Chapter News

2023 Georgia Alpha Founders Day/Golden Legion

By Chapter News, Gallery, News

Thanks to the many of you that attended our annual Founders Day/Golden Legion event at Peachtree Golf Club. We had a great turnout highlighted by members of the 1973 pledge class that were honored for 50 years of membership. The Golden Legion ceremony was conducted by the fraternity CEO, Sean Wagner with the assistance of our actives and John McGoogan #1485. Sean also filled us in on the great things going on nationally with Phi Delta Theta. We will get a date soon for next year’s event so you can put it on your calendar.

  • Georgia Alpha Annual Fund and Chapter Updates

    By Chapter News

    On behalf of the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB), I hope your New Year is off to a good start. Coach Smart and the Bulldogs certainly held up their end in finishing off the season with their second consecutive Natty. I enjoyed seeing many of you out in LA and, other than the awful weather, it was a lot of fun.

    As you hopefully recall, the CAB, in conjunction with the UGA Foundation, awards needs-based grants each year to our members. The funds are paid from a fund based at the UGAF that dates back to the late 1940s when our alumni initially began raising funds to help finance the Chapter moving to the old South Lumpkin location. Funds were used over the years for house improvements at that location. When the Chapter moved to our current location at 130 Greek Park Circle, the recurring maintenance work was included in our base rent. The UGAF suggested awarding our members grants to help them offset the costs of their education. The Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation now is the largest Greek scholarship fund at the University. A special thanks to our CAB member, David Boohaker #2092, who oversees this selection process each year. We are pleased to announce a total of $20,000 has been awarded to the following brothers:

    Connor Kastner #2552  
    David McQuaig #2619 
    Mason Griffith #2565 
    Everett O’Gorman #2589
    Will Howley

    The Chapter just enjoyed their Winter Formal and are back in the swing of things with an active schedule for the spring semester. We are working with them about changing the format of the annual alumni luncheon we host at the end of August. The actives would like to center this around a golf outing locally. They are working on this and will get you updated information as soon as possible. Meanwhile we are in the process of getting the laundry room renovated and need your support through our 2022-2023 Annual Fund. Thanks to those of you that have made gifts and are listed below. For those of you who haven’t, it is never too late, and we could clearly use your help. We have 17 members living at 130 Greek Park Circle sharing a residential grade washer and dryer. We think you would agree that they deserve better than that.

    2022-23 Georgia Alpha Annual Fund Donor List
    $19,750 pledged as of January 31, 2023


    1871 Society
    ($5,000 and up)
    Mark Chandler #1686
    Graham A. McGoldrick #1697

    McGoogan Society
    ($2,500 – $4,999)

    Burch Society
    ($1,000 – $2,499)
    Thilo Best #1736
    Charles Ritchie Jr. #1588
    Anthony “Tony” Swann #1768

    690 South Lumpkin Society
    ($500 – $999)
    William Goldman #1730
    Claude Hopper III #1711
    Austin Logan #2105
    Bert Madden Jr. #1717

    Harry Middleton III #1702
    Richard Pennell Jr. #1688
    Thomas Ray #1602

    The Azure and Argent Society
    ($250 – $499)
    Galt Baker #1749
    Ricky Chastain #1428
    Jon Goodfriend #2288
    David Michaux IV #1988
    Neil Olson #2117

    (Up to $249)
    C. Beard #1469
    Charles A. Beckum #1735
    John Garth #1566
    Drury Ghegan Jr. #1362
    Thomas Perkins #2050
    Emory Vann IV #1467

    If you would like to support us or increase your giving level, you can click here to give securely online. If you prefer to pay by check, please click here to download and print out a giving form to mail with your check.

    On behalf of the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB), we appreciate your input and support.
    Yours in the Bond,
    Mark Chandler #1686
    (404) 358-7904

  • Georgia Alpha 150th Anniversary

    By Chapter News

    Georgia Alpha celebrated its 150th anniversary this past weekend with several events. Thursday evening November 4, Brother John McGoogan hosted the annual Founders Day/Golden Legion event at Capital City Club-Brookhaven. It was our first one since 2019 due to COVID and we had a record attendance. The highlight of the evening was the Golden Legion ceremony that was conducted by the fraternity CEO, Sean Wagner with assistance from the chapter actives. Twelve brothers received this award and reflected on how much the fraternity and the friends associated with it have meant to them. Sean also presented to chapter president, Matthew Ikard, an accolade from GHQ recognizing Georgia Alpha’s celebration of its 150th anniversary. It was noted that in addition to being the oldest chapter in continuous existence at the University, Georgia Alpha is also the fourth longest of all Phi Delta Theta chapters. Additionally, Sean gave an update of what was going on both locally and on a national level. The fraternity has added chapters at several campuses in Georgia which only helps to make the “brand” better.

    On Friday, November 5, the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) hosted a cocktail party at Lee Epting’s venue, The Hill. Over 200 of the current brothers and dates attended the event and had a wonderful time. They greatly appreciated the support to have this event.

    On Saturday November 6, The Terry College of Business dedicated the Six Ninety Veranda at Ivester Hall. As reported previously, ten brothers donated the required funds for naming rights for this 1700 square foot open space that is virtually the footprint of the previous chapter house at 690 South Lumpkin. The event included an acknowledgment from Dean Ben Ayers who welcomed a group of 70 plus alumni, actives, and their families. It was a wonderful event despite an early start and chilly weather.

    It was a great weekend and thanks to the many of you that attended these events. We will be sending out our annual newsletter in the about a month so please make sure we have your updated information. Click here to do that. As always, we would appreciate you passing this along to other brothers that may not have done this so that they can receive information about upcoming events in 2022.

    On behalf of the CAB, I hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful holiday season and look forward to sharing more information with you in the year to come.

    Yours in the Bond,
    Mark Chandler #1686
    (404) 358-7904