100 Sigs | 100 Years: How we made history on May 23rd

History was made last Thursday, May 23, 2019, as 100 Sigs celebrated 100 years of WSU Sigma Chi - the exact day in 1919 that Beta Upsilon was approved as a chapter by a vote of the chapters that existed then.

It was an emotional turnout for four real chapter meetings held simultaneously in Bellevue, Portland Spokane and Kennewick presided over by six alumni Consuls linked together via a live video feed and featuring a surprise guest appearance by 70th Grand Consul Tommy Geddings live from his home in North Carolina. The video was then cut and chapter began.

No chapter has ever attempted such a feat.

Brothers also heard from Steve Oates who gave his reading "How We Got Here" and Jim Linstrum who read "A Letter to Charles," a personal thank you to Jim's grandfather Charles Linstrum, a chapter founder.


It was also a celebration that construction begins June 20 on our new $5.1 million Centennial Chapter House, nicely reminiscent of the old house but bigger, stronger and better. See plans above.


THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES with the Centennial Reunion, our 100th birthday bash, September 20-21 in Pullman. To register, just click here

The commemorative program for our Centennial Chapter Meetings held May 23, 2019 in Bellevue, Spokane, Portland and Kennewick. Extra programs are available. If you'd like one, just email jeffburnside@outlook.com. 

The Kennewick gathering was a big success. LEFT TO RIGHT: Tom Vertrees, Orman Johnson, Pat Taylor, host Jerry Herres, Sean Alstott, Jake LaRoque, Steve Oates, Luke Hansell, 2019 Consul Garett Gluck, Jarrett Gould, Kenzie Hansell, Koby Baily, Joe Yenney, TJ Hansell and co-organizer Blaine Hood. Not picture: Mike Picatti, Don Picatti, Rich Burns.

Mike Kruizenga watches the four video feeds from the Portland Centennial Chapter Meeting hosted by Bobby Thompson.

Intensely watching the live video feed from six locations are John Mitchell and Dave Kraft.

Top of the Order from right to left: Jim Baker ('60), John Mitchell ('61), Bob Steil ('61), Mike Allert ('64), Larry Culver ('64), Vin Sherman ('66). We're so proud to have had these statesmen here.

Brothers at the Portland gathering watched the live video feed from six venues. Thank you to Bobby Thompson for hosting at his beautiful home, to alumni Consuls Brady Johnson and Bill Simpson and to Executive Committee member Brad Fulton.

LEFT: Pillars framed the Kennewick gathering, thanks to organizer Pat Taylor. The venue was the Benton County PUD Auditorium.  ABOVE: John Barlow and Terry Snow chat at the buffet at the Spokane Club.

LEFT: Bill Ukropina addresses the live video camera during the Bellevue gathering at Larry Culver's home.

ABOVE: Part of the group at the Bellevue gathering watch the live video feeds from six venues.

Left to right; Joe Winkler, Dave Kraft, Grant Cummings, Eric Schneider, Nat Hyres, Jason Lane, Ron Cox, Brad Wilgus, Mike Small, Eric Bolstad.

Jeff Burnside honors campaign chairman Bill Ukropina before he addresses crowd.

In Spokane, brothers Dave Engstrom and Harm Schlomer, Jr. trade stories.

John Layman and Jim Linstrum catch up at the Spokane Club.

UPPER LEFT: Mugging for the camera at the Bellevue gathering. Seated Brad Wilgus, Eric Bolstad, Aaron Small, ? , Mike Small, Dave Baker, Tony Larios, Executive Committee Member Brian Phair, Jack Harrison. UPPER RIGHT: Pre-function BBQ, John Hale, Eric Bolstad, Eric Schneider, Brian Hedlund, Jeff Burnside, Joe Winkler, Ron Cox and Keith Robinson. RIGHT: Commemorative program. ABOVE RIGHT: Pat Nevin in Portland. ABOVE LEFT: Jeff "Doc" Davenney, John Hale and Ernie Patty at the Spokane Club.