Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.


49th Grand Council Convention

"Defining the Kappa Psi Experience"

Kalispell, Montana
Tuesday-Sunday, August 3-8, 1999

Convention Chairman

Dr. Brian Reisetter

Hosted By

Gamma Eta

Host Hotel

Cavanaughs at Kalispell Center


Total Attendance: 300
273 Brothers (175 Collegiates & 98 Graduates), 27 Guests


Gamma Eta and the Montana Graduate Chapter hosted the 49th GCC. "Roundup in the Rockies" in Kalispell, Montana, at Cavanaughs at Kalispell Center. The convention chairman was Brian Reisetter (Beta Chi), Grand Vice Regent and the on-site chairman was Grand Counselor Dr. Craig Johnston (Gamma Eta). The convention was attended by 300 persons (175 Collegiates, 98 Graduates, 27 Spouses, children, and guests). 


Convention Committees and Officials 


** Denotes the Chairperson(s)


David Maszkiewicz**


Cameron Van Dyke**, E. Ben Welch

Program of Events


Tuesday, August 3rd

9:00am-6:00pm   Registration  
9:00am-Noon           Executive Committee Meeting
Noon             Executive Committee Luncheon  
1:00pm-5:00pm   Executive Committee Meeting 
6:00pm-8:00pm   General Session I: Opening General Session  
8:00pm-10:00pm    Welcome Party 

Wednesday, August 4th

8:00am-9:00am   Continental Breakfast 
8:00am-Noon           Registration  
9:00am-Noon             General Session II
Noon              2nd Biennial Scholarship Awards Luncheon  
2:00pm-3:00pm   Workshop I
3:00pm-4:00pm   C.E. I: Marketing and management of a   professional organization
                          Brian Reisetter, R.Ph., M.B.A. 
4:00pm-6:00pm     Workshop II 
4:00pm-6:00pm     Graduate Development Forum  
6:00pm-7:00pm     Dinner on your own
7:00pm-8:00pm     Legislative Committee Meeting 

Thursday, August 5th

8:00am-9:00am    Continental Breakfast 
9:00am-11:00am    Registration  
9:00am-11:00am    General Session III
11:00am-7:00pm   Trip to Glacier National Park (Box lunches)
8:00pm               Ice Cream Social  

Friday, August 6th

9:00am-11:00am   Registration  
9:00am-11:00am    General Session IV
10:00am-11:00am   Workshop III
10:00am-11:00am   C.E. II: Pharmacist's management of heartburn and GERD
                          William Garnett, Pharm.D.
11:00am-Noon     Workshop IV 
11:00am-Noon    C.E. III: Pharmacies On-Line
                          E. Ben Welch, Pharm. D.
1:00pm-2:00pm    Workshop V  
1:00pm-2:00pm   C.E. IV: Treatment and monitoring of asthma at home
                         David Maize, Ph.D.
1:00pm-4:00pm   Exhibitors & Chapter Sales  
6:00pm-8:00pm   Graduate & Benefactor Reception 

Saturday, August 7th

9:00am-11:00am     Registration  
9:00am-Noon           General Session V
Noon             Lunch on your own
1:00pm-5:00pm    General Session VI
6:30pm-7:30pm   Alpha Chapter Reception 
7:30pm-9:30pm     120th Anniversary Banquet 
9:30pm-1:00am     Dance   

Sunday, August 8th

8:00am-9:00am    Continental Breakfast 
9:00am-Noon             Post-convention Executive Committee Meeting   
Noon-1:30pm             Executive & Advisory Committee Luncheon   
1:30pm-5:30pm     Executive Committee Meeting

Convention Summary

The lure of white water rafting, the beauty of Glacier National Park and the commitment to the Fraternity brought 300 registrants to Kalispell, Montana for the 49th Grand Council Convention.

The opening session was highlighted with the keynote address ("Kappa Psi!...Why?") by brother Jeff Jones, the 1991 Eby Award winner, who discussed his philosophy of life and how he maintains a positive optimistic outlook on life. A guest speaker, John Murphy, Ph.D., Immediate Past President of ASHP, give a talk entitled "Confessions of a fishing bum". The evening festivities included a welcoming party, where new friendships were made and old acquaintances renewed.

The general sessions held over the next few days were filled with Officer and committee reports, and other fraternity business. A constitutional change allows for the Robert A. Magarian Order of the Silver Mortar to be awarded to brothers who have been in our fraternity for 25 years. One outstanding moment was the premier of the national rush video prepared by Cameron Van Dyke and now available to all chapters.

The trip to Glacier National Park, was in one word AWESOME. The six hour trip (some took much longer) included a box lunch and a guided tour of the park in those open topped taxis. After the cool trip in the park, the brothers were treated to the ever popular desert/ice cream social that night.

The 120th Anniversary Banquet was the culmination of the convention. The Brothers and guests were treated to a slide show prepared by brothers Cameron Van Dyke and Ben Welch of photos taken during the convention.

Two fundraisers during the convention, the golf tournament (coordinated by John Grossomanides) and the raffle (coordinated by David Maszkiewicz), raised significant funds for the Kappa Psi Foundation.

Continuing Education and Workshops 

C.E. I

Marketing and management of a professional organization

Brian Reisetter


Pharmacist's management of heartburn and GERD

William Garnett


Pharmacies On-Line

E. Ben Welch


Treatment and monitoring of asthma at home

David Maize

Golf Tournament Results 

First Place

Brett Rathi, John Grossomanides, Norman Campbell, Michael Sherry

Second Place

Peter Brody, Brian Kimpel, Jeff Siegler, David Drenski

Longest Drive trophy was won by Jeremy Gerber
Closest to the Pin trophy was won by Brett Rathi
Putting Contest trophy was won by William Fassett

The two teams listed above actually tied for first place. Zach Demoe also tied Brett Rathi for the Closet to the Pin trophey. The Putting Contest second place finisher was Paul Cyprus.


International Officer Nominations/Elections

Election winners in boldface 
(2) - Elected by acclamation 
(3) - Withdrawn (elected to another office) 
(4) - Withdrawn prior to voting at convention 
(5) - Withdrawn prior to convention 
(6) - Nomination from the floor 
(7) - Not in attendance at convention


Grand Regent

Grand Vice Regent

John Grossomanides4

Craig Johnston4

Brian Reisetter2

Tim Eley4

Craig Johnston2

Grand Counselor

Grand Historian

Tim Eley

Anthony Palmieri

E. Ben Welch

J. Michael Deweese

David Dunson4

David Maszkiewicz

Anthony Palmieri

Grand Ritualist

Graduate Member at Large

David Dunson

John O'Dwyer

Cameron Van Dyke

Colleen Van Dyke

David Maszkiewicz

Dwayne Pierce

Darryl Raley

Cameron Van Dyke3

Collegiate Member at Large


Matthew Corley4

Brent Fox

Eric Gupta

David Hughes

Tracy Ohmer

Marvin Smith

Greg Speicher



Second Biennial Scholarship Lunch Highlights

Frank H. Eby Award

Steven Murray (Beta Delta)

Frank H. Eby Scholarship Tray Award

Delta Epsilon

Kappa Psi Foundation scholarship recipients included Christopher M. Bland (Gamma Xi), Michael P. Flannery (Beta Delta), Randy C. Leonard (Gamma Zeta), LeAnn M. Prosniewski (Delta Xi), Douglas M. Rasmussen (Beta Rho), Shaun F. Young (Gamma Nu).


Top Ten Collegiate Chapters, 1998-99

Top Collegiate Chapters by Province, 1998-99

Top Graduate Chapters, 1998-99


  1. Gamma Eta
  2. Beta Chi
  3. Delta Lambda
  4. Beta Kappa
  5. Gamma Nu
  6. Gamma Phi
  7. Gamma Epsilon
  8. Beta Epsilon
  9. Delta Zeta
  10. Beta Delta

Province I: Beta Epsilon 
Province II: Beta Kappa 
Province III: Delta Lambda 
Province IV: Gamma Phi 
Province V: Gamma Iota 
Province VII: Beta Rho 
Province VIII: Beta Chi 
Province IX: Gamma Nu 
Province X: Gamma Eta


  1. Providence Graduate



The following legislation PASSED:

  • To establish the Robert A. Magarian - Order of the Silver Mortar with membership restricted to persons who have been members of the fraternity for 25 years.
  • To be eligible for nomination as a Grand Officer or Graduate Member-at-Large, the person must have been a member for two years and paid their dues for the year.
  • No member shall be elected unless in good standing.
  • The Grand Regent will appoint an A. Richard Bliss Nomination Committee.

The following legislation FAILED:

  • To allow non-members to receive The Mask via paid subscription.
  • To define "in good standing" for graduate members.
  • To make available, upon request, all actions and votes taken by the Executive Committee to the chapters.
  • To send out the minutes from the Executive Committee meetings to the chapters within 30 days.
  • To set the date for determining airfares 90 days prior to the GCC.
  • To establish a finance committee as a permanent committee. This committee to be composed of three (3) Past Grand Regents.
  • To give graduate brothers one vote who have attended ten GCCs and did not otherwise have a vote.


  1. WHEREAS, leadership of Kappa Psi involves a strong commitment of time, as well as personal sacrifice, and WHEREAS, Grand Regent Brian Furbush and the Members of the Executive Committee have worked diligently to advance the Fraternity, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 49th Grand Council Convention in session extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to Grand Regent Furbush and the Executive Committee for their contribution to our Beloved Order.PASSED
  2. WHEREAS, every effort has been made to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for the 49th Grand Council Convention, and, WHEREAS, personal time and sacrifice was put forth by the Convention Chairman and Convention Committee, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Brothers of Kappa Psi extend their thanks and appreciation to Brian Reisetter for his efforts, and the Gamma Eta and Montana Graduate chapters for their contributions. PASSED
  3. WHEREAS, all Brothers made a tremendous effort to attend, and, WHEREAS, attendance to the Grand Council Convention involves both monetary and personal sacrifice, BE IT RESOLVED, we thank all those in attendance at the 49th Grand Council Convention in Kalispell, Montana. PASSED
  4. WHEREAS, hotel accommodations and meeting facilities are the key to a successful meeting, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 49th Grand Council Convention in session acknowledge the efforts of the staff at Cavanaugh's at the Kalispell Center in Kalispell, Montana for maintaining the services necessary for a successful Grand Council Convention. PASSED
  5. WHEREAS, having the support of spouses, children, and family members for Brothers of Kappa Psi to attend the Grand Council Convention, BE IT RESOLVED, the Brothers of Kappa Psi extend their thanks and love to all family members that support the Fraternity. PASSED
  6. WHEREAS, having the opportunity to socialize at the Grand Council Convention is appreciated, BE IT RESOLVED, the 49th Grand Council Convention extends its thanks to all individuals, chapters and provinces who hosted all social activities. PASSED
  7. Whereas, hosting the Grand Council Convention is an enormous undertaking, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 49th Grand Council Convention, Gamma Eta and Montana Graduate chapters would like to extend its thanks to everyone who volunteered time to help make the convention a success. PASSED
  8. WHEREAS, candidates should be professional and should not distribute campaign material, BE IT RESOLVED, that the House Rules for Grand Council Conventions be amended to include that there shall be no campaign materials permitted on the Grand Council Convention site or surrounding areas while the Grand Council Convention is in session. PASSED
  9. WHEREAS, many resolutions are better served as recommendations for the Executive Committee to consider, and WHEREAS, many resolutions considered at each Grand Council Convention are in the form of recommendations, BE IT RESOLVED, that during new business of Grand Council Conventions a "Recommendations" section be included for Brothers to introduce topics which they wish to be considered by the Executive Committee. PASSED
  10. WHEREAS, Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution states that persons eligible for membership in Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity may not be excluded from membership for reasons of race, color, creed or gender, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Little Sisters of The MASK be dismantled in those chapters that have active programs. FAILED
  11. WHEREAS, the time spent at Grand Council Convention is very busy and there may not be enough time to attend all scheduled events, BE IT RESOLVED, that at the next Grand Council Convention the Raffle Committee allow the purchaser of the ticket to write their name on the back of the ticket and claim their prize at a later time. (Resolution Committee recommended referral to the Raffle Committee for further consideration). PASSED
  12. WHEREAS, every collegiate brother who applies for the Kappa Psi Foundation Scholarship spends much time and energy filling out the application form, and getting its proper recommendations, BE IT RESOLVED, that they receive some sort of notification of the receipt from The Central Office of their application. (Resolution Committee recommended referral to the Foundation Committee for further consideration). PASSED
  13. WHEREAS, not all host chapter delegates reside in the city where the Grand Council Convention is held, BE IT RESOLVED, that the host chapter delegate receive partial reimbursement. (Resolution Committee recommended referral to the Executive Committee for consideration). PASSED
  14. WHEREAS, the proper collection and storage of Kappa Psi documents and artifacts is crucial to the preservation of our history, and WHEREAS, the majority of these historical items are irreplaceable, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Committee in consult with the Grand Historian Emeritus purchase fire-proof storage for The Central Office and the Grand Historian Emeritus as deemed appropriate for their needs by the Executive Director and the Grand Historian Emeritus, and budget appropriate funding. PASSED
  15. WHEREAS, the wisdom and guidance of the Grand Council Deputies are important to the functioning of the Fraternity, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fraternity requests the Grand Regent to reappoint a Grand Council Deputy Committee with charges of his discretion. PASSED
  16. WHEREAS, the Grand Council Deputy Committee found that the number of returned surveys was incomplete, BE IT RESOLVED, that the nonresponding Grand Council Deputies and Regents should be contacted by the Grand Council Deputy Committee to complete the survey. PASSED
  17. WHEREAS, the history of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity is long and illustrious, and WHEREAS, the teaching and learning of our Fraternity heritage is instrumental in defining the Kappa Psi experience and inspiring fraternal and professional pride, and, WHEREAS, the Fraternity should continue to utilize computer technology whenever possible, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Committee in consult with the Grand Historian Emeritus make every effort to post and make available to the Brotherhood on the internet the history presentation developed by Brothers Johnston and Garner in accordance with the recommendations of the 1997-1999 History Committee. FAILED
  18. WHEREAS, Kappa Psi encourages service projects at the chapter and province levels, BE IT RESOLVED, that a service project be implemented at the next Grand Council Convention and hopefully perpetuate henceforth. FAILED
  19. WHEREAS, the Grand Council Deputy's report found a lack of use of the opening, closing, and initiation rituals among the collegiate chapters, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Grand Council Deputy Committee report recommends that the Grand Ritualist investigate the ritual's lack of use and develop a plan to increase and promote utilization of the ritual. PASSED
  20. WHEREAS, that is a lack of filing of Form 990 to the IRS, BE IT RESOLVED, that The Central Office include it in the spring packet. FAILED
  21. WHEREAS, greater communication between The Central Office, Executive Committee, and the Grand Council Deputies is very important, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Committee investigate ways to improve e-mail communications to the GCDs. PASSED

Hotel and Convention Registration Rates


Advanced Registration

On-site Registration













Cavanaughs at Kalispell Center

Special Daily Hotel Rates

Single, Double, Triple, and Quads


Speciality Suites (2 persons)


Speciality Suites (up to 6 persons)



Convention Favor(s)


Given to all attendees

Black Satchel Bag (Graduates)

The History of Kappa Psi Book (Collegiates)


The brothers of Kappa Psi wish to extend a special thanks to the following companies for their support of the Grand Council Convention:

Bayer Corporation, Eli Lilly Company, Glaxo Wellcome, Inc., Johnson and Johnson Services, Inc., Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation, Smith Kline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, TelSpan Teleconferencing, University of Montana School of Pharmacy & Allied Health Sciences, U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group of Pfizer, Inc., Xeneca Pharmaceuticals

Convention Trivia or Notable Facts

First GCC in many years where a group photo was taken.




Webmaster's Note: This article was originally written by Brother Dr. E. Ben Welch, for the Kappa Psi website.