It is my pleasure to officially invite you to the 2011 Bowdoin Alpha Delta Phi Reunion, Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th. In cooperation with Bowdoin College, we will once again gather at 228 Maine Street/Howell House. Also as in previous years, the upstairs rooms will be available for sleeping accommodations starting Thursday, August 4th. As always, this Reunion is open to all Alpha Delts and their loved ones, not just those who graduated in years ending in 1 or 6.
Starting in 2009, our reunions no longer coincide with the full College Reunion weekend at the end of May. Some of you may recall that Bowdoin College representatives requested this change in 2008. Following a series of negotiations, the College continues to honor our 2000 agreement by providing this alternate option, opening the House for our annual gatherings during the first weekend in August. After two rather successful Reunions in 2009 and 2010 (some of the largest we’ve had in years), the College agreed to the same arrangement for this year’s gathering. While the College raised the rates slightly for linen and bar services, we are able to keep the registration fee the same as last year thanks to the generous donations of our 1841 Club members. Thank you donors.
The highlight of this year’s Reunion will be the initiation of a new member on Saturday evening, followed by a banquet at the House. As mandated by our agreement with Bowdoin, he is not a Bowdoin undergraduate: Willis Reifsnyder is a double legacy and this fall will be attending Westminster Choir College. As a pledge, he has spent the last year learning our chapter history, traditions, and songs; getting signatures on his pledge board, and meeting Alpha Delts from Bowdoin and other chapters across the country. Please join us as we renew our mystic ties, initiate him into our Society and chapter, and be among the first to call him “brother”.
During Reunion Weekend, the Bowdoin Alpha Delta Phi Society Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, August 6th at 11 a.m. at the House. Among the topics we will discuss are future gatherings at Bowdoin and the discussions with the College regarding the Alpha Delta Phi Society Literary Fund, which was created to foster our legacy on the Bowdoin campus. I look forward to reporting on some dynamic literary activities on campus which were supported by our Endowment, and discussing your ideas for future gatherings and events. The annual meeting will also focus on our ongoing role in the national Alpha Delta Phi Society—where the Bowdoin Chapter continues to lead, literally, with Bro. Craig Cheslog ’93 now in his sixth year as the President of the National Society.
Here are some additional details about the weekend:
- Dinner will be served at the House on Friday and Saturday, and brunch will be available on Saturday. All meals will be buffet-style. You can sign up for these meals on the registration form.
- Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served by Bowdoin College at the House, and this is covered in your fee. There will be open bars at the House on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
- Based on feedback from last year’s Reunion, we have arranged for guided tours of the Bowdoin Art Museum on Friday afternoon and the house of Bro. Joshua L. Chamberlain (1852) on Saturday afternoon. Both are free with your registration thanks to our generous donors. Just sign-up for the tours on the registration form.
Enclosed is a full agenda and registration form, so that you can sign up for the weekend’s slate of activities. You may register online if you would prefer. To do so, simply go to the Reunion website (http://adpsbowdoin.org/2011). If you need assistance with some or all of your Reunion fees, please contact Vice President Nessa Reifsnyder directly at your earliest convenience by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at (207) 288-5113 days, or (207) 276-3365 evenings. ADP Board members have worked together to implement a grant application form, and Nessa will be happy to assist you with this detail.
Our continued use of Howell House for Alpha Delt gatherings is dependent on our demonstrating to the College that we have an ongoing interest. In other words, how many members register and participate does make a difference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Bowdoin Alpha Delta Phi Society Alumni Association, I look forward to welcoming you all back to the House August 4th – 7th for our 2011 Reunion.
Bro. Thomas McKessey Clark ‘99
President, Bowdoin Alpha Delta Phi Society Alumni Association