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Pete Zaccagnino (’92) To Receive Significant Sig Recognition

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Pete Zaccagnino

Congratulations to Eta Iota Brother Pete Zaccagnino on being selected as a part of the 2016 class of Significant Sigs.

Pete will be formally recognized in June during the Grand Council meeting and is now the third Eta Iota alum to receive this prestigious award. Our 2 other past recipients were Brothers Hugh Mills and John Bailey. (more…)

Brother Sid Barling Enters Chapter Eternal

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Sid BarlingSid Shelby Barling, Jr., 72, a founding member of Eta Iota (class of ’71) passed away January 21, 2016. He was born in Oakland, California and resided in Orange Park, Florida. Fellow founding brother Terry Owens remarked that Sid was “instrumental in the founding of the chapter”.

In his early years, Mr. Barling lived in Arkansas, and graduated from Cutter-Morning Star. He served four years in the Navy, and then worked at the Tampa Fire Department. He graduated from Embry Riddle University in 1971 with a bachelors’degree in Aeronautical Science. He was one of the founding brothers of the Sigma Chi, Eta Iota chapter. After college, he flew with Shawnee Airlines in Orlando. He obtained his General Contractor’s license in 1976, and he specialized in commercial construction.

After returning to Orange Park, Mr. Barling, an avid fisherman, became a member of The North Florida Bassmasters where he served as president for many years. Many people knew him as the announcer for the Working Man’s Tournament on Thursday night at Whitey’s Fishcamp. For a year, he served as Worshipful Master at Cabul Lodge in Green Cove Springs.

Mr. Barling is survived by his wife of 44 years Carole Barling, son; James Shelby Barling, daughter; Jessica Jewell (Justin), brother; John Barling, sisters; Becky West, Barbara Heiner and Liz Griffin, 2 grandchildren; Sydney Jewell and Summer Jewell, sister-in-law; Donna Drake (Ed), and mother-in-law; Kathryn Blalock.

A graveside service will be held privately for the family 11 AM Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Holly Hill Memorial Park, 3601 Old Jennings Road Middleburg, FL. All are invited to attend the celebration of his life on Thursday from 4 to 7 at Whitey’s Fishcamp 2032 County Road 220, Fleming Island, Fl In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Haven Hospice Custead Care Center, 745 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32065. Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME. Please leave words of comfort at

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Update on Brother Ron Moore ’73

Friday, October 18th, 2013

You may recall that on August 17th, a notice was posted on the passing of Brother Ron Moore (HI, ’73), on July 31st of this year.

We  received the following note from his wife, that those that knew Ron might be interested in.

The original poste stated, based on the data in our records,  that Ron and his wife were  just shy of their 45th wedding anniverary. As you will read below, that was out-of-date information.

Ron’s current widow wrote:

Thank you for sending the notification of Ron’s death to his fraternity.  He was still quite proud of his association with Sigma Chi.  I want to point out that Ron and were married only one year before he died. 

 At the time he was at Embry-Riddle he was married to a woman named Colleen.  They divorced in 1982.  He was married to another woman, coincidentally named Diana, 1995-2006, with whom he had two wonderful daughters.  He was very healthy, fit, and active when we married June 6, 2012.  Tragically, we learned onSeptember 5 that he had lung chancer.  Also, our address is 6506 Michigan Avenue, Benton, AR 72015.  The Worth Street address [given in the original message]  was one of his previous local homes.
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Bill Palmer Releases New Book on Air France 447 Accident

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Eta Iota alumnus  Bill Palmer ’79, has just released a new book “Understanding Air France 447.”

The book provides the insightful details behind the 2009 crash of Air France 447, an Airbus A330 lost in the Atlantic Ocean north of Brazil.

What you want to know.
What you need to know.

Weather, human factors, and lots interesting of airplane detail are covered in this “must read” narrative. The factors behind the crash, the errors made, and how the crew may have been powerless to avoid them are covered in detail, along with what has been done and needs to be done in the future to prevent this accident from happening again.

Bill is currently an A330 captain and has instructed and written many materials for his A330 fleet.

Understanding Air France 447 is currently available as an ebook from, and through the iTunes store.

See the book’s companion website for details.

The book is receiving excellent reviews and retails for $9.99.