APX Goes Climbing

Come join your Brothers for a morning of rock climbing followed by lunch/drinks. We’ve booked a space at Earth Treks climbing gym in Crystal City (Northern Virginia) from 10-12 am on Sunday February 18th. Cost is $25 per person and includes all the necessary equipment as well as instruction.

It’s an indoor facility so there’s no need to worry about the weather. The space accommodates climbers of all levels and instructors will be on hand to help, so don’t worry if you’ve never been climbing before. It’s safe, it’s easy, and it’s fun.

Afterwards we’ll be heading down the street to Highline RxR for lunch. Even if you can’t join us for climbing, you can meet as there at 12:30 for some food and your beverage of choice.

Space is limited, and is first come first serve, so don’t wait to sign up. Your space is not reserved until you’ve sent your $25. Please follow the link below to RSVP


Alumni Association Welcomes New Board Members

September Board Meeting. Board members from left to right: Brian Earle, Director; Carlyn Luu, Director; Michele LeTourneur, Director; Chris Jones, Director; and Phil Buckburg, President

Brothers, I am happy to report that we have completed the orderly transition of leadership from the incomparable Michele LeTourneur to me, Phil Buckberg. This is my second time as president of the Metagenes Alumni Association. The first time was many years ago, pre-internet, when our means of communication were phone calls and newsletters. This time, I am taking over one of APX’s most active and organized AA’s, with the intention of building on our successes and becoming an even better organization.

First things first: many, many thanks to Michele for her leadership as president these past 15 years as our president. More than just the person in the position, Michele has done the work, made the calls, drove the miles, fed the masses, filed the forms, etc., etc., etc. She would be a tougher act to follow if she didn’t also have all the notes, papers, and forms ready for me , so we can continue in the right direction. So, again I say, thanks, Michele!

Thanks as well to outgoing board members Hunter Bristow, Gary Zickafoose, Rick Jenkins, and Michelle Ringley Campbell. Thanks much to those who are staying on: Brian Earle, Mary Deverter, and Michele LeTourner. And welcome to new board members Carlyn Luu, Chris Jones, and Jennifer Burchard.

These next few years have the potential to be rewarding times for Alpha Rho Chi alumni. I’ve been involved in some alumni development work recently, with one goal (among many) of making APX a more relevant organization for all brothers, not just active students and handfuls of alumni. Think “What can APX do for you?” because you may well be asked that question sometime soon!

Thanks again – more to come.

Phil Buckberg


September Board Meeting. Board Members from left to right: Brian Earle, Carlyn Luu, Michele LeTourneur, Chris Jones, and Phil Buckberg

Happy Hour Surprise!

We had a blast at the last DC area APX Happy Hour, held two weeks ago. With 10 Brothers in total, we had representatives from Metagenes, Hemiunu, Hadrian, in addition to THREE(!) Grand Council members.  Big thanks to Rick Jenkins (former WGS), Emily Bowers (WGE), and Kirsten Argalas (new WGS) for joining us at Levante’s in Dupont!  It’s always great to catch up with this group, we don’t do it often enough.

2014 Summer Picnic

If you are in the DC area on Saturday July 19th, please join us for the APX DC summer picnic.
All brothers and colonists are invited. Significant others and family members are welcome.

Saturday June 30th
Noon – 6pm [or later]
9109 Coronado Terrace
Fairfax VA 22031

Drinks will be provided, but food is pot luck.  So bring something to share!

If you can come, please RSVP on the Facebook or directly to Michelle LeTourneur at mletourneur@asyminteriors.com so we know you are coming.

Hope to see you there!

Annual Summer Picnic: 2013 Edition

Mark your calendars! This year’s summer picnic is only two short months away. Join us on June 29th at Michele LeTourneur’s home in Fairfax, Virginia. The party starts at noon and families are welcome. Bring something to drink or eat!

Hope to see you there.

Metagenes Constitution and By-Laws

This past year the Executive Board formed a committee to review our constitution and by-laws, and more specifically the election terms and procedures for our association.  As you can imagine, we were quite surprised to find out that neither our constitution or by-laws have been formally approved by the Association.  They have been “Provisional” for almost 10 years now.

Over the last few months, the committee (and by Committee we mean Michele) reviewed the documents with the National Fraternity and has proposed a series of minor modifications to bring the documents in compliance with the National Constitution and reflect our current practices .  They have also proposed a few typographical corrections.

Below you will find links to the proposed changes along with the current provisional documents.  Please review the documents and let us know whether you vote to approve or decline the amendments by e-mail us at election@metagenes.org.  If you have any questions about the documents please contact Michele LeTourneur at mletourneur@envisionsite.com

Thanks for your input!



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63rd National Convention

Metagenes Brothers at Convention

From March 25th through the 28th, Alumni and Actives from all over the country gathered in Virginia’s Capital, Richmond, for the 63rd National Convention of our fraternity.  All told, over 170 brothers were in attendance including 31 actives and alumni from Metagenes.  In addition to the daily business sessions at the Omni Hotel, participants participated in several breakout sessions on various professional and fraternal topics.  On Friday they toured the recently renovated grounds of the State Capital, designed by Thomas Jefferson, along with other sites around the city. Continue reading “63rd National Convention”