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BETA PI CONTINUES STRONG SUPPORT FOR PI KAPPA ALPHA INTER/NATIONAL Beta Pi alumni have been acknowledged in the Spring 2020 issue of Shield and Diamond magazine for their continued strong financial support of Pi Kappa Alpha Inter/National Fraternity.  

The President’s Council is the most prestigious donor classification for Pi Kappa Alpha (PiKA). To become a member of the President’s Council, an alumnus or friend of the fraternity must pledge an annual tax-deductible gift of $1000 or more to the PiKA Foundation. The PiKA Foundation uses these funds to cover the costs and expenses related to PIKE University and other PiKA functions that are held for the educational development of PiKA undergraduate members. These educational events support our undergraduate members by teaching an understanding of business management, leadership, recruitment, responsibility, health and safety, marketing, and chapter house management.   

Once again, Beta Pi led the way by having 13 alumni recognized as members of the President’s Council. The 13 Beta Pi alumni are Joel Catania ’71, Dave Edman ’73, Jerry Herman ’72, Jeff Kaufman ’80, Harvey Mackler ’72, Adam Michaels ’97, Rich Myers ’69, Mark Perna ’68, Gary Sachs ’74, Bill Scott ’76, Richard Solit ’86, Bruce Wolfson ’71, and Paul Zaentz 69. No other chapter had more than nine. 

In addition, Beta Pi had the highest Chapter Endowment Fund (CEF) of all 225 chapters and colonies. Beta Pi’s CEF of $221,400 was more than $50,000 more than the chapter with the second highest total. CEF funds cover certain costs and expenses of our undergraduate brothers associated with their attendance at PiKA events such as PIKE University, conferences, and other academic functions.  

A tribute was also made to honor Jerry Herman ’72 as he completed his third and final term as a member of the PiKA Foundation’s Investment and Gift Acceptance Committee. He was lauded for his “…unwavering commitment and attention to the work of the committee”. During his time on the committee, the Foundation’s endowment nearly tripled and their net assets more than doubled to $17,900,000.    

Congratulations are extended to Jeff Kaufman ’80 for achieving status as a member of the Garnet and Gold Society for having made cumulative donations exceeding $5000 to the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation. Ronak Bhagia ’19 and Sam Weinstein ’81 were thanked for having made first time contributions to PiKA. Brother Bhagia was also named as an undergraduate donor to the Phi Phi K A club that also underwrites scholarships to PIKE University.  

All undergraduate members are encouraged to attend PiKA conferences and PIKE University for the finest in fraternity education. PIKE University is nationally acclaimed for its successful education programs, and our undergraduate members are encouraged to learn all that PiKA can do for them. Thank you to all our alumni who donate to PiKA Inter/National and to the Beta Pi Alumni Association either through monetary contributions and/or volunteering their time and expertise to ensure the continuing success of PiKA.