Archive for the ‘Chapter News’ Category Seeks New Webmaster/Developer

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Eta Iota is seeking a new Webmaster/Web Developer to take over the reigns from Bill Palmer (’79) who has held the position since its beginning (with gracious help from several others).

The website is not only our web presence but also hosts our chapter’s membership database. This database has been critical in our chapter’s success in maintaining a close connection with out alumni. Therefore, the new webmaster becomes the de-facto database manager as well, and must monitor activity to ensure against misuse, and provide database functions to meet the needs of the chapter and House Corporation. These functions make this position of critical importance.  The membership database also provides integrated content throughout the website, from birthday and anniversary greetings, lost alumni and officer lists contact forms & biography profiles to brother website listings, and  the Eta Iota Family Tree project.

The interested brother should be familiar with modern web architecture, have a working knowledge of a scripting language (e.g., PHP, Python, PERL) and be able to adapt the website to a mobile friendly platform with tools such as Bootstrap, JQueryMobile, or a content management system (CMS). He should also be familiar with the WordPress CMS as our News and virtual scrapbook sections use WordPress.  As webmaster, he will be responsible for the website hosting and domain name accounts. As a developer , he should also be able to execute a transition of the chapter database from its current flat-file format (using PERL scripts) to an SQL based database, and provide the needed functionality to extract data from the database both for display on the website (i.e., through server-side includes), member record addition and updating via web form, and as needed for email and mass communications. A long-term commitment should be expected.

The interested brother should be able to provide for future enhancements including connection to a mass-email platform (e.g., mailchimp), upgrading the password scheme, expansion of database information, and to provide for updated security measures for the website and database.

This opportunity provides the successful candidate the chance to make a long-term positive impact on the future success of the chapter, become a prominent stakeholder in the future success of the chapter, expand the site’s functions with his own creativity, and remain well connected with both the undergraduate and House Corporation ends of the chapter’s operation. Technical assistance in making the transition can be expected.

The position is not an elected one, and therefore does not appear on the officer nominations form. Interested brothers should contact House Corp President John Banta or Webmaster Bill Palmer.


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

Obituary source:

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.

Brother Ron “Crash” Moore ’73 Enters Chapter Eternal

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

I am sorry to inform you of the passing of one of our Eta Iota alumni into the Chapter Eternal.

Brother Ron “Crash” Moore ’73, was initiated in September 1972 as roll number 99, just 18 months after the chapter’s founding. He died at the age of 65 on July 31st, 2013 just two weeks shy of he and his wife Diana’s  45th wedding anniversary. They lived at 6925 Worth Ave E,  Benton, AR 72015

Ron had last listed his job title as USAF retired “world’s greatest fighter pilot.”

An obituary is found on line at: which reads:

Ronald Gerald Moore, 65 of Benton met our Lord on July 31, 2013. He was born May 27, 1948, in Pontiac, Mich., to Lloyd Gerald Moore and Joyce M. McKendry Moore.
Ron was an intelligent, energetic, outgoing person, and the kind of friend we’d all hope to have and to be. He enjoyed flying, golf, auto sports and traveling.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a weatherman in the early 1970s. After completing college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he entered the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a navigator, then qualified as weapon system officer. He was then selected to attend Air Force pilot training. He continued to serve as a fighter pilot, holding many commands until he retired in 1997. He continued his aviation career as a private corporate pilot until late 2012.
Of all his many accomplishments during his distinguished military career of almost 30 years, his treasure and his love are his two wonderful daughters.
Col. Moore was preceded in death by his father and by his sister, Victoria Moore Hunt.
He is survived by his wife of one year, Diana; two daughters, Victoria and McKenzie of Benton; his mother, Joyce Moore of Metamora, Mich.; his siblings, Thomas Ivan Moore of Orlando, Fla., Winfield Clyde Moore and wife Colleen of Metamora, Mich., Christine Moore Sierakowski and husband Walter of Metamora, Mich., and Michel Moore of Flint, Mich.; eight nephews and four nieces; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.
In addition to family, Col. Moore leaves many friends to cherish his memory.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Dial & Dudley Funeral Home, with Brother Carl Wright officiating.
Visitation is planned one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity or to Saline Memorial Hospice House.
Online guest book:


All honor to his name.


Deck Fundraising Standings

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

$14,148 Total Funds raised  – Updated 10/17/13

By Pledge Class Total $$$

$2,866 Alpha Tau
$2,316 Alpha Phi
$1,250 Beta Gamma
$794 Psi
$644 Alpha Omicron
$500 Beta Iota
$500 Epsilon
$500 Alpha
$383 Rho
$350 Alpha Chi
$350 Beta Alpha
$250 Beta Nu
$250 Beta Zeta
$250 Beta Omicron
$222 Alpha Iota
$222 Xi
$212 Alpha Upislon
$200 Beta Eta
$200 Nu
$200 Alpha Sigma
$200 Theta
$200 Zeta
$111 Alpha Rho
$111 Eta
$111 Mu
$100 Alpha Xi
$100 Alpha Gamma
$100 Beta Tau
$100 Nu
$100 Founder’s
$100 Beta Xi
$100 Alpha Alpha


Beta Rho


$50 Alpha Gamma

By % of pledge brother participation

Beta Zeta 100%
Alpha Phi 63%
Alpha Xi 38%
Psi 36%
Xi 33%
Rho 33%
Beta Gamma 29%
Alpha Upislon 29%
Alpha Chi 29%
Alpha Tau 24%
Beta Xi 20%
Alpha Sigma 20%
Theta 18%
Beta Alpha 18%
Alpha Omicron 18%
Beta Eta 15%
Zeta 13%
Nu 13%
Beta Nu 13%
Alpha Rho 11%
Alpha Alpha 10%
Eta 9%
Nu 8%
Beta Tau 8%
Alpha Iota 8%
Epsilon 7%
Beta Iota 7%
Mu 7%
Alpha Gamma 6%
Alpha Gamma 6%
Beta Omicron 5%


By total# of pledge brothers

5 – Alpha Phi

4 – Psi, Alpha Tau

3 – Alpha Omicron, Psi, Rho, Beta Eta, Alpha Xi


The Chalenges:

Todd Weeber got the challenges started off in a big way…

“I challenge any pledge class to beat the amount donated so far by Alpha Tau($1,966). If you can, we will kick in another $500. Good luck. Seth Downs, care to put numbers up by class? It is on, no?”

That challenge was quickly meet by the Alpha Phi pledge class when Ryan Steffey made a large donation and the longest standing 1855 club monthly member Chris Edmudson completed the challenge!  Since then Ryan put out his own challenge to his pledge class:

Ryan Steffey To all of my Alpha Phi pledge class, if we get up to Alpha Tau’s total($2,766) or within $100. I will put in another $500. Come on Brothers, we were taught to always strive to be the best. 3 other pledge brothers (John Spilotro, Mark Pfister, and Doug Sherwood)  have donated since then, putting them within $350 of meeting Ryan’s challenge

John Banta Lets make this happen. I’m matching the next 4 alumni who commit to putting up $250. This challenge has been meet by Ramano Sprueil, Allen Cassino, Anthony Hammond and George Yurcic.

Seth Downs I’ll throw in $100 for each fellow Alpha Upsilon pledge brother of mine that joins in at the base 1855 club level of $112 or higher. Michael Tomlin is the first to accept that challenge.


Donors to date: 59

Allen Cassino
Anthony Hamond
Bill Barsin
Bill Dlhosh
Bill Ulm
Chad Bright
Chad Brisbane
Chris Edmudson
Chris Nevins
Chuck Bonini
Dan Bush
Dave Spaller
Dave Wilkinson
David Campbell
David Marino
Doug Sherwood
Drew Jones
Gary Marville
Gary Wolf
George Pence
George Yurcic
Gerard Filippone
Glenn White
James Ahrens
James Bull
Jere Anderson
Joby Titus
Joe Adkins
John Banta
John Spilotro
John Willaims
John Wrightington
Keith Harrison
Kevan Mackenzie
Kurt Kieast
Mario Scalzo
Mark Pfister
Michael Tomlin
Mike Gehman
Mike Pelosi
Neil Campbell
Nick Cornwell
Phillip Reinfeldt
Ramano Sprueil
Rich Schooley
Rich Winter
Rob Pacheo
Rob Paulus

Roger Moody

Ryan Carson
Ryan Steffey
Scott Ekey
Seth Downs
Shawn Lowe
Steve Schmidt
Steve Whitlock
Terry Owens
Thomas Henion
Todd Weeber
Tom Reynolds


H. Bruce Harrison Enters Chapter Eternal

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I am sorry to report that Eta Iota brother Hubert Bruce Harrison ’74 passed away in his home on March 2, 2012, after a brief but tenacious battle with cancer.

Here is a link to his obituary:

His daugher, Julia Harrison Hayes, reports that he  stayed in contact with brother Gary Michael Dyer, who was also her godfather.
There will not be a funeral, as he found them depressing.  Instead, there will be a celebration of his life in April.




Sweet Happenings from Your Sweetheart – Volume 2 – Issue 1

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Hot off the press! Some news from Eta Iota!

Sweetheart Newletter – Volume 2 – Issue 1

Sweet Happenings from Your Sweetheart – Issue 10

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Here it is Eta Iota – the final newsletter from your 2011 Sweetheart … it has been a great year!  Enjoy your reading and have a Happy New Year!

Sweetheart Newsletter – Issue 10

Bill Dlhosh’s wife Shannon, passes away, Help requested

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Bill  and Shannon DlhoshAs you may have heard, the wife of brother Bill “Pickle” Dlhosh ’92 passed away on October 17th. Shannon was only 42 and now Bill has the biggest challenge of his life in raising his 3 daughters: Lily 13, Emma 10, and Allison 5 without their Mom. Luckily, Bill has a great support network of family, friends, neighbors, and the brothers of Sigma Chi.

Many brothers made the trip to Atlanta to attend the service and to support Bill and the girls including: James “Gassi” Ahrens, Mitch & Nikki Nimey, Rich & Carmen Schooley, John Wrightington, David Hines, Brett Reasner, Todd Weeber, Gary Granger, Larry Hesterberg, Chris MacDougal and Bill Ulm’s wife Pam. There were many other brothers who wanted to make it, but couldn’t. Bill was very appreciative of all the love, support, and strong arms around him.

the Dlhosh DivasSeveral of us are working together to build a support mechanism for Bill and the girls to help fill the gap left behind with Shannon’s untimely passing. We are working closely with their neighbor and Shannon’s best friend Mandy Cross. We have set up a bank account tied to a Paypal account to help Bill financially support raising his 3 young girls.

Gassi has built a website ( for the family to focus the donations in one spot so the money gets to Bill and the girls. There are 3 levels of donations:

Short Term – Girls gymnastics, girls scouts, field trips, clothes, school supplies, bills, etc…

Medium Term – House repairs including roof, gutters, plumbing, carpet, etc…

Long Term – Girls college fund through 529 program

FEE NOTE: When using payment buttons, a fee of approximately 3% will be deducted from the donation by Paypal as their fee. To make 100% of your donation go to the fund, use your Paypal account to “send money” to and fund the payment with either your Paypal account, or bank account. (John Wrightington is the account administrator for that paypal account. You may see his name when processing the payment.)

Bill has been very humbled and appreciative of the generosity everyone has shown his family. Several brothers have donated already and many have pledged their support.

If you’d like send a check, for 529 College Savings Plan you can make checks out to “Georgia Higher Education Savings Plan” or “Bill Dlhosh” for expenses and house repairs:

Bill Dlhosh
c/o Mandy Cross
4804 Hunters Trace
Powder Springs, GA 30127

Sweet Happenings from your Sweetheart – Issue 8!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

And with the start of a new semester comes the first newsletter for Fall 2011!  Check it out – updates from the summer and new events for the Eta Iota Chapter.

Sweet Happenings – Issue 8!