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State Representative, Advocate for Social Rights Enters Chapter Eternal

By National News

Florindo J. Fabrizio, Alpha Delta 1966, entered Chapter Eternal peacefully at home on July 24. Brother Fabrizio served his community as a State Representative from Pennsylvania’s District 2 from 2003 until his passing.

After graduating form Penn State, Brother Fabrizio worked in education and as a stockbroker, all while continuing his education and obtaining a master’s degree and later pursuing a doctorate. He later began his public service career as Erie County Clerk and Clerk of Elections before retiring and running for state office in 2002.

Our condolences go out to Brother Fabrizio’s family and friends and to his constituents.

You can find his entire obituary here.

“Born in Erie, he was the son of the late Nicola and Ida Passarelli Fabrizio. After graduating from Strong Vincent High School in 1962, he attended Pennsylvania State University Main Campus where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in General Arts and Sciences. He was a member and an officer of Chi Phi Fraternity.

While attending graduate school at Temple University, he taught in the Philadelphia Public Schools.

Upon returning to Erie, he taught and held several positions with the Erie School District, and received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Edinboro State College (now University). He also pursued doctoral studies at Nova University.

Flo worked as a stock broker from 1973 to 1982 when he became Erie County Clerk and Clerk of Elections, retiring in November 2002.

First elected in 2002 to represent the 2nd Legislative District, he was re-elected to seven consecutive terms. He has served on the House Aging, Finance, Insurance and State Government Committees, and served as Vice Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee.

He was elected Chairman of the Northwest Caucus, served as Policy Committee Vice Chairman and as Trustee to the American Italian Caucus.

Currently, Flo was serving as Democratic Chairman of the House Health Committee, as Deputy Whip, as Speaker-appointed member of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission and as a member of the House Rules Committee.

Also, he was elected by the Republican and Democratic leadership of both the House and Senate to serve as Chairman of the Joint State Government Commission, a bipartisan/bicameral research agency of the General Assembly which provides the legislature with a readily available mechanism conducting interdisciplinary studies.

Flo was the godfather of gaming legislation, a strong advocate for medical marijuana, worked hard to secure funding for his alma mater, the Erie School District, and for a bill that updated the length of stay in ambulatory surgery centers.

Flo has been active in the Erie community, serving as a charter member of the Erie Museum Commission, as a board member of Pleasant Ridge Manor, a member of Gannon University’s Physician Assistant Advisory Board, as a board member of the Martin Luther King Center, as President of the Saints and Sinners Dan Rice Tent, and as a board member of many other philanthropic and charitable organizations.

Flo has received many awards and accolades through the years, most notably as the Giuseppe Mazzini Civic Association’s Man of the Year, the Cicero Award recipient from the Jefferson Educational Society and leadership awards from the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC).

As a long-time member of the board and vice president at the Erie Maennerchor Club, he sponsored the first female member. While his initial effort failed, he paved the way for not only female members, but a more ethnically diverse club.

He was a life member of the Erie Maennerchor Club, and a member of the Elks Club, Sunflower Club, Zukor Club and Nuova Aurora Club.

Known for his deep, distinctive voice, he at one time hosted the Italian Hour radio program, was the announcer for the Sailors baseball games at Ainsworth Field, and sang with the Maennerchor Choristers. His extemporaneous, firebrand, motivational speeches at political and other functions are legendary.

He was an equally talented thespian, having played the roles of El Gallo in The Fantasticks, as Joe Cabot in the first ever stage production of Reservoir Dogs and as Detective Hennessy in Cocoanuts, both Roadhouse Theater productions.

His love for entertaining extended to being a clown with the Saints and Sinners at the Dan Rice Parade in Girard, and playing Santa Claus at the GECAC Activities Association Breakfast with Santa.

A life-long Democrat, he believed in the principles of the party – equal and civil rights, quality public education and social programs for those in need. He loved engaging today’s youth in the political process and frequently met with the Democratic organizations at the area’s universities.

Flo was proud of his Italian heritage, having grown up in Erie’s Little Italy. However, he frequently remarked, “I am glad my grandfather made the boat.”

Flo was an ardent fan of Penn State football, attending as many home games as possible. Family and friends knew not to schedule events that would conflict with the Nittany Lions’ schedule.

Besides his parents, Flo was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John D. Mong; and sister-in-law, Patricia Beyer Collier, and her husband, the Rev. John Collier.

Flo is survived by his wife of 30 years, Victoria Beyer Fabrizio; two stepsons, Anthony J. Sanfilippo (wife Allison) and Matthew J. Sanfilippo (wife Brooke), all of Erie; a daughter, Jill Macknicki (husband Steve) of Kneeland, CA; a sister, Rosalia Mong of Erie; two step-grandchildren, Sophia and Joseph Sanfilippo, both of Erie; two grandchildren, Zoe and Noah Macknicki of Kneeland, CA; nephews and niece, Marie Troyer (husband Kevin) of Erie, John Mong (wife Kelly) of Williamsville, NY, Christopher Mong (wife Christine), Michael and Nick Mong, all of Erie.”

Celebrating our 2018 Award Recipients

By Alumni News, Chapter News, National News

Congratulations to our 2018 award recipients! We are honored to recognize you for your outstanding work this past year and look forward to seeing our Brothers continue Building Better Men through Fraternity and Community.

The Fraternity was honored to recognize 15 outstanding Chapters, Colonies, and Associations, and 14 hard working individuals during the 153rd Congressional Banquet on the evening of June 23.

Among the many accolades given, Benjamin Bloom received the first George M. MacDonald Risk Manager Award, adopted at the 152nd Congress in honor of our past Grand Eta. It is worth noting that the Fraternity broke tradition in recognizing not one, but two outstanding Brothers with the William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year Award. Brothers Blakeslee and Wolfgang have dedicated much of their time and energy over many years to the Fraternity and their Chapters, rendering it impossible to choose between them. This was one tradition worth breaking for them.

Please join us in congratulating our Brothers and Chapters on all they have done!

Thomas A. Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence

Theta
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Xi Delta
Florida Institute of Technology

Delta Pi
Georgia Southwestern State University

Thomas A Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence: Most Improved

Mu
Stevens Institute of Technology

Bates Block Campus Involvement Award

Rho Delta
Oglethorpe University

Delta Pi
Georgia Southwestern State University

Highest GPA

Delta Xi Colony
West Virginia Wesleyan College

Philanthropic Achievement Award

Pi Theta
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Outstanding Total Member Education Program

Alpha-Pi
Iowa State University

Rho Delta
Oglethorpe University

Outstanding Risk Management Practices

Delta Pi
Georgia Southwestern State University

Delta Theta
Clemson University

Outstanding Service to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Theta
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Outstanding Alumni Newsletter

Alpha-Chi
Ohio Wesleyan University

Xi Delta
Florida Institute of Technology

Psi Zeta
University of Texas at Dallas

Outstanding Chapter Alumni Event

Alpha Theta Chi
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Alpha Zeta
University of West Georgia

Outstanding Community Service

Theta
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Delta Pi
Georgia Southwestern State University

Outstanding Communication/Public Relations

Alpha-Pi
Iowa State University

Delta Theta
Clemson University

Alumni Association of the Year

Xi Delta
Florida Institute of Technology

Chi Phi Club of the Year

New York City

William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year

Jerome A. “Jerry” Blakeslee, Rho 1970

Gerald L. “Jerry” Wolfgang, Delta Xi 1974

Carl J. Gladfelter Leadership Award

John Kelly, Mu 2018

Campus Administrator of the Year

Cat Nanney
Florida Institute of Technology

Chapter Advisor of the Year

Jonathan “CD” Rawls, Rho Delta 1985, Delta Theta 2017
Clemson University

William D. Parr Chapter Zeta Award

Benjamin Trudeau, Pi Theta 2019

Athletic Excellence Award

Yusuf Abdullah, Rho Delta 2019

George MacDonald Risk Manager of the Year

Benjamin Bloom, Delta Theta 2020

Distinguished Service Awards

Scott A. Benton, Eta Delta 1989

Matt D. Scheller, Psi 2007

Jonathan H. Scott, Delta Pi 2003

Stuart E. Jones, Lambda 1979

Looking for photos from Congress? Look no further!

By National News

Thanks to our official Congress photographer, GreekYearbook! Christian was a great team member the entire weekend and did amazing work.

All photos from convention can be found online. GreekYearbook provides the best in sorority and fraternity composite, bid day, and convention photography for thousands of sorority and fraternity members across the United States and Canada.

Beloved Brother, Scientific Authority, and Grand Officer Enters Chapter Eternal

By Alumni News, National News

We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Jonathan Y. Richmond, Zeta 1962, Zeta Delta 1962, entered Chapter Eternal this morning. Brother Richmond was a noted scholar on Biosafety and previously worked for the Centers for Disease Control as the Director of the Office of Health and Safety.

Brother Richmond was educated at the University of Connecticut, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before earning a PhD in Genetics from Hahnemann University. Brother Richmond spoke for many years on HIV/AIDS and helped draft the CDC’s policy on the topic. He often invoked his expertise during many years of Chi Phi’s College of Excellence, where he served as a keynote speaker advocating for healthy sexual practices and men’s health with his presentation “45 Minutes That Could Save Your Life.”

Always the advocate for his Fraternity, and especially our undergraduate members, he served for many years on Grand Council as both Scholastic Counselor and as Grand Gamma on the Councils of Grand Alphas Jeff Velis, Steve Runkel, Ron Frank, Rich Lane, and Rocco Henry Carnevale. Apparently unsatisfied with his already superhuman involvement, Brother Richmond also took on the role of Chapter Advisor to our Gamma Zeta Chapter at UNC Wilmington.

In 2013 the Fraternity honored Brother Richmond with the Walter L. Cronkite Jr. Award during the 148th Congress in Baltimore. This elite award is reserved for Brothers who have made outstanding contributions to society through lifelong service; a distinction well-fitting of Brother Richmond.

His friend and Brother Tommy Harrelson, Gamma Zeta 1964, wishes for Brother Richmond to be remembered as “generous in every way,” but especially with his time and commitment. Brother Richmond was active in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, North Carolina, for many years as a reader, visitor, and organizer of weekly community lunches. He and his family supported the arts, particularly community theater, and he was heavily involved for many years in the Boy Scouts of America.

Our deepest condolences go out to Brother Richmond’s family during this difficult time. He was a True Gentleman and will be greatly missed.

July Chi Phi Club Events

By Alumni News

Join Brothers from across the country for a Club event near you!

Join Brothers from all Chapters at these upcoming Chi Phi Club events:

  • Friday, July 14: The Boston Chi Phi Club is hosting their summer Bowling Bonanza at Kings Dining & Entertaining – Dedham. The event is from 1:30-3:30pm. Follow their Facebook Page for more information and updates on other events.
  • Thursday, July 19: The Philadelphia Chi Phi Club will be gathering at Roy-Pitz Barrel House (990 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123) from 6-9pm. Follow their Facebook page for more information and updates on other events.

Alumnus Highlight: Paul DePace

By Alumni News

Paul DePace, Rho Iota Kappa 1966, received the Paralympic Order, the highest accolade from the Paralympic Movement, during the 2017 Paralympic Sport and Media Awards in September. He received the Order alongside Denmark’s Karl Vilhelm Nielsen and France’s Gerard Masson. The Orders were presented by Sir Philip Craven, then the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Brother DePace, the President of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) received the Order in recognition for the nearly 50 years of work he has put into the Paralympic Movement. During this time, he has been an athlete, coach, United States’ Chef de Mission, and Board Director for the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games Organizing Committee. His roles have also included Vice-President of the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation (ISMWSF) and IPC Executive Committee. As IWAS President since 2001, he did much to promote Paralympic sport internationally from the grassroots to high-performance levels.

See this article in the Spring 2018 Chakett News

Photo courtesy of The University of Rhode Island, Nora Lewis.

Article adapted from original by Daniel Etchells, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Regional Ritual Retreats Return in July

By National News

Will we see you at a Regional Ritual Retreat this July?

RRR is focused on our Ritual, Heritage, and the secret meaning of our Brotherhood. This is a unique opportunity to learn about what truly makes us Chi Phi and what has bound us together for nearly 200 years. The event is provided at no cost and is open to all Brothers.

We are thrilled to be hosting three RRRs this year across the country; at University of Florida on July 13-15; Lehigh University on July 20-22; and University of Southern California July 27-29.

Registration is now open on Chi Phi Connect. Learn more about the program: chiphi.org/rrr

Chapter Spotlight: Theta Delta at University of Florida

By Chapter News, Philanthropy/Community Service

Brothers Raise $45,000 for Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon 2018 at University of Florida was an all-around success, with almost 6,000 students participating in some form. The Theta Delta Chapter was among those participants, many of the Brothers standing for the full 26.2 hours of the event.

In addition to participating in the marathon itself, the Chapter raised $45,000 for the cause – they were surpassed in fundraising by only one other fraternity. All money donated during Dance Marathon benefits the patients of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

The Chapter is already gearing up for Dance Marathon 2019, where Brothers Nick Scianna and Gabriel Rojas will serve as Overall Directors.

Theta Delta Brothers pose together during the Dance Marathon. Photo credits to DM at UF

Phi Lambda Theta Alumnus Elected Chair of Bucknell’s Board of Trustees

By Alumni News

The Bucknell University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to elect trustee Chris O’Brien , Phi Lambda Theta 1980, as its next chair, Bucknell University President President John Bravman announced May 3.

“Since joining the board in 2012, Chris has displayed a special combination of leadership, dedication and enthusiasm from which Bucknell has already greatly benefited,” said Bravman. “His insight and guidance have been invaluable, and I am excited to work with him in this new capacity as we continue to build upon Bucknell’s institutional strengths and distinctiveness.”

Brother O’Brien brings to the position a broad perspective on the University. A 1976 graduate of the Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, he enrolled at Bucknell to major in business administration. He was member of the cross country and track & field teams and served as Alpha of the Phi Lambda Theta Chapter. He has since held a number of volunteer roles at the University, including for Reunion, the Career Development Center, and the Alumni Board. More recently, he served as a co-chair for WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell, contributing to the successful conclusion of the half-billion-dollar campaign in July 2017. In 2013, he and his wife, Liz, established the Christopher & Elizabeth O’Brien Family Scholarship.

Currently a member of the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee, Brother O’Brien previously held the position of chair of the Development & External Relations committee and has also served as a member of the Academic Affairs, Campus Life, Finance, Investments, and Nominating & Governance committees.

“I am truly honored to have the confidence and trust of my fellow board members at what is an incredibly exciting moment in Bucknell’s history,” he said. “Having served as a trustee for the past six years, and being the parent of two current students, I have developed a great appreciation for the exceptional work of our talented faculty and staff, and I look forward to supporting their efforts and continuing our collective work of strengthening the institution in this new capacity.” He will assume the role of chair effective July 1.

O’Brien is the founder and a partner at Endurance Capital Partners and the founder, president, and CEO of O’Brien Capital Advisors. He has previously held a number of leadership positions at various investment firms, including as president of the United States & Europe for Investcorp International, Inc., a publicly traded alternative asset firm, overseeing $15 billion in assets in offices in Bahrain, London, and New York.

Chris O’Brien, Phi Lambda Theta 1980. Photo by Gordon Wenzel.

Original article by Andy Hirsch, Bucknell University. Read it here.

Congress Hotel Deadline on the Horizon

By National News

Will you be joining us in Atlanta?

The deadline for room reservations at the InterContinental is fast approaching! Remember to reserve your room by May 30 at 5:00 pm. You can call the hotel at 404-946-9191 and reference Chi Phi, or use our booking link here.

The 153rd Congress will be hosted at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta June 22-24, 2018. For more information and a tentative schedule for the weekend, check out our Congress page. Activity highlights for the weekend include the Trust Dinner (invite only) on Thursday evening, an Atlanta Braves game on Friday, and the Congressional Banquet on Saturday night.

All Brothers and their guests are welcome at events throughout the weekend, but registration is required in advance. Head to Chi Phi Connect today, or email us if you have trouble logging in or establishing an account.