2008 BL Teke Reunion


April 19, 2008, Birmingham, AL:

Hello Fraters!

Well, we just had our latest reunion in Birmingham!  There were fewer Fraters than the last time, but it was still great to see our old friends and catch up.  We did have three new Fraters that we had not seen for four decades...Jim Dykes, Don Scott and Gene Thrailkill.  The weather this time was picture perfect.  Just like last time, we could not have pulled this off without John “Mac” and Emily McGiboney!  Mac provided the Stogie Club for our use, and he and Emily spent MANY hours over several days preparing a great BBQ lunch. They are the true heroes for this event.  Just like at the last reunion, time flew by all too fast, and it seemed we hardly had time to catch up with everyone. Jim Dykes started the proceedings with a rendition of the Teke song before lunch, then he gave a grace that was especially appropriate to our Frater gathering.  We saw the latest Teke movie (go to Videos section to see); Jim Dykes gave a great Teke trivia quiz (he has an unbelievable BL Teke memory!); Pat Burkholder went the extra mile with many Auburn door prizes; and Jim Dunlap told his story of a Lambda Chi brother friend of his, that confided to Jim many years later that he always thought the Teke’s at Auburn were the best rounded bunch of guys on campus. We also had a special visiter....a current Frater of BL (Evan Daily). He met later with Jim Dykes, who has just signed up as a BL chapter advisor (kudos to Jim). Later that night most of us had dinner together, where Jim Dykes came up with the excellent suggestion to provide the BL chapter with some of our original memorabilia, to give them a sense of continuity with their past BL Fraters.  All together, it was a great day!

Click here for Photos of our reunion

Fraters at the April 2008 Reunion (24 total):


Sitting left to right:

Luke Prescott, Randy Bergmann, Pat Burkholder, John “Mac” McGiboney, Evan Daily, Bob Beiswenger, Bruce Sprague, Brad Pruden, and Sam Wester.

Standing left to right:

Gordon Mills, Jim Dykes, J.C. White, David Mitchell, Don Morgan, Henry Dyer, Tom Dunlap, Larry LeCroy, Tom Lotz, Gene Thrailkill, Lewis Page, Frank Wingate, Don Scott, Pat Connick, and Jim Dunlap.

Wives at the April 2008 Reunion (14 total):


Sitting left to right: 

Emily McGiboney, Janice Wester, Pam White, Ok Su Sprague, Irene Lotz, Rachel Scott, Donna Pruden and Susan Mills,

Standing left to right: 

Debi Wingate, Carol Burkholder, Cheryl Dykes, Lucy Thrilkill, and Denise Bergmann (not in photo: Shirley LeCroy