On the second Saturday of October, the Brothers, friends, and significant others of the Sigma Delta Chapter from UC Davis met again, this time 105 strong from the graduation years of 1984 to 1990.
The thought of a reunion started at a kids’ soccer game last year when Jeff Galdes, Sigma Delta 1987, and I came together. With the help of Eric Mariotti, Sigma Delta 1989; Simo Rodich, Sigma Delta 1986; and Mike Babot, Sigma Delta 1985, we found as many graduates as we could and started planning.
The Mariotti family generously agreed to hold the event at their home in Martinez, California, and Brothers and friends came from six different states to celebrate old – but never forgotten – friendships.
It was one of those days in life that do not come around often, yet leave an indelible impression on you. How sweet life is when you are surrounded by people you love. So many friends reconnected, some after not seeing each other since graduation. The time and distance between us melted instantly away in hugs and happy tears and gut-busting laughter of the times we spent together. We learned of many smaller groups of Chi Phi’s that became life-long “families” forged in the days before anyone was married or had kids to brag about and careers and lives as adults to share.
Our humble message to all of you; don’t wait to do this at your Chapter. We are all still talking about it we can’t wait to do it again. October 2020 is right around the corner!
Adam Cipriano, Sigma Delta 1988