Later in the 1990s, Gamma Omicron staged another of its surprising comebacks, proving that a top quality chapter was never far away in Vancouver.
Membership numbers rose once more.
And the quality of the membership was equally noteworthy. This was no case of “quantity over quality.”
The latest recovery at British Columbia was amply proven at three back-to-back General Conventions in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The chapter took home three Sisson Awards,
and, in two of the three years, also won the new and far more stringent John Reily Knox Award.
Knox and Vancouver at 75. It became the first chapter in Canada to win the Knox Award,
and the first chapter anywhere in Beta’s Broad Domain to win the coveted prize three times. Moreover, the chapter also won the General Secretary’s Convention Cup in all three years.
This was a new innovation of General Secretary Jerry Blesch, Centre ’60 and consisted of a points accumulation contest during
the convention weekend over three events: an athletic event, Beta singing, and the Beta Jeopardy lore contest.
The men from UBC came away with comfortable first place finishes, not least because they attended the conventions with large numbers of undergraduates.
That brings up the famous story of those mass group treks.
The men of Gamma Omicron rented a motor home to accommodate everyone who wanted togo,
and set off on a lengthy cross-country trek to the convention site, visiting numerous Beta chapters along their route in each direction.
The motor home proudly bore the name “Knox Box,” and that soon became a famous slogan that many people at the conventions took away and remembered.
Knox and Vancouver at 75. In so doing, they sent a great message to other and closer chapters that insisted it was “too far” or “too expensive” to travel to a General Convention.
The spirit of the men from UBC at the turn of the new century was an object lesson to anyone who Other proof of the chapter’s renewed excellence was at hand closer to home.
Large numbers of members competed in university sports teams (20 in all in 1999) and numerous brothers held significant positions in student government,
IFC and an academic honour societywondered whether Beta Spirit was dyingmore
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