The anniversary of the installation of the Ohio University sae Chapter was celebrated over the weekend of April 25 in Marietta, Ohio at the historic Lafayette Hotel, located on the banks of the Ohio River.  The college town of Athens had been booked full so far in advance that the reunion could not be held there.  Fifteen of the first initiates met to share memories, old pictures, original documents and personal histories.  Many wives accompanied their husbands; several had been sae Sweethearts when the Chapter was initiated.  They were all serenaded with Violets, sung by entertainers and the long time brothers.

 Chuck Pickering and Bob Nicholas are local residents and arranged the events.  They had been instrumental in the addition to the chapter house more than a decade after its first occupancy in 1952.  The banquet program was emceed by Patt Wardlaw, past president of the local Gamma Gamma Gamma during the petitioning process and installation chairman for April 17, 1953.  Bill Coon, first EA, Dave Heinrich who succeeded him, Bill Cook who ran the first Boarding Club and other founders highlighted specific events in their own experiences.  Fifty year sae certificates were presented by Ed Meador, who had worked with Chuck setting up the reunion, arranged with National to award them and mail the remainder to the other living members with known addresses. 

 Sunday afternoon, a contingency drove the 45 miles to Ohio University in Athens to share history at the weekly meeting of the, now 50 year old, active chapter.  It is still occupies the best fraternity house on campus with extensive additions to the original Georgian Mansion.  At the meeting, Patt told actives about the most important elements of their origins.  The Gamma name had carried into sae with the chapter honoring distinguished sae Dolph Ginter who attended the initiation.  Emphasized was the close relationship with John O. Moseley.  Dr. Moseley, past ESA, was then ESR, had been instrumental in the local’s decision to affiliate with sae and personally conducted the installation.  He was essential to the petitioning process and when the first Ohio Gamma officers were officially installed on April 18, presented his own large ESA badge to be worn in perpetuity by the local EA.  “John-O”, as we lovingly referred to him, called us, “My Boys”.