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Tourista Tour 2014 (May 17, 2014)!
Again this year the Country Club of Gwinett will be the host for our Annual Tourista Tour Golf tournament. This year we will be raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital and for our Scholarship Fund. Many way to participate, you can play, you can help at the registration desk, you can help with hospitality, you can be a sponsor or you can get sponsorships. The tournament is in it's Eleventh Year and has grown each year. Come be a part of this great event.

Tourista Tour 2012 (August 19, 2012)!
Tourista Tour Golf Tournament Report
Frater Bill Wilson filed this report:
The 2012 Tourista Tour was held Sunday, August 19 at the Country Club of Gwinnett.  There were 14 golfers who played this year.  Registration was handled by the dynamic duo of Donnie McQuaig and Jim (Twig) Hartwig.  This year's first place winners were Team Clark, who returned with a vengeance, after coming in second last year.  Team Clark members were Pat & Ann Clark; Pat's son, Chris Clark; and Pat's grandson, Sam Clark.  Taking home runner up trophies this year was Team Agee, who were last year's winners.  Team Agee members were Daniel Agee, Michael Sable, Paul Fregosi, and Jacob Fisher.  The closest to the pin award went to Ann Clark and the longest drive went to Jacob Fisher.  We were able to finish the awards ceremony before the rain showers that had been threatening all day finally hit the area.  Thanks to all who sponsored a hole, who made a donation, who played in the tournament, and who volunteered their time.  Next year's tournament will be held somewhere in Middle Georgia, since Pat & Ann Clark graciously volunteered to host the Tourista Tour for 2013.  Thanks also to tournament co-chairmen Brad Hoyt and Bill Wilson.  We had a great time!

Next Teke event is Homecoming.  Plans are being made and details will be shared soon.

Yours in the Bond,
Bill Wilson, President
Lambda-Upsilon Alumni Association
Pictures from the Tourista Tour:

Registration Table
String Man
Team Clark
Team Agee
Closest to the Pin
Long Drive
Host Banner

WELCOME PARENTS October 9, 2010!
It's Family Weekend at Georgia Southern and the collegiate Fraters are welcoming their parents and family members for a weekend of activites on campus, including GSU Football, as the Eagles take on the Wofford University on Saturday. A big welcome to the families of our TKE collegiate members!

In an effort to ensure a happy holiday season for children and families around the world living with HIV/AIDS, Tau Kappa Epsilon is proud to announce a special partnership with Angelwish. Angelwish has set up a dedicated website for members to go and browse wishes of children from all around the world. From the comfort of your home computer, laptop, and even your phone, Fraters can find a toy to purchase for a child so he or she can have a happy holiday season. It’s that simple. To grant a wish, click here.

Best wishes from the Fraters of Lambda-Upsilon during this season of Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your support and dedication through the years. May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with the love of family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving from Tau Kappa Epsilon!

Thanks to all of our Lambda-Upsilon alumni that participated in Homecoming 2009! It was a terrific weekend! We appreciate the ongoing support of all the members of our Lambda-Upsilon family!

It's Family Weekend at Georgia Southern and the collegiate Fraters are welcoming their parents and family members for a weekend of activites on campus, including GSU Football, as the Eagles take on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Saturday night. A big welcome to the families of our TKE collegiate members!

The largest collegiate fraternal celebration in North America was held in New Orleans, August 6-9, as the 55th Biennial Conclave of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity brought together Tekes from all across North America. Frater Kris O'Hare, LLT, served as the official delgate to the Grand Chapter from the collegiate chapter, Frater Buddy Clay, LLT, represented the Lambda-Upsilon Alumni Association, and Frater Frank Sanders, LLT, represented the chapter corporation. The collegiate delegation also included: Fraters Patrick Stoker, LLT, Josh Franz, LLT, Brad Stamaris, Michael Benjamin, LLT, Chris Kinnaman, LLT, and Matt Frazier. The highlight of Conclave was the initiation of Steve Forbes as the 250,000th initiate of TKE.

In May 2009, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Georgia Southern introduced a new initiative, called "TKE Brotherhood Extreme." This new program seeks to engage collegiate members in exciting, high-value experiences that help build memories and promote the bonds of brotherhood. Read more.

In accordance with the traditions of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter, the Board of Directors of the chapter corporation has declared a seven-day period of mourning to honor the life of Frater Clarence "Ceege" Butler, LLT, beginning on Thursday, August 13, 2009, and ending on Wednesday, August 19, 2009. All initiated collegiate and alumni members of the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter are encouraged to wear their TKE membership badge on top of a black ribbon, and all fraternity flags will be flown at half-mast.

It is with much sadness that the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity announces the passing of Frater Clarence "Ceege" Butler (ΛΥ 1) into the TKE Chapter Eternal. Frater Butler passed away at his home in Statesboro on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. A Chapter Founder, Frater Butler was one of seven Fraters who were instrumental in the establishment of “The Southern Colony” in 1967. When the International Fraternity officially installed Lambda-Upsilon Chapter on May 25, 1968, the collegiate membership selected Frater Butler to become the first initiate of the chapter. However, because he was not enrolled at Georgia Southern College at the time of the chapter installation, he was initiated into the Fraternity as an Honorary Member (Alumni Initiate), also becoming the first member of the chapter to hold this distinction. Read More.

It was a wonderful Fraternity for Life Weekend in Statesboro this past weekend. Thanks to all of our loyal and dedicated alumni who elected to participate in this annual gathering. Congrats to Fraters Stephen Derengowski and Michael Sable, who were inducted into the Fraternity for Life Order of Fraternal Achievement! A reminder that FFL happens each year on the last full weekend of June. If you didn't make it this year, go ahead and put it on your schedule for next summer!

Congrats to the following collegiate members who have been named to the TKE Academic Honor Roll for their performance during spring semester 2009: Fraters Michael Benjamin, Steven Brett, Michael Burn, Stephen Derengowski, Tyler Drury, Josh Franz, Josh, Gully, Chris Kinnaman, Hunter Mendenhall, Ryan Mooney, Kris O'Hare,, Jorge Perez, Jamie Ruiz, Thomas Runyan, Michael Sable, Scott Solis, Brad Stamaris, Patrick Stoker, Corey Wallace, and Alex White. Frater Michael Burn is the recipient of the Lenwood Cochran Scholarship for earning the highest GPA for the semester. Great job, Fraters!

The Lambda-Upsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity was officiallly chartered by the International Fraternity on May 25, 1968. On this, the 41st anniversary of our chartering, we recognize our Founding Fathers, who were responsible for bringing TKE to life at Georgia Southern: Fraters Clarence Butler, LLT, Edward W. Clay, LLT, Robert F. Gilstrap, Ira D. Morris, Roderick L. Rentz, LLT, Richard W. Silvey, LLT, and James A. Crump.

Tau Kappa Epsilon congratulates our most recent GSU graduates: Frater Michael Benjamin (
ΛΥ 534), Frater Stephen Derengowski (ΛΥ 467), and Frater Michael Sable (ΛΥ 500). Welcome to the alumni ranks of the Fraternity for Life!

Memorial Day is a time we've traditionally set aside to honor the sacrifices of those who died in service of our nation. Memorializing them goes to the core of who we are as Americans. Our thoughts should be with them every day, but especially on this Memorial Day.

The International Fraternity has announced the proposed TKE Black Book legislation to be voted on during the second session of the Grand Chapter at Conclave 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. To review the legislation, click here.

Be sure to check out the March 2009 edition of our "Conversations with the Chairman" newsletter, which focuses on current campus, fraternal, alumni, and collegiate issues being addressed by the volunteer leadership team of the chapter. The latest issue can be found here.

Congratulations to the following Fraters who were recognized for excellence during the recent Red Carnation Ball banquet in Savannah: Fraters Patrick Stoker (2009 Butler Award & Scholarship), Michael Burn (2009 Silvey Award & Scholarship), Stephen Derengowski (2009 Clay Award & Scholarship), Paul Fregosi (Cochran Scholarship - Spring 2008), Michael Burn (Cochran Scholarship - Fall 2008), Kris O'Hare (Top Teke Award), Matthew Kohler (Top Athlete Award), Colin Brandt (Top New Member Award), Buddy Clay (Top Alumnus Award), Kris O'Hare (Prytanis Award), and David Berger (Love, Charity & Esteem Award). Awards were also presented to those Fraters who were named to the TKE Academic Honor Roll for Spring and Fall semester 2008. Great work, Fraters!

Tau Kappa Epsilon mourns the loss of Frater Randy Ray (
ΛΥ 474), who passed into the Chapter Eternal on Sunday, February 22, following a short but valiant fight with cancer. Frater Ray led the effort to establish our TKE Parents Association, and also served as a member of the Board of Advisors and Alumni Association Board of Directors. Frater Randy is the father of Frater Cody Ray (ΛΥ 465) and Frater Corey Ray (ΛΥ 512), pictured above. No funeral services are planned, but the family has indicated that they will host a celebration of Frater Randy's life in the next few months.

The 2009 Tau Kappa Epsilon Red Carnation Ball was held on Saturday, February 21, at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia. The weekend also included our annual Prytanis Dinner, Officer Installation Ceremonies, and meetings of our Alumni Association Board and Board of Advisors. Thanks to all the collegiate and alumni members who made the weekend a fantastic success! See the photos here.

In honor of the life of Frater Randy Ray, and in accordance with the traditions of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter, the Board of Directors of the chapter corporation has declared a seven-day period of mourning, beginning on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, and ending on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. All initiated collegiate and alumni members of the Lambda-Upsilon Chapter are encouraged to wear their TKE membership badge on top of a black ribbon, and all fraternity flags should be flown at half-mast.

A delegation of fourteen Lambda-Upsilon Tekes spent the weekend of January 23-25 at the TKE Regional Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Members participated in a variety of educational sessions to help prepare them for success in college and the business world, networking and building relationships with other members and alumni, and strengthening their understanding of TKE’s ideals and principles. Georgia Southern's TKE delegation was the largest in attendance. See photos from the weekend in our online Photo Gallery.

Tau Kappa Epsilon has announced an increase in the academic performance standards for all collegiate and potential new members. Beginning this semester, first semester freshman must have a 3.0 high school GPA to qualify for membership. Members must also achieve a 2.75 GPA or higher during each semester to qualify for academic financial incentives. New officers and Big Brothers must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above to qualify for these leadership positions.

Congratulations to the following collegiate members who have been named to the TKE Academic Honor Roll for their scholastic performance during fall semester 2008: Fraters Michael Benjamin, Michael Burn, Stephen Derengowski, Paul Fregosi, Josh Gully, Kris O'Hare, Jorge Perez, Jamie Ruiz, Thomas Runyan, Scott Solis, Bradley Stamaris, Patrick Stoker, Michael Tarver, and Alex White. Frater Michael Burn is the recipient of the Lenwood Cochran Scholarship for earning the highest grade point average, a perfect 4.0! Great job, Fraters!

As we enter this New Year, we reflect on the past and look forward to a promising year ahead. For over forty years, Tau Kappa Epsilon has provided qualified young men at Georgia Southern with the opportunity for a life-long fraternal experience. Because of the commitment of our loyal alumni, we continue to build a bold new tradition for future generations of young Fraters. For your continued dedication to the "Fraternity For Life," we are very grateful. Best wishes to our extended TKE family for a joyous and prosperous 2009!

As we celebrate the 110th anniversary of the formation of the Knights of Classic Lore at Illinois Wesleyan University, let us be reminded of the commitment and principles of our Founding Fathers. Happy Founders Day, Fraters!

Governor Sonny Perdue has announced that Frater Chris Clark (
ΛΥ 227), Executive Director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA), is his recommended choice to succeed Noel Holcomb as Commissioner of DNR when Holcomb retires in April 2009. Read more.

Lambda-Upsilon congratulates two former members of the collegiate chapter that transitioned to the alumni ranks this past semester. Frater Paul Fregosi (ΛΥ 479) graaduated with a BS degree in Criminal Justice. Frater Michael Tarver (ΛΥ 476) graduated with a BS in Public Relations. We wish these two Fraters the very best as they start their careers as TKE alumni!

At this special time of year, we give thanks for our wonderful Fraters, families, and friends. We also remember our brave men and women in uniform who have volunteered to defend us in distant lands. Many of those who have answered the call of duty will spend Christmas far from home and separated from family. We honor their sacrifice, ask God to watch over them and their families, and pray for their safe return. Happy Holidays from Lambda-Upsilon!

The collegiate chapter has elected its leadership team for 2009. The new jeweled officers are: Frater Kris O'Hare (Prytanis), Frater Bradley Stamaris (Epiprytanis), Frater Scott Solis (Grammateus), Frater Forrest Ray (Crysophylos), Frater Jamie Ruiz (Hypophetes), Frater Andy Morales (Histor), Frater Ryan Mooney (Pylortes), and Frater Patrick Stoker (Hegemon). The new officers will be officially installed on February 21, as part of the Red Carnation Ball Weekend festivities. Congratulations to our new collegiate leaders!

A BIG thank you to all of our TKE alumni who helped make Homecoming 2008 such a huge success! Watch for photos, coming soon on the Alumni Association Portal. We appreciate all of our Lambda-Upsilon alumni and we're grateful for your continued support of the "Fraternity for Life!"

Join GSU President and Mrs. Grube for the traditional lighting of Sweetheart Circle on Thursday, December 4 at 4:30 p.m. Complete with a giant switch, cider, cookies and holiday music, this is a must attend event. Get in the holiday spirit with one of Georgia Southern's most unique traditions.

As our Lambda-Upsilon Fraters gather with their loved ones to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we express our sincere appreciation and thanks to our collegiate and alumni members for their dedication and loyalty to the "Fraternity for Life." As men of Tau Kappa Epsilon, we are reminded of the principles set out by our Founders. We thank them this day for having the foresight to create such a dynamic and revolutionary organization. Take a moment to thank the alumni volunteers, collegiate leaders, and all Fraters who help make our chapter thrive.

Frater Buddy Clay (ΛΥ 2) has been recognized by the International Fraternity as "Volunteer of the Month" for October 2008. Frater Clay, a Founding Father of Lambda-Upsilon Chapter, currently serves as Chapter Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisors. Congratulations to Frater Clay!

During this Veterans Day, we pause to remember the sacrifices our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have made in serving our Nation where and when they were needed. From one generation to the next, young men and women have willingly joined the ranks of America's Armed Forces. Aware of their obligations as citizens of the greatest Nation on earth, they answered its call; they served the United States with courage and commitment.