Men of Lambda Chi Alpha help return unclaimed funds The men of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity are assisting local Vermillion residents receive unclaimed property by downloading a state form and sending it to local people so they can respond to the state treasurer.
The men of Lambda Chi reviewed a year-old Plain Talk list with the current list to see who did not file for their money from the previous year.
Jeff Esbenshade, Littleton, CO, a USD alumni and chapter advisor, helps locate Vermillion people. The Lambda Chi's are working with the USD Alumni Association to match former students and send them a letter and the state form to explain how they can receive their money.
Esbenshade said it was discovered that Dave Derouchey, Vermillion, was owed unclaimed funds.
He said he felt the fraternity's efforts have merit.
The fraternity sent a letter and state form to Margaret Crew of Clay County Abstract and Title as her deceased father, Phil Crew had money due. She was excited about the idea and she returned 10 percent of her check to the Lambda Chi Scholarship Fund at the USD Foundation.
Her brother, Mike and her father were both Lambda Chi members at USD.
Tom Vogel has received a check, and the fraternity is working with a Vermillion attorney who has charge of a nursing home resident.
USD students call the fraternity the "New Lambda Chi Alpha," although it has been on campus for 87 years. It has been reorganized to a smaller membership looking for members who want to be involved in the community in a positive way.
The fraternity sold its "annex" to USD; it is now a parking lot. Members are striving to form a stronger chapter, with a goal to make Vermillion a better place to live.