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.

L&R,

Jack Klues

Gamma Zeta ’77
Chairman, Board of Trustees

5th Annual 2018 Tau and Gamma Phi Madness NCAA BBall Tourney challenge

Bill Barry ’77 presents “Tau Madness” trophy to 2014 winner Frank Kulze ’75

Enter the 5nd Annual 2018 “Tau and Gamma Phi Madness” NCAA Basketball Tourney Pool today!!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority for the Fall ’18 Feed My Starving Children event and they are joining in on the “Tau Madness” NCAA Basketball Tourney Pool too.  The Gamma Phi undergrads, parents and alumni will be testing their college basketball picking skills along with us and the pool will be split 50/50 between the winners and Feed My Starving Children.

  • Test your NCAA basketball tourney picking skills against ATO Gamma Zeta’s, Gamma Phi’s of all ages and around the world and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.
  • Make a $100 donation (we’re splitting the pot 50/50) between the pool winners and Feed My Starving Children, the undergrads’ “Signature” charity.
  • Take a chance of winning a great pot
  • Maybe get your name on a very cool trophy which will be displayed forever in the chapter house that you can show off to your children and grandchildren in the years to come!!
  • Most importantly earn bragging rights over ATO Gamma Zeta’s and Gamma Phi’s and friends, young and old!

Here are the rules.

  1. Make a $100 Donation for each entry by completing the form below.  You may submit multiple entries.  Just be sure to donate $100 for each entry.
  2. You’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions to register and enter your picks with our pool manager runyourpool.com.  (Note that you can set up your username and password now but will not be able to make your picks until after the final brackets are announced on “Selection Sunday” March 11.

You must make your donation and register and make your picks before the entry deadline of March 15 12:15 PM ET

Pick Settings
Entry deadline: March 15 12:15 PM ET
Multiple entries allowed: Yes
Scoring Settings
Points awarded for wins (by round)
First Four: Play-in games are not included or scored
Second Round: 1 pt.
Third Round: 2 pts.
Sweet 16: 4 pts.
Elite 8: 8 pts.
Final 4: 16 pts.
Championship: 32 pts.
Tiebreak
Championship game total points
First additional tiebreak: Pool points in Second Round
Second additional tiebreak: Pool points in Third Round
Pot
Split 50/50 between Feed My Starving Children and winners
Winners share will be split as follows:
1st place – 60%
2nd place – 25%
3rd place – 15%

Make your donation by clicking on the “Donate Here” button and completing the form below.

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Note: If you would like to donate directly to Feed My Starving Children but do NOT want to participate in the “Tau and Gamma Phi Madness” Bracket you can make a donation directly to FMSC which will be credited to our event here.

RG Swedo Golf Outing – Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mark your calendars!! Just heard from Matt Massucci ’96 that the 2017 RG Swedo Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 this year. Top ATO Foursome wins the Matt Heldmann Trophy. Don’t miss it!! Watch this space for more details to come. Contact Matt directly with questions… especially if you’d like to be a sponsor this year – Matt Massucci ’96
(847) 304-0153
matt@hirewell.com

Phillip Coover ’04 interviews Bob Cavoto ’75 on “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast

Check out Phillip Coover’s ’04 latest “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast. His guest is Bob Cavoto ’75. Very interesting, entertaining and valuable interview whether you are in Real Estate or not and regardless of where you are in your career. – 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.

Announcing – 3rd Annual 2016 Tau Madness NCAA Bracket Pool – Enter today!

Enter the 3nd Annual 2016 “Tau Madness” NCAA Basketball Tourney Bracket Challenge today!!

  • Test your NCAA basketball tourney picking skills against Gamma Zetas of all ages and around the world.
  • Make a donation to the house (we’re splitting the pot 50/50).
  • Take a chance of winning a great pot (last fall’s “Last Tau Standing” NFL Pool winner’s share was over $3,000!! and we think this will be even bigger!!)
  • Maybe get your name on a very cool trophy which will be displayed forever in the chapter house that you can show off to your children and grandchildren in the years to come!!
  • Most importantly earn bragging rights over Gamma Zeta brothers young and old!

Here are the rules.

  1. Make a $100 Donation for each entry by completing the form below.  You may submit multiple entries.  Just be sure to donate $100 for each entry.
  2. You’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions to register and enter your picks with our pool manager runyourpool.com.

You must make your donation and register and make your picks before the entry deadline of March 17 (Thu) at 12:15 PM ET .

Pick Settings
Entry deadline: March 17 (Thu) at 12:15 PM ET
Multiple entries allowed: Yes
Scoring Settings
Points awarded for wins (by round)
First Four: Play-in games are not included or scored
Second Round: 1 pt.
Third Round: 2 pts.
Sweet 16: 4 pts.
Elite 8: 8 pts.
Final 4: 16 pts.
Championship: 32 pts.
Tiebreak
Championship game total points
First additional tiebreak: Pool points in Second Round
Second additional tiebreak: Pool points in Third Round
Pot
Split 50/50 between ATO Gamma Zeta and winners
Winners share will be split as follows:
1st place – 60%
2nd place – 25%
3rd place – 15%

Make your donation by clicking on the “Add” button and completing the form below.

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Thanking our Veterans today – Walter T. Morey ’40

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As a way to thank our Veterans today on Veterans’ Day, I thought that it would be interesting to share the nomination which was recently submitted for one of our own, Walter T. Morey ’40 for the University of Illinois Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  He had an exceptional career as a student, in the military and in civilian life and deserves to be recognized and remembered as do all of our many Gamma Zeta veterans.  We’ll find out during the spring of 2016 if he’s selected for the Hall of Fame.  Thanks to all of our veterans today!

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I’d like to nominate Major Walter T. Morey ’40 for the Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  Here is some information about him:

Born: August 02, 1918
Died: March 18, 2009
Early life:
  • 1936 Graduate of Stephen Decatur high school with honors
  • Reached Eagle rank with two palms as a Boy Scout
  • Served as Assistant Scoutmaster
College life:
  • 1940 Graduate of the University of Illinois
  • Appointed in 1939 as Student Colonel to lead the 4,000 students in the University ROTC Brigade by Col. Fred R. Brown Commandant with approval of A.C. Willard, President of the University
  • Maintained an academic average in the College of Commerce of 3.92 and a military average of 5.0
  • Winner of the University gold medal, as the most outstanding sophomore cadet
  • Winner of the Connor’ cups for the best drilled freshman and sophomore in the field artillery in 1937 and 1938
  • Won the Hazelton medal during his first year basic course as the best cadet of that rank
  • Awarded an excellence bar with three stars for maintaining a military standing in the upper 4 percent of his class
  • Member of three military fraternities—Caisson club, Scabbard and Blade and Pershing Rifles
  • Member of Skull and Crescent, freshman activity honorary and Sachem, sophomore activity honorary, Ma-Wan-Da senior honorary society
  • Business Manager of the Illio
  • Active in Star Cross, Student Alumni Association, Accountancy Club and the YMCA
  • Cabinet member of the Inter-fraternity council
  • President of the Military Council
  • Chairman of the Military Ball
  • Treasurer and then President of the Student senate
  • Member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
  • 1947 Graduate of Harvard Law School
Military:
  • During WWII, served three years of active duty with the 36th Field Artillery in North Africa, Italy and France. Major Morey’s unit was the first to fire on the mainland of Europe in 1943
  • At the outbreak of the Korean War, he served as a battalion commander in Korea until 1951
  • Awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and three French Croix de Guerre
Post Military:
  • Attorney in Decatur
  • Founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Soy Capital Bank
  • Founded Security Savings and Loan
  • Partner in the development of Brettwood Village Shopping Center
  • Elected to the Decatur City Council in 1960 and served for six years
  • Trustee at Millikin University
  • Member of the University of Illinois President’s Council
  • President of the Decatur Bar Association, Rotary, United Way of Macon County and the American Red Cross in Decatur
  • He served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church
More info:
Link to great Daily Illini article from when Walter Morey was selected to be Colonel of the student ROTC Corp at Illinois – 039-DIL-1939-04-23-001-SINGLE (2)