More than 60 years after founding the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at Northwestern State University, chartering members are gathering to celebrate lifelong friendship.
The Founders’ Generation Alumni Group held their annual luncheon on March 23, 2017 at Ralph & Kacoo’s Restaurant in Bossier City Louisiana.
A dozen alumni and their wives, including Jack McCain, the Beta Omicron Chapter’s founding archon, and Peggy (Kerr) Plunkett, who was the chapter’s first rose queen, were in attendance.
The meeting began with updates on members of the Founders’ Group from alumnus Charles Bice. A heartfelt prayer was delivered by John Echols before a lunch of Cajun cuisine and seafood was served.
Alumnus John “Buckwheat” Wheat, who was unable to make the trip from the Dallas area, addressed the group via speakerphone. His humor and stories were a surprise addition to the agenda.
Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter president Lane Luckie also delivered remarks on the current success of the student chapter, as well as fundraising efforts for a new chapter house on the NSU campus.
Alumnus Stephen McCutcheon, who joined the Beta Omicron Chapter more than a decade after its founding, also stopped by the luncheon to share his appreciation on behalf of other North Louisiana alumni.
Photos from the chapter’s 60th Anniversary Reunion last October were handed out, along with challenge coins and a commemorative history book from the event.
After lunch, a special spice cake was served in honor of all alumni celebrating their 80th birthday in 2017.