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San Fernando Valley State College

Pi Kappa Tau
Pismo Retreat November 4-6, 2016


Once again we owe a large debt of gratitude to Rick for making all the arrangements.  He has succeeded in keeping the costs down, so the basic tab will be only $15 more than our May 2015 retreat.  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 15th retreat in the series.  We have lost 19 brothers that we know of.  I probably don’t have to tell you we are getting to an age when anything can happen, so don't put it off until next time.  There may not be a next time for some of us.

Here's the  breakdown for our
November 2016 Retreat:

Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, 601 James Way, Pismo Beach, CA


Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 6: Basic Package per person for 2 night’s double occupancy - $330.00           (Single occupancy $$490.00 )

Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6: Total Package per person for 3 night’s double occupancy - $480.00           (Single occupancy $665.00)

Wednesday, November 2 to Sunday, November 6: Total Package per person for 4 night’s double occupancy - $560.00           (Single occupancy $860.00)

Basic Package includes: 

Thursday, November 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, November 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, November 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, catered dinner served in Mission Room.

Sunday, November 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 be considerate of Rick who has assisted us by making all of the arrangements since November 1998 and send your check early.  Rick advances the funds and it’s not cool to wait until the retreat to reimburse him.

I look forward to seeing you in November.  Until then, stay well.

Best regards,

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.