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State Representative, Advocate for Social Rights Enters Chapter Eternal

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Florindo J. Fabrizio, Alpha Delta 1966, entered Chapter Eternal peacefully at home on July 24. Brother Fabrizio served his community as a State Representative from Pennsylvania’s District 2 from 2003 until his passing.

After graduating form Penn State, Brother Fabrizio worked in education and as a stockbroker, all while continuing his education and obtaining a master’s degree and later pursuing a doctorate. He later began his public service career as Erie County Clerk and Clerk of Elections before retiring and running for state office in 2002.

Our condolences go out to Brother Fabrizio’s family and friends and to his constituents.

You can find his entire obituary here.

“Born in Erie, he was the son of the late Nicola and Ida Passarelli Fabrizio. After graduating from Strong Vincent High School in 1962, he attended Pennsylvania State University Main Campus where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in General Arts and Sciences. He was a member and an officer of Chi Phi Fraternity.

While attending graduate school at Temple University, he taught in the Philadelphia Public Schools.

Upon returning to Erie, he taught and held several positions with the Erie School District, and received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Edinboro State College (now University). He also pursued doctoral studies at Nova University.

Flo worked as a stock broker from 1973 to 1982 when he became Erie County Clerk and Clerk of Elections, retiring in November 2002.

First elected in 2002 to represent the 2nd Legislative District, he was re-elected to seven consecutive terms. He has served on the House Aging, Finance, Insurance and State Government Committees, and served as Vice Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee.

He was elected Chairman of the Northwest Caucus, served as Policy Committee Vice Chairman and as Trustee to the American Italian Caucus.

Currently, Flo was serving as Democratic Chairman of the House Health Committee, as Deputy Whip, as Speaker-appointed member of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission and as a member of the House Rules Committee.

Also, he was elected by the Republican and Democratic leadership of both the House and Senate to serve as Chairman of the Joint State Government Commission, a bipartisan/bicameral research agency of the General Assembly which provides the legislature with a readily available mechanism conducting interdisciplinary studies.

Flo was the godfather of gaming legislation, a strong advocate for medical marijuana, worked hard to secure funding for his alma mater, the Erie School District, and for a bill that updated the length of stay in ambulatory surgery centers.

Flo has been active in the Erie community, serving as a charter member of the Erie Museum Commission, as a board member of Pleasant Ridge Manor, a member of Gannon University’s Physician Assistant Advisory Board, as a board member of the Martin Luther King Center, as President of the Saints and Sinners Dan Rice Tent, and as a board member of many other philanthropic and charitable organizations.

Flo has received many awards and accolades through the years, most notably as the Giuseppe Mazzini Civic Association’s Man of the Year, the Cicero Award recipient from the Jefferson Educational Society and leadership awards from the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC).

As a long-time member of the board and vice president at the Erie Maennerchor Club, he sponsored the first female member. While his initial effort failed, he paved the way for not only female members, but a more ethnically diverse club.

He was a life member of the Erie Maennerchor Club, and a member of the Elks Club, Sunflower Club, Zukor Club and Nuova Aurora Club.

Known for his deep, distinctive voice, he at one time hosted the Italian Hour radio program, was the announcer for the Sailors baseball games at Ainsworth Field, and sang with the Maennerchor Choristers. His extemporaneous, firebrand, motivational speeches at political and other functions are legendary.

He was an equally talented thespian, having played the roles of El Gallo in The Fantasticks, as Joe Cabot in the first ever stage production of Reservoir Dogs and as Detective Hennessy in Cocoanuts, both Roadhouse Theater productions.

His love for entertaining extended to being a clown with the Saints and Sinners at the Dan Rice Parade in Girard, and playing Santa Claus at the GECAC Activities Association Breakfast with Santa.

A life-long Democrat, he believed in the principles of the party – equal and civil rights, quality public education and social programs for those in need. He loved engaging today’s youth in the political process and frequently met with the Democratic organizations at the area’s universities.

Flo was proud of his Italian heritage, having grown up in Erie’s Little Italy. However, he frequently remarked, “I am glad my grandfather made the boat.”

Flo was an ardent fan of Penn State football, attending as many home games as possible. Family and friends knew not to schedule events that would conflict with the Nittany Lions’ schedule.

Besides his parents, Flo was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John D. Mong; and sister-in-law, Patricia Beyer Collier, and her husband, the Rev. John Collier.

Flo is survived by his wife of 30 years, Victoria Beyer Fabrizio; two stepsons, Anthony J. Sanfilippo (wife Allison) and Matthew J. Sanfilippo (wife Brooke), all of Erie; a daughter, Jill Macknicki (husband Steve) of Kneeland, CA; a sister, Rosalia Mong of Erie; two step-grandchildren, Sophia and Joseph Sanfilippo, both of Erie; two grandchildren, Zoe and Noah Macknicki of Kneeland, CA; nephews and niece, Marie Troyer (husband Kevin) of Erie, John Mong (wife Kelly) of Williamsville, NY, Christopher Mong (wife Christine), Michael and Nick Mong, all of Erie.”




  • Celebrating our 2018 Award Recipients

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    Congratulations to our 2018 award recipients! We are honored to recognize you for your outstanding work this past year and look forward to seeing our Brothers continue Building Better Men through Fraternity and Community.

    The Fraternity was honored to recognize 15 outstanding Chapters, Colonies, and Associations, and 14 hard working individuals during the 153rd Congressional Banquet on the evening of June 23.

    Among the many accolades given, Benjamin Bloom received the first George M. MacDonald Risk Manager Award, adopted at the 152nd Congress in honor of our past Grand Eta. It is worth noting that the Fraternity broke tradition in recognizing not one, but two outstanding Brothers with the William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year Award. Brothers Blakeslee and Wolfgang have dedicated much of their time and energy over many years to the Fraternity and their Chapters, rendering it impossible to choose between them. This was one tradition worth breaking for them.

    Please join us in congratulating our Brothers and Chapters on all they have done!

    Thomas A. Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence

    Theta
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Xi Delta
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Thomas A Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence: Most Improved

    Mu
    Stevens Institute of Technology

    Bates Block Campus Involvement Award

    Rho Delta
    Oglethorpe University

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Highest GPA

    Delta Xi Colony
    West Virginia Wesleyan College

    Philanthropic Achievement Award

    Pi Theta
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    Outstanding Total Member Education Program

    Alpha-Pi
    Iowa State University

    Rho Delta
    Oglethorpe University

    Outstanding Risk Management Practices

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Delta Theta
    Clemson University

    Outstanding Service to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America

    Theta
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Outstanding Alumni Newsletter

    Alpha-Chi
    Ohio Wesleyan University

    Xi Delta
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Psi Zeta
    University of Texas at Dallas

    Outstanding Chapter Alumni Event

    Alpha Theta Chi
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Alpha Zeta
    University of West Georgia

    Outstanding Community Service

    Theta
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Outstanding Communication/Public Relations

    Alpha-Pi
    Iowa State University

    Delta Theta
    Clemson University

    Alumni Association of the Year

    Xi Delta
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Chi Phi Club of the Year

    New York City

    William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year

    Jerome A. “Jerry” Blakeslee, Rho 1970

    Gerald L. “Jerry” Wolfgang, Delta Xi 1974

    Carl J. Gladfelter Leadership Award

    John Kelly, Mu 2018

    Campus Administrator of the Year

    Cat Nanney
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Chapter Advisor of the Year

    Jonathan “CD” Rawls, Rho Delta 1985, Delta Theta 2017
    Clemson University

    William D. Parr Chapter Zeta Award

    Benjamin Trudeau, Pi Theta 2019

    Athletic Excellence Award

    Yusuf Abdullah, Rho Delta 2019

    George MacDonald Risk Manager of the Year

    Benjamin Bloom, Delta Theta 2020

    Distinguished Service Awards

    Scott A. Benton, Eta Delta 1989

    Matt D. Scheller, Psi 2007

    Jonathan H. Scott, Delta Pi 2003

    Stuart E. Jones, Lambda 1979




  • Looking for photos from Congress? Look no further!

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    Thanks to our official Congress photographer, GreekYearbook! Christian was a great team member the entire weekend and did amazing work.

    All photos from convention can be found online. GreekYearbook provides the best in sorority and fraternity composite, bid day, and convention photography for thousands of sorority and fraternity members across the United States and Canada.




  • Beloved Brother, Scientific Authority, and Grand Officer Enters Chapter Eternal

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    We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Jonathan Y. Richmond, Zeta 1962, Zeta Delta 1962, entered Chapter Eternal this morning. Brother Richmond was a noted scholar on Biosafety and previously worked for the Centers for Disease Control as the Director of the Office of Health and Safety.

    Brother Richmond was educated at the University of Connecticut, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before earning a PhD in Genetics from Hahnemann University. Brother Richmond spoke for many years on HIV/AIDS and helped draft the CDC’s policy on the topic. He often invoked his expertise during many years of Chi Phi’s College of Excellence, where he served as a keynote speaker advocating for healthy sexual practices and men’s health with his presentation “45 Minutes That Could Save Your Life.”

    Always the advocate for his Fraternity, and especially our undergraduate members, he served for many years on Grand Council as both Scholastic Counselor and as Grand Gamma on the Councils of Grand Alphas Jeff Velis, Steve Runkel, Ron Frank, Rich Lane, and Rocco Henry Carnevale. Apparently unsatisfied with his already superhuman involvement, Brother Richmond also took on the role of Chapter Advisor to our Gamma Zeta Chapter at UNC Wilmington.

    In 2013 the Fraternity honored Brother Richmond with the Walter L. Cronkite Jr. Award during the 148th Congress in Baltimore. This elite award is reserved for Brothers who have made outstanding contributions to society through lifelong service; a distinction well-fitting of Brother Richmond.

    His friend and Brother Tommy Harrelson, Gamma Zeta 1964, wishes for Brother Richmond to be remembered as “generous in every way,” but especially with his time and commitment. Brother Richmond was active in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, North Carolina, for many years as a reader, visitor, and organizer of weekly community lunches. He and his family supported the arts, particularly community theater, and he was heavily involved for many years in the Boy Scouts of America.

    Our deepest condolences go out to Brother Richmond’s family during this difficult time. He was a True Gentleman and will be greatly missed.




  • Regional Ritual Retreats Return in July

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    Will we see you at a Regional Ritual Retreat this July?

    RRR is focused on our Ritual, Heritage, and the secret meaning of our Brotherhood. This is a unique opportunity to learn about what truly makes us Chi Phi and what has bound us together for nearly 200 years. The event is provided at no cost and is open to all Brothers.

    We are thrilled to be hosting three RRRs this year across the country; at University of Florida on July 13-15; Lehigh University on July 20-22; and University of Southern California July 27-29.

    Registration is now open on Chi Phi Connect. Learn more about the program: chiphi.org/rrr




  • Congress Hotel Deadline on the Horizon

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    Will you be joining us in Atlanta?

    The deadline for room reservations at the InterContinental is fast approaching! Remember to reserve your room by May 30 at 5:00 pm. You can call the hotel at 404-946-9191 and reference Chi Phi, or use our booking link here.

    The 153rd Congress will be hosted at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta June 22-24, 2018. For more information and a tentative schedule for the weekend, check out our Congress page. Activity highlights for the weekend include the Trust Dinner (invite only) on Thursday evening, an Atlanta Braves game on Friday, and the Congressional Banquet on Saturday night.

    All Brothers and their guests are welcome at events throughout the weekend, but registration is required in advance. Head to Chi Phi Connect today, or email us if you have trouble logging in or establishing an account.




  • Phi Delta Undergraduate Brother Enters Chapter Eternal

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    It is with a heavy heart that we must share the news that Joseph Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, has entered Chapter Eternal.

    Tanner was participating in the annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament to benefit Golden Gloves, Knoxville Chapter when he collapsed in the ring. First responders rendered assistance before taking him to a local hospital where he later passed away.

    He served as the Vice President and formerly was the Historian of the Phi Delta Chapter at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was Initiated in the spring of 2017. Tanner had an outstanding academic record as a junior Aerospace Engineering major.

    Our thoughts are with Tanner’s family and friends, the Phi Delta Chapter, and the Vols community.




  • Civil Rights Reporter, Cronkite Award Recipient Jim Purks Enters Chapter Eternal

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    James H. Purks III, Alpha-Alpha 1959, Delta Pi 2002, entered Chapter Eternal on February 20 at the age of 81.

    Brother Purks was Initiated into the Alpha-Alpha Chapter at UNC in 1956 as a legacy, his father being a member of the Gamma Chapter at Emory University. He entered the journalism field after his graduation in 1959. He worked for several newspapers and the Associated Press, traveling the south and following the Civil Rights Movement. Several times, Brother Purks interviewed Civil Rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. He was perhaps most well known for his first-hand coverage of the September 15, 1963, bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four young girls.

    Brother Purks interviewing Civil Rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Most of Brother Purks’s notes and memorabilia from his time as a reporter now reside in various Civil Rights museums. His donations came with the hope to draw the spotlight to those who work to unite people, not divide them.

    Following his career as a field reporter, Brother Purks began working in government as press secretary for the Secretary of State of Florida and US Senator Richard Stone. He served as an Assistant Press Secretary for President Jimmy Carter during his administration. Brother Purks went on to work in corporate America, which, according to his associates, he absolutely hated. He desired to serve people in need, and soon found his way into a position at United Way.

    It was this desire to help those in need that led Brother Purks to his next career – as the Reverend Deacon Jim Purks of the Episcopal Church. Brother Purks was a member of the Order of Saint Luke, an Anglican healing order, and was active in their work with HIV/AIDS patients and survivors support groups, as well as serving as a Hospice chaplain. In addition, Brother Purks was involved with Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia, even collaborating with the organization’s founder, Millard Fuller on two books.

    It was his proximity to Americus and Georgia Southwestern State University which led him to keeping even busier, this time in his role as an advisor to the GSW Colony of Chi Phi, helping them on their way to becoming the Delta Pi Chapter in 1999. The Brothers of Delta Pi elected him an honorary member of the Chapter in 2002.

    Brother Purks accepting his Cronkite Award at the 150th Congress from Executive Director Michael Azarian

    Brother Purks and his life’s work were formally celebrated by the Fraternity during the 150th Congress in San Francisco in the summer of 2015, when he received the Walter L. Cronkite, Jr. Congressional Award. The Cronkite Award, named for another famed Chi Phi journalist, is the highest honor the Fraternity can bestow upon an Alumnus. Since its establishment in 1990, only 18 Chi Phi Brothers have received this honor. During the presentation, Executive Director Michael Azarian said he looked at Brother Purks as “an example of life long commitment to the Badge, to humanitarian service, and to spiritual development. He exemplifies the purpose of [the award].”

    Our condolences go out to Brother Purks’s family and friends, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, and the members of the Alpha-Alpha and Delta Pi Chapters.




  • Alphas and Thetas Academy to be Held in Orlando on January 5-7, 2018

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    An exciting new program has been developed jointly between the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Educational Trust. In 2018, Alphas from across the country will be joined at their annual conference by Thetas – our New Member Educators – at the newly formed Alphas and Thetas Academy.

    After eight years of successfully hosting an event exclusively for Chapter Alphas, we are thrilled to finally have the ability to bring in more Officers to this remarkable program. This “Educating the Educators” program is designed to bring Chapter Presidents and New Member Educators together to better understand their roles as leaders and educators and how they can most effectively introduce change and progress into their Chapters.

    Due to scheduling conflicts with other major events occurring in the Atlanta area during the weekend that Alphas Academy has traditionally been held, the National Office has elected to change location for this year’s Alphas and Thetas Academy. On January 5-7, 2018, these Officers will come together at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, for a weekend of programs led by National Staff, Grand Council and Educational Trust members, Alumni, and other Undergraduates who have previously served as Alphas and Thetas.

    Thanks to grants provided by the Educational Trust and generous Chi Phi donors, this program is provided at no cost to our Undergraduate Officers; only transportation to and from Orlando is required.

    We are very excited to see our Alphas and Thetas in Orlando! More information and registration will be provided as January approaches.

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    The Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida: Site of the 2018 Alphas and Thetas Academy.




  • 2017 Award Winners Recognized at 152nd Congress

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    During an afternoon reprieve from the fast-paced and productive 152nd Congress this Saturday, Chi Phi was able to recognize individuals and Chapters which have helped make the Fraternity what it is today. Congressional Delegates and their guests were treated to a luncheon during the awards ceremony which recognized twenty-five individuals and organizations within Chi Phi who have excelled this past year.

    In addition, during the Congressional Banquet in the evening, Chi Phi was able to recognize seven Alumni members with the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding dedication and service to the Fraternity.

    Please join us in congratulating the following Brothers on their awards!

    Athletic Excellence Award:

    Braxton Baird, Delta Theta Colony 2019

    William D. Parr Chapter Zeta Award:

    CJ Connelly, Delta Theta Colony 2019

    Highest GPA Award:

    Beta Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Outstanding Communications:

    Delta Theta Colony, Clemson University

    Most Improved Chapter Recruitment Award:

    Upsilon Chapter, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Outstanding Recruitment Practice Award:

    Towson Colony, Towson University

    Outstanding Philanthropic Service Award:

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement Award:

    Delta Pi Chapter, Georgia Southwestern State University

    Eta Theta Chapter, University of Maryland

    Bates Block for Campus Involvement Award:

    Phi Lambda Theta Chapter, Bucknell University

    Outstanding Alumni Newsletter Award:

    Pi Theta Chapter, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    Outstanding Alumni Event Award:

    Xi Delta Chapter, Florida Institute of Technology

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Beta Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Alumni Association of the Year Award:

    Eta Delta Alumni Association, University of Southern California

    Delta Xi Alumni Association, West Virginia Wesleyan

    Chi Phi Club of the Year Award:

    Boston Chi Phi Club, Boston, Massachusetts

    Chapter Advisor of the Year Award:

    Charles Allen, Theta Delta 1982

    William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year Award:

    Gary Simons, Theta Delta 1964

    Faculty Advisor of the Year Award:

    Dr. Warner R. Windborne, Epsilon 1988, Hampden-Sydney College

    Campus Administrator of the Year Award:

    Liz Shayler, Chi Omega Fraternity, Lehigh University

    Thomas A. Gehring Award:

    Eta Theta, University of Maryland

    Phi Lambda Theta, Bucknell University

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Thomas A. Gehring Award: Most Improved:

    Delta Pi Chapter, Georgia Southwestern State University

    Distinguished Service Award:

    Jonathan Rawls, Rho Delta 1985

    Henry “Rocco” Carnevale, Mu 1980

    Matt Van Duinen, Beta 2010

    Matt Apesos, Mu 2005, Pi Delta 2003

    Mario Lento, Xi Delta 2012

    Dave Davis, Theta Delta 1973

    Frank Kovacs, Iota 1973