Alumni Association Maintains Chapter Operations at 200 Langdon Street
Volunteers Needed—How Will You Get Involved?
I hope this finds you all well. I want to provide you with a brief update regarding our Fraternity and our house at 200 Langdon Street in Madison. As you will recall, Chi Phi was terminated as an active Registered Student Organization at the University of Wisconsin campus in 2015. We will be eligible to petition to return to campus after a four-year hiatus. In May 2015, we found ourselves with 21 recently initiated members of the Fraternity wanting to live in the house in the fall of 2015. All had been placed in alumni status following the termination. Because Chi Phi was no longer recognized, those young men started calling themselves the Men of 200. As you can see from the article submitted by Chapter President Alex Loftus ’19, they are still recruiting new members and, in large part, carrying on the traditions of our Fraternity.
I know no more now than I did last time I wrote to you regarding our ability to return to campus as Chi Phi, whether we should look for another fraternity or sorority to lease our house, or whether we should put it on the market. I still feel that as long as the group of freshmen and sophomores who make up the pledge classes from the fall of 2014-15 desire to stay together, and it is economical for us, we should allow them to do so.
This does come with challenges, as it is always hard for an Alumni Association with no local oversight. To help in this area, we have engaged BMOC Inc. to help manage the property. They have become the local contact we were lacking and bring the expertise of managing numerous Greek houses on several campuses.
Financially, we are experiencing positive cash flow and have a small war chest of funds for the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the house.
I welcome your comments and thoughts regarding our future. I welcome anyone with the passion to help with the Alumni Association to contact me.
In the Bond,
Russell Lein ’81