Brothers Jim Dreesen (left) and Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson Honored with Award of Merit

He was initiated in 1974 (#1134), the grandson of one of the founding 44, Luther, and the son of long-time housing corporation board chairman, James. He quickly followed along that family pathway by stepping up as Chapter Advisor in the 1980s and by pulling in a number of key local alumni in order to properly oversee the growth of the active chapter at a time when volunteers were not easy to grab.

Since then, Dave Ferguson’s work on behalf of Acacia never waned. And on Friday, August 2, the International Council bestowed upon him the Indiana Chapter’s 30th Award of Merit. 

“This was long overdue,” remarked Christ Drossos, Jr. (#1117, ‘73). “Dave has been and continues to be a major part of the Indiana Alumni involvement with our Chapter and with Acacia on an international level. I can confidently speak for all of Indiana Acacia when I say, Dave, we are all proud and honored to call you Brother!"

The Award of Merit is one of Acacia’s highest. It recognizes “brothers who have given of their time and substance unstintingly for the promotion and furtherance of Acacia, both nationally and locally…” according to the Acacia International Council.

Much of Dave’s recent time and effort has been devoted to the Acacia Fraternity Foundation (AFF) as a board member. He has been a frequent participant at Conclave and at the Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy. Just as frequently, Dave has provided financial support to the housing corporation and to scholarships and academic support offered to Indiana Chapter active brothers.

The award was presented during a reception at the Uptown Cafe in Bloomington. Members of the International Council, AFF, and Acacia staff joined a few dozen Indiana alumni to offer congratulations.

“Dave’s grandfather and father would be really proud of this,” commented Jim Dreesen (#1135, ‘74), who trekked in from Minneapolis. “His unwavering support for Acacia doesn’t surprise any of us. He always made time for the fraternity – even in his young man years when he was establishing his career as an attorney.”

The Indiana Chapter has 30 Award of Merit recipients, more than any other Acacia Chapter. Only the George F. Patterson, Jr. award tops the Award of Merit. (Indiana’s seven Pattersons also tops all other Chapters.) Christ Drossos, Jr. received the Patterson last August at Conclave. Long-time building corporation chair Matt Cairns (#1939, ‘00) was the 29th Award of Merit recipient in 2017.

You can see the full list of individual and Indiana Chapter awards here on this Google sheet.