• Thanks to housemother Donna Robinson, past Alumni Board member John Wiese and all the others that helped to give the Formal Living room, Hallway, Foyer, and Library a little face lift with a fresh coat of paint.





    3rd Annual Alunmni Golf Tournament

    was held Saturday August 26th 12 p.m.

    Edgebrook Golf Course, Brookings SD

    This was our 3rd annual golf tournament for our alumni association!


    See our new alumni Facebook group at SDSU Alpha Gamma Rho-Alpha Phi Alumni Association


    Support your AGR/Alpha Phi Alumni Association.....annual dues are $100

    PO Box 8043, Brooking, S. Dak.  57006



    Congratulations to Alumni Cal Willemssen for being featured in the State magazine 

    (Summer 2016 edition) page 19

     For the online edition of this article Click Here 


    We take no credit for the following article it is property of South Dakota State University State magazine and Madelin Mack


    Congratulations to Alpha Phi Alumni Scott VanderWal for being elected National Vice President of Farm Bureau.

         VanderWal, president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, is the first ever from the organization to serve at the executive level of the national organization.

    Scott has been the South Dakota Farm Bureau president since June 2004 and served on the national board for 10 years. He says he's ready to put his leadership experience to work to accomplish the organization's goals and become an even more effective voice for American agriculture. He farms with his family in Volga, SD. VanderWal says agriculture faces many political challenges in the year ahead, especially with the prospect of a new administration.

    He will serve with newly elected President Zippy Duvall of Georgia.



      Willemssen Reception  

         A reception was held Saturday September 12th, to honor our National Grand President and Alpha Phi alumnus, Cal Willemssen and his wife Lynne, from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the chapter house. A pulled pork dinner was served. We had a good turn out and all the alumni that came had a great time getting to see old friends. Brad Garrison the Director of Development from the national office was able to join us in this celebration.  




    For those of you planing on attending a Jacks Football game, you can certainly look forward to an upgraded statium as well as the largest display board in the FCS

    Kelo did a news piece on it to view it 

    Click Here


    We regret to inform you that our long time house cook Helen Graslie passed away    

    Helen Graslie, age 78, of Brookings and formerly of White, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Brookings Hospital. Visitations was 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015, at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in White. Funeral Services were at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, also at the church. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery. Eidsness Funeral Home is handled the arrangements. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church.


                                                  Click below for


    Funeral Program 


    Our heartfelt thanks to the AGR fraternity for your thoughts, prayers, love and support during this difficult time with the loss of our beloved Mother, Helen Graslie.  She thought the world of all of you as she spoke fondly about each and everyone of you.  May your memories of Helen remain strong  in your hearts as she will ours.



    The family of Helen Graslie



    Housemother Edith Riggs Retireing   

    Our housemother is Edith Riggs who was with us for 12 years and enjoyed helping the brothers when in need if its just a button that needs sewing, or someone to talk to and give advice, as well as helping the house cook out, decorating the house, and keeping up a scrapbook. 


    House mother      As I start to pack for my move to Colorado I feel many different emotions. I am thrilled to be near my family. The long drives will  be over and of course they are happy I am moving out there. 

         I have been so blessed by the men of Alpha Phi for the 12 years I have been the housemother. I will think about all of you with the many memories that were created during these years quite often. It is such a joy to watch you come in as freshmen and see the growth you achieved during your time here, there is much potential in all of you. Keep on the path your are on, continue to have a lot of fun together, continue to grow and be the best men you can be. 


    Thanks for the great ride. 

    Edie Riggs 



    We got pictures uploaded from the 51st Pink Rose

    they are under the home tab under the Pink Rose tab


     51st Pink Rose

    was held February 7th at the Radisson in Bloominton, MN


    Cal WillemssenAlpha Phi’s own Cal Willemssen recently took over the reigns and was elected to serve as the national Grand President for Alpha Gamma Rho. Willemssen is in the first 100 members of Alpha Phi and was initiated in 1966. The Clear Lake, SD farm boy recently retired as the executive vice president of The First National Bank in Sioux Falls after spending 30 years at the bank. Those of us who were able to attend Pink Rose in Sioux Falls were able to hear inspiring words from Brother Willemssen and all of us are extremely proud of his ability to give back to our Fraternity.
    Looking back on his successful professional career, Cal encourages fellow brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho to seize each opportunity that presents itself and heed the advice of your “inner circle” of friends and mentors. Brother Willemssen has been an active participant in previous chapter planning sessions with the Alpha Phi Chapter and cites those leadership development experiences as crucial to truly “building better men”. 
    Heritage of our exemplary fraternity is important to Willemssen and during his tenure as Grand President he will make it a priority that our current and future brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho are sharing and living the history of AGR. 
    Utilizing our professional network to the fullest extent proved to be extremely beneficial to Brother Willemssen. Starting his career after graduating from South Dakota’s Land Grant University working in Extension and also with the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce he has been able to tell the full story about the business and economic importance of production agriculture to our urban friends. While building his network and working for The First National Bank of Sioux Falls Willemssen served on the Chamber Agriculture committee and often serving in leadership roles with the Chamber.
    The South Dakota State University Foundation Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Cal’s talent and expertise and all of us as fellow brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho are proud to have one of our own on this important board.
    With well over 1000 alumni of Alpha Phi Brother Willemssen encourages us to build each other up especially within our network of brothers to build the chapter up to support the active members and truly activate our alumni membership. 
    Fraternally submitted,
    Jason Frerichs
    We are in efforts to try to find lost alumni, if you know of any that are on the list of lost and you know their current information please let us know! Thanks