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The Value of Lasting Friendships “I planned to rush [five, or six] fraternities, but when I met the Sigma Chi brothers I knew that was the right place for me. Sigma Chi was my third and last stop,” says Remmie Butchko ’90. “I made many brothers for life. This includes both at my chapter during my years as an active, and in the ensuing years [I] have met many more Sigs along the way.”

Butchko recalls his time at Sigma Chi as a period in his life during which he not only made many lasting friendships, but also met his future wife.

“I think one of every Sigma Chi brothers’ favorite moments is Initiation. Meeting my wife (Delta Zeta) during homecoming was probably the highlight, though,” he says.

After graduation, the time came for Butchko to work the family trade.

“We have a family insurance business in the D.C. area, and that has been my career from Day 1. Actually, it has technically been since day 10. I came home after graduation, Dec. 24, and started my career Jan. 2. My homecoming date and I were married soon after, and now we have a 19-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son,” Butchko informs.

Of course, even with his dedication to his family business, Butchko has never forgotten the importance of the bonds he made with his Sigma Chi brothers.

“I keep in touch with a bunch of my brothers. In fact, not too long ago we had a reunion, and chapter meeting (condensed chapter meeting) in the Philadelphia area. It was great together. We are obviously all older, balder and fatter, but the past 25 years have been kind to most of us,” he says.

There is no doubt that Sigma Chi has had a positive impact in Butchko's life. With great lasting relationships also came a great sense of unity.

“The long term friendships, and relationships are obviously [the] most significant impact, but sharing common values, and beliefs are what have solidified the relationships. Most of the common values and beliefs carry forward today. When we met in Philadelphia, it was very apparent that we were surrounded by Men of Good Character, and later in the evening the Spirit of Youth may have appeared as well,” Butchko says.

At one point, events in Butchko's life took a downward turn with his health, but he came through, stronger than ever.

“I recently survived a bout with colorectal cancer, so pretty much everything in my life is new and exciting. It was a big eye-opener to realize that with the right focus I could work 50 hours per month instead of 50 hours per week, and achieve similar results,” Butchko says.

Butchko ends with a piece of advice every individual needs to be aware of.

“Don’t ever be afraid to take a chance on something. Even if you fail, the weight of failure is far less in the long-term than the regret of never taking the chance.”