House Cook

  • AGR Alpha Phi Welcomes our new Housemother

    Donna Robinson


         I am excited for the challenge set before me. Retiring after 21years of my own business of in-home child care, I look forward to investing my experience as a mother and grandmother into the young men of alpha gamma rho. Having raised two boys of my own I am anxious to invest in the lives of Alpha Gamma Rho young men. I'm look forward to get to know each of the brothers. My goal as House Mother is to be a "mom" away from home. My door will always be open to the brothers whether that's to share in a common conversation or a deep concern. I know there will be challenges along the way of which we can handle. Suggestions or observations are always welcome. I have a passion to cook and bake so I'm looking forward to serving the brothers of Alpha Gamma Rho.


    “House Mother” and “House Cook” positions are now one NEW position referred to as the   “House Mother”

         The men currently in the chapter at Alpha Gamma Rho - Alpha Phi have filled the “House Mother” position. After Mom Riggs retired in the Spring of 2015, the men have been searching for the perfect candidate and finally found Ms. Donna Robinson to take on the role. 

         Donna’s responsibilities include all those of the House Mothers in the past as well as that of the House Cook. When brought on as House Mother, the hiring committee brought up the idea of raising the standard salary of the House Mother if she felt comfortable with performing the cooking duties for the men of the fraternity. Being able-bodied and ready for the challenge, Mom Robinson readily jumped at the opportunity and the first week has been nothing but a complete success.

         Mom Robinson enjoys that her time as House Mother is more efficiently spent and the men have enjoyed building an even closer relationship with her as the sole female influence in the house as opposed to two separate positions. We look forward to a healthy and long-lasting relationship with Mom Robinson.





     Past House Cooks


     Thanks to House Cook Laura Burcham for her time at AGR


         Laura is orginally from Martin, SD but has been back in brookings for the past 8 years. Where she lives with her husband Tom, they have 5 kids and she has 3 grandchildren. She was previously a cook at pearlview retirement center, and Happy Trails preschool. Her favorite dish to make is anything mexican, and she loves dessert. Her dream location is to retire in Colorado.



    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.


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