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.

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