Help Us Honor Brother Bob Dutro
On behalf of all of us who had the opportunity to learn from and work with Bob Dutro as undergraduates and alumni, I am writing to share with you that we are making great progress in honoring Bob’s 35 years of service to the Virginia Kappa chapter as Chapter Advisor. Beyond the update, I have two asks for your time and your generosity:
1. Bob’s 84th birthday is on April 29th. Will you please help us fill his mailbox with birthday cards? He will sincerely appreciate this gesture. His mailing address is: 108 Shoreham Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Or, email him at: email@example.com.
2. We are still working to increase the endowment of the Robert S. Dutro Chapter Education Fund. For those who have already contributed money, thank you! Your generosity to date has generated an endowment of over $23,000 with an additional $8,000 in pledged funds to be paid over time. But, we still need more support to achieve our $100,000 goal.
To his credit, Bob deservingly has earned every award and recognition the Fraternity has to offer, including the Distinguished Service Award and serving as the Honorary Eminent Supreme Archon. With your help and generous support, we presented Bob and his wife, Nancy, with a ceremonial check during his September 24, 2016 “retirement party” at the SAE Chapter House in Williamsburg. He and Nancy were truly humbled at the creation of the Robert S. Dutro Chapter Education Fund. To view photos of his retirement party, look for the “Bob Dutro Chapter Education Fund” group on Facebook.
Managed by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, this Chapter Education Fund will support academic scholarships for our Virginia Kappa students in the years ahead. While we realize that everyone’s giving capacity varies, we appreciate that the Foundation is flexible on how you structure your gift — whether it’s a single $1,000 donation or a commitment to fulfilling a pledge based on reoccurring installments on a monthly or even quarterly basis. Donations to this fund are 100% tax-deductible and will count toward your lifetime giving level with the Foundation. Each year, the chapter may use a portion of these funds to provide scholarships to brothers to attend Leadership School, the Eminent Archon Institute and for other educational purposes.
Bob has always been that steady hand who has contributed to the personal development of so many of us during our years at William & Mary. He is the model of a true gentleman, and his leadership style is squarely rooted in serving others. It’s our turn to continue to repay his kindness and commitment to Virginia Kappa and congratulate him and thank him as he turns 84 this month. Please consider making a $500 or greater donation and, if needed, use a long-term pledge to help us achieve our $100,000 endowment goal. We ask that you complete and return the below donation form TODAY in honor of Bob’s birthday or please donate at www.sae.net/dutro.
In closing, thank you for showing Bob how much he meant to us by send him a birthday card and by making a contribution to the Robert S. Dutro Chapter Education Fund.
Michael S. Rodgers
Virginia Kappa ’92
Eminent Supreme Chronicler