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psi2.jpg (2202 bytes) Psi Chapter Update

August 2004

Psi Diamond Association

Deno P. Emili ‘78 #1100, President

Well, it certainly has been a long strange trip since I first assumed the Psi Diamond Presidency back in the spring of 2000. As many of you know, there was a concerted effort to raise the level of financial responsibility and academic performance among the active chapter, spanning a period of nearly three years. When all else failed, after meetings with men from the General Fraternity, Bethany College’s President and a number of other insightful, caring sources, the decision was made to close the House, temporarily suspending the official existence of Psi Chapter, the second week of February 2003.

Since that time, a number of encouraging events have occurred. The 2003 Homecoming celebration, highlighted by a strong showing of 25-year men from the Class of ’78, was a rousing success. Over two dozen men met in the Lewis-Berkman Room at Benedum Commons to discuss the Chapter’s future. The momentum from this gathering led to the November 2003 chapter house cleanup.

A fundraiser was held during the Spring 2004 Alumni Weekend in the form of a golf outing and cookout featuring overnight accommodations at the chapter house. The event raised nearly $2,000 with the proceeds being used to purchase 20 new top-of-the-line mattresses for the chapter house. The balance went to the Psi Chapter Diamond Association general fund.

The good news is the mortgage has been retired! All debts to the General Fraternity are paid. However, we still need funding to keep the momentum going for a successful re-colonization. The Charitable Foundation contributed nearly $20,000.00 last fall for repairs, maintenance, and insurance. The Charitable Foundation alone cannot fund the re-colonization of Psi Chapter. Efforts to rent the House to the College and other local entities to raise some much needed income failed. WE MUST RELY ON CONTRIBUTIONS TO PSI DIAMOND AND THE HOUSE CORPORATION TO ASSIST WITH THE ANNUAL OPERATING EXPENSES OF OVER $10,000.00, WHICH ACCRUE EVEN WHILE THE HOUSE IS CLOSED!

This year at Homecoming, the chapter house is available for a weekend stay. Many strong classes are celebrating significant anniversaries. We expect interest to be high and beds to rent quickly. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to share in the brotherhood that remains strong at Psi Chapter.

Whether you attend Homecoming or not, please help us in the re-colonization effort by making a donation TODAY. Thank you in advance for your support.

__ kai __, Deno

House Corporation

Art Musicaro ’78 #1103, President

At the annual Meeting held on April 8, 2004 the following brothers were elected to the following positions and directorships: President-Art Musicaro, VP-Paul Megna, Secretary-Art Bertol, and Treasurer-Mark Bado. Directors are as follows: Deno Emili, S. Dean Lesiak, Doug Stein, Mark Sniegocki and Blake Rowe.

The house corporation is current. The bank note was paid off in November of 2002. The chapter house currently remains unoccupied, but is clean and secure. Bethany College Security is providing security and will advise if anything seems out of order or vandalized.

Several attempts to lease the house were made with the College and the Mountainside Conference Center (Gresham House). To-date these efforts have been fruitless.

Through the continued generosity of the Charitable Foundation and some loyal Psi alumni, we have been able to keep the lights on, the grass cut and the house heated as necessary. At Homecoming, the Corporation will present cost estimates for needed repairs; i.e. paint, doors & locksets, drapes and blinds and mechanical issues with heating and air conditioning systems.

__ kai __, Art

Webmaster’s Report

Byron Shindler ’77 #1073, Webmaster

At Homecoming 2002, a web site for Psi Beta’s was conceived. The goal of the web site is to support the Psi organizations by providing a way to communicate and collaborate on the Internet. The following month, the Psi web site was on-line.

After the chapter was closed, interest in the web site remained high. In June 2003, a new site was launched and remains in operation today. In the first year, the site had over 10,000 visits! The discussion area is the most popular section followed by the event pages and photos.

Many new features were added last year including the "Singing Psi" album, photos from the brothers, and photos from the Bethany College archives. The way to keep a web site interesting is to add new things often. Send me something to publish!

One of the biggest challenges we face is keeping up with our alumni contact information. can help. Please use the "Chapter Roll Update" on the web site to keep us informed of changes in your address, e-mail, and phone numbers. You may optionally receive e-mail updates about additions to the web site and Psi news.

We expect the web site to play an important role as we move forward to re-colonization and beyond. Please tell a brother about the web site and visit often!

__ kai __, Byron


The Psi Chapter Update was sent via US Mail to 877 Psi Betas, Saturday, August 28, 2004.   Please let us know if you do not get your copy.
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