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San Fernando Valley State College

Pi Kappa Tau
Pismo Retreat May 4-6, 2018


Once again we owe a large debt of gratitude to Rick for making all the arrangements.  The venue is the same, Hilton Garden Inn, Pismo Beach, which has proven ideal for these gatherings.

I have endeavored to send this note to all the brothers on the roster with an email address.  Some of the email addresses are obsolete and will not get to the persons who once used them.  Others haven't put their email addresses on the roster. Please help make sure everybody gets notified by going to our online roster at  http://zimmer.csufresno.edu/~johnca/pktroster.htm  and notice which of the brothers don't have email addresses and those whom you know have a different email address that hasn't yet made the roster.  If you have a line of communication with these individuals, exercise it and bring them back into the fold.

If you are in touch with these people, ask them to send their current contact information to John Cagle so the roster can be kept up to date and they can receive this information.  If you know the whereabouts of any of the brothers who aren't on the roster, please reach out and get them this information.

To those of you who haven't been to a retreat, I urge you to join us.  This gathering which started in October 1996 in Bend, OR has continued in Pismo Beach at 18 month intervals, drawing an average of around 50 of us.  Any of the regulars will tell you what an uplifting and enjoyable event this is.  If money is an issue, a fund has been established for those in financial need so that nobody needs to take a pass for financial reasons.  Those who need the financial help to attend should contact Rick on a completely confidential basis.

This will be our 16th retreat in the series. 

Here's the  breakdown for our
May 4-6, 2018, Retreat:


    Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, 601 James Way, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
        Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6: Basic Package per person for 2 night’s double occupancy - $360  (Single occupancy $540)
        Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6: Total Package per person for 3 night’s double occupancy - $520 (Single occupancy $790)

        Wednesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 6: Total Package per person for 4 night’s double occupancy - $610  (Single occupancy $970)

    Basic Package includes:
        Thursday, May 3 – 2 drink coupons per person for beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages served in lobby bar, private 1 hour reception in the Library Room serving heavy hors d’oevres

        Friday, May 4 – breakfast buffet, 2 drink coupons per person of beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages served in lobby bar, private 1 hour reception in the Library Room serving heavy hors d’oeuvres

        Saturday, May 5 - breakfast buffet, 2 drink coupons per person of beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages served in lobby bar, private 1 hour reception in the Library Room serving light hors d’oeuvres; buffet dinner served in Mission Room.

        Sunday, May 6 - breakfast buffet


Planning to attend? 

Select a roommate and notify Brother Rick Turton at (805) 441-5085 or simply enclose your information (roommate pairing, length of stay, special requests, etc.) with your check and send it to Rick at 610 Cypress St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449.

Please don't wait until the last moment to make your reservations and PAY as delays put extra stress on Rick trying to keep everything straight and deal with the hotel.  He puts lots of time and effort into making these arrangements.

We have been gathering in retreat since October 1996 (Bend).  I don't have to tell the "regulars" that these gatherings are a real treat.  To those of you who will be coming for the first time, WELCOME.  We have an extraordinary organization and it deserves to be celebrated regularly. You will have a great time but you won't  mistake our group for a beauty contest.

Thank you, Rick, for paving the way for a seamless gathering.


Stu Olster



Team Meetings

In 1966, "the Pi Kappa Tau Drinking Team" meetings began. They have continued until today.

The second Thursday of each month, brothers gather at the Lannathai restaurant on Van Nuys Blvd. about seven o'clock in the evening. Any given night there will be eight or ten brothers or as many as sixty. These meetings have gone on since the 1960s and continue. Everyone is welcome. The meetings are at:

(818) 995-0808

The origin of these meetings began when the Benevolent Order of the Silver Flagon was created as a beer drinking honorary fraternity at Valley State and got a charter from the Associated Students. Some brothers, notably Gerry Adams and Larry Castro, thought any brother should automatically be a member, but for some reason or another Cagle insisted the BOSF was an honorary like Blue Key. Adams and Castro were so upset that they started their own beer drinking fraternity, which they simply referred to as "the Drinking Team" or generally just "the Team." Well, whereas the Benevolent Order (BOSF) had actual chapters at several other universities (including Oregon State, Chico, San Jose, Fresno, and other universities), when the initial members graduated, BOSF disappeared. Even Cagle admits this fact.

The Team continues, however, to this day. None drinks alone.

Send calendar announcements to Cagle. Thank you.