April 06, 2004

Starting Over

Welcome to the second incarnation of BetaXiDelts.org. I have resurrected the site based on numerous conversations I had with others at Ray O'Neal's memorial service - the gist of which was that we all feel the need to stay in touch better, and perhaps organize a regular get together of sorts so that funerals don't become our de facto reunions.

The purpose of this message is to outline some initial thoughts I have about this site and it's potential role in allowing us to stay in touch more efficiently. I hope that you will utilize the comment function of this site to add your thoughts about any of what comes below.

The purpose of this site, as stated above, it to facilitiate communication between a group of alumni of the Beta Xi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta from Tulane University. It is hoped that this communication will be a central repository of, and distribution point for, information that will result in a better awareness of the status of individuals and their respective families, location, careers, and other life events. Furthermore, the site should assist in organizing regular social gatherings in larger metro areas (i.e. New York, D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta), as well as a large reunion occuring every other year or so.

Due to the fact that I am a member of the Class of '89, I expect that most of the people that will be interested in participating in this endeavour - at least initially - will be from classes within a few years either side of mine. Due to the demise of the chapter soon after, I don't forsee that we will have much in common with the new generation of Beta Xi Delts, and, frankly, I don't think we as a group will have much in common with the Delts that came more than 5 or 6 years before us. That being said - I don't think we should formally restrict our membership in any way, but that is a topic that is up for discussion.

Site Content and Services
My initial concept of this site includes the following features.

  • A membership function that restricts access to those with a username and password.
  • A member directory with contact information, a couple of recent photos, and perhaps a short profile of the person.
  • A mailing list feature that will allow distribution of emails to the entire group simply by sending the message to one centralized address.
  • The regular posting of updates submitted by individuals about themselves or others.
  • A section dedicated to upcoming social events and news about planning for the next reunion.

The format you see here is simply a basic framework with which to get started. If the interest is there, I will customize the site.

I tried this after Kevin Netting passed away, but didn't get much response. I have no desire to bear the entire weight of this thing on my shoulders, but am more than willing to contribute time and energy if a core group of other folks will do the same.

I look forward to your feedback.

YF Dean

Posted by Betaxi at April 6, 2004 08:30 AM

Thanks Dean. I'll give it a go.

First off - Let's work on the next reunion. I haven't seen most of you in a long time. Saw Dean, Knox and the Beebes a few months ago and I look forward to a get together with Eddie Mo in D.C. if I can catch him between super secret jar head shit. Shultz, Simpson, Mike Brown and I got together at Browns fairly recently.

Julie, Conor (2 1/2) and I live in Montgomery County, MD. We've bought a new house and will be moving just up the road to Clarksburg, MD in a few months. Oh, still a lawyer. And licensed.

I'll post some pictures at some point in time, and I'll promptly respond to Hailer's undoubtedly forthcoming attempt at witty banter.

Posted by: Fagan at April 6, 2004 11:38 AM

Still here, in London, since 1990.
Three boys (Joshua 12, Samuel 10, Daniel 8)
One ex-wife (Laurie)
No pets

Home address:
9-11 Belsize Grove
Flat 14
London NW3 4UU

Phone +44 7774 269 831 (from overseas)
Phone 07774 269 831 (if you are lucky enough to be in old blighty when calling)

Plenty of space, so please come visit.

YF Rosie

Posted by: Michael Rosenberg at April 7, 2004 12:28 PM

Greetings to all. Kudos, Deano, on givng this another go. Despite my absence from this circle of friends for over ten years now its good to hear everyone doing so well, despite the loss of some of our most revered brethren. Just a quick note to those in the D.C. area. I will be in DC for a wedding the weekend of May 8th. Was originally planning to fly in saturday morn and out sunday but if anyone's around I could make plans to fly in Friday night. As a quick update, Lessin and I are both jacking your gas prices at the NY Mercantile Exchange. Hope all are well.

Posted by: Pat Razzano at April 14, 2004 04:48 PM

Hoping that this site is still active and occasionally hit by other Tulane Delts, I thought I'd mention the recent Thanksgiving / Nuptual visit of Brothers David Gordon and Tommy Diaz (no, not to each other...) in both London and then in Edinbrough. David and Laurie and their beautiful family paid me a visit en route from Houston for the wedding of Tommy to the lovely Joannie McClure (now known as the lovely Mrs Diaz!) up on bonny Scotland last month. A hardy congradulations is due to them both...well done!

It was great to visit with them all, to meet David's kids, Tommy's and Joannie's families, and to spend some time with friends with whom I've shared times that nobody can ever take away from us. We caught up on old times, Delts, and what's been happening in the world for Beta Xi Brethren since we graduated in 1985.

That date mentioned, this coming Spring marks our 20th year since graduating. Is anyone from The 21 Club working to organize anything? If anyone out there in cyberspace is reading this, my email address is:


Send me a note and let me know what's cooking.

YF Rosie

Posted by: Michael Rosenberg at December 10, 2004 08:43 AM