Alumni Event

Louisiana State University Christmas Luncheon

Please join your brothers at our 35th Christmas Luncheon to renew old friendships!

The luncheon will be on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Court of Two Sisters, 613 Royal Street.

Social hour starts at 11:30 am, with lunch served at 12:30 pm.

The cost is $60.00 which includes cocktails, lunch and wine with your meal.

All monies will be collected at the Court of Two Sisters (cash or check).

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to gbergeron0520@gmail.com so that an accurate head count can be given to the Court of Two Sisters.


Louisiana State University Chapter Has Always Been Going Strong Despite Closure

by Kathy Jonas
Indiana University, ‘78

Every Christmas, Phi Kap brothers from Louisiana State University get together at the historic Court of Two Sisters restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans to celebrate the holiday, each other and their fraternity.

It’s not just a luncheon for a few friends, though. Last year, about 70 brothers gathered at the restaurant, thanks to the work of people like Glenn Bergeron (Louisiana State University, ‘70), who has been running the lunch after taking over from the late Leslie Schouest (Louisiana State University, ‘72), who had the idea back in 1981, with a structured event starting a few years later. “I was Leslie’s roommate and vowed to continue it in his honor following his death in the late 80’s.”

“It was a challenge to get the guys there at first,” admits Bergeron. Today, Phi Kappa Theta members travel from as far as New York and Arizona to attend, while the main nucleus is the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area.

This year’s holiday social is scheduled for December 13. And although the restaurant is known for its Creole-Cajun fare, Bergeron says the preferred menu for the luncheon is more “meat and potatoes” type of food.

One of the topics discussed by Phi Kappa Theta alumni gathering in New Orleans is the possible recolonization of the fraternity, which lost its charter in the late 80’s.

Charles “Mike” Callais (Louisiana State University, ‘84), says the effort is in its beginning stages and last year Robert Riggs, CAE (RPI, ‘02), Executive Vice President of the Phi Kappa Theta Executive Office, came to the luncheon to discuss the possibility.

Brother Callais said, “There certainly needs to be a Catholic presence on campus. For many students, college is the first time they’ve been away from their family. They need something to keep them grounded.”

An active alumni base is important in order to get the process started, adds Callais. “We are making slow progress.” Callais also believes that students would benefit from the opportunity to give back to others. Brother Callais is currently serving a a six-year term with the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Callais was hammering signs along the highway while talking about the Fraternity. A former CEO of an offshore business, he gives back through his church, Catholic Community Services, the Rotary Club where he has served as past president, and is involved with the Knights of Columbus.

When he volunteered to fill a Port Commission opening, this was said about him: “Mike’s humble leadership and mind for business will be an asset to our board…He is a valued resource in our community, and we appreciate him volunteering his services to the Port Commission.”

Callais readily admits that this leadership mindset might not have been top of mind while in college, but believes it can be reinforced while in the fraternity. “Everybody needs something; they just need help getting it.”

Georgia Tech Homecoming 2018

Georgia Tech Homecoming is coming up!

Here is a list of the scheduled events:

Friday, October 12 - 7-10 PM

  • Cocktail Party at the Phi Kappa Theta House

  • 800 Fowler St NW Atlanta, GA 30313

Saturday, October 13, 9 AM - 12:20 PM

  • Homecoming Tailgate at the Phi Kappa Theta House

  • BYOB

Sunday, October 14

  • Actives & Alumni Flag Football game - 9:00 AM

  • Meet at the House 15 minutes beforehand or meet at the burger bowl

  • Brunch 11:30 AM - 1 PM at the Phi Kappa Theta House

  • Alumni Chapter Meeting at 2 PM

The chapter is excited to have an opportunity to meet more Phi Kaps. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet the collegiate brothers and network with brothers of Phi Kappa Theta. They hope to see you there!

If you have any questions feel free to email jchua30@gatech.edu.

11.09 Houston Area Alumni Event

Brother Manny González (Texas A&I University, '82) and his wife, Lucy, have graciously opened up their home for what is sure to be a great evening of food, wine, and brotherhood, November 9th, 2018 at 6:30PM CT.

The best part is that registration fees have been reduced to $1.00 per person!

The evening will include updates about Phi Kappa Theta throughout the country and will focus primarily on the growth and activity in Texas.

A highlight of the event is sure to be the wine tasting led by sommelier Lucy González. Lucy is the CEO of Vega San Juan (VSJ). VSJ is the name of the vineyard / wine business in Spain. Lucy and Brother Manny González, are partners in VRS Winery. The wines to be shared that evening have been generously donated by the González family.

Live Entertainment: Pete Scafidi is a singer and song writer and performs as a solo acoustic act with songs that include an upbeat, eclectic mix of covers from Rock/Pop, R&B, Latin, and Country genres, plus some originals.

Raffle Prizes: Attendees names will be written on a card and pulled from a bowl.

  • 1 - 2014 Ermita Talanda Magnum (red)

  • 1 - 2012 Ermita Talanda (red)

  • 1 - 2012 Peñalegre (red)

  • 1 - 2014 Ermita Talanda Rueda (white wine)

Muela - Premium Handcrafted Knife - Criollo Model: Muela Knives are custom Spanish hunting knives that have been made by the Muela family for generations, and utilize tough Moly-Vanadium stainless steel. Each Muela Hunting Knife is handsome as well as functional with handle materials that include Red Stag antler, exotic stabilized hardwoods and Pakawood.

Spanish Abanico: The Valencian company Aire Distinto is the brand of fans designed by Lola Blay. Her designs are made with various materials and are hand painted. Her imagination brings us to a cheerful and avant-garde collection with lots of color and patterns of flowers, fruits, animals and images of Las Meninas ("Ladies in Waiting").

We look forward to all area brothers bringing their spouses/significant others.

About VRS Winery (VRSWinery.com)

Since the first days of stepping onto some amazing Spanish vineyards and getting introduced to their wonderful wines, Gina & Ramiro Rodriguez and Lucinda & Manny González decided to spread the delight of these wines to wine lovers in the U.S.

Contact: Robert Riggs, CAE, Executive Director

PKTAAA Evening Meet

The Phi Kappa Theta Alamo Alumni Association will host a FREE “Meet and Greet” for any Phi Kap Alumni in the San Antonio/Bexar County Texas Area and its vicinity on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the VFW #1533 outdoor covered patio, 107 Elmhurst Ave (off of Broadway St) San Antonio, TX 78209.

Brothers that can, will wear their colors.

PKTAAA will supply food (hamburgers and hot dogs), condiments and tableware. Beverages need to be purchased through the VFW.

Come share some brotherhood, make new brother friends, and check the group out. Tentative AGENDA is as follows:

  • 6:30 PM – Gathering Starts, mingle, and introductions, beverage runs.

  • 7:00 PM - Short meeting for members and PKT alumni guests (to check them out). Sit/eat at convenience.

  • 7:30 - 7:45 PM - Introduction of our new PKTAAA EDUCATIONAL FUND page and its benefits, Q & A.

  • 7:45 - 9PM – Brotherhood, mingling, socializing and networking.

Please let the group know if you are interested in joining!

Contact Brothers Blas Ortiz, mortiz49@satx.rr.com or Mike A Gonzalez IV, President PKT Alamo Alumni Association at 210-885-9786.