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January 19, 2015: Purdue Conference

Pi Chi Omega Board Members and a few gracious volunteers met on Sunday 1/11/15 to review the liberated materials from the Pi Chi Omega storage units. Thank you to everyone who was able to spend the day organizing and categorizing this information.

The Pi Chi Omega Board meeting followed. There was also a mixer with many members of Pi Chi Omega along with prospects and Purdue students on Monday 1/12/15. "We had better-than-expected attendance and it was great to spend some time with the students who help organize the Purdue meetings," said Dale Baker, Pi Chi Omega Secretary and VP of Sales at J.T. Eaton Company.

The dinner meeting was held on Tuesday 1/13/15 with 32 in attendance. At which, Pi Chi Omega President Kim Kelly Tunis updated the members of various projects the board is working on. The most exciting detail from the meeting was that the board has decided to wave the 2014 member dues, as well as offer a clean slate to anyone who owes back dues for a fresh start in 2015.

Please congratulate our two new members voted in at the dinner meeting: Fabio Castle Castello and Chris Phillips. Many thanks to Gerry Wegner and Tom Myers for their very generous donations to silent auction.

All minutes will be posted on a new, Members-Only, password protected are of this site.

Carl Call
Sjon Gentry
John Mabery
Ted Ragland

On Saturday, August 23rd, Pi Chi Omega's lost its longtime Executive Director. Vern Toblan passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family. Vern was known for his many contributions to both Pi Chi Omega and the pest management industry. He will be missed by Pi Chi Omega and others in the industry.

Vern E. Toblan, 84, of Middletown, DE, passed away August 23, 2014 at Seasons Hospice Christiana Care. Born in Zurich, Switzerland on March 5, 1930, Vern was the son of the late Eduard and Lina Lenzin Hughentobler.
He attended school in Strickhoff in Switzerland where he studied agriculture. He came to Canada in the early 1950s and there worked in various jobs, including farm hand, ambulance driver and milkman. While teaching dance at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he met his wife of many years, Kathleen Toblan nee Lannan. He later put his earlier education to work in the chemical industry, providing knowledge and training to many in the fields of herbicides and pesticides.
Surviving are his brother Edi, and his sister Margrit in Switzerland; his daughter Brenna, his son Blair, and grandchildren (Blair) Ethan, and Logan in Calgary Canada as well as his cousin and long-time companion and business partner Heidi Ross in Delaware. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathleen.
Friends and family are invited to an informal gathering to celebrate his life at the Embassy Suites Newark-Wilmington South, 654 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19713 from 3:00 ­ 5:00 pm on Thursday August 28, 2014. At Vern's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and mailed to R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, DE 19711.


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