Beta Omicron Founders’ Group gathers for annual Spring luncheon

62 years after founding the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at Northwestern State University, chartering members are still gathering to celebrate their friendship.

The Founders’ Generation Alumni Group held their annual luncheon on April 13, 2018 at Ralph & Kacoo’s Restaurant in Bossier City, Louisiana.

A group of more than 20 alumni, wives, and guests, 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 and a heartfelt prayer was delivered by alumnus John Echols before. A lunch of various Cajun and seafood dishes followed. Founders’ Group organizer Mike Murphy discussed planning for their biennial reunion, which will be held October 19-21 in Natchitoches. Charles Bice reflected on the first Founders’ Group gathering in 1994 to celebrate the life of member “Sparky” Starks.

Larkin ‘LC’ Cathey and Wayne Faraldo were recognized with ‘Diamond Legion’ certificates in honor of 60 years of membership.

Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter president Lane Luckie also delivered remarks on the current success of the student chapter, as well as a report on the National Fraternity and the current landscape of Greek Life around the country.

A guest of honor, former First Lady of NSU Brenda Webb, was also recognized for her many years of friendship to Pi Kappa Phi.

All alumni celebrating their 80th birthday in 2018 were feted with induction into ‘Club 80’ as slices of an iced sheet cake were served.

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