A century has almost passed since our beautiful fraternal home was completed in 1925, and there have been generations of brothers who have lived in the architectural charm of our historic fraternal home: The Castle. The visual charm of our fraternal home remains the same as when it was completed in 1925, and thoroughness and hard work remain the two principles that keep our brotherhood alive and well at 79 College Avenue. We are historically well-founded, and we continue to have enduring fraternal character. In short, although we have had a few rough periods of fraternal negligence and compromise in our history, we have wavered very little in our fraternal mission that was clearly asserted by our Q. T. V. brothers: "enjoyment, sociability, and the best interest of its brothers through life." Clearly, we remain a good fraternal model at the University of Maine, and we remain the preeminent fraternal brotherhood at the university. How fortunate it is that our fraternal soul and character remains intact. It remains a good brotherhood grounded in good men, graduate and undergraduate, now in our third century. Brothers who exhibit unwavering commitment, support, and ongoing hope for the continued existence of our historic brotherhood because our brotherhood transcends a narrow generational definition. Over and over and over again, generations of Q. T. V. and Phi Gamma Delta brothers, undergraduate and graduate, have set an example of responsible leadership, service, faith, and love that we must continue to follow in order for the proud legacy of our brotherhood to continue to flourish. Inspired by our past, we always look to our future in order for our fraternal life to benefit generations of young men, and we have a future to look forward to because our fraternal story continues to be guided and grounded in our fraternal grit and resilience. We have substance, and there is a simple reason for this, we have always been a scrappy brotherhood since our beginning. Now, in our 149th year, we continue to give our very best for our fraternal future: "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." And finally, we remain dedicated and passionate about our fraternal way of life that is rich, rewarding, and purposeful because our historic longevity is principally grounded in fraternal responsibility.
Over a lifetime, our loyalty and reverence for Omega Mu brotherhood, and our fraternal home. grows in appreciation and love, and I do not believe that is an overstatement. Throughout our long, meaningful fraternal history, generations of brothers have shown that reverence and love in their words and actions, and actions are always sovereign, toward our Omega Mu brotherhood. Two brothers who have shown that fraternal reverence, loyalty, and love since their undergraduate years are twin brothers, Andrew and Michael Soloby. There is nothing small or casual about their Omega Mu spirit. Far from it. It is absolute, and it is without compromise, and they remain that way today. They are both down-to-earth, genuine brothers. And it is also important to note that Bill and Mike always exhibit the courage to be joyful, happy, and optimistic. They are both special gifts in the history of our brotherhood because they have given their respective hearts and minds to our brotherhood for decades. They have stayed close to the heart of our brotherhood, and they have invested considerable time and effort, energy and enthusiasm, in being good, responsible leaders in our brotherhood. We have a fraternal future to look forward to because of their efforts. And now, almost a 150 years later, our fraternal history continues because of the uncompromising, resolute, abiding love, and faithful fraternal stewardship of Mike and Bill Soloby. Perge.
Twin Brothers and
Omega Mu Brothers
Andrew T. Soloby and Michael P. Soloby
Omega Mu Years
Omega Mu Housemother
Front row L-R: Dave Goode and Ray O'Keefe (Senior Skull);
Standing L-R: Bill Soloby, Fred Galella, and John Duffy.
Standing L-R: Dave Smith, Dan Dodge, Pete Frost
Sitting on the stairs L-R: Mike McInnis and Ray O'Keefe.
Bill Soloby is #13, Mike Soloby is #15.
Sitting L-R: Rod Macklin, Jim Dunn, Steve Carlisle
Standing L-R: Hans Kohler, Edson Smith, Jim Turner, Purple Legionnaire, ?, Paul Lausier, Chris Tremblay
Kneeling: Steve Hayward
Standing L-R: Richard Paganucci, Mike Soloby, Bill Soloby.
Back Row L-R: Spook, Anthony Flaherty, Dave Smith, John Rhodes, Jimmy Dunn, Glenn Smith, Paul Dulac?, Rod Macklin, John Dolan, George Wiest, Jim Chaplin
Front Row L-R: Ernie Niles, ?, Bob Duetsch, Bob Van Dyke, Tyler Libby, George Thomas, Jack McBrayne.
Front L-R: Bob Mennealy and Paul Wood
Behind L-R: Pat Ladd and Bill Soloby.
Omega Mu Housemother
Clara Hammonds and "Spook"
University of Maine Karate Club
L-R: Mike O'Leary, Mike Soloby, Bill Soloby.
Bill Soloby, Teddy Crowell, and Mike Soloby.
Frank Danforth, wearing the blue blazer; Mike Soloby, reading the Pig Dinner program; Bill Soloby, wearing a yellow shirt and looking toward the camera. To the right, Chuck Hazard,
John Collins, wearing the Fiji shirt
Back L-R: Tom Richardson, Teddy Crowell, Mike Soloby, Sammy Cosgrove, Bob Doyle, and Paul Lessard.
Bill Soloby, Richard Paganucci, Mike McInnis, Mike Porter, John Nale, Tom Richardson, Mike Soloby.
Tom Richardson, Mike Soloby, John Nale, and
Richard Paganucci and John Nale.
Bob Doyle, Mike Soloby, Jim McLean, and Tom Richardson.
“What if the space be long and wide,
That parts us from our brother’s side
A soul-joined chain unites our band,
And memory links us hand in hand.”
(Phi Gamma Delta fraternity song)
Chip Chapman, ’82