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.
Click 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.
The winning foursome:
Bob Findley (’81)
Greg Elsner (’79)
Kent McManus (’79)
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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: