Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ 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.


2016 House Corp Officer & Trustee Nominations

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

nominationsWith Eta Iota’s 45th Birthday coming up soon, House Corp is now taking nominations for officers and trustees for the 2016 term.  We have all 4 officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, each with a 1 year term) and 3 trustee positions (3 year terms each) to vote on at the annual House Corp meeting on Saturday, April 2.

To speed up the process and save time at the April 2nd meeting, we are taking nominations now and will open the floor for seconds before jumping into voting.

This is your chance to participate and nominate yourself for one of these roles and step up to the plate to make a difference or nominate an alum you feel would serve House Corporation well.

The nomination form is online and super simple.  Check it out here!

Ready for an Alumni Brother Retreat!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

In January 1990, the Alpha Tau pledge class was initiated.
In honor of the 25th Anniversary, I was inspired to plan a simple reunion get away to reconnect with our brothers and their families. But of course this event is open to all alumni, spouses, families, undergraduates, etc.

(view a PDF of this information here: 2015 Alumni Brother Retreat

Hershey, PA.
June 19, 20 & 21 2015

Friday June 19, Arrival
Golf outing TBD. Planning to golf at Hershey Country Club in AM with start time in the late morning.
Troegs Brewery Tour and Tastings: 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30
Friday night is open for dinner, campfires, etc.
Note: The Saturday ticket to Hershey Park includes free admission on Friday evening for 2 hours befor the park closes.

Saturday June 20:
Hersheypark, Boardwalk at Hershey (Waterpark), ZooAmerica.
These three attractions are all included in the one full day ticket.

Sunday June 21
Group Canoe/Kayak 3 hr trip on the Swatara Creek
Outfitter, Cocoa Kayaks of Hershey

Cost Estimates
Lodging: Cabin (sleeps 4), $115 per night, Campsite, $65 per night
Troegs Brewery Tour, $5
HersheyPark Ticket
Adult Age 9-54, $33.50
Junior/Senior Ages 3-8 or 55-69, $28.50
John Wrightington: FREE
Canoe/Kayak Trip
Single Kayak: $40
Tandem Kayak: $60
Canoe: TBD, but probably similer to above.
*You can bring your own kayak if local and save rental fee.
* The kayak/HersheyPark ticket prices are based on group discounts. Need 20 people in order to secure that pricing. Lodging price is regardless of group size.


Hershey Park Camping Resort (
I have reserved just a modest number of cabins and campsites for the two nights so far in as close proximity as I could based on availability so we can visit with each other during course of the weekend and have campfires and beers at night.
NOTE: All cabins have electricity and air conditioning. There was no availability for any cabins with plumbing. They are heavily in demand and were not available for reservations. The campground does have the bath/shower houses available.

For those not wanting to camp:
Hershey Lodge
Hotel Hershey

The above two hotels are affiliated with Hershey Park and have free shuttle service.
Hotel Hershey is the top of the line hotel with a great Spa for the spouses!!!!

Optional activities:

The Troegs Brewery in town also offers free self guided tours you can schedule at your convenience.
Tanger Hershey Outlets
Hershey Gardens
Hershey Story Museum
Gettysburg –
Flight 93 Memorial – (about 2.5 hour drive west of Hershey)
Spa at Hotel Hershey (reserve in advance)

Contact for reservations:
Mike Gehman, 215 804 5072
Full payment will be needed by February.

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Sweet Happenings from your Sweetheart Vol.3 Issue 1

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012


Hey I’m Maggie Micinski 2013 Sweetheart. This is the first Newsletter in Volume 3! Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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Brother John deLafosse Enters Chapter Eternal

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Eta Iota founding brother John deLafosse passed away today, December 13th, after a battle with cancer.

John deLafosse

John was one of Eta Iota’s founding brothers, initiated on it’s founding date March 6, 1971 as rollbook number 2.
The final entry on John’s page reads:



Dearest Friends and Family,

John has taken his last flight west. He died Tuesday, December 13 at 1340 in Beaufort, SC, just
a mile or so from his storied Parris Island. We were all with him when he left: his daughters,
Malissa and Lindsey, and their husbands, Rob and Chris were at his bedside with me. He was
listening to Michael Buble’s “Home” when he left us.

John was given compassionate and gentle care in his final days and he will be cremated this
week. He had long insisted he wanted no memorial service and we are honoring that request. As
a family, we will gather at Kill Devil Hills, NC and scatter his ashes; a fitting tribute, we think,
to a man who simply loved to fly.

John was born on August 28, 1947 in Odessa, TX and grew up in the Texas Panhandle,
graduating from Tascosa High in Amarillo in 1965. That’s where he began washing and gassing
airplanes in exchange for flying lessons.

He spent his freshman year at Texas Tech, joining the U.S. Marine Corps as a Reservist and
graduating from boot camp at Parris Island Marine Corps Depot on November 4, 1966. He
always claimed that the Marines taught him lessons he used all of his life and he was “proud to
claim the title of U.S. Marine.” One of our simple pleasures, living here in Bluffton, was driving
over to Parris Island frequently to attend the graduations held on the parade deck. John loved
shaking hands with those newly minted Marines and thanking them for their service.

He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach where he was a
Founding Father of the Eta Iota chapter of Sigma Chi. He was also a campus Flight Instructor
and trained many students who would become lifelong friends as he moved into commercial

Flying for Zantop, Ozark, TWA, Piedmont, and US Airways, John flew everything from a DC-
6 to a Fairchild, a DC-9 (“if you’re going to hit the ground, you want to do it in a DC-9”), a
737, MD-80, F-100, and F-28. His favorite time in the industry was as an Instructor Pilot on the
Airbus 319/320 in Charlotte, NC for US Airways. He was a superb instructor.

After enduring endless furloughs, John’s flying career finished with stints at CitationAir and
NetJets, and finally, as a private pilot on a Citation-XL for D.E. Rice Construction Co. in Borger,
TX. He came full circle, back to the Texas Panhandle, still doing what he loved.

John had two wishes for his life: to live long enough to raise his daughters and to fly until he
died. Both were granted and he was a happy man. Professed to Christ, John was at peace with
himself. I was truly blessed to be married to him for 20 years. No one has ever made me laugh so

If anyone wishes to honor him, donations may be made to the Jasper Animal Rescue Mission
(JARM), P.O. Box 1179, Ridgeland, SC 29936, where we volunteered. He was a staunch
supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights and gifts can also be made to the NRA at 11250 Waples
Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030.

Please forward this to those folks who knew him that I may not know. Thank you all so very
much for your love, your kind words and your prayers.

I will leave you with this: one of the things John used to say to our daughters as they were
leaving the house each day was, “Don’t forget to sing along and have a good time!” I think he
would say that to all of us now.


33 Catamaran Lane
Bluffton, SC 29909

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Sweet Happenings from Your Sweetheart – Issue 9!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Hot off the press!  New news from Eta Iota!

Sweet Happenings from Your Sweetheart

More birthday photos uploaded

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I’ve just uploaded several hundred of Jeff Penn’s 40th Birthday photos .

Use the “Photos” link in the menu above to see them, or click here.