Active Work Week 2014

Building on the great work done by the active membership before the 110 celebration.

The 2014 Active Work Week was a big success.

Starting outside, The overgrown ceder trees were removed from the front of the house.  Luckily, the town is nice enough to pickup yard waste left on the curb. (whole trees included!) The photo of the front of the house, i will admit, leaves a little left to be desired. So be sure to check out my next post about the Active Alumni Labor Day Work Weekend to see it in all its glory.

After that, they moved to the driveway where the rotting landscape timbers were replaced, and the area primed for some new landscaping.

Moving inside, The Sun Porch had fallen on hard times due to a lack of proper exterior building materials and practices. The exterior was re-sided before the 110 celebration, so they turned their attention inward. With the interior demo completed, new framing and electrical were added.

Along with the standard cleaning that comes with a work week, the basement received some special attention. After many years of service, the Dungeon had succumb to the persistent moisture of the basement. The room was demoed, so the space could be re-purposed. Excess electrical was also tidied in the area. The entire basement received a good scrubbing as well as a pressure washing.

With the new floor space that had been gained, and something needing to be built to commemorate the week’s events. A new set of tables only seemed fitting.

All this work created a lot of debris, so on the final day they cleaned, filling the entire dumpster.

I would like to personally thank the active membership for their continued work on house.

Great work gentlemen, and good luck with the coming semester.

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Labor Day Work Weekend

What: First Annual OTTO Alumni Labor Day Work Weekend
When: August 29- Sept. 1, 2014
Where: 14 Leroy St., Potsdam, NY
Purpose: Paint Front Porch and Pillars and possible other projects and to share good times and renew friendships.

As a result of a great 110th OTTO birthday bash on July 12, 2014 in Potsdam, Chris Welsh (’04) (OTTO Alumni Chair), Dan Rissacher (’00), Ted Ross (’81),  JR Augustine (’80) and Terry TZ Moran (’81) are promoting the Labor Day work weekend. We are arriving on Friday August 29 and working for two days August 30 and August 31.

Head over to the Labor Day Work Weekend page for more information!

110th Anniversary Follow-up

 

110 group pic3Click the thumbnail for a larger version of the group photo from Saturdays BBQ!

The Alumni Board would like to thank everyone who was able to join us in celebrating 110 years of OTTO this past weekend.

We connected with some great alumni and raised some money for the house as well as the OTTO Foundation. (Our charitable organization responsible for education related expenses and scholarships).

There were many a story swapped, many a beverage drank, and the old timers won the wiffleball game. (regardless of what the younger guys have to say on the matter)

A special thanks to Mickey Booth and Brian Callaghan for helping put this event together.  As well as Mickey’s fiancé Keri, Canaan Nelson, and Andrew Dion for helping setup before the event.

Our thanks also to everyone who signed up for recurring donations. This small monthly donation of $10-$15 (really whatever you can afford) a month is crucial to the ongoing success of OTTO.  Whether it be at 14 Leroy St or on the Hill, there are upcoming expenses that the active chapter simply cannot shoulder on their own.

We have ~600 living alumni, we are working every day to get back in touch with more of them.  If we could get just a fraction of those signed up for a $10 recurring monthly donation, the difference made would be immeasurable.

On to the specifics.

Golf

The winning foursome:

  • Bob Findley (’81)
  • Greg Elsner (’79)
  • Kent McManus (’79)
  • Annie McManus

Homebrew Competition Results:

1st Place (Tie)

  • David Meldrum (’64)
    • Honey Ale (made with honey from his own bees) – 14 votes
  • Wayne Chase (’92)
    • Juniper Ale – 14 votes

2nd Place

  • Dave Zeleznock (’05)
    • Kraut Pale Ale – 11 votes

3rd Place (Tie)

  • James Welsh (Chris Welsh’s father, he went to RPI, but we won’t hold that against him… too much)
    • Smoked Porter – 10 votes
    • IPL – 10 votes

Thank you to everyone who participated. The event was a great time, and everyone’s beer was delicious.  Additional thanks to all of the winners for donating the prize money back to the house.

110 Preparations Continue!

The last few weeks have proven to be quite production for the gentleman inhabiting the house for the summer. Thanks to some serious efforts from Tim, Alex, Canaan the Garage and Circus Porch have been re-sided, and the entire Sun Porch exterior (windows included) have been torn down, replaced, and rebuilt before being sided. We look forward to the cost savings we’ll see next winter with new energy efficient windows in a large exterior room that previously had old makeshift windows.

Great Upstate Wiffle Beer Challenge

This past weekend, around 30 folks from across the northeast corridor assembled for an event whose magnitude cannot be overstated.  BT, Phi K, and TEP all represented in what was the first Great Upstate Wiffle Beer Challenge!

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Coach Sheldon assembled a group of top prospects, and despite falling to BT in game 1,  freshened by a few Beer Die / Pitch breaks, regrouped our defense and managed to topple the gentlemen from BT to bring home the first ever Great Upstate Wiffle Beer Championship.

Defensive MVP candidates Eric Duma and right handed closer Nick HP Bernal propelled the group to victory in game 3.

 

Thanks to everyone who came, participated, brought food/beer/ice and helped set up!

14 Leroy Recognized in National Register of Historic Places

The culmination of a mult-year effort was finally recognized today as the National Parks Service has included our beloved 14 Leroy in its National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to hours of time donated by esteemed alumni Cordell Pearce, Bill Sheldon, and Jason Morganson, our house is now recognized as a historically significant structure in Potsdam.

Additional thanks to all of the folks who were kind enough to donate to various causes over the last few years. Your generosity allowed us to make the repairs necessary to be considered for this list.

Among other key features, the house is noted for both its architectural and industrial significance, having been linked to both Henry A. Watkins and George W. Sisson.

Here’s a link to the official listing for further reading:

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/13000697.htm

2011 Newsletter

Many of you may have already received the 2011 Newsletter. If you haven’t — here’s a digital copy for your consumption.

Newsletter 2011

If you didn’t receive a newsletter, that means we don’t have an up-to-date address for you. Please shoot us an email using the Contact Us! link in the right-hand column and we’ll get you updated.

A big thanks to all of the contributors, and to Greg Moore and Will Cole for putting this together, printing, and getting it mailed out.

Look for another newsletter towards the middle of next year!

Stuff-A-Truck Update

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In recent weeks we have concluded that U-Haul will be donating a 14 ft. truck for us to fill. At this point, the location is still tentative as we are waiting to hear back from Clarkson, but we are hoping to use the lawn of Old Snell due to it’s location so near the center of town. As mentioned, it will be taking place on the weekend of November 12th, the active brothers along with any alumni that would like to come up will be camping out on the lawn there until the truck is filled. SUNY Potsdam sorority Phi Kappa Pi will also be helping plan and organize the event, by getting flyers up far in advance all around town and on all 4 campuses of the local colleges we are hoping that there will be a huge turnout; the bigger we make this the better. There is a chance we will have live music at some point during the weekend and McLovin and myself may talk to the fire department about doing a bar-b-que on that weekend as well since they are right across the street. In addition to lots of advance notice, we’re hoping to attract a lot of donations by offering a prize to the student organization (greek, athletic, etc.) from any school that makes the largest contribution.

Mark you calendars! Lets make it a big weekend with LOTS of donations!

-Your friendly neighborhood neanderthal,

Cave Man Kyle (C.M.K.)

Work Week 2010

Sorry for the delay in posting, but a huge thanks to all active and alumni attendee’s for this semesters work week!  Here’s a list of things that were completed, and a few photo’s for your perusal.

  • Removed the piece of crap coke machine
  • Removed the broken deep freeze from the basement
  • Cleaned and organized the basement
  • Removed broken dishwashers, dryers, and washers
  • Power washed porches and some of the house
  • Sanded and painted the porch floors
  • Sanded and painted circus porch steps
  • Removed all of the useless wood in the basement
  • Cleaned the garage out

On top of that we also cleaned up the yard, and house from top to bottom.