2007 Founders Day Dinner a Success

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On March 10, the Michigan Alpha Alumni Association and the active chapter membership held a Founders Day dinner celebration at the Michigan League on central campus after a brief open house at 1437 Washtenaw.

"The active chapter membership did a fine job of hosting this event. I think the alums who attended had found the dinner to be very enjoyable. It was an excellent opportunity to visit the house, renew old friendships, meet the active members and support the principles of the fraternity," said General John Buck '54.

The event, attended by 14 alums and 45 active members, featured state of the fraternity reports from Alumni Association President Rex Vaughn '74 and Michigan Alpha President Patrick Wolf '09 as well as well as remarks from the director of University of Michigan Office of Greek Life.

The evening was capped off by a traditional Phi Delta Theta ritual that paid tribute to the Founding Fathers while explaining the purposes and values of the fraternity.

In 1910, the Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters established Founders' Day on the birthday of Robert Morrison to honor our fraternity's six Founding Fathers. Michigan Alpha re-established its tradition of holding an annual Founders' Day event during 2006 when Charlie Green '58 facilitated the availability of the U of M Golf Course club house for a dinner event.

"This year's event built on success of last year. The alumni response has been encouraging and we believe the Founders Day dinner has momentum to be a bigger event next year with a prominent guest speaker. The active chapter members greatly enjoyed meeting and talking with alums both at the house and during dinner. I think this is a great way to demonstrate to the actives that Phi Delt is a fraternity for life," said Vaughn.