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Milwaukee Convention – What a Way to Close out the Decade!
Wayne S. Palmer-Ball, Xi

This is a personal thank you from me for all those who attended the 85th Anniversary Celebration of Alpha Delta Gamma in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this past summer. The convention was a huge success in many ways and definitely a convention of firsts. For the first time ever most everyone registered for convention online. The online registration obviously helped because we had the largest registration in 35 years, since the 50th Celebration in Chicago. It was the first time we hosted a convention in Milwaukee while there was no active chapter here. It was the first time we held a Poker tournament. It was the first time we distributed newly updated histories of ADG in 15 years.

We had an incredible turnout from alumni representing defunct chapters including a large contingent from Eta Chapter, including Brandon Willis, Nick Kapper, Tim Superzinski, Chris Moebis, and Mark Bitto, John Zanmiller from Chi (St. Cloud State, Mn.) and Jim Schafer from Gamma Chapter. We found a Kappa alumnus, Ralph Deger, living in Milwaukee who visited on Friday night and brought some Kappa Memorabilia along with access to the ADG store and archives held at my house. We had an alumni golf outing, great meals, and an opening lunch on the Milwaukee Lakefront Park.


The delegates fell in love with the Irish pub next door to our hotel and spent countless hours commiserating with their fellow ADG’s there. The alumni and actives had a wonderful time there and at the largest Irish Festival in North America on Milwaukee’s Lakefront. We visited and held our opening mass at the Basilica of St. Josephat’s on the Milwaukee south side.

One of the things I most wanted to happen at this convention was to distribute convention souvenirs. Brothers need things to remember convention and take home visible items to not only remind them of convention, but to show off to other brothers back home. Attendees took home new convention shirts that doubled as letter jerseys, key chains, ceramic mugs and posters that doubled as fraternity flags. We had awesome fraternity paddles made that all the delegates signed and 10 brothers took home fantastic memories to hang on the wall. The goal to get great memorabilia worked. Everyone had a great time and hopefully will serve to encourage more brothers to attend next year’s convention in Kansas City. Ad Dei Gloriam!