May 31, 2012: Athens, Ohio—In March, Beta chapter at Ohio hosted its first Founders Day celebration in more than ten years. The chapter coordinated a banquet, several presentations and readings to honor Phi Kappa Tau’s founding fathers.

More than 60 undergraduates, alumni, and advisors participated in the celebration. The event included a wine and cheese reception, followed by dinner and dessert. Chapter President Mike Owens, Ohio ’11, spoke about the importance of celebrating Founders Day. At the end of the banquet, the brothers sang the “Brotherhood Song” and reflected on an evening spent with friends.

“Since this was the first Founders Day since we commemorated our Centennial Celebration in 2011, what better way to honor our roots than to revive the tradition of Founders Day as we embark on the next 100 years leading up to our bicentennial?” said Alumni Advisor John Grosh, Ohio ’84.

Beta chapter held Founders Day celebrations for more than 90 years, many of which were attended and addressed by Founder William Shideler, Miami ’06. The chapter’s focus for the past few years was on its Centennial Celebration, which was held last May, but Grosh said Founders Day events are back, and for good reason.

“It is the knowledge of our history and the sacrifices that were made by those who came before us that teach us how to be the best stewards of Phi Kappa Tau as we move ahead into the future,” he said. “Founders Day is a great reminder of how we want to be remembered.”

Beta Founders Day 2012
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