73rd Grand Arch Council: Phi Psi in the Big Easy

The 73rd Grand Arch Council, held in New Orleans, La., blended Fraternity business, local customs and the Great Joy of Serving Others. From Aug. 9-13, 2006, over 700 brothers helped set the course for the new biennium by attending general sessions, amending the Constitution and serving on committees.

Even before the first general session on Aug. 10, Phi
Psis were out in force assisting Habitat for Humanity with the rebuilding of the Ninth Ward, devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The Musicians' Village will be a center for New Orleans' eclectic musical heritage, and will help to convince many of the area's musicians to return to their home city.

Plenty of Fraternity business was conducted, as well. Dedicated brothers spent many hours in committees ranging from the State of the Fraternity to Communications, and put forth recommendations for the Executive Council and Headquarters staff to follow for the next two years. Some of the highlights include a revamping of the new member education program and the incorporation of our recent marketing research.

The GAC is not all business, however. The Fraternity held a soiree at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans' premier aquarium, attended by hundreds of brothers and guests. On Thursday, Aug. 10, brothers went to a local watering hole to watch two very popular local bands play just for members. Brothers even had local entertainment during the final banquet.

Phi Kappa Psi prides itself on the excellence of its members, and honored those who have gone above and beyond the requirements of membership at the awards luncheon and final banquet. This year, many awards were given out to deserving chapters and individuals, including House Director of the Year, Esther Wolfe, from the Kansas Alpha Chapter, and Undergraduate of the Year, Scott Shorten, Kansas Alpha ‘03.

"Mom Wolfe," as she likes to be called, has lived throughout the Midwest, settling in Lawrence, Kan., in the 1980s after traveling the world with her daughter and one of her sons. She earned her Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Kansas in 1989, opened a still-thriving bed and breakfast in Lawrence, and, looking for a new challenge, took on the role of House Director for the Kansas Alpha Chapter. She has seen nearly 400 men initiate, while coordinating the day-to-day operations of the 35,000 square-foot chapter house housing almost 100 men. She serves as a friend, confidante, nurse and even relationship counselor, but if you ask her why she does it, she will always smile and reply, "Because it comes with basketball tickets!"

Scott has done enough during his undergraduate years to rival the resumes of some of our most accomplished alumni. He has served in many chapter positions, and was president of his Interfraternal Council for two years. In addition to a sterling 3.8 GPA, he helped to bring up new and active members’ GPAs as scholarship chairman. He also posed for a calendar produced by a sorority as a charity fundraiser. Scott plans to attend medical school after graduation.

Phi Psi would not be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of its members without people like Mom Wolfe and Scott Shorten contributing at the chapter level. We congratulate them, and all of the 73rd GAC’s award winners.

All Award Recipients:
Thomas Cochran Campbell Award for Ritual Exemplification
Kansas Alpha
Founders Award for Code of Conduct
Illinois Delta
Membership Excellence Award
Kansas Alpha
Outstanding Recruitment Publication
California Beta
Senior Involvement
Kansas Alpha
Griffing-Tate Award for Fraternity Education
New York Theta
Phi Psi Big Brother
Missouri Alpha for assisting Alabama Beta
Amici Award
Louisiana Gamma
Man-Mile Award
California Beta
Edgar Fahs Smith Award for Fraternity Publication Contributions
Joseph Natale,
Rhode Island Beta ‘81
Ralph R. Haney Award for Organization of Treasury
Kansas Alpha
Alumni Relations
Iowa Alpha
Outstanding Chapter Newsletter
Washington Alpha
Chapter Public Relations
Ohio Delta
Risk Management
Kansas Alpha & Iowa Alpha
Outstanding Alumni Association
North Texas Alumni Association
Outstanding Alumni Association Newsletter
Rochester Area Alumni Association
Alumni Corporation Award for Continued Excellence
Alabama Alpha House Corporation
Outstanding Alumni Corporation Officer
Mickey Rogers for Indiana Zeta House Corporation
Outstanding Chapter Advisor
Michael Hauck for Ohio Mu
Advisor to Fraternities
Jennifer Jones-Hall of Valparaiso University
Hyatt "Pat" Eby Community Service Award
California Delta
Intramural Excellence
Ohio Delta
Dr. Gordon S. Letterman Men’s Health Award
Arizona Beta
Ralph D. Daniel Award for Excellence in Chapter Management
Ohio Mu
Most Improved Chapter
Ohio Eta
Edward H. Knight Award for GAC Attendance
Ralph D. Daniel, Arizona Alpha ‘47
Edward H. Knight Award of Merit
John J. Ziegelmeyer, Jr., Kansas Alpha ‘70
Ralph "Dud" Daniel Award for Interfraternal Excellence
David L. Westol,
Executive Director, Theta Chi Fraternity
Phi Kappa Psi Medal of Honor
Sgt. Robert W. Betterton, Tennessee Epsilon ‘80
Grand Chapter
New York Theta

For a full GAC wrap-up, see the fall 2006 issue of The Shield, arriving in mailboxes in October 2006.
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