In this issue:
Message from Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Association President Howard Botting
Hello to my Brother's both near and far. I'm hoping this past holiday season at the end of a tumultuous 2021, finds all of you and your families to be happy and healthy. For the Christmas/Winter break I enjoyed the week off from my classroom. As no doubt you've heard, the return to school full-time has not been without incident or problems. However, I feel fortunate to have a minimal amount of either in my classroom. Looking back on this past year, it has definitely been a frustrating year. While we were able to make great progress on our house repairs in 2020, the work planned for spring stalled prematurely due to some health issues with our normal contractor. One thing that the covid virus has shown is a distinct lack of skilled trades persons available to do construction work. This fact, coupled with many people being forced to spend more time at home, and making them develop a list of projects they'd like to see accomplished, has increased the demand level for skilled trades. While I've had multiple interviews with contractors, I've yet to find someone to take over our projects. They are just too darn busy with current work to schedule our house. We currently have all the columns for the north side of the house sitting in the basement. Unfortunately we cannot put them up until the rest of the exterior work is done. I'm hoping that by Springtime our “normal” contractor will be up to finishing the exterior repairs. I'm still continuing to look for other options and trying to find competent contractors in the Oswego area. If anybody in the upstate New York area has any suggestions or knows anybody that can do repairs please let me know. While everybody I've talked to so far is very enthusiastic, their follow through is not acceptable.
With these issues in mind I have started planning for an alumni work project from Thursday April 27th to Saturday April 30. All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend and help out if possible. Tentative goals are to put up several columns where the walls have been repaired and to possibly tackle the wall at the back of the kitchen, and the overhangs where the dance floor faces Montcalm Street. Once these two areas are repaired, we can install the columns.
While 2021 did not go as well as we had hoped, we did have a number of things that were completed. All of the wood trim on the house was painted by Minetto Painting. We are waiting for them to return in the spring to address some repair issues with our soffits. All in all, the house looks very nice after getting a fresh coat of white paint.
Brother Matt Mahan has been working on a patio area on the north side of the house adjacent to the old garage.
We have new industrial grade stairs (replacing a porch last seen in the late 60’s early 70’s) courtesy of Brother Todd Chase.
We will also be opening up the doorway at the end of the hallway outside the kitchen to access the new stairs and patio. This should keep the neighbors happy and give the Brothers an area to gather and celebrate out of sight of the neighbors.
I had a meeting with an architect to help plan for a future project, the replacement and improvement of the Montcalm Street entry. I’m hoping to have drawings to present to the alumni at the 2022 alumni reunion.
The most recent White Rose Queen- Jay Amico (AEPhi)- has been busy around the house painting murals- the newest under the main stairs. Looks amazing, doesn’t it?
Yours in Brotherhood- Howard Botting S’86
Message from 1st VP, Reunion Coordinator Gary Maher
I hope this message arrives and finds you in good health and enjoying life to its fullest. The Reunion Committee has been hard at work trying to organize for our upcoming (and slightly delayed) 75th Alumni Reunion. As you may know, last years event was postponed due to Covid, but we still had around 20 guys show up at the house to see what was going on.
I’m happy to say that the improvements on the house are still coming along slowly, but moving forward and looking great. It is our hope that by this year’s event, we’ll have a few more improvements in place to show off, but I will leave that to Howard Botting to discuss.
The Reunion Committee has been hard at work looking for vendors to handle the food, rent tents, tables, chairs for the party, anything you need, we’ve been planning on it. Since the beginning of December, we’ve been reaching out to a local Oswego business, the Woodchuck Saloon, to handle the food. Importantly, after a number of calls (and a personal visit by a group of Alumni) we still have not retained anyone for the food. If you feel that you might be able to assist us in getting someone to cook, please let us know as soon as possible.
We are planning on having anywhere from 200 to 250 people for the Reunion. Most of the hotels in town have been booked since last June when we advised of the postponement of last year's event. There might be some scattered rooms that are available out on the east side of Oswego, and there are always rooms available on campus. When that information is available, we will forward it to you.
We have always tried to make our events better than the previous year, and we are hoping to make this event extra special to celebrate our long history. This year's event is to take place June 10-12th. The cost of the event is $175 if purchased before April 15th. For tickets purchased on or after April 15th the price is $225. payment can be sent to Dave Morgan, Our Alumni Social Chairman or purchased online here: https://www.sigmatauchi.org/event-info/sigma-tau-chi-76th-alumni-reunion
Thank you all for your time and I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming 75+1 Sigma Tau Chi Alumni Reunion.
Yours in Brotherhood,
Gary G. Maher