2019 Tau Madness Winners!

Congrats to the winners of our 2019 Tau Madness NCAA Bracket Challenge.
1st – Bill “BB” Barry ’77
2nd – Steve Ogden ’13
3rd – Joe Patrevito ’02

BB has already committed to donating his winnings to Gamma Zeta’s signature charity – Feed My Starving Children who is the big winner of over $2,000. Thanks to all who played and donated!! BB is also donating another $100 from a side bet that he had with John Norton ’77 who he has beaten 11 years in a row. Thanks Nort!! We love having you in the pool each year!! In fact, you’re welcome to join any pool that we ever do.

’18’s Conduct Career Fair

Gamma Zeta class of ‘18 held its 1st Annual post-graduation career fair this Sunday at the Alpha Tau Omega chapter house at the University of Illinois. With an impressive turnout of over 60 active members, the class of 2018 had 10 recent graduates make the trip back to Champaign to give a presentation on the career path we have forged in less than a year after graduating. We wanted to get in front of the active members to not only be a resource for them but also to start a tradition that we hope every recent graduate class will partake in so we can continuously offer a helping hand to our brothers that are still in search of their degrees. The power of this fraternity spans far past the 4 years spent in school – it provides opportunities and bonds that serve a lifetime’ – Kevin Johnson ’18

I also wanted to give a shout out to Raven and the current active members. My fellow pledge brothers and myself were blown away by the amount of guys who showed up for this along with the attentiveness they showed throughout the 2-hour presentation.

Fundraiser for T Squared ’77

Gamma Zeta’s got together last night at Matt Menna’s ’93 very cool Sidebar Grille in Chicago to support Tom “TSquared” Tunney’s ’77 reelection bid for Alderman of the 44th Ward. Thanks to all who attended and donated and good luck Squared!! There’s still time to make a donation and it would be appreciated. Here’s the link – https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d2/default.aspx?wid=153930

Doc Mohlenbrock’s (Gamma Zeta ’61) new book

Dr. William “Bill” Mohlenbrock ’61 recently published a book titled “The Handbook of Healthcare Value – How Self-Insured Employers and Employees Can Contain US Healthcare Costs”. It provides a great overview of how our current healthcare costs have grown so drastically and provides some innovative ideas for how they can be controlled. As a healthcare consumer, I found Bill’s book very interesting and helpful for understanding the motivations that are driving different players and hopeful that there are ways that things can get better. If you are an executive with a self-insured company, a hospital administrator or staff member or a physician you’ll find this particularly valuable – https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Healthcare-Value-Self-Insured-Employers-ebook/dp/B07JKF1NC4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548879827&sr=8-1&keywords=the+handbook+of+healthcare+value

Support Tom Schreiber ’82

Tom Schreiber ’82 asked me to share the following… great work Tom!!

Hi Dane,

I’m with a non-profit out of Barrington called Rahab’s Daughters that rescues girls and women out of sex trafficking (forced prostitution, forced dancing in strip clubs). They set up a new chapter in the Super Bowl city each year – 43 women and kids were rescued in Minneapolis before last year’s Super Bowl. Longer term, we provide shelter and services to help the women integrate back into society. I’ll be in Atlanta starting Jan 25 helping with the operation. 

To me, the shocking thing is 11 kids were rescued last year. They had been living in cars and dangerous places.

The big need we have is providing housing for the women after the rescue. We have a Safe House set up for the first few days, but safe accommodations are needed for several weeks for 40-50 people. I’m trying to raise $10,000 so we can strike a deal with Atlanta area extended-stay hotels. As of today we’re about halfway there including a couple large verbal commitments. Could you spread the word to our ATO network? Several of the brothers already stepped up. And any amount helps. 

Thanks!

Tom Schreiber ’82
https://www.gofundme.com/tom039s-campaign-for-rahab039s-daughters

2018 ATO Gamma Zeta Holiday Happy Hour

Hello Gamma Zetas,

For over 25 years Gamma Zetas have been gathering in Chicago for our annual buy a brother a beer, post work “Holiday Happy Hour”.  This tradition was started by the class of ’80 but has spread to all Gamma Zetas over the years.  It’s a great and easy opportunity to get your own class together while at the same time crossing over to connect with Gamma Zetas from your era and others. Here are the details:

Date:           Thursday, December 13
Time:           4:00 PM – ?? PM (stop by any time)
Location:     Porter Kitchen & Deck
150 N. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL
(great location… just a couple blocks to trains)
Cost:           Cash bar plus a $20 donation to cover the cost of the minimum and some appetizers

So, mark your calendars and plan to stop by to say hello. Reach out to your brothers and let them know that you’ll be there and that you’d like to see them… not everyone is on my email list (or reads it if they are so need your help spreading the word!)

Note: Porter (https://porterchicago.com/) is one of Matt Menna’s ’93 very cool Four Corner’s Tavern Group bars/restaurants and where we held the real estate networking event earlier this year.  Matt promises to make sure there are some great appetizers set out for us!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on December 13!!

L&R,

Dane

Dane Luhrsen
Gamma Zeta ’77
Director of Alumni Relations
Editor Gamma Zeta News
daneluhrsen@gmail.com
630-638-8572

Update to Bylaws – 11/1/18

November 1, 2018

Dear Gamma Zeta Alumni Brethren:

One of the projects needing my attention, as the new House Corporation President for our Gamma Zeta Chapter, was to review and update our corporate Articles of Incorporation and corresponding Bylaws.

As best I could see from records passed down to me, these important documents had not been reviewed since 1968.

Jack Klues, Current GZ Board Of Trustees Chairman, and I believe we needed to hire outside legal expertise as well as engage counsel of ATO National Headquarters and its wholly owned Chapter House Management Company named The Richmond Group.

These expert resources have explained to us that we need not amend/revise our Articles of Incorporation that were first drafted in 1938 and filed with the State of Illinois.

However, we were advised to make one substantive change in our Bylaws.

That change was in regard to ( Article XIV , Sections A and B) regarding “ Dissolution of The Chapter”. Please review the element carefully as it is an addition to our existing Bylaws and deals specifically on how the House Corporation would manage our Chapter House Closing and hand over of the physical plant and its property assets to the Richmond Group/ ATO National Headquarters. Here is a link to the proposed Bylaws for your review – https://atoillinois.com/…/…/ATO_BYLAWS_REVISIONS_OCT12-2.pdf

Note: We have no plans to close or dissolve the chapter and hope that there is never a need to exercise this clause. The chapter is strong, having recently won the ATO National True Merit award two years in a row.

This proposed change requires that it be brought before all Alumni members of the Gamma Zeta Chapter who remain in “good standing”. National HQ tells us that “good standing” means all would have made regular donations and/or paid annual alumni dues as well as those who elect to remain actively engaged with Chapter activities at some level.

As such, you are receiving this email and are asked to reply to me at jimbremhorst@yahoo.com with your rejection or endorsement of this Bylaw change within 5 working days of receipt.

With Alumni Communications VP, Dane Luhrsen, we also will post this Bylaw vote request on our Gamma Zeta Social Media channels with same reply request within 5 working days.

A non response will be considered a vote of endorsement.

Thank you for your time and attention.

L and R

Jim Bremhorst
House Corp President
Thomas Arkle Clark Chapter Memorial Inc
jimbremhorst@yahoo.com