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:
Take a look at our chapter report that we presented at convention last weekend in San Jose! We had six brothers attend, including current Worthy Architect, Nathan Strother, our delegate, Bryana Warner, current Worthy Associate Architect, Allison Baker, Leira Carreon, Bryanna Dering, and Aysha AlSane. Of course, we can’t forget Rick Jenkins as our alumni delegate! We’ve had a great year and look forward to our upcoming events, such as Relay for Life, the Big Event, and White Rose!
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!
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.
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!
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.
On October 9, 2012, the Metagenes Chapter had a fundraiser bake sale in Cowgill Hall. It was the first of a couple fundraising activities planned for this semester. It was a great success and everyone was impressed with how delicious every item was! The money raised will be used to go towards upcoming professional and philanthropic events.
(From left to right: Brothers Laith, Lindsay, Amber, Pledge Kelly, Brothers Samantha, Justin, Aysha, Pledge Mary Lee, and Brother Claire)
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.
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.