I hope this post finds you and your family well and in good health. There are not many things in the world that could get me to subject myself to catching more crap for sending out PGD emails, but here we are. Bill Hardell is one of THE main reasons our chapter is recognized as one of the PREMIERE Phi Gamma Delta Chapters in the entire Fraternity. He helped create and build the foundation that has led us to 15 Cheney Cup Awards in just over 50 years. The Hardell Family’s legacy in Kappa Deuteron is unmatched, and that’s powerful statement as we have had so many families that have contributed to our long term success. I suspect every single person reading this post knows Robert Hardell (‘86) as either our Recording Secretary, as a distinguished and committed graduate brother, or as the father to two more outstanding contributing brothers-Rob (‘18) and Davis (’21), a recent Chapter President. Robert is my pledge brother. Mr. Hardell was one of the most influential graduate brothers so many of us met when we first pledged the fraternity.
I am asking YOU for your help-today.
The Board of Chapter Advisors recently established the William R. Hardell Distinguished Service Award which will be given annually at the Pig Dinner to an undergraduate who represents the characteristics of service and dedication to our fraternity that Bill demonstrated on a daily basis. The award includes $500 which will be donated to an Athens area non profit, chosen by the award recipient. To fully fund this award in perpetuity, a goal of $25,000 must be achieved. We have already made good progress towards this goal. Now we are opening to up broadly. I am asking you to make a contribution TODAY at the link below. Please consider a donation in the amount of $100, $250, $500 or ANY amount you can do. I am asking the younger graduate brothers who were in school with Rob or Davis to contribute $25-$50.
How to contribute:
Brothers may make a tax-deductible gift toward the William Hardell Fund by gifting to the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation. Gifts may be made securely on-line at: https://www.phigam.org/MakeAGift
In the “comments” box on the giving page, type “William Hardell Fund”. You will receive a thank you letter from the Foundation indicating your gift is restricted to the William Hardell Fund. If you 1) know what a check is and 2) would like to contribute by check, email me back and I will share directions. For gifts of stock, please contact Ben Robinson at Fraternity HQ at 859-255-1848 x133. Gifts from charitable gift funds or gifts from your IRA may need our tax ID number: 52-6036185
Early Kappa Deuteron:
There were seven undergraduates in the original colony. William (Bill) R. Hardell, Sr., who was initiated into our fraternity by the Xi Deuteron Chapter at Case Western University in 1949. He had moved to Athens and answered the call when the international fraternity asked for local graduates to come together to advise the new chapter. Bill volunteered, was appointed the first Purple Legionnaire, and became everything a chapter needs. He found a fraternity house for us at 1055 Prince Avenue. He prepared the building for occupancy. He and his wife, Lucy, were there for rush and found a housemother to run the kitchen for the members' meals. He attended colony meetings carefully observing the prescribed colony rituals.
On this foundation, the chapter prospered and its excellence has been recognized 15 times with the Chaney Cup given to the best chapter in the international fraternity.
Please act today and help honor, in memoriam, William (Bill) R. Hardell and the immense legacy he has left within the walls of Kappa Deuteron.
Thank you in advance. I know we will do this!
Gifts may be made securely on-line at: https://www.phigam.org/MakeAGift