Just ducky: Philalethean celebrates 100 years

Sep 27, 2013

Phi SignFive years of planning will culminate Homecoming Weekend when about 200 members of the Philalethean Society will celebrate their milestone 100th anniversary.

Building up to their big celebration Oct. 11-12, the Phis have had a presence at every major Heidelberg event for the past year, said Kim Zandy, ’90, who along with Phi sisters Nancy (Reusch) Sheaffer, ’81, and Paula Roediger, ’89, has coordinated the Phicentennial reunion events.

The Phis will kick off the weekend by attending the traditional Greek Sing performance Friday, Oct. 11. Following Greek Sing, they are hosting a night out with karaoke at a local bar. Saturday morning, they’ll gather for a reunion brunch that will include – in addition to a centennial celebration – the annual business meeting for the Phi Alumni Association, a welcome from President Rob Huntington and a discussion about current and future programming.

Zandy promises a lively program with lots of reminiscing and a few surprises.

“Heidelberg and the Phis gave so many of us the four best years of our lives and so many of us became lifelong friends. We’ve shared the good, the bad and the ugly,” she said. “We’ll celebrate that and see what’s happening with the Phis.”

Green and gold – and ducks -- also will be worn proudly at the end zone party prior to the Homecoming football game vs. Capital University. Along with the Excelsior Men’s Society, the group will host a homecoming tent for alumni to meet up and celebrate. Following the game, active and alumni Phi members will gather for a tea at in France Hall.

“We developed a relationship with our actives a long time ago,” Zandy said. Reunion events like the one planned for Homecoming Weekend allow the actives and alumni who mentor them to connect in person. “When we get together, the ages disappear.”

While the celebration will be a look back, the Phis also are planning ahead. With an active alumni association, Zandy said the group will make a push to reach its fundraising goal for the Phi West Gallery inside Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. They also will consider other initiatives to assist the university and the community, she said.

The celebration will conclude with Phi alumni attending their 5-year, 10-year and 15-year reunion class dinners, an official photograph and a Phi/Euglossian centennial celebration at the Elks of Tiffin.

For additional info about the Phicentennial Reunion, visit http://www.philalethean.com/100th_phi_reunion_23.html.

If you would like to know more about the Phi Saurwein fundraising initiative, visit http://www.philalethean.com/saurwein_initiative_25.html or contact Pam Quellhorst, ’87, at houstonpam1965@yahoo.com or Megan (Tuttle) Petronsky, ’94, at tutmeg@yahoo.com.