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Hey, ZX Nation

Gentlemen-

A new year and new things for ZXAA! Coming off the award winning year for ZXAA-Outstanding Alumni Association 2011-we continue to be active and communicate with alumni. I wanted to provide an update on events and ZX.

The ZX colony continues to impress and work towards chartering this Spring. The chartering process is difficult and requires a day to day commitment. They have completed everything necessary to this point and are on time to charter this Spring. Jay Nicholson is the Alumni Advisor and continues his leadership with the colony. As I have said, they are an impressive bunch and hope everyone has an opportunity to spend time with them. More will be coming to you as the chartering nears. They are expecting a successful Spring RUSH with a goal of 25.

Zeta Chi Alumni Association (ZXAA) Housing Corporation is officially in place. Baxter Hall Properties (BHP) is currently seeking a house to rent for the colony/chapter for the Fall semester of 2012. I think everyone will agree to the importance of a house for ZX. A requirement of the colony is no charter, no house. Mac Humphries is the President of BHP and we need to thank Mike Cully, Gary Burgess and Mac for getting Baxter Hall Properties in place. Board Members of BHP: Mac Humphries, Mike Cully, Tim Nichols, Phil Robertson, Ken Schwab, Mike Dailey, Todd Branson, Jeff Layman, Gary Burgess, and Jim Roebuck.
Dues come out each year on March 1. This year, by popular request, we will add the option of automatically renewing your dues each year by credit card. You complete this once and forget about it! This will be a PayPal option you select and each year on March 1 your credit card will be charged $50. Dues are the only source of income ZXAA has and your support is needed each year for continue success. The other options for paying dues will continue.
I include a request from Ali Zakka for his support from ZX alumni as ZX Relay for Life team captain, any amount is helpful, if you can send him a check it goes to a great cause:

Hello Mr. Roebuck,

It’s Ali Zakka, and I am Pi Kappa Alpha’s Relay for life team captain. Relay for Life is a fundraising event that fight against cancer. As team captain, I have to assemble a team and try to raise a $100 and each member is required to do the same. The money that is raised will go towards treatments and help cancer patients cope with the disease in a positive way. The final event for Relay for Life is Friday April the 13th which will last from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The night will basically be a celebration and more fundraising events to help relieve the troubles of cancer patients. Some of my ideas for raising money are to ask students in the dining halls, hold a video game tournament and maybe a rock concert. With all of this being said, I would like to ask you, would you be interested in donating some money to help the cause? If you have any more questions about Relay for Life that I did not answer, please visit the Relay for Life website at www.relayforlife.org/missouristatemo
Thank you.

Pike Nation,

Ali Zakka.
My address: 1021 E. Harrison St. Rm 302, Springfield, MO 65807.

The colony will host several colony/alumni events this year. Dates scheduled are February 13, March 1, April 9, 2012 from 6-8 pm and will all be held at Ebbet’s Field South, 3662 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65804. The colony is charged $200 for the event and all food and drink during that time comes off the charge. Alumni should stop by and have dinner, drink of choice, on these nights with the colony. There will also be give away items! As with all our events spouses and others are welcome.

As always, update your information in the directory if it has changed. Follow ZXAA at www.zetachipikes.com and on Facebook: Zeta Chi Alumni Association. The colony is on Facebook: Missouri State Pikes and Twitter.

St. Charles, Missouri

On December 26, 2011 in St. Charles, Missouri, Zeta Chi Pikes of all ages, including four Colony members, met during an annual gathering of St. Louis area Pikes. For the first time, this longstanding event was opened up to the entire chapter, both past and present. Standing, from left: Phil Eastin, Steve Holoway, Curt Boggs, Mark Landwehr, Wayne Richards, Nick Sengheiser, Ryan Holder, Eric Delaney, Wayne Richards. Bottom row: Jay Nicholson, Chris Westrich, Mike Pearson, Steve Turek.

Funeral arrangements for Gary Christ

Gary is being cremated, and Ellen, his wife has made arrangements to have a visitation at Kutis on Gravois this Thursday, Dec. 29 from 5-8PM. The priest from Assumption will have a brief prayer service around 7-7:30 that evening, during the visitation. Ellen is requesting donations in Gary’s memory to the Kidney Foundation. His obituary will be in Wednesday’s Post Dispatch newspaper.

Merry Christmas




“Together We Can Achieve Great Things”

Jim Roebuck, President

Zeta Chi Alumni Association – William R. Nester Award 2010-2011

Pike University Scholarships

The weekend of November 11-13, Pike University will be held in Kansas City, MO. Mike Pearson stepped up and sponsored the first scholarship to Pike U. and challenged other alumni to follow suit. These efforts have produced 19 scholarships/attendees of ZX to this weekend’s event. Pike U is a professional showcase which only will benefit our colony members. This is a tremendous accomplishment started by Mike and supported by alumni. Congratulations gentlemen, nicely done. ZXAA also provided $600 in hotel expenses for our gentlemen to stay in Kansas City. Below is a list of those providing scholarships:

Jim Holt (2)
Phillip Roberston
Mike Pearson
Chris Lee
Tony Wood
Brent Kuenzel
Kevin Green
Dave Krough
Jay Jackson (2)
Brian Noble (2)
Michael Shank
Kim Hancock
Mac Humphries
Kenny Rahmeyer
Zeta Chi Alumni Association
Jim Roebuck

Thanks again for everyone’s support towards this program.

Jim Roebuck, President
Zeta Chi Alumni Association

Kim Hancock Letter

Gentlemen-

I wanted to share a letter I received from Kim Hancock, the first recipient of the Colonel Edgar Baxter Award. Kim clearly went above and beyond to restore our 1940 Ford fire truck. The photo he is referring to is the one attached in my last email. Thanks again Kim and Congratulations on the Baxter award!

Jim Roebuck, President
Zeta Chi Alumni Association

Annual Meeting & Homecoming Update

Our Annual Meeting/Homecoming/Poker Night was held over the weekend. A tremendous success, and thanks to all for attending and contributing. The first ever Colonel Edgar Baxter award was presented to Kim Hancock for his efforts in restoring the fire truck. The Baxter award is our highest honor given out to an alumnus and will be presented when someone goes above and beyond the call of duty. An additional award was presented also and will be given out annually. To say it was a surprise is an understatement. It was/will be given for Outstanding Alumni Service, it is called the Jim Roebuck Award.

In a previous email, Mike Pierson challenged alumni to sponsor a $105 early registration scholarship for members of ZX to attend Pike University to be held in Kansas City. With Mike’s leadership alumni contributed 10 scholarships Saturday night!!! Those sponsors are:

Jim Holt (2)
Phillip Roberston
Mike Pierson
Chris Lee
Tony Wood
Brent Kuenzel
Kevin Green
Dave Krough
Jay Jackson (2)
Jim Roebuck

There is still time for others to take part of the $105 early registration (after November 5th the cost is $135). Pike U is the best training available for our guys. Those interested in contributing to Mike’s challenge need to send a check-made out to Pi Kappa Alpha, memo line write ZX Pike U, for $105.00, send to me at 1638 S. Enterprise, Springfield, MO 65804 or do so online at Pikes.org.

We made page 1 of the Ozarks section in the News Leader Sunday.
http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=DO&Dato=20111029&Kategori=NEWS01&Lopenr=110290802&Ref=PH

Nester Award

The Fraternity awards have been posted online at www.Pikes.org. You should click the link below and see ZX listed as winner of the Nester Award for Outstanding Alumni Association for 2010-2011. http://www.pikes.org/AlumniAwards.aspx?mode=spage&spid=70&pid=6 This is very nice recognition for our Association. We all have to stop and smell the roses sometimes and this is one of those times for ZXAA. Many Alumni Associations exist with Pi Kappa Alpha, many are older and bigger. Only one in 2010-2011 can say they are the Nester Award winner by Pi Kappa Alpha. “Together We Can Achieve Great Things”. We did this for ZX by ZX.

Congratulations gentlemen!

Congratulations to all of us – Zeta Chi alumni and the Zeta Chi Alumni Association (ZXAA)

Gentlemen –

Congratulations to all of us-Zeta Chi alumni and the Zeta Chi Alumni Association (ZXAA). On July 30, 2011, nine of us attended Pike Academy in Memphis, TN and received the William R. Nester Alumni Association of the Year Award on behalf of ZXAA! This award is presented annually and recognizes “The Outstanding Alumni Association In The Fraternity for 2010-2011”. It is something all of us should be proud to receive. This is our second National Award, Zeta Chi Alumni Association also received the “Outstanding New Alumni Association” in 2006-2007. We no longer hope to compete with the big dogs, because this year WE are the big dog!

Zeta Chi is a special group. The ZXAA intends to keep us together and promote alumni events and leadership for the ZX colony. Zeta Chi provided all of us unique and lasting memories. Supporting ZXAA as alumni with payment of your $50 annual dues will maintain our Association and allow us to continue activities established as the “Outstanding Alumni Association In The Fraternity”. The hope is everyone can attend our annual meeting each year, but if unable to do so, support ZXAA with your payment of annual dues. Payment options are: ZXAA Paypal link or sending me your $50 check made out to ZXAA, 1638 S. Enterprise, Springfield, MO 65804. Click here to view a listing of those current on 2011 dues.

October 28-30, 2011, ZXAA will host our annual meeting/Homecoming/Poker Night event. All alumni are asked to mark their calendars and plan on attending. This will be the first time alumni and the ZX colony come together as one. All events will be held at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, MO. Agenda: Friday night-welcoming reception in the Oasis Bar and Grill, Saturday-Homecoming parade aboard our newly restored 1940 Ford Firetruck, Bearfest Village Pre Game, MSU Football game and Saturday night Poker Night, Sunday-departure. Rooms have been reserved under ZXAA. Formal invitations are being prepared and will be sent to all alumni listed in the directory at www.zetachipikes.com. If you have changed addresses or have only an email listed you should go to our site and update “Are You Alumni”.

Colony members have returned and they are off to a great start. Everyone is looking forward to a big RUSH to complement our numbers. They are an amazing group of young men, and well deserving to become ZX Pikes! Emails and Facebook messages will be coming as Homecoming nears. Again, congratulations to all for being a part of the “Outstanding Alumni Association In The Fraternity in 2010-2011”.

3 Things!

Many good things are going on with ZX, I will try and be brief so please read entire message. Three things ZXAA needs to communicate:

1.) ZXAA has been successful because of the alumni. In order for us-ZXAA-to function with annual meetings, after hours, web site communications, planning, fire truck maintenance, printing and postage for alumni communications, etc. we need alumni to pay their annual dues of $50. ZXAA has made a point of not asking alumni for money except for annual dues and “Rally Around the Truck” campaign. As of 2011, 56 alumni have paid their $50 annual dues, out of 250+ in the directory. This needs to improve, our checkbook balance needs to be refreshed. It costs money to do the things we have done. We have many achievements to celebrate. Returning ZX to MSU, restoring and maintaining the fire truck are just two. Everyone listed in the directory with email has received a $50 dues invoice. Once you pay you annual dues you are removed from the list for that year. If not, you continue to receive an invoice. We need you to pay up, ZX is worth $50 a year. There are expenses involved with running a successful Association. The energy spent collecting dues takes away from more productive events for the Association, and truthfully is getting old. Click here to visit our Pay Pal Page.

2.) Hopefully everyone by now has heard ZXAA has won the 2011 William R. Nester Award-Outstanding Alumni Association from PKA. This is the second national award our Association has won from PKA. A Nester Award is given out each year and only 1 Alumni Association across the country is selected. It’s a big freakin’ deal! Your Association was selected to receive this recognition within all of PKA. Alumni are encouraged and asked to attend the presentation banquet on July 30, 2011 at Pike Academy, at Memphis University, Memphis, TN, 7-9:30pm. Dress is coat and tie. We have many already attending and would like many more. If you plan to attend you need to register for the banquet and email me so we have enough tables reserved. Here is the link. Check out the number of attendee’s already signed up and where they are coming from to see us accept our Nester Award! http://www.cvent.com/events/2011-academy/event-summary-f4bf174ef87b4c89bf0a96ff7a2009ea.aspx

3.) Missouri State Homecoming is October 28-30, 2011. ZXAA will be hosting a alumni/colony weekend event. Details are close to final. This will be the first time alumni and the new 75 man colony will be together. The weekend is geared around MSU homecoming events-parade, Bearfest Village, game, and ZX Saturday Poker Night at the Oasis. Formal invitations will be sent out and email notifications also. If your contact information has changed in our directory please update it at www.zetachipikes.com.

Thanks for all you do, alumni have led the way and made the difference. Together our efforts won us a Nester Award-Outstanding Alumni Association. Send you dues guys, ZXAA needs the money!

“Together We Can Achieve Great Things”

Jim Roebuck, President
Zeta Chi Alumni Association