17th Annual RG Swedo Golf Outing

Hello Gamma Zetas,

Matt Massucci ’96 has asked me to forward the following about the upcoming 17th Annual RG Swedo Golf Outing.  This is an awesome event to recognize and remember Gamma Zeta Greg Swedo ’96 who was tragically killed in a hit and run accident in 2000.  Money raised goes to scholarships  from Greg’s high school, Fremd to attend the University of Illinois.  The top ATO Foursome at the event each year is recognized on the Heldman Trophy which is displayed at the chapter house.

Mark your calendars now and register for this year’s event!

17th Annual RGS Golf Outing
Saturday, August 25th
Carillon Links
Plainfield, IL

Registration and donation link – https://gregswedo.nationbuilder.com/golf_outing_2018

I’ve heard rumors that a very confident foursome of GZ’s from Springfield plan to raid the event this year and take away the hardware.  Get your group together today and give them a run for their money!

Contact Matt Massucci directly at matt@hirewell.com if you have any questions.



Dane Luhrsen
Gamma Zeta ’77
Director of Alumni Relations

Jim “Breeze” Bremhorst ’81 to lead Gamma Zeta House Corporation

I’m very pleased to announce that Jim “Breeze” Bremhorst ’81 has agreed to be our next House Corporation President. His position has been unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees.

Jim will be taking over for Greg Scott ’76 who has served us so well over the last five years. Thanks to Greg for his dedication to this role and many hours of service to our fraternity! Greg will continue to support our chapter in his new role as President of Arete Management who we have contracted to provide on-site facilities management services.

Jim grew up in Glenwood and attended Homewood Flossmoor High School where he was on the basketball team. He graduated from Illinois in 1981 with a B.A. in Finance and a M.S. in Finance in 1983.

Jim started working with Arthur Andersen in their Management Information Consulting Division in January 1983. This division was renamed Andersen Consulting in 1989 and became Accenture in 2001. He was a partner from 1999 until he retired in 2010. Jim specialized in the Utilities Industry and spent a lot of time on large systems projects including enterprise financial systems and merger integrations.

Jim is married and lives in Springfield. He has two daughters and a son (an Illini). In retirement, he spends most of his time coaching b-ball, volunteering in the school district, taking care of his dad, exercising, visiting his kids, running his church’s finances and golfing.

Jim loved his days at 1101 and regularly stays in touch with many of his pledge brothers and others from his era. (Picture is of Jim on left with Stu Meacham ’78 and their daughters Mel and Chantel who were team mates on the Wheaton College women’s basketball team) Now, he’s excited to bring his significant leadership and project management skills to his role as the Thomas Arkle Clark Memorial House Corporation President.

Breeze will need your help as there is much to be done over the next few years so don’t be surprised if he gives you a ring.


Jack Klues

Gamma Zeta ’77
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Jack Klues ’77 inducted into Illinois Fraternity/Sorority Hall of Fame

Congrats to Jack Klues ’77 on being inducted into the Illinois Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame on this past Saturday, April 21! Jim Dobrovolny ’71 presented a nice donation in Jack’s name on our behalf to the Adlon Dohme Jorgensen Greek Life Endowment Fund. Nice mention in the DI too – https://dailyillini.com/news/2018/04/21/five-illinois-alumni-inducted-into-fraternity-and-sorority-hall-of-fame/

Spring 2018 Gamma Zeta Newsletter

If you didn’t get it at home… read it here!  If you’re not getting it at home in the mail, we don’t have a good mailing address for you.  Please send me your current mailing address – daneluhrsen@gmail.com and I’ll update your info in our database.  You can update your information directly in our on-line directory by clicking on the “Manage Account” tab at the top of this page.

 Phillip Coover ’04 interviews Mike Piper ’04 on “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast

Check out Phillip Coover’s ’04 latest “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast. Joining Phil on this episode is Mike Piper ’04, the CEO of ICS Tax, LLC, to explain P3s, or Public-Private Partnerships, and tax strategies such as cost segregation. – Here’s a link to download.  Be sure to give them a great rating on iTunes!!

Link to the Real Estate for Breakfast main page and all of Phil’s interviews.

Jack Klues ’77 selected for U of I Fraternity and Sorority HOF

Very happy to pass on the news that our BOT Chairman, Jack Klues ’77 has been selected to be inducted into The University of Illinois Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame for his “outstanding career in advertising and media, and his positive representation of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and the University of Illinois”. The Hall of Fame event is set to take place on Saturday, April 21st from 3-5pm at the Illini Union. Congrats Jack!! Very well deserved.

’82s to pose on Wacker Drive on March 29

82’s will re-create pose from their pledge class walkout at the ” 82 Tau Walk Out” Happy Hour!

Thursday, March 29th
5:00 pm – 8 :00 pm

South Branch
100 S Wacker
(312) 546-6177
(close to train)

All Gamma Zetas and friends are welcome to come out, buy them a beer and witness this event which is sure to stop traffic dead on Wacker Drive. Don’t miss it!

Update… here are the 82’s almost 40 years later… keeping their shirts on but still having a lot of fun together!  Lumpy, Jim Thompson, Greg Ewert, Dean, Bryan Leonard, Sanch and John Cochrane.

Gamma Zeta ’67, ’68, ’69 Reunion Booklet

The Gamma Zeta classes of ’67, ’68 and ’69 will be holding their 50th reunion this coming Homecoming (October 2018) led by Jim Frakes ’68 and a great committee.  They have an incredible weekend planned and their organization and thoughtfulness in putting together the activities has been second to none.  One of the things that they have already completed is an absolutely fantastic booklet containing profiles of as many of the members of these three classes as they could possibly find.  They are a wonderfully diverse, interesting and diverse group that clearly succeeded while on campus and throughout their careers and lives.  They valued their ATO experience and have stayed great friends over the past 50 years.

Here’s what Jim Frakes had to say about the reunion booklet…

“Producing this Reunion Booklet has been a challenge and a labor of love. After an exhaustive search for brothers from the Classes of ’67, ’68 and ’69, repeated requests for contact information, biographies and photographs, and a lot of cajoling and pleading, the effort is nearly as complete as it can be. Thanks to all of you who submitted your information, and thanks to Mort, Stace, Gulliver, Denny, Bo, P.K., The Hound, and Burlap for their assistance.

Having read and lightly edited every entry, I suggest that you will want to read this booklet cover-to-cover. The stories are inspiring, humbling, sometimes surprising, occasionally saddening, often humorous, and, most of all, incredibly interesting.

We have all shared a common bond for 50 years, give or take a year. The bond was forged in the crucible of our undergraduate fraternity years and continues to this day to varying degrees. These are the stories of our lives.

There are impressive stories of estimable careers in business, law, medicine, engineering, science, education, architecture, journalism, aviation and sports. There are descriptions of anguishing personal and family tragedies which were oftentimes mitigated by family, friends, faith and even Alcoholics Anonymous. The strong influence of the Viet Nam War, the military draft and the Nixon Lottery course through many of these narratives.

In addition to the conventional natures of many of the stories, there are interesting off-beat features to many. One of us once told Nick Saben, at that time an insurance salesman, that he would never make any money coaching football. Others included the senior pilot for United Airlines, a Loch Ness Monster investigator, a Top Gun pilot, the Mayor of East Lansing, MI, and an advertising specialist who urged us to “Be Like Mike.” Another went from shaving in the Old Head to the fighter cockpit and then later on to a PhD and a career in military and public service.

There is a mushroom hunter, a horse breeder, and, ironically, a “horse mortality” businessman, as well as a Bronze Tablet pickleball player, a PGA Golf Professional and several professional football players. There is a Country Western singer, a street-cart vendor , a physician riverboat-casino owner, a reclusive North Woodsman, a climate activist and even a dragon-boating enthusiast. Who knew? This booklet is fun reading because we all know the cast of characters. And “characters” they indeed were and still remain.”

I think that you’ll enjoy reading this booklet.  Here it is – ATΩ Reunion Booklet (1)