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

National President’s Message – December 2019

Hello brothers and sisters,
Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family.  Let’s not forget the reason for the season.  Christmas is to remember the birth of Jesus Christ.  May he bless you.
Butch, Larry and I made the trip to Florida for the Fall SEC meeting on October 4-6th.  Brother Joe and Kelly were at the airport to pick us up and let us use their car for the weekend.  We really appreciate you guys doing that for us.  Thanks again.  Thanks to Florida Nu for the beach party on Friday and the Swampfest on Saturday.  We had a great meal of gator tail, frog legs, catfish nuggets and chicken.  Everything was delicious.  Thanks to the brothers and sisters for their hard work and hospitality.
Brother’s Butch Rhonemus, Larry Detro and I, along with 4 other brothers, made the trip to Kokomo for initiation on October 21st.  Kokomo helped, Delta Nu Plymouth, bring in 3 new brother’s.  Congratulations to Brother’s Trump, Johnson and Martin on being Phi Delta Kappa’s newest members.
Brother Butch and myself are heading to Mississippi for the Chili Cook-off November 9th.  We look forward to seeing all our Mississippi family.  The weather there should be a little warmer than Indiana.  It is supposed to be a high in the lower 30’s all week.
If you haven’t bought 20/20 tickets, now would be the time.  Early bird drawings begin this month.  Get in contact with me and I will hook you up.
Proud to be a Phi Delt.
National President
Todd Gullett

National President’s Message – November 2019

Hello brothers and sisters,
First of all I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  This is the time of year to gather with family and friends and enjoy some great food and make memories.
Christina and I made the trip to Danville for their Annual Hog Roast on July 28th.  As we walked up to the Chapter house,  I happened to run into Brother Marty Eckert pushing carts of roasted pork towards the kitchen.  I spoke to him for a minute and then proceeded to the fire pit to talk to the other cooks.  Brother Gary Cameron was there along with new Brother Tim Franklin.  I was told by Gary that Brother Franklin and Brother Coats had built the whole smoker.  It looks great!  Awesome job Brothers.
We hung around for awhile talking with the PDK family before chowing down on a super meal.  Following the meal it was time for some Pig Racing.  It was fun listening to some of the pigs names and the commentary from Brother Bill Eddy.  He kept it interesting to say the least.  Following the pig races, the band was ready to get this party started!  They sounded great and did an outstanding job again.
In closing, remember that November 11th is Veterans Day.  Please take a minute to remember the people that have served this great country.  I am proud to say that I am a Veteran of the US Army.  God bless our troops!
I still have 20/20 tickets for sale.  Get them now so you will not miss any of the chances to win cash.
Proud to be a Phi Delt,
Todd Gullett
National President

My Last Article as a National Officer – Bruce Smith, National President 2018-19

Hello Brothers and Sweethearts!

This is last article that I am required to write. But, like I wrote last month, I am sure I will be checking in with all of you when the mood strikes me.

I first want to thank all of my brothers and their sweethearts for such a memorable journey through the chairs.   The love and brotherhood I received everywhere I journeyed in PDK land was phenomenal.   I would like to thank my Chapter, Beta Nu, for their moral support as I traveled.  A special shout out to PNP and Emir Jim Myers for being my travel buddy on most of the adventures.   Jim’s heart is into Phi Delta Kappa more than anybody I have ever been around.

I was blessed to have several other PNP’s at Beta Nu to bounce my ideas and receive guidance from.  Thank you to Brian Nelson, Greg Sumpter and Jon Handy.  All of the brothers I have spent time with in the chairs have been fantastic.  They taught me what I need to do and how to do it.   I have leaned on and learned from brothers Chris Linsinbigler, Craig Brutout, Jeff Woolf, Chris Parks and Greg Trombly quite a bit over the years.

I have built many wonderful friendship that will last a lifetime.  Scott Dull, although he never liked me (LOL), has become a fantastic friend and mentor.  Pappy Reid is another PNP that I bounced many of my ideas off of.  All of the officers under me are learning the ropes and will do the Fraternity well as they move on up the ladder.  Hopefully they can each improve PDK every year until the end of time.  God Bless you all.

I wanted to go over some of the things in my life that have changed since I got in the chairs.  When I started I had two grandchildren, Lilly and Myles.  That number is now SIX!  Kamryn followed by Grayson, Carson, and Creighton joined the family.  My youngest child, Alex, got married to a wonderful and smart young lady.  I am very proud of all of my children and their spouses.  I love my family!

I am so blessed my dad became a brother at Delta Nu.  I also was able to put a 50 year pin on his friend Pete Martin in Plymouth this year.  Beta Eta came to Kokomo to initiate my dad.   It was incredibly moving just sitting back and watching the initiation by THE BEST ritual group in all of PDK.

I listened to several of the PNPs to get the Spring SEC back on the road at a neutral site.  I decided to do that when it was my time.  We now have had two great weekends in the Smoky Mountains.  I am looking forward to see where Doug Leach picks for next year.

I got the opportunity to get back into coaching baseball after a 10 year absence.  I love baseball and I love coaching.   I had the idea to get the 20/20 into a national bank (PNC) to make it easier for everyone after me to make deposits and not have to flip banks every couple of years.  It seems to have worked out nicely.

I missed an article once and I wanted a fix so that it would never happen again.  The SEC came up with emailing our article to each other and the editor.  That way you get six reminders to get your article into the editor!  It seems to be working well.

Sadly I saw two Chapters close their doors for good during my VP year.  Since they were both Indiana Chapters I kind of took the reins on both of the closings.  We brought all of the Marion brothers into Beta Nu.  Emir Buck Rodman from Beta Beta joined the brotherhood at Delta Nu.

I have witnessed the outstanding charity work that the individual chapters do grow each year during my years in the chairs.  We picked St. Judes Children Hospital as our National Charity.  I have seen many great brothers step and take care of all kinds of issues and problems at their chapters.   I have witnessed several chapters find new charities to help out and spread the massive amount of love to others in need.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my wonderful wife Sarah from the bottom of my heart for all the love, support, traveling (booking the flights, rental cars and hotels) other help and proofreading my articles during my journey.

It has been my pleasure to have been given the opportunity and the support as I made the journey of my lifetime through the National Officer Chairs.  Seven years and it seemed to fly by.  I LOVE the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity and I will continue to do whatever I am called upon to do.  I will jump in if I see a problem and I can help fix it.  I am a very blessed man!    I hope you all have enjoyed my monthly articles for the last seven years.  It has been my pleasure to serve you all!  I  hope to see many of you at the National Convention in Kokomo this July!

Until next time remember to tell your loved ones every day that you love them.  Hug a brother and get involved.  Proud to be a Phi Delta Kappa!