PSU Casino Night for RAINN – Saturday January 21

On the evening of Saturday, January 21rst, chapters all across the country will be having events to raise funds and awareness to fight child abuse.  

The national event webpage can be found at

Here in Sacramento, Mike and Amy Henkel have graciously offered up their home for a social gathering and poker night.  We will host a cocktail hour from 5-6 followed by multiple games.  For those who wish to play, 100% of the buy-in will go to RAINN.  Others that wish to donate directly can do so that night or send a check to the chapter.

The event flyer is attached here.  Also, click here to see and respond to the Facebook Evite.  Not on Facebook?  RSVP directly to Mike at by January 14th.

Message from the Sacramento Chapter on Recent Events

Fellow Alums,

I do not need to begin to describe or emphathize with the emotions generated by through the events of the last week. We have all felt them together.  First and foremost our thoughts and prayers always go out to the victims and families.

This news is national if not worldwide. Last night I was briefly interviewed on channel 3 but three of our alums were on a more thorough segment on channel 13. To Mike, Kathleen, and Rebecca, you were awesome! You showed great poise and your message about PSU being a family and more than small group of actors, is exactly what non-Nittany Lions needed to hear. We are!

Within hours of the stories being released, people already have come forward with ideas on how we in Sacramento can do our part to help. Ideas have included activities and sponsorships for child abuse organizations. We do multiple philanthropic activities througout the course of the year including our current Thanksgiving family sponsorship.  We are already starting to look into to what local groups we could support. If you have any ideas, please send them along. Many of you have likely already heard of RAINN which raised over $50,000 yesterday.

With that, it is purly coincidental that today was the day that we had asked for volunteers to step up as chapter leaders for years to come. If this tragic set of events has by any means inspired you to get involved, please do so. No effort or impact on this organization, our community, and alma matter is too small.

In the meantime, I encourage anyone coming to Players tomorrow to sport the blue-out in support of ending child abuse. There’s also a group of kids on that field that nothing to do with these events and continue to play their heart out.  Everyone knows that the Nebraska alumni crowd is enormous so we would love to have as many of us as possible there.

Thank you for continued support and stong reminder of what it means to be a Nittany Lion. We are!

For the Glory,

PS Don’t forget that we also have an active Facebook page where you can post thoughts and make connections without other alumni –

October Chapter Update (Thanksgiving Family Drive & Elections)

Well, it hasn’t always been pretty but We Are…  7-1!    A couple quick updates for the chapter.  Please note for the bottom section (chapter elections) there is a deadline to submit interest/nominations by 11/11.

First, a VERY BIG thank you to Bridget (and Ryan) Sanders for hosting the game viewing at their house two weeks ago.  For those of you that didn’t attend we had a great turnout including many that hadn’t come to Players in the past.  Speaking as a parent who is usually chasing his son around Players, having a babysitter there was huge!  We didn’t even see the kids as they were doing crafts in the other room or playing outside.  Thank you again Bridget!  We will definitely be doing that again next year.

1. Philanthropy Message from Renee – We are starting our annual Thanksgiving family drive.  For those of you that our new, this is one of the most successful philanthropic events the chapter has ever done where we choose a special family and providing them with a “Thanksgiving dinner.” This year, due the wonderful generosity of the club last year, we are going to sponsor two families. These families will be chosen in a few weeks and the biographies will be sent to you.

We will be collecting at the football games starting Oct. 29 or checks may be mailed to Doug c/o BrightLine CPAs at 1024 Iron Point Road, Suite 1058 Folsom, CA 95630. The collection at the games should include canned goods and other non-perishable items. These items should be in unbreakable containers.  The response last year was great but I am confident this year we will match or exceed it.  If you have any questions you may e-mail Renee at

2.  Officer Elections – As mentioned in the Summer Newsletter, we are holding open elections this fall for new officer positions.  Please read the attached document and consider getting involved.  Being an officer in this chapter is not a large time commitment but its a great way to meet great people and stay involved with Dear Old State.

As always, feel free to contact me directly at if you have any questions.

For the Glory,