100 YEARS OF MEETINGS: At the Sigma Chi Fraternity alumni’s 100 Years of Brotherhood anniversary celebration are, from left in the right photo, Master of Ceremonies Mike Turpen, Event Chair Shel Detrick, Honorary Chair Al Cuite and Sigma Chi National Grand Consul Mike Greenberg.
In July, 300 Sigma Chi Fraternity alumni from across the country gathered for the 100 Years of Brotherhood anniversary celebration, the Tulsa alumni association’s celebration of 100 years of uninterrupted weekly meetings. “Our association is the only one of 150 alumni groups nationally to celebrate 100 years of uninterrupted weekly meetings,” says Aaron Massey, president of Sigma Chi Tulsa Alumni Association.
The weekly meetings of oil producers, bankers, lawyers and the like actually predate the alumni association’s 1916 charter. In the early oil boom days of Oklahoma, influential businessmen met at the Robinson Hotel to discuss politics and the economy. Elton B. Hunt, one of many Sigma Chis in the group, encouraged his brothers to hold their own similar lunches. It’s a practice supported by four generations.