But Kesey, who has never seen the film, sued the producers because it took the viewpoint away from the character of the schizophrenic American Indian, Cheif Bromden. Kesey was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992 and set down root in Pleasant Hill, in the mid 1960s. His rambling red barn-house has become a landmark of the psychedelic era, attracting visits from myriad strangers in tie-dyed clothing seeking enlightenment.

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USC Chapter Philanthropy a Fine Example

The Movember Foundation has recognized the Gamma Tau Chapter at the University of Southern California for raising more than $15,000 to benefit the foundation’s support for the prevention of prostate and testicular cancer and mental health issues. Gamma Tau was the top collegiate group. Beta Theta Pi – University of Southern California

About Movember

As an official global charity, the Movember Foundation’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, the Movember campaign is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

Since its humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, when 30 Mo Bros first grew moustaches, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 4 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate across 21 countries worldwide.

About Gamma Tau

Beta Theta Pi at USC has spent over sixty years cultivating the minds and character of its members, and today the undergrads of Gamma Tau continue pushing to the forefront in all areas of fraternal and University life. As a fraternity it is our goal to create a tight knit group of brothers and to provide an opportunity for personal development while serving the greater community. It’s our individuals that make us successful, but it’s the strength of our collective brotherhood that truly sets us apart.