The Lambda Alumni Board of Directors, Inc. has embarked on an ambitious, but well-researched plan to renovate the chapter house at 216 Langdon Street. Please join us in supporting the campaign, remembering that brotherhood is more than a just a semester, year, or college term only, but we are "Fraters for life."
The Alumni of Lambda Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Wisconsin, Madison seek to raise $1 million from Fraters to support an extensive renovation of the chapter house. We ask that all Lambda alumni make a one-time gift or a multi-year pledge to support this most worthy project. We have established a charitable vehicle, such that alumni may contribute gifts of securities (Stocks and bonds), tangible property, and matching gifts from corporate matching programs where Fraters are employed. The Lambda Chapter Building Corporation will also accept deferred gifts from estates, insurance, and trust distributions.
The chapter house at 216 Langdon Street was built in 1968 as a sorority house. Through the diligent efforts of Fraters Fritz Jacobi, a transfer from Lambda Alpha chapter at the University of South Florida and Rob Weigend, a law student at the time; from Zeta Zeta Chapter at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, a newly re-colonized Lambda Chapter was able to move into a new house in the middle of “Greek Row” in Madison. The chapter thrived in the late 1970s and ‘80s.
Since those halcyon days, the chapter house has served as home to more than 500 undergraduate members over 49 years. Should we be surprised that a major renovation is due?
The last (and only) renovation of the house occurred in 2007. This effort included a new roof, infrastructure improvements, a fire sprinkler system throughout the house, rebuilt bathrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor, new carpet and painting the walls throughout the house.
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The determining factors included:
The Feasibility Study conducted by Wes Wicker and Columns Fundraising Consultants recommended a campaign goal that was more complimentary of a major renovation.
The Lambda Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at University of Wisconsin-Madison was installed as a chapter on December 15, 1917.
Since 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon has never had an exclusionary clause for membership. TKE does not judge men on their wealth, rank or honor, but instead on their personal worth and character.
Our mission is to "to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life." In essence, we build Better Men for a Better World.