Submitted by Steve Flores (Long Beach '10), Chapter Historian
On April 21, 2012, four Southern California chapters of Phi Kappa Psi participated in the National Day of Service by hosting a carnival at the Dana Strand Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington, California. Brothers from UC Irvine (California Kappa), Occidental (California Mu), UC Riverside (California Nu), Long Beach State (California Xi) were in attendance. [Former National President] Brother Paul Wineman Washington '55 made an early appearance at the Phi Psi Carnival. Brother Tim Suwandhaputra UC Riverside '09, District VI Archon, was also in attendance. Phi Psi favorite and etiquette expert Mom Nonnie kicked off her trip through Southern California chapters at the Phi Psi Carnival. She stopped by after landing from her flight from Florida.
The Phi Psi Carnival delighted over 200 boys and girls from the club. There was something for everyone. There were small soccer matches, small football games, relay races, obstacle courses all over the back yard of the club. Not everything at the event involved running around the hot Southern California sun. Finger painting, face painting, coloring, along with other arts and crafts brought out the inner artists in children all afternoon. Performances by local bands, acoustic singers and comedians entertained the large crowd thoughout the afternoon.
The grill was busy the entire afternoon. Feeding over 200 hungry children was not an easy task. Brothers helped prepare burgers and hot dogs for the children with the help of staff members of the club. Two Disney pass tickets were raffled off. The winners cried in excitement as they heard their numbers being called out. When asked why they were crying they responded with, "Iʼve never been to Disneyland. Iʼm so happy!"
The event was a total success. The children of the Dana Strand Boys and Girls Club left the club with memories of a day full of fun and surprises thanks to the brothers who attended.