The Metagenes Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Spencer Silverman is this year’s winner of the $500 Kim Clark Scholarship. Selected on the basis of recommendations received from fellow collegiate members of Metagenes Chapter, Spencer has distinguished himself with his efforts as the chapter’s Philanthropy chair.
Chiravi Patel – 2021 Kim Clark Scholar
The Metagenes Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Chiravi Patel is the recipient of this year’s Kim Clark Scholarship, valued at $500.
The scholarship committee based her selection as Kim Clark Scholar primarily on the recommendations shared by members of the active chapter. Those recommendations noted how Chiravi is “one of the busiest people I know, but always willing to drop everything to help other brothers.” Someone that members of the chapter “can undoubtedly always count on,” many of her contributions to keeping the chapter running were made anonymously behind the scenes. Since she would “never boast or brag about all she has accomplished,” multiple members were worried that her hard work and acts of kindness had gone unnoticed.
“Chiravi’s devolution, commitment, and love to the Metagenes Chapter is exhibited on a daily basis. She is the one that helps you feed paper into the printer in the wee hours of the night for your pinup the next day; she is the one to volunteer to cut the bid cubes when no one else will; she is the brother that will bake you cookies when she catches wind that you have had a terrible day; she is the one that holds your hand and consoles you after a rough pinup; she is the person in studio that is the most generous with her time when she has absolutely no time to give.”
The Kim Clark Scholarship is awarded each year to a collegiate member of Metagenes Chapter in recognition of dedication and service to the chapter and that brother’s character as a student and as a member of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity. Brother Patel is the tenth Kim Clark Scholar since 2012 and exemplifies the tradition set by Brother Clark.
Megan Kelly – 2020 Kim Clark Scholar
The Metagenes Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Megan Kelly is the recipient of this year’s Kim Clark Scholarship, valued at $500.
The Kim Clark Scholarship is awarded each year to a collegiate member of Metagenes Chapter in recognition of dedication and service to the chapter and that brother’s character as a student and as a member of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity.
The scholarship committee based the selection of Kim Clark Scholar primarily on the recommendations shared by members of the active chapter. Those recommendations noted not only the offices she has held within the chapter – including Worthy Associate Architect – but how she “went above and beyond” on behalf of Alpha Rho Chi. That was expressed in her mentoring of younger members of the chapter to representing Metagenes within the national fraternity. As one recommendation noted, “She truly loves her chapter and this fraternity and is willing to help any brother with absolutely anything, from taking younger brothers under her wing to being a convention attendee for 3 years in a row and counting.”
Brother Kelly is the ninth Kim Clark Scholar since 2012 and exemplifes the tradition set by Brother Clark.
Past Kim Clark Scholars
2012 Melissa Nock
2013 Nathan Strother
2014 Rebecca Carle
2015 Lauren Hughes
2016 Allison Baker
2017 Melissa Boudreau
2018 Gates Breeden
2019 Emilie Gick
2020 Megan Kelly
Proposed New Bylaws
The Metagenes Alumni Association’s current governing documents were adopted in February 2001 with the title “Provisional Bylaws.” Returning to that unfinished work, the association’s board has drafted new bylaws that are simpler and more regular. These new proposed bylaws for the Metagenes Alumni Association are submitted for ratification by a general meeting of the association membership to be held in February 2018.
Proposed Bylaws of the Metagenes Alumni Association
Changes from the previous bylaws include:
- Requiring an annual meeting of the association’s membership
- Terms for officers and directors-at-large are two years.
- Elections for President, Secretary on even years and for Treasurer on odd years. Director-at-large terms would be staggered as well.
The board welcomes your comments on these proposed bylaws. Amendments to the proposed bylaws may also be submitted for consideration prior to the vote for ratification.
Lauren Hughes – 2015 Kim Clark Scholar
Congratulations to Lauren Hughes, this year’s Kim Clark Scholar. Metagenes Alumni Association president Phil Buckberg presented the $250 scholarship to Lauren Saturday afternoon following the initiation of 5 new members.
The Alumni Association thanks to all the alumni who have contributed to the scholarship fund and the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation for administering the tax-deductible fund.
For reference, the winners of the Kim Clark Scholarship have been:
- 2012 – Melissa Nock
- 2013 – Nathan Strother
- 2014 – Rebecca Carle
- 2015 – Lauren Hughes
Pay Alumni Dues Online
The Metagenes Alumni Association is now accepting alumni dues online by major credit card through Paypal. Local alumni dues for are $25/year. Use the link to right for Metagenes Alumni Dues or go to metagenes.org/dues to pay. Member dues make our local programs possible.
2012 Summer Picnic – June 30
If you are in the DC area on Saturday June 30th, please join us for the Metagenes Alumni Association 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
If you can come, please RSVP on the APX DC Summer Picnic Event Page or directly to Michelle LeTourneur at email@example.com so we know you are coming.
Hope to see you there!
In Memorium: Jane Koehler
We are saddened to inform you that that Jane Koehler passed away on June 7 due to complications with her sinus surgery. She died peacefully with her twin Julie at her side. For those of you who knew her well, the world is a poorer place without her.
A memorial service will be held at Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg, VA on Saturday, June 16th at 2 pm.
Announcing the Kim Clark Scholarship Fund
An Alpha Rho Chi scholarship fund is being created in Kim Clark’s memory. The scholarship will benefit Metagenes actives. We feel that this tribute to a great brother will help Kim continue his work on behalf of the active chapter in perpetuity while letting future Metagenes brothers know how important Kim was to all of us.
We have established a steering committee, and if you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Michele LeTourneur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, no donation in Kim’s name is too small, whether that be $25, $100, $250 or whatever amount you feel is appropriate. Please see the following details:
Checks made out to:
Alpha Rho Chi Foundation
In the memo line, please add “Kim Clark Fund”
Please send checks to Michele’s attention below. Do NOT make the checks out to her or to the Metagenes Alumni Association.
Mail checks to:
9109 Coronado Terrace
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Checks are being sent to Michele so she can collect them and send to the Foundation to set up the fund. Once all checks are received, she will forward them on to the APX Foundation and the fund will be officially started. The Foundation will acknowledge all donations as tax-deductible. Any follow up checks can be sent to the Foundation directly once we have additional fund information.
Please let Michele know if you have any questions. If you will be sending a check, send her an email at email@example.com so she will know I look out for it.
In Memorium: Kim Clark
Our brother, Kim Steven Clark, has passed away from complications caused by Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was 52. After struggling for over two years with the disease, he passed away peacefully this morning at Roanoke Memorial Hospital near his home in southwest Virginia. His beloved wife Bonnie was by his side to the end. In addition to his wife he is survived by a teenage daughter, Sarah. All his brothers in Alpha Rho Chi share in his loss.
For those of you that knew him personally, you know that his love of Alpha Rho Chi was exceeded only by his love for Bonnie and Sarah. His contributions to our chapter and fraternity are too many to name here, but suffice to say, neither would be what they are today without him. He has been the glue that binds us together for many years, and he will be sorely missed.
Kim’s family has made arrangements for him memorial services in Roanoke.
All of his APX brothers are invited to pay their respects at the visitation or memorial service.
Family visitation hours – Sunday Jan 9 , 6-8 pm
Memorial service – Monday, Jan 10, 10 am.
Both events will be held at:
Oakey’s South Chapel
4257 Brambleton Ave
Roanoke, VA 24018
Map link: http://bit.ly/hFsELL
Please contact Rick Jenkins directly with any questions you may have.
Send a email if you are interested in ride share or hotel matching.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (703) 901 5003.
Holiday Inn Roanoke-Tanglewood is near the funeral home and convenient to I-581.