Two Distinguished Service Awards were presented at Alpha Zeta Delta’s Founders’ Day Banquet, which was held at the Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
The 160th Distinguished Service Award was bestowed upon Todd A. Fouts, ZΔ ’89. As an undergraduate, Brother Fouts led Zeta Delta as #1 and went on to assume the leadership mantle as president of the Zeta Delta Alumni Corporation for more than 12 years. He was the driving force that kept Zeta Delta alive during a period that saw the sale and demolition of its historic Lodge in 1994. He has been a member of the Executive Council Advisory Board, three times a Convention Secretary and once Convention Chair — during the 171st Annual Convention for Zeta Delta’s Centennial in 2012 – where he played a significant role on the planning committee.
The 161st Distinguished Service Award was presented to Randy Mason, ZΔ ’96. A last-minute illness following a business trip to China prevented Brother Mason from being able to attend personally, however. In presenting the award, W. David Romoser, ZΔ ’65, expressed his great displeasure in the Chinese government’s unconventional method of retaliating against our President but noted Brother Mason’s extraordinary efforts in leading Zeta Delta as #1 during that period that Zeta Delta was without a Lodge and in stabilizing the Zeta Delta Alumni Corporation as its president for the last 12 years. Jeremy Doser, ZΔ ’97, accepted the award on Brother Mason’s behalf.
Brothers Mason and Fouts have been the backbone of Alpha Zeta Delta for a quarter century. Zeta Delta was honored to host past DSA winners Ralph “Whitey” Silver, EΔ `71, W. David Romoser, ZΔ `65 and especially the guest of honor, Verne Istock, E `62, #7. It was a truly special evening for the brothers of Zeta Delta and they could not be more proud of Brothers Fouts and Mason.