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Everything You Need to Know about Founders’ Day By Joel Catania

Our annual Founders’ Day dinner will be held on Saturday April 2, 2016 at the Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. The event will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

The basic charge for attending is $110 per person. The cost of the dinner has been increased by the Inn at Penn. We decided to increase the charge in order to cover the increased cost and hopefully hold this price constant for the next year or two.

As in the past, this amount includes a small subsidy to help offset the dinner cost for our active undergraduate brothers. The chapter contributes a portion of the cost for each undergraduate and the alumni association picks up the balance. The additional subsidy required for each undergraduate brother is $40, so we ask each alumnus attending the dinner to include an additional subsidy for at least one of our undergraduate brothers.

The alumni association needs your support for another reason as well. At this time, our treasury is comprised almost solely of the Wellons Fund, which has been allocated to be used for a housing issue at the chapter.

In the past, dues and contributions have enabled us to break even on the costs of our alumni relations program spearheaded by Affinity Connection, our alumni relations partner. They maintain our database, host our website, provide assistance with the content for our newsletters, publish our monthly e-letters and periodic printed newsletters, and support us in any way needed to keep our brotherhood connected. These services could not be provided by a small group of dedicated supporters and volunteers.

When we chartered the association in 2003, we had 110 dues-paying members. This number has fallen off significantly since then, and we have been able to fund our alumni relations program only with the additional support of a core of very generous supporters. I would like to ask you to help us remedy this situation by paying your 2015-16 alumni dues if you have not already done so. The minimum amount is $100; the suggested amount is $150. Additional contributions are also encouraged and most welcome. If you are not sure of your dues status for this school year, please email me at jlclii@aol.com and I can advise you of your status.

We hope you will respond positively to this renewed appeal for dues-paying members and additional donor support. The continued vitality of the alumni association is essential to keeping us in touch, organizing Founders' Day and other important events, and ensuring the wellbeing of the undergraduate chapter. Please to do whatever you can to help by paying your 2015-16 dues, attending the Founders' Day dinner, and sending in as large an additional contribution as you can.

If you are planning on attending the dinner please do the following:

1) RSVP to Joel Cantania at jlclii@aol.com.

2) Send a check payable to “Beta Pi Alumni Assn of PiKA” in the amount of $110.00. If you have not yet paid your dues for 2015/16 (Minimum $100; suggested $150) you may include them in the same check. If you are not sure of your current membership status please send me an email. You may also include any subsidy you might generously contribute in the same check. Please be sure to itemize what your check is for if it includes more than just the cost of the dinner in the following manner:

Dinner: $ ______ / Dues $ ______ / U-grad subsidy $ ______ / Association $ ______

Please mail your checks to arrive no later than March 15 to:
Beta Pi A.A.
c/o Joel Catania
P.O. Box 7332
Garden City, NY 11530

We hope that brothers initiated in years ending in “1” or “6” might make a special effort to gather one or two of your fellow initiates and join us in recognizing notable anniversaries.

We look forward to seeing you at Founders’ Day. Thank you in advance for your support of our Beta Pi brotherhood.