Paws for a Cause 2014

Friday, October 24th, OTS hosted our first Paws for a Cause 5K walk to raise money for breast cancer research. The walk started at 5:00, with registration starting at 4:30. We charged a $10 registration fee for auburn affiliates and $20 registration for the public. We also had several raffles with items donated by Hills, Purina, and SCAVMA. Some of our members also took donations and painted dogs pink with spray-on wash-off dye, and there was a free dog wash at the end of the walk to get the pups clean. We were able to raise $397.00 total between registrations and the raffles that will be all be donated towards breast cancer research! The walk was hosted at Kiesel Park and there were 32 registered attendees, with 17 OTS members working behind the scenes. We were very happy with how successful this event was, and hope to make it bigger and better next year.

Thank you to everyone who helped sponsor the event! SCAVMA offered 1 point to any students who attended and also donated a gas gift card and a blue leash for the raffle. Dechra donated shampoo for the dog walk station. Hills donated a gift basket with dog and cat treats, a bow tie, and several toys that was raffled off. Purina donated several items for the raffle as well. Macon County animal shelter brought several of their dogs out, and Better Bodies Massage Therapy was on site giving out free massages to the walkers.

Emily Champion

In Memoriam: Emily Champion ’08

We are deeply saddened to learn that Zeta Chapter alumna and AUCVM class of 2008 was found dead yesterday morning, October 26, 2014.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew her.

If you would like to know more about Emily, you can read more here: http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/murdered-kentucky-family-included-racetrack-vet-emily-champion/

Update 10/29/14:

Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc. in Cadiz, KY.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Trigg County High School Gymnasium.  A Joint  Funeral Service will be held for Lindsey, Joy & Emily Champion at Trigg County High School Gymnasium at 1:00 PM Sunday, November 2, 2014 with the Brother Randall Evans, Brother Paul Cannon, Larry Kemp & Nathan Butler officiating.  A visitation will also be held before the funeral service, Sunday, from 7:00 AM until the time of the service.  Burial will follow at Lawrence Cemetery in Trigg Co., KY.

Memorial Contributions can be made to: TCHS class of 2001 Champion Scholarship Fund, C/O-Bank of Cadiz, PO Box 2020, Cadiz, KY 42211 or the Emily Champion Memorial Scholarship, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Diana Turner, 104 Green Hall Auburn, Alabama, 36849.

Niagara Falls

Grand Council 2014

October 17th through 19th was the annual Grand Council meeting of Omega Tau Sigma Veterinary Fraternity. This year’s meeting was held by the Delta chapter at Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. Six members of OTS Zeta chapter were in attendance. On the trip up to Guelph we were able to make a pit stop in Niagara and see the Niagara Falls!

Friday night there was a welcome dinner hosted by Delta Chapter at their house, followed by a pub crawl throughout downtown. Saturday morning Rachael Geyer and Emma Jones attended the official business meeting along with two delegates from every chapter, while the other attendees went to the farm to compete in the Gonzo Games! This year’s Gonzo games included drinking from palpation sleeves, three legged races, and seeing which country, US or Canada, could make the longest chain of clothes tied together.

At the business meeting several things were discussed. National dues of Student members have been raised to $12 per person to accommodate the increasing expenses of the national board, including maintenance of the national website at www.omegatausigma.com. We also discussed Alumni Involvement and ways to get alumni to pay their national dues. Zeta Chapter currently has 15 alumni that have paid their national dues this year, and while we are beating many chapter, this makes it hard for the National Council to run. I encourage all of our Alumni to pay their national dues, which will give you access to the Omega Tau Sigma website which allows you to search for alumni in your state/area, post about job opportunities for new graduates, and keep up to date with what the chapters are doing. The National board is also working on increasing the benefits of being a paid alumni and are hoping to start sponsoring meet ups and happy hours at some of the larger continuing education conferences in the next year or two.

The national board is also working toward forming an Advisory board of alumni across the country to assist chapters, help organize alumni events, and increase brotherhood among members after graduation. If any alumni or soon to be graduates are interested in becoming active at the national level, please contact Anne Walther at paws4ann@aol.com.

During the business meeting we also clarified how chapters are put on probation, requiring a vote of the acting delegates. Should it be voted that a chapter be put on probation, they will only be allowed to send the two required delegates to Grand Council the following year, and will not be eligible to receive any awards or travel grants. It was also voted that sending a roster to the National Board each years is now a requirement, along with paying national dues and sending two delegates to Grand Council.

Saturday night was the formal dinner and awards were handed out, and Zeta Chapter was awarded a $750 travel grant to help with our expenses. The Fitzgerald Award for Mot Improved Chapter went to Theta chapter. The Donahue Award for Sustained Excellence went to Beta Chapter. The Vesper award for Community Service went to Pi and Lambda chapter. The Attendance award and Gonzo award went to Omicron Chapter. After the formal dinner we went back to the hotel and got ready for the party that night at the Delta house. This year’s theme was Canadian Summer – Bikinis and Mittens.

All of the Zeta Chapter attendees enjoyed our weekend immensely and look forward to implementing ideas and suggestions we received and keeping contact with our new friends from OTS chapters across the Country.

On the Square,

Rachael Geyer
OTS Zeta Chapter Vice President.

Initiations & Big/Little Reveal 2014

This past Friday, we officially welcome twelve new brothers into Zeta Chapter.  After the formal ceremony, we had a “hat party,” where each big brother provided a silly hat for their little to wear, as well as a poem that revealed their identity.  The new members read these poems aloud in front of the chapter, which made for some great entertainment!  Family and significant others were invited to join us for a nice dinner following the initiation ceremony and hat party. After dinner, the celebration lasted well into the night complete with a couch burning bonfire!

We are very excited about our twelve new brothers and can’t wait to see what they bring to Zeta Chapter.

RUSH 2014

It’s that time of year again! OTS Zeta Chapter held Rush August 5-9! We had five days of fun events during the first year’s orientation week and were very pleased with the turnout.

Tuesday we had a BBQ and Brotherhood event, inviting students out to eat some delicious food cooked by our members and get to know each other and upperclassmen. Wednesday we had a game night, playing cornhole, volleyball, redneck golf, and Cards Against humanities. Thursday we had a bonfire, complete with s’mores!

Friday we had our annual rush week bar crawl! We started the night at OTS for a home-style dinner and headed to 1716. We continued on to Moes, and finished the night at Quixote’s! Current OTS members drove rushees to show them around town and make sure everyone had a fun and safe night. We had many students starting at the OTS house, and even more joined us out on the town.

Saturday we had a relaxing movie night, though only upper classmen showed up. While the first years were recuperating from orientation week, we enjoyed hanging out and catching up after a long summer away.

We had 58 potential new members show up and sign in throughout rush week and handed out 55 bid cards. Twelve individuals are about to complete the pledging process and be initiated tomorrow night! We look forward to getting to know our new members and having a wonderful year!

AUCVM Open House 2014

AUCVM’s annual Open House on March 29, 2014 was an exciting day for OTS.  This was our first chance to meet the incoming class of 2018!  Megan Hesson and Matt Miller did a wonderful job creating the OTS Blue Book 2014 for the incoming students providing them with a valuable source of information about the college, housing opportunities, and the fraternity.

The night before Open House, we had an ice cream social for the incoming class and their families creating a relaxed atmosphere to answer their questions about OTS and Auburn in general. The ice cream was amazing, and the company was even better!

That Saturday our brothers could be seen throughout the college showing off the many different clubs of AUCVM. We had an OTS booth set up to meet all the guests, and we held a charity bake sale. It was a great success, raising $143.15 for Little H.A.P.I.E. Tree Preschool! The chapter voted, and we are going to add to that donation for a total of $200. Little H.A.P.I.E. Tree is a preschool in Auburn that focuses on developmentally challenged and autistic children. Donations help to keep their doors open during the summer months to continue to provide for these wonderful children.