National President’s Message – June 2020

National President’s Message – June 2020

Hello Brothers and Sisters

Beta Eta lost a great friend, brother, and musician.  Brother John Fields  passed away from a heart attack as he was hunting mushrooms.  Brother John has been in bands for over 30 years and was a great musician! He will be sadly missed. Rock on in heaven brother!! 

As we get through this pandemic, I would like to thank Beta Eta and all Phi Delts as I make my last month of my journey through the National Officer chairs.  You are all my PDK family and always will be!

I talked with Butch Rhonemus Tuesday night and the by Phi Delta Kappa Chapter Chase will be cancelled this year.  There is not enough time to get it in before National Convention. 

National Convention will be in Winchester this year.  We’ve made a lot of improvements to the Chapter House and would like everybody to see it.  Please make reservation and get your Registration Forms in as soon as possible.  There is also forms to order convention shirts and magazine articles on the National Website.

Finally, I would like to thank all Beta Eta’s men and women that put time, sweat, and hard work to make our Chapter House look great!!  We are continuing to work and hopefully everything will get done by the time you read this article.   It is a great place to be!!

Don’t forget to buy your 20/20 tickets!

Proud to be a Phi Delt!

Todd Gullett

PDK National President

National President’s Message – May 2020

Hello Brother’s and Sisters,
First of all, I hope that everyone has gotten through this pandemic without any illness.  May God look down upon us and keep us all safe.  Hopefully we will be able to go to our favorite restaurant or watering hole in the near future!
Most of you have probably heard,  but Brother Kerry “Sarge” Gilmer was in a motorcycle wreck in March.  He had a pretty extended stay in the hospital with some broken bones and some breathing issues.  He was released from the hospital around the 1st of April.  He still has a long way to go,  so please pray for healing for our Brother.
I want to wish all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.
May is also when we recognize the men and women of the Armed Forces that gave the ultimate sacrifice for us to be free and live in this great country.  Remember them as we celebrate Memorial Day.
PDK has been trying a new way to communicate on the Go To Meeting website.  I think this will come in handy and save some money for National Officers and others in the future.  You will get an invitation through your email and you follow the instructions to join.  It is better to do it on a laptop or computer so you can see and hear everyone.  If you do it through your cellphone you can only hear people.
At Beta Eta we have continued to make improvements to our Chapter  House.  Thanks to everyone that has put the work and time in to making it a better place for everyone.
As of writing this article, all Chapters are shut down due to the Governor’s order.  We now can see what a simple gathering or a night out to eat is such a luxury.
Convention is coming in July so be sure to get your registration in by June 30th, your magazine article by June 20th and your shirt orders in to Beta Eta by May 15th.  All the Chapters should have a Convention Packet, if not,  email Scott Dull at and he will send you the info.  We look forward to seeing you all there.
Don’t forget to get your 20/20 tickets ASAP.  Contact any National Officer and he will gladly hook you up.
May God bless you and your family!
Proud to be a Phi Delt,
Todd Gullett
National President


National President’s Message – February 2020

Hello brothers and sisters,
I want to tell all the sweethearts Happy Valentine’s Day and especially my sweetheart Christina.  Thanks for all you do.  Some of our Chapters would be lost if it wasn’t for the ladies.  Thank you all.
I hope everyone survived their New Year’s Eve party and are on the right track for 2020!  The years seem to fly by nowadays.  I can remember when some people were wondering about Y2K. Was the internet going to be gone? Hard to believe that was 19 years ago.
On the brighter side, January 1st is the date for National Officers to turn in their Expense Reports.  I told myself that I was going to visit every Chapter and travel when I could during my Presidency.  In the past 3 months, I have logged in 4,320 miles.  I still plan on making a trip to Michigan City also.  I will have to spend the night there because it is really hard to make the drive home after the meeting or a function.  It is a 3 1/2 hour drive.
At the end of this month Christina and I are making the trip to Seralago for the Southern State Meeting.  We will be flying down, renting a car for the week, and then flying back from Ft Myers.  We look forward to seeing all of you at the end of this month.
I wanted to let you all know that we have money in the budget for advertising to try and expand membership.  If you donate to a cause, that is promoting membership, get the paperwork together and give it to a National Officer.  We will see about getting your money reimbursed.
Don’t forget to get your 20/20 tickets.  The regular drawings start next month!  Contact me for tickets.  765-546-0900
Proud to be a Phi Delt
National President
Todd Gullett

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.