A personal message from Joel Catania ‘71, Treasurer, Beta Pi Alumni Association: 

Our annual Founders Day dinner will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel (3549 Chestnut Street).  The event will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) at 6:00PM followed by a buffet dinner beginning at 7:00PM.

The charge for attending the dinner is $120 per person.

As in the past, this amount includes a subsidy to help offset the dinner cost for our active undergraduate brothers.  The chapter contributes a portion of the cost for each undergraduate and the alumni association picks up the balance.  The additional subsidy required for each undergraduate brother is $40, so we ask each alumnus attending the dinner to include an additional subsidy for at least one of our undergraduate brothers.  The alumni association maintains a separate “Undergraduate Assistance Fund” that is used for this dinner subsidy as well as subsidizing travel costs for undergraduate chapter leaders to attend PiKA educational programs.  Additional donations to this fund are greatly appreciated.

The alumni association needs your support for another reason.  In the past, dues and contributions to our General Fund have enabled us to break even on the costs of our alumni relations program spearheaded by Affinity Connection, our alumni relations partner.  They maintain our database, host our website, provide assistance with the content for our printed and electronic newsletters, publish our monthly e-letters and periodic printed newsletters, and assist us in various other ways to keep our brotherhood connected.  These services could not be provided by our small group of dedicated supporters and volunteers.  This fund needs to be replenished by contributions in order to allow us to maintain our alumni relations communications program.

When we chartered the association in 2003, we had 110 dues-paying members.  This number has fallen off significantly since then and we have been able to fund our alumni relations program only with the additional support of a core of very generous supporters.  I would like to ask you to help us remedy this situation by paying your 2022-23 alumni dues if you have not already done so.  The minimum amount is $100; the suggested amount is $150.  Your minimum dues and additional contributions go into our General Fund, the source of funds for our communications program.

If you are not sure of your dues status for this school year, please send me a NEW message at < [email protected] > and I will advise you if you have supported us with a donation in the current giving year, July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

We hope you will respond positively to this renewed appeal for dues-paying members and additional donor support.  The continued vitality of the alumni association is essential to keeping us in touch, organizing Founders Days and other important events, and ensuring the well-being of the undergraduate chapter. Please do whatever you can to help by paying your 2022-23 dues, attending the Founders Day dinner, and sending in as large an additional contribution as you can.

If you would like to reply to me personally and directly, please do it with a NEW message.

If you are planning on attending the dinner, please do the following:

1) Send a “Founders Day RSVP” email message to me at < [email protected] > indicating that you will be attending. 

2) Send a check payable to “Beta Pi Alumni Assn of PiKA” in the amount of $120.00.  If you have not yet paid your dues for 2022-23 (Minimum $100; suggested $150) you may include them along with any additional contributions in the same check.  If you are not sure of your current membership status, please send me an email.  You may also include any subsidy or additional donation in the same check.  Please be sure to itemize what your check is for, if it includes more than just the cost of the dinner, in the following manner:

Dinner:  $ ______    /    Dues $ ______    /   U-grad subsidy $ ______   /   Association $ ______

Please mail your checks to arrive no later than March 17th to:

Beta Pi A.A.

c/o Joel Catania

P.O. Box 7332

Garden City, NY 11530

We hope that brothers initiated in years ending in “3” or “8” might make a special effort to gather one or two of your fellow initiates and join us in recognizing notable anniversaries. 

Looking forward to seeing you at Founders Day and I thank you in advance for your support of our Beta Pi brotherhood.

Available Founders Day hotel reservations:

We have a room block for 5 rooms for Thursday night, 12 rooms for Friday night and 15 rooms for Saturday night.  The nightly rate is $179.00 plus the usual taxes.

For those of you wanting to book a room at the Sheraton, you can reserve by clicking on the link below.  Reservations are open now and will be accepted up until March 3, 2023.

You may also call the main reservations number at 888-627-7071 and specify the room block for the Pi Kappa Alpha Event Reference # M-O8QLQWR.

Here is the reservation link:

Annual pre-dinner meeting of the Beta Pi Alumni Association/Alpha Phi Delta Housing Corp.:

The annual meeting of the Beta Pi Alumni Association/Alpha Phi Delta Housing Corp. is scheduled at 4:00pm on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel at 3549 Chestnut Street prior to the evening festivities.

All Beta Pi alumni and undergraduates are invited to attend.