National President’s Message January 2020

Hello brother’s and sister’s,
Christina and I hope that everyone has a great New Year!
November 4th and 5th we made the trip to Mississippi for their Annual Chili Cook-off.  I was glad to see that there were 4 other National Officers in attendance besides myself.  Brother’s King and More from Mississippi, Brother Lamerson from Florida, and Brother Rhonemus from Indiana.  Way to travel and represent PDK National gentleman!  Christina and I arrived a little late on Friday afternoon because of traffic and a few stops at the Harley Davidson shops along the way.  We checked into the hotel room and just had time to drink a couple of our complimentary cocktails.  We got to the Chapter house as soon as we could.  It was great to be down south again.  We had a pretty late night hanging with Sarge and his wife Melinda.  I brought out my jar of Moonshine pickles and she had a bottle of Patron.  Not a very good mixture.  I think we called it a night around 2am.
Saturday morning we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel and then headed to the Chapter about 11-11:30am.  I believe there were 9 booths set up with their Chili ready to be sampled around 12-12:30.  They were all pretty good but the Taster’s Choice went to Peabody.  That just happened to be my 2nd choice.  It was a tie between Peabody and booth 6.  Thanks to everyone for setting up and presenting their Chili.  They also had some cake walks along with an auction to raise money.
Thanks to Brother Smith for taking us over to the new building and showing us around.  I can’t wait to get back when it is completed and see the final product.  Also Brother Smith took my empty moonshine jar and told me he would have it filled up on Saturday.  He gave it to me Saturday evening and it was full of money.  He told me that the people at the Chili Cook-off donated it.  They wanted it to go to the Kids Christmas.  I counted it when we got back home and there was $62.  I added another $8 to make it an even $70 to donate to the Kid’s Christmas.  Thanks Brother!
We have booked our flights to Seralago, rented a car, and booked our flights to get back home.  I look forward to seeing you all in Florida in February.  Make plans to attend this great event.  You can’t beat the place and price to stay for the weekend.
Proud to be a Phi Delt,
National President
Todd Gullett

Phi Delta Kappa Celebrates Centennial

Phi Delta Kappa Celebrates Centennial

This New Year’s Day the brothers of Gamma Theta Chapter mark the one hundredth anniversary of their founding charter, issued to the original local membership on January 1, 1920, by the then young and growing Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. Founded in Marion, Indiana in 1902, Phi Delta Kappa was established by seven young men with the shared vision of, “a Brotherhood of business and professional men, conceived in fellowship, based on ethics and faith in the Supreme Being, and dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the American Way of Life.”   The national fraternity now has over nine hundred members spread among eleven chapters, located in Indiana, Florida and Mississippi.

While few organizations can match the “Phi Delts” at being quintessentially “Danville”, the original chapter house was actually located in Clayton, moving to the first of several Danville locations later that decade. The current home of Gamma Theta, acquired and built in 1964, features of sixty-six hundred square foot chapter house which includes a community room, commercial kitchen, bar room and rec room set on three beautifully wooded acres with outdoor cooking facilities and a playground for the kids and grandkids.

From its beginning a century ago, Danville’s Phi Delt membership has included a broad cross section of local businessmen, civic and agricultural leaders, professional men and hundreds of hard-working men who have wanted to give back to their community. The current roster numbers one hundred eighty-two and includes several third-generation members as well as twenty-two new initiates from just the last year.

The membership, along with their Sweethearts, families and guests enjoy a full schedule of club activities including regular Friday night dinners, bi-weekly steak dinners, golf outings, cooking contests, holiday events, formal dinner-dances and several national fraternity events. Philanthropic efforts include the Relay for Life, Sheltering Wings, Family Promise and six annual college scholarships.

A Grand Centennial Celebration is planned for this June to usher in the next century of good works, brotherhood and fellowship at the Gamma Theta Chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, here in the community we’ve been proud to serve for the past one hundred years.