Pledge Manual


Alpha Phi Omega

Pledge Manual



Welcome and Congratulations!


If the purpose of a college education is to prepare one for life,

then it must teach more than technical competency--it must instill other

values as well, such as civic responsibility and volunteerism. Those

are the values of Alpha Phi Omega and of the 240,000 men and women who

have joined our Fraternity since 1925--a group that includes U.S.

President Bill Clinton, an alumnus of Mu Alpha Chapter at Georgetown



We are glad you have chosen Alpha Phi Omega as your way of accepting

the challenge to serve others. As a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega, you

will have many opportunities to serve your school, community and nation

while improving your leadership skills and broadening your friendships.

As is true with any worthwhile endeavor, what you get out of your

association with our Fraternity will be directly proportional to what

you contribute. Your knowledge, your skills, your dedication and, above

all, your enthusiasm will make Alpha Phi Omega an even more vital part

of your campus and your community and can help make your Alpha Phi Omega

experience one of the most rewarding and valuable aspects of your

college career.


Thank you for deciding to pledge yourself to the principles of our

Fraternity. You'll find we're different from most fraternities and that

we are just what we appear to be: a group of college students dedicated

to the noble principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service.


Thanks again for choosing Alpha Phi Omega as your way of accepting

the challenge to serve and, again, welcome!


In Leadership, Friendship and Service,

Gerald A. Schroeder

National President


(inside cover)


"I challenge a new generation of act on your idealism by

helping troubled children, keeping company with those in need,

reconnecting our torn communities...In serving, we recognize a simple

but powerful truth: We need each other. And we must care for one


William Jefferson Clinton





February 18, 1993


Members of the

Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity

14901 East 42nd Street

Independence, Missouri 64055

Dear Friends:

My experiences at Georgetown, including activities in Alpha Phi

Omega, were very meaningful. I commend your commitment to the

principles of volunteerism, and I know that you will continue your

tradition of service.

Thank you for all that you do on the campuses across the Nation to

make life better.


Bill Clinton



On the morning of January 20, 1993, almost 250,000 members of Alpha

Phi Omega had the opportunity to witness a unique event. One of our own

fraternity brothers was inaugurated the 42nd President of the United

States of America.

On October 18, 1966, a membership application for William J. Clinton

was received at the National Office. On October 20, 1966, he was

assigned the national number of 95028. His chapter number was 213.

President Clinton was born August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, and grew

up in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He entered Georgetown in September 1964.

His APO application stated that his course of study would be

international affairs. His extracurricular activities included band and

intramurals. Over the years Brother Clinton remain in communication

with and provided service to the Fraternity. In particular, as Governor

he was the Honorary Chair of our Capital Campaign Fund to build the

National Headquarters building.




This manual is dedicated to you - the pledge of Alpha Phi Omega.

You represent our hope for the future. Our principles of Leadership,

Friendship and Service are yours for safekeeping. They provide a strong

base on which to build a successful standard of conduct. It is our hope

that you will preserve them and share them with others. We wish you

great success as you embark upon a lifetime of service in Alpha Phi



Space does not permit us to list the many contributors to this

manual. Alpha Phi Omega is indebted to all of them, and the Fraternity

thanks them for making this a representative publication.



The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to assemble college

students in a National Service Fraternity in the fellowship of the

principles of the Boy Scouts of America as embodied in its Scout Oath

and Law*; to develop Leadership, to promote Friendship and provide

Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national,

educational and intellectual heritage.



A pledge program is conducted for you, the new member:

a. To serve as an introduction to Alpha Phi Omega.

b. To inform you about our Fraternity, past and present.

c. To unify pledges with each other and with the Brothers.

d. To allow each individual to qualify in Leadership, Friendship

and Service.

e. To give you, as a pledge, and the chapter a trial period

during which the chapter can decide if it wants to invite you to

become a Brother and you can decide if you want to accept such

an invitation.

There is no hazing or informal initiation in connection with Alpha

Phi Omega. Your pledge program will allow you to demonstrate your

interest in service, but in no way will it demean you as an individual

or require you to perform personal service for the Brothers. Please

review the National Pledging Standards on Page 38 and the Membership

Policies on Page 39 of this manual to learn more about the objectives of

our pledge program.



After you have served your period of Pledge Membership, you will be

elected into the Brotherhood according to the rules established by your

chapter. You will then be formally initiated into the Fraternity

according to our official ritual. All Brothers are initiated by this

ritual, which will not violate any of your rights or beliefs. While

Alpha Phi Omega is basically a nonsecret Fraternity, the ritual is

something that the Brotherhood shares only with itself. It is not

elaborate or byzantine, but simple and dignified. During the ritual,

you will learn the symbolism of our coat-of-arms and our badge, learn

our motto, sign and handclasp, receive our membership credentials and

service pin, and affirm your loyalty and faith to the principles of our



*The Scout Oath is, "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God

and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all

times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally


The Scout Law states, "A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful,

friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and





Alpha Phi Omega is today the single most representative

undergraduate intercollegiate organization in the United States of

America. We take pride in this and want to be even larger. We determine

to be larger only because, if what we are and what we represent are

important and useful to students, then we should share what we have in

order to further our common goals more effectively. We want to share

with colleges and universities all across this great land the benefits

that APO gives to students, their campuses and their communities.

The strength of APO lies in its active chapters. The importance

of APO consists of what happens to the individuals who are pledged and

initiated in these local chapters. The future of APO is entirely in the

hands of the students who determine on each local campus what the APO

program shall be. The status of APO results directly from the maturity

and meaningfulness of the local chapter program.

Why, then, a national fraternity? If what is important is what

happens in the local chapter, then why the need for a national office, a

national magazine, a common ritual, a professional staff, national

officers, and national dues and fees? Why not just a very loose

federation of independent local groups rather than all the paraphernalia

of a national organization?

The most obvious reason is to help us keep our goals before us.

Without constant reminders, teaching, help and advice, even the best of

us lose sight of our larger goals. We become introverted, concentrated

on our own selfish ends, forgetful that we come this way but once and

that our challenge is to serve others. This is why conventions have to

deal repeatedly with memberships in IFC's, questions of housing,

violations of dignity of individuals through hazing practices, and the

lure of social status and personal indulgence through primary emphasis

upon social programs. Without some structure to keep us focused on our

purposes we would quickly lose our way in an envious and competitive

world. We would soon disappear.

There are many other reasons for a truly national organization.

We reaffirm our openness to all when we come to know members from

different sections of the country, different religious, racial and

ethnic groups, and different personal circumstances. We share in the

stimulus of association with students from various kinds of colleges

when we discuss common problems. We find friends wherever we travel,

when we transfer schools, when we go to graduate or professional

schools, when we begin our careers, when we move from one city or part

of the country to another in pursuit of our interests. We share in the

costs of maintaining and advancing a common endeavor. We make a mighty

witness through our combined testimony to the power of the ideal of

service in our common and corporate life.

Each of us needs to feel pride in the things we are associated

with. We are proud of the record of APO and of the kind of individuals

it attracts. The Conventions increase our confidence in what's right

with our country - for when hundreds of individuals of differing views

can make hard decisions in complete understanding and with a sense of

community, then there is hope in our democratic ideals, despite the

challenges of the times through which we are passing.






DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR, I served as an ensign in the United

States Navy aboard a minesweeper in the North Sea. Our ship and its

partner exploded more than 1,000 magnetic mines. My law school

background at Boston University led to my appointment to try

court-martial cases in our Division. When we reached ports some of the

sailors ran wild. Many court-martial cases resulted. I saw young boys

in their teens getting into trouble.

Because of these experiences, I made a firm resolution within

myself that if I returned alive I would try to do two things and do them

with all my power: First, do my best to help young people get the right

start in life, by holding up before them a "standard of manhood" that

would withstand the test of time! Second and just as important, try to

help the nations of the world settle their disputes in a more sensible

and legal manner than by war.

After the war, I become a student at Lafayette College, Easton,

Pennsylvania. One evening, while attending an American Legion banquet

during my sophomore year, I say next to an inspiring man named Herbert

G. Horton. We were not related but we became fast friends. He too had

been a naval officer but was now serving as the local Scout Executive.

He helped me to become a Deputy Scout Commissioner. One of the troops

needed a leader, so I became a Scoutmaster as well.

Through these experiences I found that the Scout Oath and Law

were what I had been seeking--a standard of manhood that would withstand

the test of time and a code of ideals created and accepted by some of

the greatest leaders the world has ever known.

The summer of my junior year was spent as an Associate Camp

Director at the Easton Scout Reservation. Here I was impressed with the

religious tolerance in the hearts of boys. This I have not found so

easily among older people. Scouts of he Catholic, Jewish, and

Protestant faiths worked together in everything at camp, and everyone

had an opportunity to worship on his Sabbath in his own way.

My brothers in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity house, where I

lived, who were outstanding for high ideals and clean living, were all

former Scouts. I felt a college organization should be formed that

would strengthen men in these ideals, and give them an opportunity for

Leadership experience and for Service to others.

As a senior at Lafayette College, I talked to some of the men

with a Scouting background and the response was good. These men would

join an organization based on the ideals of Scouting. I created the

name Alpha Phi Omega, the motto and the Greek words and their meaning

and wrote the Ritual. Everett W. Probst designed the pin and drew the

Coat-of-Arms. Thane S. Cooley suggested the handclasp. Ellsworth S.

Dobson and Gordon M. Looney helped write the Constitution and Bylaws.

Fourteen undergraduates signed as charter members. Scouting

advisors were Dr. Ray O. Wyland and Herbert G. Horton.

The Lafayette College Faculty approved the petition for

recognition. On December 16, 1925, I conducted the Ritual initiation at

Brainerd Hall, second floor, and Alpha Phi Omega was born.



My purpose was to make Alpha Phi Omega an organization for

college men who cooperated with all youth movements, especially

Scouting. I also anticipated that our Service program would expand to

help people in need everywhere and to do service on the campus of each


As Scouting is worldwide, so should Alpha Phi Omega be

worldwide, gradually in the colleges and universities of all the

nations. Alpha Phi Omega can help bring about more nearly, through the

future statesman of the world, that standard of manhood and

international understanding and Friendship that will lead to a better,

more peaceful world in which to live and in which to make a living and a





THIS IS THE STORY behind the creation of Alpha Phi Omega. It is

also the story of the beginning of the first chapter--the ALPHA

Chapter--at Lafayette College. It is also the story of the formation of

the first national organization of the Fraternity. Above all, it is the

story of the dreams of one man for an organization through which men

might better the conditions of other men, as well as of themselves.





FRANK REED HORTON, born at Sewickley, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) on

July 17, 1896. Ensign on the minesweeper, USS Whippoorwill during World

War I. B.A. degree, Lafayette College, 1926. M.A. degree in history,

Lafayette College in 1938. First National President of Alpha Phi Omega.

Provided the leadership to extend the Fraternity to 18 campuses.

Established the first national structure for the Fraternity. Studied

law in law office; also student at Boston University law School; LL.B.

degree, LaSalle Extension University, 1937. Taught history, government

and English at Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg colleges, Allentown,

Pennsylvania for three years. Industrial accountant, Ingersoll-Rand

Company, American Legion, VFW, Mason. Author of college text, "Poetry

Writing and Appreciation." Numerous Scouting and APO honors and awards.

Passed away August 28, 1966.


EVERETT W. PROBST, born at Jersey City, New Jersey, on June 22, 1905.

One of the founders of the "Krescents" social fraternity (now Kappa

Delta Rho). Twenty years of age when he became a charter member of APO.

Served in every Scout office from Assistant Patrol Leader to

Scoutmaster. B.S. degree in chemistry, Lafayette College, 1926. M.D.

degree in 1940 from New York University. Deceased.


E.M. DETWILER, born at Lansdale, Pennsylvania, on October 19, 1904.

Twenty-one years of age when he became a charter member of APO. Played

football and was captain of lacrosse team at Lafayette College. B.S.

degree, 1927. Deceased.


THANE S. COOLEY, born at Chicago, Illinois, January 1, 1905. Twenty

years of age when he became charter member of APO. Scout in Oak Park,

Illinois, 1917-22. Captain of soccer team; B.S. degree in 1927 from

Lafayette College. Law degree, J.D., Northwestern University, 1930.



LEWIS B. BLAIR, born at Tyrone, Pennsylvania, on April 10, 1906. Member

of BSA in Tyrone. Enrolled in electrical engineering at Lafayette

College, class of 1928. Deceased.


WILLIAM T. WOOD, born at Penn's Grove, N.J., on November 4, 1905.

Twenty years of age when he became a charter member of APO. Scout before

going to Lafayette College, from which he received a B.S. degree in

1927. Deceased.


DONALD L. TERWILLIGER, born at Lakewood, N.J., on July 13, 1907. Member

of BSA in Orange, N.J. Eighteen years of age when he became a charter

member of APO. Editor, Lafayette College yearbook. Received B.A.

degree from Lafayette in 1928. Basketball player at Lafayette.

Resident of Englewood, Fla.


GORDON M. LOONEY, born at Sedalia, Missouri, on Octoer 10, 1905. Twenty

years of age when he became a charter member of APO. Member of Boy

Scouts in Oak Park, Illinois. B.A. degree, Lafayette College, 1927.

M.B.A. degree, Harvard University, 1929. Deceased.


WILLIAM W. HIGHBERGER, born at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 9,

1905. Member of BSA in Pittsburgh. Member of swimming and football

teams at Lafayette College, from which he received a B.S. degree in

1927. Twenty years of age when he became a charter member of APO.




DONALD H. FRITTS, born at Washington, N.J., on March 13, 1905. Member

of BSA in Washington. Twenty years of age when he became a charter

member of APO. B.S. degree, Lafayette College, 1926; M.A. degree,

Columbia University, 1931. Deceased.


GEORGE A. OLSEN, born in New York City on February 2, 1904. Manager of

baseball team in college. B.S. degree, Lafayette College, 1928. BSA.

Twenty-one years of age when he became a charter member of APO.


ROBERT J. GREEN, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 6, 1905. Scout in

Richmond Hill, N.Y. Later became a Scout Commissioner. Twenty years of

age when he became a charter member of APO. B.S. degree in mechanical

engineering, Lafayette College, 1929. Deceased.


ELLSWORTH S. DOBSON, born at Detroit, Michigan. BSA. B.S. degree in

electrical engineering, Lafayette College, 1928. Resides in Sabetha,



HERBERT HEINRICH, born in New York City January 18, 1906. BSA in

Leonia, N.J. Nineteen years of age when he became charter member of

APO. B.S. degree in electrical engineering, Lafayette College, 1927.



The history of Alpha Phi Omega then is a story of Leadership,

Friendship and Service. Since the founding at Lafayette College in

1925, more than 240,000 students have participated in this nationwide

Brotherhood. From a single chapter in 1925, this National Service

Fraternity has grown to 670 chapters.

Following the chartering of Beta Chapter at the University of

Pittsburgh, three more chapters were chartered in 1927 -- Gamma at

Cornell University on February 17, Delta at Auburn University on

November 8, and Epsilon at Northeast Missouri State University on Dec.

13. And with the chartering of the sixth chapter -- Zeta at Stanford

University -- on May 19, 1928, Alpha Phi Omega in its first four years

had spread from the East to the South to the Midwest and all the way to

the Pacific Coast. The Fraternity has continued to grow, having

chartered more chapters than any other collegiate organization.

In the very early years, decisions of the National Fraternity

were made by mail. The first actual assembly of delegates in convention

was in St. Louis, Missouri, March 1 and 2, 1931. By that date the

Fraternity had grown to 18 chapters. Seven of the chapters were

represented at the convention by a total of 23 students and advisors.

Thirty biennial National Conventions have been held (two were

skipped in 1942 and 1944 because of World War II). A special

Constitutional Convention was held in 1967.



Under photographs the following information is found:

Advisors: John McCracken, president, Lafayette College; Ray O. Wyland,

National Director, Education, Boy Scouts of America; Herbert G. Horton,

Scout Executive, Easton, Pa.; Donald B. Prentice, Dean, Lafayette

College; D. Arthur Hatch, professor, Lafayette College; and Harry T.

Spengler, professor, Lafayette College.


Convention attendance has, of course, grown tremendously. The

largest registration thus far was 2,035 at Boston, Massachusetts, in

1992, and the largest number of chapters represented was 231 in Dallas,

Texas, in 1970.

At the 1931 Convention, the presiding officer was Frank R.

Horton. He had served as Supreme Grand Master (National President) from

the beginning of the organization until that time. The convention

elected Dr. H. Roe Bartle to succeed our Founder as Supreme Grand


For years, Alpha Phi Omega state conventions were held. Today

chapters are grouped in "sections" and "regions." There are 50 sections

in 10 regions across the country. Sectional and Regional Conferences

are a very important part in our Fraternity operation. They foster good

fellowship and helpful exchange of ideas for the advancement of our

service program.

At the 1976 National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, the

delegates voted to open the ranks of full membership to women, thereby

making the Alpha Phi Omega experience available to all students.




(Under a drawing of the national office building is printed the

following information):

The dedication of the National Office was November 17, 1990. our

National Office is in Independence, Missouri. Many years of planning

and four years of fund-raising translated into an office building that

will serve the Fraternity well into the future.

Alpha Phi Omega

14901 East 42nd Street

Independence, Missouri 64055-7347

(816) 373-8667

(FAX) (816) 373-5975




4 pictures on page

1) Delegates to the 1976 Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

2) The Chief addresses National Convention Delegates.

3) Pictured here are the twenty-three delegates who represented seven

chapters at the first convention of Alpha Phi Omega held in St. Louis,

Missouri, March 1&2,1931

4) Delegates to the 21st National Convention, held in St. Louis,

Missouri, December 27-29, 1974

In recent years, National Conventions have attracted 1,500-2,000

members. A convention is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many.

Nowhere in Alpha Phi Omega is the sense of Brotherhood as great or the

fellowship as rich. Members from all parts of the nation meet not only

to decide the important issues of the day but also the share their

concepts of the Fraternity through information gatherings and numerous

parties help throughout the three-day gathering.

Once feature of that adds fun and excitement is the bidding by

different cities to hold the next convention. This spirited rivalry is

the highlight of the meeting.

Legislative sessions carefully consider all proposals, even if

it means ending the convention in the wee hours of the morning as has

happened in some cases.

Conventions inspire a strong rededication to the principles for

which we stand. When you join more than a thousand members in our

Fellowship Circle, you know that you are an APO and that, indeed, we

will always be united by our common aims.

Convention Years and Locations

1931 St. Louis, MO 1956 Long Beach, CA 1974 St. Louis, MO

1932 Chicago, IL 1958 Austin, TX 1976 Atlanta, GA

1934 Kansas City, MO 1960 Philadelphia, PA 1978 Nashville, TN

1936 Akron, OH 1962 Kansas City, MO 1980 Los Angeles, CA

1938 St. Louis, MO 1964 Denver, CO 1982 Kansas City, MO

1940 Indianapolis, IN 1966 Minneapolis, MN 1984 Washington, DC

1946 Kansas City, MO 1967 Const. Conv 1986 Houston, TX

1948 Chicago, IL Norman, OK 1988 Denver, CO

1950 Des Moines, IA 1968 Washington, DC 1990 St. Louis, MO

1952 Columbus, OH 1970 Dallas, TX 1992 Boston, MA

1954 Milwaukee, WI 1972 Denver, CO

The next National Convention is scheduled for December 27-30, 1994

in Dallas Texas.




The supreme authority of Alpha Phi Omega is the National

Convention, held in even-numbered years. Each chapter may send two

voting delegates (plus as many non-voting delegate as possible.) If

only one delegate is present from a chapter, that delegate casts two

votes. Proxy voting is not permitted. Absentee ballots can not be


In addition to chapter delegates, each member of the National Board

of Directors has one vote at the National Convention. Also, each Region

is entitled to one Alumni Voting Delegate.

The National Convention has a fourfold purpose:

(1) To enact legislation for the development and expansion of the


(2) To create fellowship among Brothers from all sections of the


(3) To develop the Leadership ability of the Brothers in attendance,

through service on the committees and participation in seminars and


(4) To promote exchange of ideas for service projects and chapter

operations among Brothers from across the nation.

The National Convention conducts its primary business by:

(a) Receiving reports and recommendations from reference committees,

including proposed amendments to the National Articles of Incorporation,

Bylaws and Standard chapter Articles of Association; suggestions for the

time and place for the next convention; proposed revisions to long-range

goals; and nominations for office.

(b) Taking action resulting in:

(1) Adoption or rejection of proposed amendments.

(2) Adoption of resolutions.

(3) Selection of site and date of next National Convention.

(4) Election of National Officers


The Fraternity's highest distinction, the National Distinguished

Service Award, established in 1956, recognizes members for outstanding

service to the Fraternity on the national level, over and beyond the

call of duty. Presentations are made at the National Conventions upon

the recommendation of a special committee. The emblem bears the

Fraternity's Greek letters in gold on a background of blue enamel inset

with diamonds.


1956 1972

C.J. Carlson * Ed Andrews

Dr. Roy O. Wyland * Audrey B. Hamilton *

Douglas M. Harris


Dr. H. Roe Bartle * 1974

Prof. Daniel Den Uyl * Alden G. Barber

Frank R. Horton * Warren Stookey *

Dean Arno Nowotney Lucius E. Young, LTC Ret.

Prof. Kent D. Schaffer *


1960 Dr. R. L.Brittain *

Prof. Harry C. Barnett * George Feil

Dr. Henry Miller Loren A. Jurvis

Dr. Harold Pote * J. Franklin McMullan *

Joseph Scanlon *


1962 Dr. John E. Hanke

M. R. Disborough * Earle M. Herbert

Sidney B. North *

William S. Roth 1980

Delmer H. Wilson * Roger Sherwood

Sid Smith


George F. Cahill 1984

Lawrence L. Hirsch, M.D. Dr. C. P. Zlatkovich

Lewis N. Jones


1966 Berkley Duncan *

Tom T. Galt. M. D. Alex Lewandowski, J.D., LL.M.

Irwin H. Gerst

Julius W. Hayworth 1988

Robert J. Hilliard Fred L. Pollack

Dr. Lester R. Steig Betsy Ullrich

Joseph A. Brunton, Jr.


1968 Robert C. Barkhurst

E. Ross Forman Dr. Stan Carpenter

Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr.

Howard R. Patton 1992

Charles G. Bowen


Dr. Glen T. Nygreen

Rev. Frans A. Victorson * *Deceased




The national Board of Directors, as prescribed by the National

Bylaws, is the governing body of the Fraternity between National

Conventions. It has the power (within the confines of the Bylaws) to

act on all maters it deems to be in the best interest of the Fraternity.

The Board consists of the following elected members: National

President, National Vice President, Six Members-at-Large, and ten

Regional Directors, and the following ex-officio members: National

Executive Director, National Legal Counsel, National Archivist,

President of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the

Chief Scout Executive or their nominees, Past National Presidents, Life

Members of the Board, and surviving founders.

The Board is required to meet at least annually. Actions taken

by the Board are reported to chapters in the Torch & Trefoil.

Each convention elects the National President, the National Vice

President, and the six Members-at-Large. The ten Regional Directors are

elected by the chapters from their Region attending the National

Convention. All of the elected members serve for two year terms.

The Members-at-Large are each assigned by the National President

to serve as chairman of a committee. Five of these assignments are set

forth in the Bylaws: Alumni, Finance, Leadership Development,

Membership & Extension, and Service. The sixth assignment is left to

the discretion of the National President.

The Regional Directors are the chief administrative officers of

their Region. They work closely with the Sectional Chairmen and other

volunteers to provide support for the chapters in their Region.

All of the members of the Board serve without financial

compensation, with the exception of the National Executive Director.

Board members pay their own expenses for Board meetings, sectional,

regional and chapter activities and any other efforts for the

Fraternity. Their participation in these events is an indication of

their interest in and dedication to the Fraternity.





Mu Alpha 1966

Gerald A. Schroeder of Mclean, Virginia, was elected by

acclamation as National President by the delegates to the 1990 National

Convention in Saint Louis, Missouri, and re-elected by acclamation by

the 1992 National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jerry was initiated into Mu Alpha Chapter at Georgetown

University in Washington, D.C., in 1966 and later served as chapter

president. He was also a delegate to the 1967 Constitutional Convention

in Norman, Oklahoma. After completing his undergraduate studies, he

received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, magna cum laude, from

Indiana University of Law School in Indianapolis in 1972.

Jerry was Chair of Section 84 from 1977-1981 and served on two

National Committees. Minority Concerns (1981-82) and the Special

Committee on Fraternity Standards (1982). He was elected to the

National Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large in 1982 and chaired the

National Membership and Extension Committee. He was elected National

Vice President in 1986 and re-elected in 1988.

Since 1977, he has been personally involved in the chartering of

four chapters of the Fraternity. He has advised reference committees at

the 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1986 National Conventions and was the Advisor

to the 1984 Convention in Washington. Jerry is a recipient of the

Chapter, Sectional and Regional Distinguished Service Keys. He is a

Gold Founders Circle Torchbearer and a Life Member.

Following his graduation from law school, Jerry served four

years with the U.S. Army as a captain in the Staff Judge Advocate Corps.

Our President then joined the United States Department of Justice and is

currently Senior Attorney in that department's Office of Intelligence

Policy and Review. In addition to belonging to several professional

organizations, Jerry is a volunteer umpire in three Little League

Baseball organizations and is a member of the Virginia State Tournament

Umpire Association. He lives with his wife, Betsy, and their three

children, Jeffrey, Leslie and Kathryn.



Alpha Rho 1971


Wilfred M. Krenek was elected by the delegates to the St. Louis,

Missouri, Convention to serve as the National Vice President for the

1990-1992 term and was re-elected by acclamation by the 1992 National

Convention in

Boston, Massachusetts. Wilfred was activated in 1971 into Alpha

Rho Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin and later served as

chapter president. After receiving a bachelor of business

administration degree in accounting, he served as Section 42 Chair from

1977-1980. At the 1980 National Convention, Brother Krenek was elected

Region VII (7) Director. He was subsequently re-elected in 1982, 1984

and 1986. He became a Member-at-Large at the 1988 National Convention

in Denver and chaired the National Finance Committee for two years.

Wilfred coordinated the 1986 National Convention in Houston,

Texas. He advised reference committees at the 1982, 1984, 1988 and 1990

National Convention. He chaired the National Executive Director Search

Committee in 1984 and later co-chaired the "Target 30" fund-raising

effort for the national headquarters building of the Fraternity.

Wilfred is employed as vice president and controller of

Galveston-Houston Company. He is a member of the American Institute of

Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of CPA's, and Financial

Executives Institute and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Wilfred is a Life Member, a Gold Founders Circle Torchbearer and

a recipient of Distinguished Service Keys from Alpha Rho Chapter,

Section 42 and Region VII (7). He is single and lives in Houston,





The delegates to the 1992 National Convention elected six outstanding

Brothers to serve as Member-at-Large of the National Board of Directors.

The President has assigned them to chair the following committees. They

will serve in their respective capacities until the 1994 National



David A. Emery

Iota Phi '79

Branch Manager, Stutts Scientific Service, Inc./Central Soya Co.,

Ballico & Turlock, California (vitamin & mineral manufacturer for animal

feeds). M.S. in Avian Nutrition, B.S. in Animal Science from the

University of California, Davis; Dean Lewis N. Jones Pledge Class

Secretary, various chapter offices including, President, Iota Phi;

founding member and chair Section IV Alumni Association; delegate to

National Conventions since 1980; delegate to '89 Alpha Phi Omega

International (Philippines) National Convention, Davaaco City, Mindaneo,

Philippines; served as Sectional Chair and on the staff in Sections 1 &

4; Leadership Development Workshops & Chapter President's Workshop staff

member since 1982; National Leadership Development Committee member

1982-86; Life Member; Silver Torchbearer; Red Cross CPR Instructor;

Stanislaus Community AIDS Project Speaker's Bureau member; recepient

Distinquished Service Keys: Iota Phi Chapter, Section, and Region X;

Region X Director 1986-1990; Member-at-Large, National Service Chair

since 1980. Lives in Turlock, California.


Fred C. Heismeyer

Lambda Omicron '73

Director of the Cooperation Education Program at the University of

Arkansas. Graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in

Recreation and Parks. Heismeyer worked two years for Alpha Phi Omega as

Director of Membership Services. M.S. in Counseling Education, Emporia

State University (1982) and will complete his Doctorate from the

University of Arkansas in 1993. Region VIII Director (1984-87);

Member-at-Large/Alumni Chair (1990-Present); Section 33 Chair and

Chapter Advisor to several chapters, currently serving as Advisory Chair

for Beta Rho Chapter, and assisted with forming two chapters. Life

Member; has attended every convention since 1974, except for the 1980

convention; and is a recipient of the Chapter DSK. Served five years on

the Executive Committee of the Arkansas College Personnel Association,

is an alumnus of Up With People, and is active in his church. Fred and

Joyce Heismeyer (Alpha Beta Epsilon) are Gold Torchbearers.


Jack A. McKenzie

Gamma Lambda '73

Constituent Communication Editor, Clemson University, Clemson, South

Carolina. Served as Chapter's Corresponding Secretary and Membership

Vice President. Twice elected Chapter President. Advisor to Gamma

Lambda. Founding member of Clemson University Alpha Phi Omega Alumni

Society; served as President, Secretary-Treasurer, and is currently

Executive Director. Section 77 Chair, 1986, Region IV Director 1986-92.

Member of the National Alumni Committee, organized Region IV Alumni

Council and was Region IV Alumni Voting Delegate at two National

Conventions. Recipient of the following awards: The Region IV

Distinguished Service Key (DSK); Region IV Jack A. McKenzie Award (first

recipient, namesake honor); Section 77 DSK; Gamma Lambda DSK; Gamma

Lambda Distinguished Alumni Service Chair Award (first recipient); Gamma

Lambda Brother-of-the-Year Award (1975; 1976); Gamma Lambda Outstanding

Service Certificate; Gamma Lambda Outstanding Pledge. Life Member.

Silver Founders Circle Torchbearer. Presented the Clemson University

Norris Medal for all-around excellence in scholarship and

extracurricular activities. Member Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

and Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. Lives in Clemson, South

Caroline. Single.


Fred L. Pollack

Phi '69

Attorney-at-Law, Mineola, New York. B.A. in Government and Public

Policy, Syracuse University, 1973. M.P.A., The Maxwell School of

Citizenship and Public Affairs, 1974. J.D., Syracuse University College

of Law, 1977. Served in various offices in Phi Chapter, including

President. National Chair Task Force on the Elimination of

Architectural Barriers, 1971-72. Member, "Project Survival," 1972.

Served as Vice Chair for Section 89, 1976-77 and Chair for Section 97,

1977-1980. Member, National Alumni Committee, 1976-80. Member,

National Leadership Development Committee, 1975-88. Chair, National

Public Relations Committee 1979-80. National Leadership Development

Chair, 1980-88. National Membership & Extension Chair, Since 1988.

Recipient, National Distinguished Service Award. Life Member. He lives

in Port Washington, New York with his wife, Merryl.


Betsy Ullrich

Delta Rho '75

Senior Health Physicist in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region I

office, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. B.A. Chemistry, Rutgers

University, 1975; M.A. Teaching, Trenton State College, 1980; M.S.

Radiation Science, Rutgers University, 1986. Served in various offices

in Delta Rho chapter, including President and Membership Vice President.

Served as Vice Chair of Section 99, 1980-83; Chair of Delta Rho Advisory

Committee 1984-87; Section 92 staff representative to Omicron Upsilon at

West Chester University, 1989-present. Member, National Leadership

Development Committee since 1977, participating in the development and

presentation of the Leadership Development Workshop and other fraternity

leadership programs. Vice Chair, National Leadership Development

Committee 1983-1990. Member: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America;

Health Physics Society; America Paint Horse Association. Received Delta

Rho Chapter Distinguished Service Award, 1987. Received National

Distinguished Service Award, 1988. Life Member. National Leadership

Development Chair since 1990.


John M. Wetherington

Gamma Theta '74

Director of International Business Development, Standard & Poor's

Corporation's Equity Services Group, Englewood, Colorado. B.A. in

Economics and B.S. in Business Administration, University of Colorado,

1977, M.B.A., University of Denver, 1982. Certified Public Accountant.

Served as Service Vice President, President, and Advisor of Gamma Theta;

Advisor to Epsilon Xi and Mu Pi chapters. Section 30 Chair, 1977-80,

1991. Member, National Leadership Development Committee since 1981.

Coordinator for 1988 National Convention in Denver. National Board of

Directors since 1988, served as National Leadership Development Chair,

1988-1990 and National Finance Chair, 1990-present. Recipient of

Chapter and Sectional Distinguished Service Keys. Member of AICPA,

Colorado Society of CPAs and the Financial Management Association. Life

Member and Silver Founders Circle Torchbearer. He lives in Englewood,

Colorado, with his wife, Judy and daughters Mallory and Jocelyn.




These ten Brothers serve Alpha Phi Omega as Regional Directors. There

are ten Regions in the Fraternity, and each is headed by a Regional

Director elected by the chapters in that Region.

All of these Brothers have had extensive experience in the

Fraternity. They bring to their posts substantial leadership experience

and a commitment to improving Alpha Phi Omega.

Regional Directors are your representatives on the National

board. While they work closely with and through Sectional Chairs, it is

essential that chapters communicate with them directly. They want to

hear from you and learn what you would like Alpha Phi Omega to do on a

National level.


M. Tomusiak

Alpha Chi '74

New England, New Jersey, New York City and Long Island, Puerto Rico

Generally known as "mrn." Systems Engineer, Kenan Systems Corporation,

Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Served Alpha Chi as

Service Vice President, Membership Vice President, President. In 1977,

received Chapter Distinguished Service Key and MIT Compton Award for

outstanding community service. Served New England in Section as staff

member, Sectional Representative to Epsilon Delta and Omicron Iota

chapters, and Awarded Section 95 Distinguished Service Key in 1989.

Participated in every National Convention since 1974. Contributed to

many sectional regional and national conferences and committees,

including sectional Resource Workshops, Long Range Planning Committee,

1988 National Convention, Boston in '92 Convention Bid Committee and the

1992 National Convention in Boston. Life Member; Silver Founders Circle

torchbearer. Boston Museum of Science Volunteer. Region 1 Director

since the 1988 National Convention.


Warren G. Weidman

Mu Eta '58

Delaware, New York {except New York City and Long Island}, Central and

Eastern Pennsylvania

Lead Project/Project control Systems Engineer, Gilbert Commonwealth,

Inc. Holds B.S. Degrees from Albright College and Drexel University, and

MBA from Drexel. Director, Standard and Practices Board {S & P} Board

of Instrument Society of America {ISA}; ISA Vice President Elect,

Standard and Practices Board {1990-92}, Vice President {1992-94}; ISA S

& P achievement award {1986}; National Standards and Practices Award

{1990}. Past President and Director, Lehigh Valley Section ISA.

Instructor in technical courses for company and various local colleges.

Professional Engineer. Has served Alpha Phi Omega as Sectional

Representative, Sectional Chair, and Region 2 Director from 1968-74 and

1976- present. Executive committeeman, 1974-76. Received Philadelphia

APO alumni "Man of the Year" award in 1965. Section 88/89 Distinguished

Service Key, 1980, and Section 92 Distinguished Service key, 1982.

Region 2 distinguished Service Key, 1981. Leadership Development Award,

1985. Life Member of the National Board of Directors, 1988. Senior

Member of the Instrument Society of America, Lutheran Church School

Superintendent for 20 years. Single. Lives in Reading, Pennsylvania.



Lee Correll

Xi Zeta '84

District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia

Information Center/System Administration Team Member, Burke Consortium,

Inc., Burke, Virginia. Pledged Xi Zeta Chapter, Rochester Institute of

Technology. Elected Chapter Secretary. Charter Brother and first

Chapter President, Alpha Beta Omega Chapter, Old Dominion University,

serving in many other chapter offices as well in 1988. Assisted with

rechartering of Omicron Phi Chapter, University of Richmond, and alpha

Gamma chi Chapter, Frostburg State University. Advisor, Nu Rho Chapter,

college of William and Mary. Participant in 1984, 1990, and 1992

National conventions. Designed and presented workshops at the

sectional, regional and national levels. Elected Section 84 chair,

Spring 1992. Elected Region 3 Director, 1992 National Convention.

Awarded the Section 84 Distinguished Service Key, 1993. Life Member.

Webelos Den and Explorer Post leader. Member of U.S. Junior Chamber of

Commerce. Volunteer member, D.C. Cares. Lives in Springfield,

Virginia. Single.


Bob Adams

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Western Kentucky, South Carolina, and



John R. Anderson

Delta Gamma, '74

Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Kentucky

Benefits Department Chief, Unemployment Compensation Division, Ohio

Bureau of Employment Services, Columbus, Ohio. B.A. English, Ohio

University, 1974. Undergraduate Pledgemaster and Service Vice

President. Section 57 Staff Member, 1975-76. Section 57 chair,

1976-1988. Co-founder Delta Gamma Alumni Association. Section 57

Distinguished Service Key, Region 5 Distinguished Service Key. Chapter

Presidents Workshop staff member and chair. Leadership Development

Experience workshop staff member. Life Member and Silver Torchbearer.

Attended National Conventions in '76, '78, and '82-'92. Past member

Alumni Long-Range Planning Committee. Elected Region 5 Director at 1988

convention. 1986 Outstanding Young Men in America. Past member of

State of Ohio's Subcommittee on volunteerism. Lancaster (Ohio) Family

YMCA Program subcommittee. Columbus BUC Employee's Credit Union Board of





Bobby M. Hainline

Chi Mu '71

Northeastern Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

Product Development Engineer, Light Truck Division, Ford Motor company,

Dearborn, Michigan. B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State

University. Charter President of Chi Mu Chapter at Henry Ford Community

College. Served as Section 54 Vice Chair and Chair. Served as Region 6

Treasurer, Alumni President for Chi Mu Chapter. Received Chapter

Distinguished Service Key (1975), Section 54 Distinguished Service Key

(1981), and Region 6 Distinguished Service Key (1982). Recipient of

Americanism Citation by the City of Livonia, 1981, for outstanding

contributions to the community. Attended all National Conventions since

1974. Life Member, Silver Founders Circle Torchbearer, Eagle Scout,

Life Member of NESA, 32nd Degree Master Mason, APO Codicil Club member.

Elected Region 6 Director in 1984. Married.


Neal Farmer

Alpha Rho '76

Louisianna, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas

Sportswriter for the Houston Chronicle. Graduated from the University

of Texas at Austin in 1979 with a bachelor of journalism degree.

Chapter President of Alpha Rho, as well as administrative vice

president, reporter, and Scouting director. A former advisor to the

chapter at Texas Tech (Beta Sigma) and the chapter at the University of

Houston (Delta Omega). He received the Chapter Distinguished Service

Key. Served as Section 40 chair and received the Sectional

Distinguished Service Key. Chair of the Time and Place Committee at the

1978 National Convention in Nashville. He was a delegate to the 1976,

1986, and 1988 National Conventions. Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow,

Brotherhood. Life Member and Silver Torchbearer. Married.


Chris Nelms

Beta Psi '85

Arkansas, Colorado, Southwestern Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska,

Oklahoma, Wyoming

Principal Specialist, Industrial Engineering-McDonnell Douglas Aerospace

Company-Eastern Division, St. Louis, Missouri. Presently part of an

MRPII Process Transition Team. M.B.A. Organizational Management,

Maryville University; B.S. Secondary Education Industrial/Vocational

Emphasis, Southeast Missouri State University. Pledged Beta Psi in fall

'82, elected Best Pledge. Served Beta Psi in various leadership

capacities including Membership Vice President, Service Vice President,

and President; Elected best active. Voting delegate at 1982 & 1984

National Conventions. Chaired Nominations Reference Committee, 1984.

Attended 1986-1992 National Conventions. Upon graduation, appointed

Region 7 Alumni Director. Shortly thereafter appointed then

subsequently elected Section 49 Chair. Advisor to Delta Delta chapter,

St. Louis University. Served the National Fraternity as the 1990

National Convention Coordinator. Assisted in conducting multiple

Chapter President Workshops in and around the Midwest. Recipient of

Beta Psi Chapter DSK and Section 49 DSK. Life Member, NESA. Order of

the Arrow, Brotherhood. Member of Phi Mu Alpha (Professional Music).

Member, American Production & Inventory Control Society. Senior Member,

Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Member, Institute of Industrial

Engineers. Resides in St. Louis, Missouri with wife, Kim (Mc Clanahan),

Beta Psi, '88 and daughter, Lauren, age 3.


Charlie Zimmerman

Omicron '84

Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Systems Engineer, Caterpillar, Inc. B.S.E.(1987) and MS(1989) in

Industrial and Management Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Registered Engineer in Training, State of Iowa. Rechartering Member of

Omicron Chapter in 1984; Served as Vice President of Membership and in

various other positions. Received Chapter Distinguished Service Key in

1986. Served as University of Iowa Student Activities Board Director.

Currently serving Omicron as Chapter Advisor. Served as Section 21 Vice

Chair, Vice Chair for Extension, and Region 9 Scouting Committee Chair.

Delegate to 1984-1992 National Conventions. Life Member. Founding

Member Omicron Alumni Association. Member of National Society of

Professional Engineers, National Eagle Scout Association, and Order of

the Arrow(Vigil Honor). Active as explorer post advisor. Region 9

Director since 1990. Married to Melissa (Tiemann), Omicron '89.


Allen Wong, D.D.S.

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon,

Utah, Washington

A private practice dentist in Roseville California, and staff dentist at

Highland General Hospital, Oakland, California. Received his dental

degree from University of the Pacific-School of Dentistry in San

Francisco and did his undergraduate training at University of the

Pacific at Stockton, where he was a charter member. Past offices

include Chapter Service Vice President and President; Sectional Vice

Chair, Chair and Sectional Representative to Iota Phi (UC-Davis, CA) and

elected Region 10 Director at the 1990 National Convention.

Rechartering member and past advisory chair of both Mu Zeta (SFSU, CA)

and Omicron Zeta (CSU-Hayward, CA), past Advisory chair, Kappa Sigma

(CSU-Sacramento, CA), Honorary Member, Eta Psi (CSU-Chico, CA).

Regional DSK, Sectional DSK, and Chapter DSK from Alpha Alpha Xi and Mu

Zeta. Leadership Development and Chapter Presidents Workshop Staff.

Life Member, Red Cross CPR Instructor, Roseville Chamber of commerce

ambassador, Optimist International, University of the Pacific Dental

School Instructor, Concord Masonic Lodge, Alpha Kappa Lambda National,

Delta Sigma Delta Professional Fraternity, Sacramento District Dental

Society member, American Dental Association and California Dental





The National Executive Director is the chief administrative

officer of the Fraternity. His responsibility encompasses all

administrative and organizational aspects of the Fraternity, and he

reports directly to the National President and the National Board of

Directors. Additionally, he is:

- ex-officio, non-voting secretary of the National Board of

Directors and its Executive Committee and of the Endowment Fund


- general editor of all Fraternity publications;

- the Registered Agent of Alpha Phi Omega, Incorporated and the

keeper of its official records, seal and minutes.

Our National Executive Director is Patrick W. Burke. A graduate

of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, he earned a B.A. in speech

communication in 1966, a B.S. in English and education in 1970, and an

M.S. in school administration in 1973. He is a lieutenant colonel in

the Army Reserve. Pat

was recognized as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1986. He

was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, Assistant Scoutmaster, Cubmaster,

Webelo leader and Order of the Arrow member. Prior to his appointment

as National Executive Director, he was director of extension and public

relations for Sertoma International. He is a Life Member, Torchbearer,

Honorary Member of Zeta Beta Chapter and Honorary Advisor of Delta

Chapter. He lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, Jackie.

Pat has two children, Erin and John.



In addition to our National Executive Director, Alpha Phi

Omega's professional staff includes a Director of Chapter Services. Her

responsibilities include working with the Membership and Extension

program and supervising service to the chapters. She reports to the

National Executive Director.

Our current Director of Chapter Services is Judy Mitchell. She

has been with the Fraternity since February 1972.

Judy attended Kansas City Community College, 1963-64. Prior to

joining Alpha Phi Omega's national staff, she was manager of the

Multi-Peril Department at Thomas McGee and Sons, Commercial Insurance


Judy is an Honorary Member of Iota Chapter, member of the

Mid-America Society of Association Executives and the American Business

Women's Association. She is also a Camp Fire leader, past president of

her parish's Women's Circle and a member of the parish's Long-Range

Planning Committee.

She lives in Gladstone, Missouri, with her husband, Mike, and

three children, Christine, Melinda and Johnny.




I. National Service to Members:

A. The National Office keeps permanent records of all members by

chapter as well as by the name of the member. This ever-expanding file

now records more than 226,000 members in 656 chapter groupings.

B. The National Office issues an identification card to members at the

time of their initiation, together with a certificate of membership

suitable for framing. Advisors and honorary members also receive these

identification cards and certificates.

C. Congratulatory cards are issued to each new pledge recorded

Nationally. These are sent to the chapter president for presentation.

D. Pledge Manuals and other informative publications are supplied

without charge. So are pledge and active applications, membership

transfer forms, and jewelry order forms.

II. National Service to Chapters:

A. Torch and Trefoil, the national magazine, is published four times

during each academic year. Photographs and articles feature service

projects, chapter activities, new chapters, sectional meetings, and

matters of general interest to the Fraternity. Copies are provided for

actives, advisors, pledges, and life members.

B. A series of Leadership handbooks for chapter officers, advisors, and

committee members describe the organization, operation, and procedures

for the Fraternity. Suggestions for chapter programs and service

projects are included and chapter administration is outlined.

C. The Pledge Manual, furnished to each new pledge, outlines the

history and objectives of Alpha Phi Omega and the duties and

opportunities of each new pledge in the development of Leadership,

Friendship, and Service.

D. Questions and Answers, an informational booklet designed especially

for college administrators, prospective members, and groups forming new

chapters of Alpha Phi Omega, includes a listing of service projects that

chapters have actually conducted as well as a roster of active chapters.

E. National Bylaws, as adopted by the National Convention, is available

to all chapters. This includes the Standard Chapter Articles of

Association, which serves as the constitution for each chapter.

F. Ritual books are provided to all chapters for pledge and initiation

ceremonies, as prescribed by National Convention action.

G. Service bulletins and informational exchanges are sent to chapters.

H. Organizational guide for preparatory groups outlines the steps to be

taken in applying for chapter status in Alpha Phi Omega.

I. New chapters are presented at installation with an engraved charter

bearing the name of the college or university, the name of the chapter,

the date of installation, and the names of all charter members and


J. Hundreds of orders annually for Alpha Phi Omega insignia, decals,

armbands, notebooks, name badges, and other special supplies are

processed, packaged, and mailed by the National Office.

K. More than 1,000 individual letters a month are written to chapter

officers, Sectional Chairmen, Sectional Representatives, Board Members,

chapter advisors, and alumni.

L. Chapter reports are received and processed. Chapter suggestions and

ideas for service projects derived from these are shared in service

bulletins and in the national magazine.




"Alpha Phi Omega is destined to be one of the greatest college

fraternities in the world because it has as its foundation the highest

ideals of the ages, the most perfect standard the generations have been

able to produce, a standard accepted by all nations, all religions and

all people, one where the motivating idea is to look for the good and to

try to do good to everyone regardless of who or what belief, and

furthermore has the practical application in most commendable

educational social services."

Frank Reed Horton

March 1929

"The Lightbearer"




Southerner by birth, lawyer by training, youth movement

executive by desire, banker by avocation, cattleman by hobby, politician

by conviction, public speaker by demand, and humanitarian by choice --

all might be included in a summary of the life of H. Roe Bartle of

Kansas City, Missouri.

There was a magic to Bartle. He filled the room with more than

his legendary girth. He swept up throngs in the power of his voice, the

majesty of his language, the sparkle of his humor, the buoyance of his

spirit, and the audacity of his courage.

Mr., Dr., Mayor, Honorable -- all are titles used to identify H.

Roe Bartle. But to the Brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, he will always be

"The Chief."





(See page 8 - Our Founders)


DR. H. ROE BARTLE 1931-1946

Dr. H. Roe Bartle, affectionately known as "Chief," became

affiliated with Alpha Phi Omega in 1929, as Founder and Scouting Advisor

of Iota Chapter at Park College, Parkville, Missouri. He was then Scout

Executive of the Kansas City Area Council and later served several years

as president of Missouri Valley College. He served two terms as Mayor

of Kansas City, Missouri.

The Alpha Phi Omega Convention of 1931 elected this dynamic

leader to succeed our Founder as the top officer of our Fraternity. He

was repeatedly re-elected and served as National President until 1946,

when, as his choosing, he relinquished this responsibility.

The Chief led our Fraternity in nationwide growth. He secured

the endorsement of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, and

obtained the approval of college presidents and deans in all parts of

the nation. Upon his recommendation, in 1932, Sidney B. North was

employed as the first National Executive Secretary.

From 18 chapters in 1931, under his outstanding leadership, the

Fraternity expanded to 109 campuses by 1946, and achievement all the

more significant in view of the Depression and World War II years.

Brother Bartle passed away on May 9, 1974.



Dean Arno Nowotny, known as "Shorty," became affiliated with

Alpha Phi Omega in Alpha Rho Chapter at the University of Texas in 1938.

As Dean of Student Life at the University, he took great interest in the

Fraternity, and was elected National President by the 1946 National

Convention. He named state chairmen to expand Alpha Phi omega and sold

more deans on the values and usefulness of the Fraternity. During his

presidency, the number of chapters doubled from 109 to 227 and

membership grew rapidly. Brother Nowotny passed away on April 11, 1982.



Professor Daniel Den Uyl was elected National President of Alpha

Phi Omega in 1950. He brought to the national leadership a rich

experience as advisor to Alpha Gamma Chapter at Purdue University.

Wherever he traveled, whether on Scouting, university, or Fraternity

business, he promoted Alpha Phi Omega through his friendliness and

genuine interest in Service. He continued actively in his chapter and

on the National Board of Directors until his death in 1961.


M.R. DISBOROUGH 1954-1958

The 1954 National Convention elected M.R. Disborough as National

President. Brother Disborough, who became affiliated with Alpha Phi

Omega in 1936 as a charter member of Alpha Tau Chapter at Butler

University, was the first undergraduate Brother to rise through the

ranks to the Presidency.

Under his administration, a special emphasis was placed on the

selection and appointment of Sectional Chairs, a plan of organization

which has continued and is in operation in the 50 Alpha Phi Omega

sections throughout the United States. Brother Disborough passed away

in 1980.


WILLIAM S. ROTH 1958-1962

Elected National President by the 1958 National Convention, Bill

Roth traveled widely, building morale, strengthening chapter programs,

and pushing the expansion of Alpha Phi Omega. He originally became

affiliated in 1949 as an active member of Rho Chapter at the University

of North Carolina.

Among Brother Roth's accomplishments was the extension of Alpha

Phi Omega to Alaska with the chartering of Nu Omega Chapter at the

University of Alaska in 1962. In his first term as National President,

Joseph Scanlon was appointed National Executive Director.


DR. LESTER R. STEIG 1962-1964

Dr. Lester R. Steig, an outstanding administrator with the San

Francisco Unified School District, was elected by the 1962 National

Convention to serve as National President. Dr. Steig, who first joined

Alpha Phi Omega in 1937 as an advisor to Alpha Lambda Chapter at North

Dakota State University, applied his talents to expanding Alpha Phi

Omega and made many friends for our Fraternity throughout his term of

office. He has served in numerous capacities in youth leadership, both

locally and nationally.


TOM T. GALT, M.D. 1964-1966

Tom T. Galt, M.D., known as "T square," was elected by the 1964

National Convention as Alpha Phi Omega's eighth National President. He

first became affiliated in 1948 as an active member of Delta Kappa

Chapter at Emory University, and has taken an ardent interest in our

Fraternity through the years. In his tenure as National President, the

sustaining membership program was inaugurated to obtain additional

operating funds. National Service to chapters was expanded, and a

long-range plan for growth and service was drafted.



E. ROSS FORMAN 1966-1968

The 1966 national Convention selected E. Ross Forman of

Philadelphia as National President. Brother Forman first became a

member of the Fraternity in 1948 as a charter member of Zeta Theta

Chapter at Drexel University.

During his term a Constitutional Convention was held in 1967 at

Norman, Oklahoma, a new set of National Bylaws was adopted, and the

Fraternity's incorporation moved to the state of Missouri. Leadership

training sessions for Sectional Chairs were inaugurated and held in

Chicago and Atlanta and at Yale University.


DR. GLEN T. NYGREEN 1968-1970

Dr. Glen T. Nygreen became affiliated with Alpha Phi Omega as an

advisor to Gamma Alpha Chapter at the University of Washington in 1947.

Since that time he has maintained a keen interest in the activities and

growth of our Fraternity.

Dr. Nygreen, who was elected by the 1968 National Convention, is

a distinguished educator and a leader in the field of student personnel,

and his guidance resulted in many outstanding developments during his

term in office.



Aubrey B. Hamilton joined Alpha Phi Omega in 1936 as a charter

member of Alpha Phi Chapter at Washington University in St. Louis. He

was elected National President by the 1970 National Convention and

served with distinction until his death in March of 1972.

Brother Hamilton, a prominent St. Louis attorney, developed the

"Task Force" concept of study of areas of vital concern to Alpha Phi

Omega. During President Hamilton's tenure, Joseph Scanlon retired and

Roger A. Sherwood was appointed National Executive Director. Brother

Hamilton passed away on March 10, 1972.


LUCIUS E. YOUNG, LTC, RET. 1972-1974

Lucius E. Young came to Alpha Phi Omega as co-founder of Zeta

Phi Chapter at Howard University. He succeeded to the Presidency on the

death of Aubrey Hamilton in March of 1972. The 1972 National Convention

elected him to a term in his own right.

Col. Young served his country as a military officer, a

Professional Scouter and a Professor of Military Science at Howard. He

traveled the country extensively, visiting many chapter and Sectional

Conferences throughout his term of office.


LAWRENCE L. HIRSCH, M.D. 1974-1978

Lawrence L. Hirsch, M.D., affectionately known as "Pinky," was

initiated into Beta Gamma Chapter at Central YMCA College in Chicago in

1940. He is a founder of the Fraternity's Alumni Movement. He was

elected President by the 1974 National Convention and was re-elected in


Under Dr. Hirsch's leadership, the committee system of the Board

was strengthened and the services provided by the National Fraternity

were expanded significantly. He provided strong leadership during

difficult days for Alpha Phi Omega.


LORIN A. JURVIS 1978-1980

Lorin A. Jurvis joined Alpha Phi Omega as a member of Delta Nu

Chapter at Yale University in 1953. He served the Fraternity as Chapter

President, Sectional Chair, Region III Director, and National Vice

President, and was elected National President by the 1978 National


Brother Jurvis distinguished himself as National president by

strengthening the Fraternity's relationship with Scouting and college

administrators, by providing an increased awareness of the Fraternity

through a strong public relations program, and by developing a solid

administration through the National Board of Directors.


DR. C.P. ZLATKOVICH 1980-1982

Dr. C.P. Zlatkovich was elected Alpha Phi Omega's fifteenth

National President at the Los Angeles Convention in 1980. He was

initiated into Alpha Rho Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin in

1964 and had served in several roles, including Region VII Director and

National Finance Chair. He is a faculty member in the College of

Business Administration at University of Texas at El Paso.

The encouragement of a spirit of innovation was the theme of Dr.

Zlatkovich's presidency, and his term was a time of growth for the

Fraternity. Under his leadership, the Fraternity developed a series of

goals for the future and modernized the national office. During his

term, Darrell Spoon was appointed to serve as Alpha Phi Omega's fourth

National Executive Director.



EARLE M. HERBERT 1982-1986

Earle Herbert joined Alpha Phi Omega as a member of Chi Chapter

at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1959. During his

service with the Fraternity, he has received the Chapter Distinguished

Service Award (1960), National Distinguished Service Award (1978),

Regional Distinguished Service Key (1982), and Distinguished Alumnus Key

(1988). He was Region X Director, 1968-80. He was elected by

acclamation as President in 1982 and 1984. During his terms the

Fraternity saw improved communication with all chapter and a greatly

enlarged leadership development program.

The international aspects of Alpha Phi Omega were highlighted

during his second term. Also during this period of time, Patrick W.

Burke was selected as our fifth National Executive Director. Brother

Herbert is the administrative officer of Surgical Services, Veterans

Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.



Stan was activated in 1968 into Xi Omicron Chapter at Tarleton

State College in Stephenville, Texas. He has served the Fraternity as

Region IV Director, 1976-78; National Service Chair, 1978-84; and

National Vice President,1984-86. He was elected President by the 1986

National Convention and re-elected in 1988. He received Distinguished

Service Keys from Xi Omicron Chapter and Region IV; he received the

National Distinguished Service Award at the 1990 National Convention.

During his tenure the Fraternity realized the construction of

the first permanent National Office (in Independence, Missouri). Also

during that time, the Fraternity completed computerization of the

National Office, increased membership and chapters, and, re-established

and strengthened its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Carpenter earned his doctorate in counseling and student

personnel in higher education from the University of Georgia. He is

associate professor of Education Administration and Coordinator of the

Higher Education Administration Program at Texas A&M.




SIDNEY B. NORTH was the first person to serve as the National

Executive Secretary. His period of administration extended from 1932 to

1960. Brother North then worked for Rotary International until he

retired in 1973. He was a Life Member of the National Board of

Directors. Brother North passed away in January 1989.


JOSEPH SCANLON was the second National Executive Secretary. His

term as administrator of our Fraternity was from 1960 to 1972, and

during that time his title was changed to National Executive Director.

He was also a Life Member of the National Board of Directors and was the

Executive Director of Shepherd's Center in Kansas City, Missouri, from

1972 to 1987. Brother Scanlon died on June 6, 1992.


ROGER SHERWOOD served as National Executive Director from 1972 to

1982. He is a Life Member of the National Board of Directors and is the

Executive Director of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in

Kansas City, Missouri.


DARRELL SPOON was National Executive Director from 1981 to 1984.

Brother Spoon is in business in Kansas City, Missouri.




The alumni volunteer effort in serving chapters on a Sectional

and Regional basis is one of Alpha Phi Omega's real strengths.

Each Section, composed of the chapters within a given

geographical area, elects a Sectional Chair to oversee Sectional

operations. The Chair in turn appoints a staff, which can include

Sectional Vice Chairs and Sectional Representatives to assist in the

Sectional administration.

The Section, which exists to enable chapters to share their

experiences, was created to cement the bond of Brotherhood and to help

chapters in times of need. One of the primary means of accomplishing

this is through Sectional Conferences. At a Sectional Conference, as

many Brothers as possible from chapters in the Section gather to

participate in leadership development seminars, informal discussions and

social events, and a renewal of spirit. You can determine your

chapter's Section (and Region) by referring to Pages 46-49 of this



Sectional Conferences are held at least annually by every

section. Some sections hold two meetings, one in the fall and one in

the spring.

Regional Conferences are generally held in odd-numbered years,

usually during the fall.

Conferences provide a forum during which chapters exchange ideas

and seek solutions to common problems. Conference programs usually

include discussion of items of national, regional and local interest.

Also, there are leadership development seminars and workshops, which

usually are more extensive at a Regional Conference. One of the major

benefits resulting from these conferences is the fellowship with

Brothers from other chapters. Informal gatherings held at these

meetings provide for a free flow of information, an invaluable aid in

solving problems. Board Members are frequently in attendance in order to

provide for two-way communication on matters of concern to both the

chapters and to the National Fraternity.

In addition to the volunteers serving on a Sectional level, many

alumni serve on a Regional basis. These alumni help with extension,

chapter services, newsletters and other areas.

The many Brothers currently serving in these positions are

giving unselfishly of their time and energy in promoting and extending

Alpha Phi Omega's program of Service and in providing guidance and

assistance to chapters. These dedicated Brothers deserve the

appreciation and cooperation of the entire Fraternity for helping

through Alpha Phi Omega to make our world a better place.


The college fraternity system in the United States came into

being with the founding of Phi Beta Kappa on December 5, 1776, at the

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was a social

club of five students, and it had all the features which characterize

the modern fraternity -- a ritual, with secret obligations, and a motto,

grip and badge. Now it is the most highly regarded scholastic honorary

society in America.

William and Mary closed in 1781, and the college fraternity

system would have been dead if it had not been for a grant that was

given to one of the members to establish chapters at Yale (1780) and

Harvard (1781).

During the century and a half that followed, more than 400

college organizations (honorary, social and professional) have been

founded, deriving their names from the Greek alphabet. Of these, Alpha

Phi Omega is the only national fraternity with is devoted essentially to


Alpha Phi Omega chapters, although prohibited by the Bylaws from

joining inter fraternity councils, normally work closely with other

fraternities and sororities, frequently sponsoring joint service

projects and seeking cooperation for APO projects.

We believe that Alpha Phi Omega captures the best parts of the

FRATERNITY ideal. FRATERNITY implies a common bond, a united army that

can go anywhere and conquer anything. It is an alliance that is

lifelong. This unselfish sharing of ideas, interests, successes and

even failures is indeed what FRATERNITY is all about. And that is what

Alpha Phi Omega is all about.




Have you ever checked the definition of leadership in Webster's?

Well, it really isn't defined, and maybe that's because leadership means

different things to different people. Whenever leadership is described,

it is usually through a story or a moral or someone's experience.

Everyone has a favorite definition, and every definition is a little


Alpha Phi Omega teaches us through our principles of Leadership,

Friendship and Service that we are the architects of our own ambitions

and that each of us has the opportunity to develop ourselves to be

whatever we seek to be. In the areas of leadership, from within our own

Fraternity, people are transformed from followers to leaders sometimes

without really being aware of the development. It can happen gradually,

or it might happen a follower, tomorrow a leader.

Realistically, leadership is a matter of development, APO

develops leaders, and we are very proud of that. As we grow, we seek

qualities of leadership, and throughout our lives, we pursue the

development of those qualities and the development of other "well-

rounding" qualities. Through our leadership development program in

Alpha Phi Omega, we are able to develop ourselves. And, as we aspire to

greater things in life, we become aware of limiting factors...that we

can't control the external forces that shape our destiny until we

control and develop what we have inside of us. We discover our own

talents and strive to better our skills. We study, we learn, we


Once we do these things for ourselves, we learn to externalize

our qualities and in the real sense, we are developing our leadership

abilities. We become aware that Alpha Phi Omega is showing us the

importance of leadership. Alpha Phi Omega is the tool that provides an

atmosphere where brothers can develop and learn. Together we make and

provide tremendous opportunities for our brothers to make meaningful

contributions to the lives of those with whom we come in contact.

Leadership is a skill which can be learned. Recognizing that,

Alpha Phi Omega has organized a program to aid brothers to do so. Each

year we have workshops and seminars to help you. Listed below are the

major components of this program.

a) LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: A 6 1/2 hour session which

utilizes a variety of techniques, including group discussion, role

playing, problem solving, and a minimum of formal presentation. The

concentration is on the development of personal skills, including

communication, decision making, leadership style and uses of resources.

The LDW is offered at sectional and regional conferences as well as the

National Convention.

b) CHAPTER PRESIDENT'S WORKSHOP: A weekend long program for chapter

presidents, service vice presidents and membership vice presidents, as

well as for sectional staff. It focuses on how a chapter should be

operated and the specific function of each of these officers in its

administration. Goal setting and planning to meet those goals as well

as some personal skill development are included. The CPW is offered

several times every summer at locations throughout the country as well

as an occasional presentation at other times.

c) ADVISOR SEMINARS: A package of several seminars for and about

chapter advisors is available for presentation at conferences. It

includes a seminar on the "Care and Feeding of Chapter Advisors" which

considers chapter-advisor relations, communications and the different

expectations of each, as well as retention and utilization of advisors.

Another seminar is for chapters advisors only and concentrates on

counseling skills and guidance.

d) WRITTEN MATERIALS: A number of publications are currently available

which will help you. Among these publications are the -Leadership

Series-, which includes handbooks for the Chapter President, Service

Vice President, Membership Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and

Guide to Conference Planning; a -Public Relations Handbook-; and an

-Advisor's Handbook-.


programs available to you, this annual chapter evaluation and planning

session should be conducted by every chapter. It is the best method to

develop a chapter program which reflects the interests of the brothers.

The Chapter Program Planning Conference provides a method to -review-

the chapter's performance in the areas of service, membership,

leadership development and finance. It also establishes goals for the

next year.

In addition to the programs described above, the Leadership

Development Committee is always developing new seminar ideas and other

materials for use by chapters. There is an extensive program offered at

every National Convention. Materials have also been developed for use

by your sectional chairman and other volunteers.

Of course, none of these programs will help you unless you decide

to take advantage of them. Attend your next sectional and/or regional

conference and participate in the seminars which are presented. If your

chapter does not have any of the written materials on hand, ask the

secretary to contact the National Office for them.

If you have any questions or suggestions about anything in the

area of leadership development, write to the National Leadership

Development Chairman in care of the National Office.



What is a friend? Someone who is loyal? Popular? Trustworthy?

Understanding? Dependable? Two qualities usually take top honors:

Dependability and Trustworthiness.

A friend is someone who likes you despite your faults, one who

is honest and loyal toward you, one who brings out the best in you and

overlooks the weak things that you do. If you fail the friend gives you

confidence, and if you do something wrong, inspires you to do it right,

thereby giving you a sense of belonging.

Friendship is a give-and-take relationship. True friendship is

measured by the amount of respect and devotion you feel and practice. A

friend has a good sense of humor; uses good judgment, and will help you

in difficulties; is considerate and not ashamed to be with you; does not

tell jokes about you or turn away from you because another person may

refuse to associate with you.

A friend is someone you can turn to in time of need and to whom

you can tell your troubles in confidence. A friend does not have to be

the most outstanding, the smartest, the best dressed or the best looking

person you know, but instead may be an ordinary but sensible person in

whom you trust.

A friend will give you the right information at the right time,

and a trustworthy friend is one to whom you can tell things you don't

want retold. Two friends must share interest but should not cling just

to each other, ignoring other friends.

Above all, the way to have a friend is to be a friend.




"To be of service is a solid foundation for contentment

in this world." -- Charles William Eliot

Our chapter service programs provide many opportunities for the

development of social awareness, friendships and leadership skills.

Participation in our Service program helps make Alpha Phi Omega the

unique fraternal organization that it is.

The Fraternity has established "four fields of service" in which

chapters would be involved. These are:

SERVICE TO THE CAMPUS: Each chapter should carry out projects

that benefit the campus and fellow students.


projects which benefit the community and its residents. Service to

youth -- especially the Scouting movements -- is a special area of


SERVICE TO THE NATION: Each chapter should develop projects

which have an impact beyond the campus and community.

SERVICE TO THE MEMBERS: Service projects that directly benefit

the members of the chapter should be included. Sponsoring leadership

workshops, Fraternity conferences, fellowship events and academic

support groups are some of the ways Brothers can challenge and support

each other.

As a new member, you have a responsibility to contribute ideas,

interest and desire to the planning of the service program. "We've

always done it that way" is neither a reason to continue a program, drop

it, or refuse to add innovative projects. As the membership of your

chapter constantly changes, its needs, as well as those of your campus

and community, change as well. The chapter program must reflect these


Balance is the key to any great chapter service program. While

all service projects can provide both leadership development and

fellowship opportunities the benefits vary with the size and duration of

the project. As you develop a service program, there are a variety of

factors to consider:

LARGE OR SMALL? Large projects, involving most of the chapter,

provide a greater opportunity for your members to work closely with each

other. They may also present a chance to involve members from other

chapters or other organizations. Several small projects will increase

the chapters' diversity and meet the interests of a greater number of

your Brothers.

TRADITIONAL OR NEW? Traditional (repeated annually, quarterly,

etc.) service projects give a chapter a sense of continuity and history.

They must be evaluated periodically to determine if they still meet a

real need. New projects often have a sense of challenge and excitement

which strengthens the chapter's morale.

"PEOPLE" OR "WORK-TYPE"? Projects with direct contact with

people (visiting patients in a convalescent hospital or assisting a Girl

Scout Troop) have a strong appeal to some members. Others are more

interested in activities which have a longer lasting impact, such as

building a nature trail in a national park or painting equipment in a

community playground.

CHAPTER INITIATED OR ASSISTED? Service projects suggested,

planned or carried out by chapter members provide a variety of

leadership opportunities, as well as a way of utilizing the talents and

resources of the members. Assisting at projects planned by others is

usually less challenging but does promote Alpha Phi Omega and enhance

opportunities for cooperation.

In addition to the above, Alpha Phi Omega encourages every

chapter to participate in several national activities which are designed

to enhance our impact on the nation.

Each National Convention selects a "Program of Emphasis," which

focuses service activities on a particular area. The 1990 National

Convention designated "EDUCATION: THE BIG PAY-OFF" as the 1991-92

Program of Emphasis. Each Chapter's annual program should include at

least on project in this area.

The first Saturday of November has been designated "NATIONAL

SERVICE DAY" by the Fraternity. This is a day when every chapter is

encouraged to carry out a high profile service project with a related

theme. The 1990 National Convention designated "LITERACY" as the theme

for Service Day, 1991 and "CAREER AWARENESS" for 1992.

Finally, the Fraternity dedicates the Fall Pledge Class on a

national level. In conjunction with this dedication, the fall pledge

class of every chapter is asked to conduct a service project in an area

selected by the Pledge Class Honoree.

In developing and executing a chapter service program, both the

Brothers and those being served should benefit. Brothers should feel

good about the quality of volunteer work they have done. They should

feel challenged and have had the opportunity to learn new skills and

strengthen friendships.

However long you are involved with Alpha Phi Omega, as a student

or as an alumnus the philosophy of service, the leadership skills and

the joy of helping others should remain with you. This commitment to

our three Cardinal Principles is one of the continuing benefits of

membership in Alpha Phi Omega.




Scouting and Alpha Phi Omega share philosophies. Alpha Phi

Omega is founded on the principles of Scouting.

Your first reaction to Scouting may be thoughts of boys helping

little old ladies across streets or girls in green uniforms selling

those good-tasting cookies. That common perception is not one many

college students feel comfortable with. So let's look at our Scouting

relationship and see why we have a strong bond with the Scouting


The worldwide Scouting movement can be traced back to Lord

Baden-Powell, who founded Boy Scouts in England in 1908. This was

followed shortly by the founding of the Girl Scouts By Juliet Lowe.

Similarity of purpose, philosophy, and ideals was inevitable. Both

programs are based on the concept of helping others without expecting a


While that concept is common to all Scouting programs worldwide,

it has special significance in the United States. The spirit of

volunteerism and helping others was established prior to the 20th

century. Our early colonists developed a strong sense of helping

neighbors and others in need. This gave Scouting a strong base on which

to build.

From its inception, the BSA has delivered a strong philosophy in

simple terms boys can understand -- the Scout Motto, the Scout Slogan,

the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Frank Reed Horton observed that

Scouts, applying these principles, often sacrificed something personal

to help someone else. This philosophy, he decided, could provide the

foundation for a college fraternity -- Alpha Phi Omega. He sought out

men who shared this belief -- former Scouts during themselves. In this

manner, he started the Fraternity at Lafayette College.

Rapid growth followed. Scouting was recognized for its positive

development of young men. College administrators quickly recognized

that a Fraternity carrying ideals to the campus would aid in the

positive development of students.

Frank Reed Horton's purpose was to make Alpha Phi Omega a

college organization that cooperated with all youth movements,

especially Scouting. At first, membership was restricted to former

leaders, including H. Roe Bartle. He was instrumental in gaining

recognition for Alpha Phi Omega from the National Council of the Boy

Scouts of America as the National Honorary Scout Fraternity in 1932.

This expanded interest in the Scouting movement.

The philosophy of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts is very

similar, although the programs are quite different. Alpha Phi Omega

desires to have a strong relationship with both movements.

Our relationship with the Boy Scouts is a formal one. The

National President and Chief Scout Executive (or their nominees) serve

on our National Board of Directors. We participate in major national

events of the BSA, such as National Jamborees, National Explorer

Congresses, National Order of the Arrow conferences, and National

Council Meetings.

We have no formal relationship with the Girl Scouts. We are

working to create a closer relationship and to develop a better

understanding between the two national organizations.

On a chapter level, however, the involvement with both the Boy

Scouts and the Girl Scouts is similar. Chapters provide unit leaders,

staff for special events and other assistance.

With a better understanding of why Scouting's principles and

ours are so closely related, you will enjoy your experience in Alpha Phi

Omega more. Service to Scouting is an important aspect of a strong

service program. Every chapter should include it in their service


The Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best

to do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,

mentally awake, and morally straight.


The Scout Law


Trustworthy Obedient

Loyal Cheerful

Helpful Thrifty

Friendly Brave

Courteous Clean

Kind Reverent






* Freshman Information Booth (1st-3rd weeks each fall semester)

* Bulletin board maintenance & posting

* Campus cleanups

* Staffing for campus events (ushering, coat checks, valet parking,



* Stadium cleanups

* Homecoming activities (parades, floats, bonfires, dances, etc.)

* used book exchanges

* Concession stands at athletic events

* Campus tour guides

* Sponsoring and promoting an "awareness week" (drug, alcohol, AIDS,


* Faculty Night Out (providing babysitting services for special events

and banquets)

* Alumni telethons/"phonathons" (campus fund-raising)

* Registration

* Sponsoring campus events (activities fair, international student

festival, health fair, etc.)

* Monitoring teacher evaluations

* Sponsoring a freshman dance or dinner

* Promoting recycling on campus

* Campus phone directories

* Cheering sections and banners at athletic events

* Campus lost and found

* APO Week on campus (one project every day)

* Storing students bikes over the winter

* Campus escort services and safe-ride programs

* Valentines flowergrams and other similar campus sales projects

* Shuttle buses to airport during school vacations/holidays

* Sponsor and maintain a ride board

* Help students moving into the dorms

* Campus surveys

* All Sing contests (sponsoring them or participating in them)

* Anti-vandalism/ property-identification program

* Caring for school mascot

* Handicapped student assistance and accessibility studies

* Professor of the Year contest

* Sponsor study breaks during mid-terms and finals



* Attending, planning or hosting a Sectional or Regional Conference or a

National Convention

* Assist with a petitioning or reactivation effort

* Sponsor intra-chapter workshops

* Chapter fund-raiser

* Chapter study hall, test files and tutoring services

* Fellowship activities

* Alumni newsletters

* Maintain or update chapter scrapbooks

* Staffing APO information booths

* Chapter Program Planning Conference/retreat

* Chapter anniversary celebrations, banquets and alumni receptions

* Recruiting new members for the chapter



* Local park/cemetery cleanups

* Holiday parties at hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, etc.

* Provide assistance to women's shelters Collect food and funds and

provide manpower for local food pantries and soup kitchens

* Nursing home visitation (sometimes with pets)

* Halloween Haunted Houses, street patrol and "safe" parties

* Blood drives

* Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteers

* Assisting the elderly with winterizing, lawn maintenance and home


* Hospital volunteers

* Recording for the blind

* Fingerprinting children for identification purposes

* Playground building, repair and litter control

* Assisting with various shelters and organizations providing help for

the homeless

* Teen dances (non-alcoholic)

* Provide manpower and fund-raising assistance to humane societies and

animal shelters

* Work with local Boys Clubs, Girls Clubs, etc.

* AIDS awareness and support services

* Clothing drives for the needy

* Help out with YMCA activities

* Museum volunteers and fund-raising assistance

* Re-seeding and other projects at a local arboretum

* Cleanup projects at various community centers and shelters

* Volunteer work and toy drives for local child abuse centers



* Recruit volunteer and provide emergency assistance for crisis

prevention hotline

* Provide volunteers and cleanup work for historical societies and their


* Meals on Wheels volunteers

* Babysitting for C.A.R.E.

* Tutoring for local school districts

* Set up a Community Service Network of volunteers and service


* BSA Camporees/ScoutFairs/Scout-A-Ramas/Winterees, etc.

* Girl Scout Badge Day

* Scouting For Food

* Scout Swim Day (usually at campus swimming pool)

* Boy Scout and Girl Scout camp cleanups and winterizing

* Providing sponsorship and adult leadership for troops

* Helping out with Pinewood/Klondike Derbies

* Helping with council banquets and events

* Sponsoring Scout First Aid Contests for both Boy Scouts and Girl


* Serving as BSA Merit Badge counselors

* Sponsoring Scout Day at the Mall

* Assisting with Girl Scout cookie sales on campus

* Badge University (a joint merit badge day for Boy Scouts and Girl


* Handicapped Troop Crafts Day

* Trade-O-Ree (patch trading weekend)

* Sponsoring a Fall Color Hike

* Wolverine Golf Classic

* Popcorn sales for troop fund-raisers

* Assist with adult volunteer training

* Camp Fire Fun Run

* Camp Fire Day Camp volunteers

* Scout House cleanups

* Assist with Eagle Scout projects

* Provide help publishing, folding and mailing council newsletters

* Organize and staff an APO booth at Scout Fairs



* American Cancer Society

* American Diabetes Association

* American Heart Association

* American Lung Association

* American Red Cross

* Arthritis Foundation

* Association of Retarded Citizens

* Catholic Social Services

* Cerebral Palsy Association

* Christmas cards to overseas servicemen

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Easter Seals Society

* Flag Appreciation in grammar schools

* Great American Smokeout

* Habitat for Humanity

* Juvenile Diabetes Society

* Leukemia Foundation

* Lupus Foundation

* Make-A-Wish Foundation

* March of Dimes

* Multiple Sclerosis Society

* Muscular Dystrophy Association

* National Child Abuse Association

* National Council for Exceptional Children

* National Council for Literacy

* National Liver Foundation

* National Kidney Foundation

* Organ donor card distribution

* Oxfam International

* PBS stations

* PLUS (Project Literacy United States)

* Ronald McDonald House

* Salvation Army

* Sickle Cell Anemia Education/Awareness

* Special Olympics

* Veterans Day services

* Veterans hospital visitations

* Visiting Nurse Association

* Voter Registration


Alpha Phi Omega chapters provide service to these and other

organizations in both the volunteer-support and fund-raising areas.

Here are just a few examples of chapter fund-raising projects:

* Ugly Man On Campus

* Crafts shows

* Charity auctions

* Canoe races

* Diaper relays

* Bike-A-Thons

* Bowl-A-Thons

* Penny drives

* Softball marathons

* Daffodil sales

* Walk-A-Thons

* Dance-A-Thons





I. Good Advisor-Chapter Relations

Each advisor has a specific job.

Each advisor has a specific term of office.

Regular advisory committee meetings are held.

Advisors attend chapter meetings and projects.

Advisors have good contact with chapter membership.

Advisors participate in Sectional and Regional Conferences and

National Conventions.

II. Membership (Composition)

Chapter includes individuals from social fraternities and

sororities as well as independents.

Chapter includes commuters as well as students living on campus.

Membership is representative of all colleges (schools) on


Membership is representative of various living units.

Membership is representative of various races and religions.

III. Membership (Rushing)

Personal contact with prospective members is constantly


Each pledge finds a replacement for the next pledge class.

Rush is well-publicized.

The chapter endeavors to maintain a favorable campus "image."

The chapter is aware of the needs of the new members.

All actives continually recruit new members.

IV. Membership (Retention)

Each Brother has an opportunity to get involved.

Leadership Development opportunities are available.

Brothers who miss events are contacted to find out why.

Fellowship events are frequent enough to develop friendships.

V. Projects

Many projects are held in which the whole chapter can


Large projects are conducted.

Projects include those in which pledges and actives can work


Sound money-making projects are conducted.

The chapter constantly searches for new projects and evaluates

the effectiveness of old ones.

A balanced Service program is maintained


VI. Communications

A chapter office is maintained to bring members together and to

attract new members.

A chapter newsletter is published.

The chapter maintains good contact with the National Office, the

Sectional Chair, and other chapter by assigning a member this


The chapter follows sound planning and communication practices.

VII. Pledge Program

Maturity is emphasized.

Pledges are allowed enough time to satisfactorily complete

pledge requirements.

Program teaches responsibility in carrying out the work of the


Program requires pledge class unity.

Program ensures appreciation for the ideals of APO.

Number of pledges is large enough to keep the chapter healthy.




Your pledge period is a time to determine your interest in committing

yourself to the principles of Alpha Phi Omega. As a Brother, you will be

expected to demonstrate this commitment daily. While your chapter will

identify specific responsibilities to maintain your active membership,

here are a few general duties.

* Attend all chapter meetings.

* Participate in as many service projects as possible.

* Serve on at least one chapter committee.

* Serve as a chapter officer or project leader.

* Attend at least one Sectional or Regional Conference or a National

Convention each year.

* Pay all financial obligations promptly.

* Recruit at least one new member to replace yourself each year.

* Contribute your ideas and preferences to the Service Committee and to

other chapter programs.

Future pledges will look to the active chapter for a model of

the principles of Alpha Phi Omega. As a Brother you are that example.

Part of setting this example is to ensure that your chapter meets its

obligations to the Fraternity. Every chapter is required to do the


* Annual reaffirm its charter by completing and submitting the "Charter

Reaffirmation Form," due in the National Office by November 15; and

* Register its pledges and initiates with the National Office within ten

days of the pledge ceremony or initiation ritual.

In addition, every chapter should complete the H. Roe

Bartle/Annual Chapter Program Review and conduct a Chapter Program

Planning Conference annually.


To become a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega is to make a lifetime

commitment to the Principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. As a

student, you will demonstrate your commitment by taking part in the

activities and operation of your Chapter. After college, you will have

opportunities throughout the rest of your life to demonstrate our

Principles to benefit your community, your profession and the


Alpha Phi Omega alumni are participating citizens. They give

freely of their time and energy in worthwhile causes ranging from

neighborhood-improvement projects to national elections.

The Fraternity, too, will want and need your involvement when

you become an alumnus. Alpha Phi Omega depends on alumni for Sectional,

Regional and National volunteer leadership. Alumni serve as committee

and staff members, as workshop facilitators, as elected officers and as

sponsors for new chapters. You will have the opportunity to help the

students of the future enjoy the benefits of the Fraternity that you are

discovering today.

Alpha Phi Omega programs and services recognize the importance

of alumni. We encourage alumni-oriented events during Sectional,

Regional, and National meetings. The National Alumni Committee

coordinates these efforts and promotes greater alumni involvement.

Local alumni associations are a key part of the Fraternity's

alumni structure. The more than 35 local associations are either

chapter-based or geographically oriented. They are an important

communication and fellowship link between the Fraternity and individual

alumni. Each alumni association develops its own structure and program,

often including service to chapters and the community.

The Brotherhood of Alpha Phi Omega knows no bound in space or

time. When you pledge yourself to our Principles, you are making a

commitment that will last a lifetime.


Life Membership is a way of demonstrating your intention to live

the Principles of Alpha Phi Omega throughout your life. Unlike being a

pledge or an active or an alumnus, which are stages of belonging to the

Fraternity. Life Membership is an attitude and commitment of support for

the Fraternity and what it represents.

As a pledge, you should set aside $5 for a down payment or $50

for full payment for your Life membership (the cost is $100 beginning

six months after graduation). You may apply for Life Membership after

you are initiated by your Chapter and registered in the National Office

as a Brother.

As a Life Member, you will receive the Torch & Trefoil, the

official Fraternity magazine, a Life Membership card and a certificate

suitable for framing. Further, you will be performing a service to the

Fraternity. Life Membership fees go into a permanent endowment fund that

ensures the Fraternity's financial future.

Membership in Alpha Phi Omega is both a privilege and an honor.

Life Membership enhances the experience.




This short article about parliamentary procedure is not to be

considered as a complete set of rules to cover all possible questions

that might arise. It is to be used as a guide to cover the points most

often encountered. for a more detailed set of rules we recommend

Robert's Rules of Order Revised.


Obtain the floor as follows: Address the President by saying,

"Mr. President" and then wait to be recognized before presenting a


State the motion carefully. This is usually done by saying, "I

move that...." or "I move the adoption of the following resolution."

The motion must be seconded. A motion cannot be discussed

unless it is seconded; also, unless it receives a second, it is lost.

Any eligible voter, other than the one making the motion may second it.

He usually simply says, "I second the motion."

The chairman must repeat the motion in full and call for any


The motion is then open for discussion. This is done by members

of the group who obtain the floor by addressing the chair and being

recognized by the chairman. The person who made the motion is usually

given the opportunity to open and close the discussion.

After the discussion, the vote is taken by one of the following

ways: 1) by acclamation, 2) by standing or raising the hand, 3) by roll

call, 4) by ballot.


An amendment to a motion is really a new motion made to change

or modify the previous motion which is under consideration. An

amendment may be one of four things:

Add or insert a certain word or words, or a sentence to the

motion under consideration.

Strike out a certain word or words, or a sentence in the motion.

Substitute another motion for the one being considered.

Substitute words to replace wording under consideration.

An amendment, like the principle motion, must be seconded. It

is also debatable and may again be amended. The proper form for making

an amendment is: "I move to amend the motion to read..." or "I move to

amend the motion..."

The amendment to a motion, if seconded, must be voted upon

before the original motion. If the amendment to the motion is carried,

the original motion must be voted upon as amended.


A point of order may be raised by a member whenever an

unparliamentary or disorderly procedure has been made. This may be done

without recognition by the chair. If a person is speaking when a point

of order is raised, then he must be silent. The chair decides whether

the point was well made. The decision of the chair may be appealed in

the same manner as a point raised, except that it requires a second and

may be debatable. an appeal may be made by any member of the assembled.

The appeal is decided by a vote of the assembly. Business is resumed

where it broke off with any changes needed.


* Call to Order (three taps of gavel)

* Announcements

* Minutes of Last Meeting

* Report of Service Vice President

* Report of Fellowship Chair

* Treasurer's Report

* Committee Reports

* Old Business

* New Business

* Adjourn

* Toast Song












(in order of precedence)

Fix time of next meeting YES YES # 1/2 NO

Adjourn YES NO NO 1/2 NO

Recess YES YES # 1/2 NO

Question of privilege NO NO NO @ YES



(in order of preference)

Lay on the table YES NO NO 1/2 NO

Previous question YES NO NO 2/3 NO

Limit debate YES YES NO 2/3 NO

Postpone to a certain time YES YES YES 1/2 NO

Refer to committee YES YES YES 1/2 NO

Committee of the whole YES YES YES 1/2 NO

Amend YES YES * 1/2 NO



(no order of preference)

Make motion for general business YES YES YES 1/2 NO

Take from the table YES NO NO 1/2 YES

Reconsider YES NO * 1/2 YES

Rescind YES YES YES 2/3 NO

Make special order of business YES YES YES 2/3 NO



(no order of preference)

Point of order NO NO NO @ YES

Appeal from

decision of the chair YES NO * 1/2 YES

Suspend the rules YES NO NO 2/3 NO

Object to consideration NO NO NO 2/3 YES

Parliamentary inquiry NO NO NO NONE YES

Request for information NO NO NO NONE YES

Withdraw a motion NO NO NO 1/2 NO


*Debatable only when the motion to which it applied was debatable.

@ Requires only chair's decision; majority vote if appealed from the


# Original motion not debatable; amendment debatable.

NOTE: 1/2 means one more than half of those voting

2/3 means two-thirds of those voting.




Greek Alphabet

[There is a table of the Greek Alphabet with the English spelling, Greek

Capital Letters, Greek Small Letters, Corresponding English Letter and

Pronunciation. Here is an abbreviated format of the table without the

pronunciation symbols.]

English spelling/Corresponding English Letter/Pronunciation

























*This letter should never be spelled Zi except for phonetic reasons. Xi

is the correct spelling

Cardinal Principles:

Leadership, Friendship, Service

Toast Song

(Tune: "Alma Mater")

Here's to Alpha Phi Omega,

Loyal brothers we.

True to self and to each other

Firm in loyalty.

Daily working, daily striving,

Ever more to be.

Men of Alpha Phi Omega,

Our Fraternity.

Brothers clasp the hands of brothers,

Strong the circle we.

Ever mindful, ever serving

All humanity.

Now we raise our grateful voices,

In our song to thee.

Men of alpha Phi Omega,

May we always be

The National Fraternity acknowledges the importance of brotherhood among

all people. In 1976, the National Fraternity overwhelmingly voted to

include women among its brothers as full members. The words in this

toast song are interpreted by the Fraternity to include all members of

Alpha Phi Omega.


Be a Leader,

Be a Friend,

Be of Service


Golden Eagle






Sturdy Oak


Blue & gold

Official Jeweler

L. G. Balfour










[A drawing of the pin appears. It is a shield with a circle in the

center and three triangles radiating from the circle to the edge of the

shield. The three triangles each contain one Greek letter: Alpha Phi

and Omega. Inside the central circle is a half-circle with lines

radiating from it. Surrounding this central half-circle, on the edge of

the central circle are twelve small circles forming a border.]

The Pin

This badge as worn by thousands of members of APO, is the "Emblem of

Campus Service." Students and faculty alike recognize and respect the

activities for which it stands

[A drawing of the coat of arms appears. It has a knight's helmet at the

top of a rectangular shield. Above the knight's helmet are four stars.

There is a sword that lies diagonally across the center of the shield:

at the upper right hand quarter are three torches and in the bottom left

hand corner are three fleur-de-lis. There is a small square in the

upper left hand corner above the top of the sword. In that square is a

cross with four squares about the cross containing three drops each. At

the bottom of the shield is a ribbon with the words Alpha Phi Omega.]

The Coat of Arms

The ideals of Alpha Phi Omega are embodied in our Coat of Arms. As

everyone knows who has passed through the ritual, the symbolism stands

for the very purpose of our brotherhood.

[A Photograph of the following jewelry appears. The Sweetheart Pin

resembles the Pin with a heart replacing the central circle. The Crown

Center Pearl Badge is a three-dimensional representation of the pin with

jewels forming the border of the central circle. The Plain Badge

resembles the crown center pearl badge with has opaque stones forming

the border of the central circle. The Circle Pendant is a flat open

circle with the Letters Alpha Phi Omega diagonally across the diameter.

The Service Pin and Pledge Pins are the insignia most often used by the

chapter - a simplified rendition of the pin without the badge behind it,

with the letters S or a P where the central circle would be. The Ladies

Ring is a thin band with the Letters Alpha Phi Omega raised on its face.

The Monogram is a pin with the letters Alpha Phi Omega leading

diagonally downward left to right. The Necklace is a chain with an oval

open design with the letters Alpha Phi Omega in the middle. The Stickpin

is similar to the monogram but is attached to the lapel with a stick

instead of the straight backing (like the pledge and service pins). The

Pendant can be worn with necklace and has an open design with the

letters Alpha Phi Omega arranged vertically. The Chapter Award Key is a

large rectangular pendant with the letters Alpha Phi Omega diagonally

across. The Petitioning Group Pin is a circular badge with a flame in

the center and the words Leadership Friendship Service forming the outer

border. The Life Member Pin is similar to the Service Pin with an open

circle surrounding the triangular portions. Finally the Ugly Man Key is

a pendant with the sculpted face of a gargoyle-type creature.]

Popular Insignia of Alpha Phi Omega

Badges, Keys, Monogram Recognition Pin and other jewelry are obtainable

through L. G. Balfour, official jewelers, Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Order blanks and prices are obtainable from the National Office

The Chapter Distinguished Service Key is given by a chapter and may be

worn on a blue ribbon or chain.

The Fraternity also offers Petitioning Pins and Life Member Pins which

are available through the National Office.

With the exception of the pledge pin and the petitioning pin, only

initiates (brothers) may order and wear fraternity insignia.

The badge is available as a pin or as a key, and represents the

individual's membership in Alpha Phi Omega.





The National Convention has adopted National Pledging Standards for use

by all chapters. The Standards and their rationales are as follows:

1. The general objectives of pledging. An appropriate period of pledging

consists of a well-rounded program of opportunities in leadership,

friendship and service. The program is in conformity with the National

Bylaws, Standard Chapters Articles of Association, State and Federal

Laws and campus regulations. The purpose of the program is to identify

students who will embrace and make a lifetime commitment to the

principles of Alpha Phi Omega and to prepare those students for active


Rationale: This is the overall purpose of pledging and reflects the

legal obligation of all members of Alpha Phi Omega.

2. Hazing during pledging. An appropriate period of pledging has no

place for hazing practices. This include the degradation of individuals,

personal service demands, and any other practices inconsistent with the

spirit and principles of Alpha Phi Omega. Rationale: The concept of

pledge membership long ago progressed beyond such practices since they

violate the member's obligation to state law, the National Bylaws of the

Fraternity and the regulations of most campuses. Alpha Phi Omega

members respect the worth of human dignity and, in firm support of our

heritage of intellectual freedom, do not tolerate unequal or abusive

treatment of any person.

3. The length of a pledging period. An appropriate period of pledging

should be not less than six weeks nor more than ten weeks in duration.

Rationale: Pledge membership and the period of pledging must provide

adequate time for pledges to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary

to function as active members of the Fraternity, and as officers of

their chapter, and to develop the commitment for continuing service

throughout their collegiate years and beyond. Pledgeship, whether as

part of a structured pledge class or through individual contracting,

must provide these opportunities but must not last for such a time

period as to interfere with other obligations of the pledges.

4. Use of the Pledge Ritual. An appropriate period of pledging begins

with the introduction of students into Alpha Phi Omega only by the

Official Pledge Ritual and their timely registration with the National

Office in the approved manner.

Rationale: No person may receive the rights, benefits, and privileges of

pledge membership in Alpha Phi Omega until these requirements have been


5. Wearing of Insignia. An appropriate period of pledging includes

wearing an official pledge pin at all times.

Rationale: Chapter Image, on and off-campus, is a vital concern of all

members, new and old. The prominent and proud display of an Alpha Phi

Omega Pledge Pin instills pride through identity with Alpha Phi Omega,

signifies the chapter's presence on campus and in the community, and may

also habituate all members to proudly wearing Fraternity insignia.

6. Instruction in pertinent facts. An appropriate period of pledging

includes instruction in the National Bylaws; Standard Chapter Articles

of Association; chapter bylaws; chapter officers and advisors; the

decision-making processes of the chapter; key campus officials; and

sectional, regional and national officers of the Fraternity.

Rationale: It is vital for every new member to develop a working

knowledge of the operating rules and procedures of the National

Fraternity, the individual chapter, and the sponsoring college or

university campus. In addition, it is highly advantageous to be

familiar with and knowledgeable of future resource personnel on campus,

in the community, and within the Fraternity.

7. Alpha Phi Omega heritage. An appropriate period of pledging includes

education in chapter, campus and Fraternity history, including our

special ties to and relationship with the Scouting movement and our

common background.

Rationale: The chapter, the sponsoring college or university, the

National Fraternity, and the Scouting movement have rich heritages which

should be shared with all those who follow. An appreciation of this

common heritage bequeathed to all current and future members, is a thing

to be cherished.

8. Pledges in chapter meetings. An appropriate period of pledging

includes direct observation by pledges of the decision-making process of

the chapter.

Rationale: Pledges should be given the opportunity to have additional

contact with the brothers and to learn more about how their chapter

conducts business. The chapter retains the right to decide what portion

and number of its meetings are appropriate for pledges to attend.

9. Inter-chapter relationships. An appropriate period of pledging

includes an opportunity for all pledges to visit one neighboring Alpha

Phi Omega chapter.

Rationale: One of the most difficult concepts for new members to grasp

is the scope of our National Fraternity. The wide acceptance of Alpha

Phi Omega, its principles, and the good works of its members span

hundreds of campuses. Pledges should have the opportunity, firsthand,

to see it functioning on campuses other than their own.

10, The development of leadership. An appropriate period of pledging

includes the opportunity for each pledge to participate in chapter

planning functions; leadership development experiences; and sectional,

regional and national conferences and conventions.

Rationale: Our cardinal principle of leadership is often merely assumed

rather than developed, and involvement in these opportunities satisfied

this need well. Virtually every active member agrees that conferences

and conventions on all levels provide a unique learning experience for

all who attend. Conference and/or convention attendance additionally

reinforces interchapter visitations by establishing an appreciation for

the national scope of Alpha Phi Omega.

11. The promotion of Friendship. an appropriate period of pledging

includes a requirement that each pledge meet and establish a fraternal

relationship with all active associate advisory, and when possible,

honorary members of the chapter.

Rationale: for the newly initiated, fraternalism is often a difficult

concept to understand because of stereotypes, confusion, or even

ignorance. The exemplification of our cardinal principle of friendship

and the unique role of collegiate fraternalism are experiences which

more than any other factor, will determine a pledge's willingness to

remain committed throughout the collegiate years and beyond. All members

of the chapter grow personally as these relationships are established

and fostered.

12. Providing service. An appropriate period of pledging includes a

weekly (or other appropriate) service obligation, equal to that required

of active members to remain in good standing with the chapter.

Sufficient projects must be available and all four fields of service

should be embraced by the conclusion of the pledge period.

Rationale: Most people are willing to help others in time of need, but

few are willing to make the many personal sacrifices which a life of

service may demand. Our cardinal principle of service is the heartbeat

of Alpha Phi Omega, and our fourfold service program encourages the

experience of helping all in need, rather than just those who are in

time of need by designing this standard in such a fashion, we

demonstrate that no more is demanded of pledges than of their active

counterparts and that sufficient opportunity is provided for pledges to

demonstrate their commitment to the service program in all four fields.

It prepares pledges realistically for participation in the chapter

service program as active members and strengthens the foundation for

their way of life after graduation.

13. Pledge projects. An appropriate period of pledging requires the

planning, organizing and execution of a chapter-approved service project

of some significance under the leadership of pledge members.

Rationale: A period of pledge membership would be severely limited in

effectiveness if it did not provide the opportunity for the development

of necessary organizational planning and leadership skills which are

required of active members in carrying out the service program of their

chapter. This Standard thus carries a practical necessity while further

implanting our cardinal principle of service in each member and

deepening a lifetime commitment to serving


14. Academic obligation. An appropriate period of pledging gives high

priority to the academic success of the pledges.

Rationale: Alpha Phi Omega is a collegiate fraternity and has a

obligation to both its prospective members and to its sponsoring college

or university to insure that the academic experience is both fulfilling

and successful, supporting our heritage of educational freedom.

15. The use of "pledge books": An appropriate period of pledging

includes a requirement that each pledge maintain a permanent record

which documents successful completion of the pledge program

requirements, in such form as the chapter may require.

Rationale: Each pledge should be evaluated on the individual

achievement of program requirements whether as a member of a structure

class of as an individual fulfilling a personal contract. This permanent

record will be an objective source for the evaluation of these

accomplishments as well as the likely source of significant personal

memorabilia in years to come.

16. The Oath of Loyalty and Service. An appropriate period of pledging

includes the presentation and explanation of the Oath of Loyalty and

Service to the pledges by the officers supervising the pledge class.

Rationale: A presentation and explanation is needed to assist th pledges

in fully understanding the commitments they will make to Alpha Phi Omega

when they are initiated.

17. Replenishing membership. An appropriate period of pledging

emphasizes the need to continue membership expansion.

Rationale: A good chapter continues to live not only through the service

participation of its current members but also through their commitment

to perpetuating its programs by extending membership opportunities to

similarly dedicated students. This activity also further reinforces our

national heritage of freedom of association.

18. Pledge period reviews. An appropriate period of pledging includes at

least one opportunity at its conclusion for the constructive evaluation

of the program. This evaluation should be made by both pledges and

active members and should cover both individual performances and program


Rationale: chapter programs succeed not by mere repetition, but through

careful reflection upon the successes and failures experienced each time

the program is offered. Evaluation is the key to healthy programs,

healthy members, and healthy chapters. Evaluation is also necessary to

determine the individual successes of pledge members throughout the

program. The Process should reveal how well they satisfy the program

requirements and how well they demonstrate that they are ready for the

confirmation of active membership

20. Method of selection following pledging. An appropriate period of

pledging includes objective determinations for eligibility to receive

active membership based upon the individual's successful completion of

program requirements. The completion by a pledge of all chapter

requirements established at the beginning of the pledging experience is

a strong indication that active membership may not be denied by the


Rationale: While the confirmation of active membership is the single

greatest power of a chapter, this power must never be used capriciously

or arbitrarily. the entire concept of pledging is to provide a complete

opportunity for individuals to acquire those skills that knowledge

necessary for active membership, as well as to make a commitment to our

purpose and principles. If a chapter enters into 'black-balling' or some

other abuse of its powers, it defeats the entire purpose of a pledge

program and pledging standards. Eligibility for active membership and

its right, benefits and privileges should be based upon an objective

evaluation of the pledge's successful completion of those pledging

standards adopted by the chapter.

Membership in Alpha Phi Omega is a great honor, earned through hard

work, diligent effort, and dedication to our principles. It is not based

merely on a popularity vote of the other members. any other reason is a

betrayal of our high principles of Brotherhood.

20. Initiation of neophytes by the Fraternity Ritual. An appropriate

period of pledging concludes with the initiation of all qualifying

pledges into Alpha Phi Omega only by the Official Fraternity Ritual and

by their timely registration with the Fraternity's National Office in

the approved manner.

Rationale: The initiation ritual of Alpha Phi Omega is both a beautiful

and significant ceremony. Its purpose is not to mark the conclusion of

pledge membership, but rather to herald the beginning of a lifetime of

leadership, friendship and service in Alpha Phi Omega as an active

member. Every Fraternity members shares this common experience and,

indeed, may not receive the rights, benefits, or privileges of active

membership until these requirements have been satisfied.





I. Pledge Ritual: The Pledge Ritual remains an effective statement of

Fraternity policy regarding treatment of pledges during their

preparation for active membership.

II. Initiation Ritual: The Initiation Ritual remains an effective

statement of Fraternity policy regarding conduct of members of Alpha Phi


III. Other Policies: In addition to statements in these rituals, it is

the policy of Alpha Phi Omega that:

A) Membership shall be granted only by members of an active

chapter, or by the National Board of Directors in the case of national

Honorary membership.

B) Because all people have the potential to be of service and to

be leaders and friends, active membership is open to all students and

should represent a cross section of the student body. Chapters have the

right to determine their own membership. Active membership shall be

granted only within the context of the national Bylaws, the Standard

Chapter Articles of Association, and the rules and regulations of the

school involved.

C) Chapter membership requirements may be adopted that are not

in conflict with state and local law, the National Bylaws and Standard

Chapter Articles of Association of Alpha Phi Omega, or the rules and

regulations of the school which the chapter is located; and that conform

with the philosophy and policy of Alpha Phi Omega as outlined in the

National Pledging Standards.

D) The purpose of a pledge program is to make it possible for

pledges to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to function as

effective active members of this National Service Fraternity.

Therefore, the ultimate aim of every pledging period is to teach the

worth of human dignity, promote academic scholarship, instill a

commitment to continuing service, provide opportunities to participate

in leadership development experiences, and cultivate friendship among

the pledges and with the active members. Pledge programs should also

ensure that pledges become thoroughly familiar with the principles,

ideals, and heritage of Alpha Phi Omega.

E) All pledging activities must have an articulable and

reasonable positive benefit, be consistent with the principles and

spirit of Alpha Phi Omega, and involve no risk of humiliation of injury

to any person.

F) Those preparing for active membership are representatives of

Alpha Phi Omega. As such, they shall be treated with the same degree of

respect as active members and shall participate in, or be asked to

participate in, only those activities that are consistent with the

membership policies of Alpha Phi Omega.

Practices that may be inconsistent with the membership policies of Alpha

Phi Omega, depending on the facts and circumstances of each, include

restrictive formation, dress requirements, and the manner in which

pledges are addressed.

Examples of Practices that do not meet this standard include:

1) subjection to physical mistreatment such as road trips,

kidnapping, paddling, branding, beating, forced activity, and

confinement of any kind;

2) participation in activities not related to their preparation

for active membership such as physical conditioning or personal services

for active, advisory, alumni, or honorary members;

3) participation in activities that restrict such normal social

functions as eating, social contacts, or personal hygiene;

4) subjection to mentally or emotionally stressful situations as

an integral part of their pledge activities;

5) blindfolding, except as part of the Pledge or Initiation

Rituals; and

6) subjection to informal ceremonies, traditions, rituals, or

initiations that are contrary to the policies or Bylaws of Alpha Phi


Of course, enumeration of these specific activities does not imply tat

all other practices are consistent with the membership policies of Alpha

Phi Omega. All membership activities and pledging requirements must be

measured against the criteria set forth in this membership policy.

G) Active members are responsible for maintaining chapter

membership practices involving any members of the Fraternity, including

actives, in strict accordance with the policies of Alpha Phi Omega and

its stated purpose in keeping with the principles of the Boy Scouts of


H) Advisory, honorary, and alumni members of Alpha Phi Omega

participate in supporting, but not dominating, roles to active chapters,

enabling the active chapters to fulfill the purpose of Alpha Phi Omega.

It, therefore, is not the function of members, other than active members

to direct the supervision of pledges or to direct the establishment of

pledge or active member programs and policies in any chapter.

IV. Enforcement: The National Fraternity, through its National Board of

Directors, shall take appropriate action when inconsistencies or

infractions of membership policies occur.




All Brothers receive a membership card and certificate identical to

those pictured from the National Fraternity. These are produced and

mailed from the National Office within 15 days after active applications

and fees are received. They are mailed to your chapter president for

presentation to each new Brother.

[The membership certificate pictured is an 8.5 inch by 11 inch "shingle"

with a blue band on the left with a gold embossed crest in the center.

It says "Alpha Phi Omega welcomes into membership < your name here> and

bestows upon the initiate all the rights, benefits, and privileges of

this National Service Fraternity." It is signed by Patrick Burke, the

National Executive Director on the left and Gerald A. Schroeder,

National President on the right. At the bottom it says "Founded December

16, 1925 at Lafayette College, Easton Pa.]

[The membership card pictured is a wallet-sized card that says Alpha Phi

Omega at the top with a crest on the left. Underneath it says National

Service Fraternity, under that National Service Fraternity, and under

that Founded at Lafayette College, December 16, 1925. Then it says,

"This is to certify that Brother < your name here> is a member of < your

chapter name here> chapter < your college name here> and is entitled to

all the rights, benefits and privileges of the fraternity. Underneath

you have a number (the first digits are the initiation number into the

chapter and the second group of digits are the initiation number into

the National Fraternity) and the Date. The card is signed Gerald A.

Schroeder, National President.]



Title: Active Chapters by Region and Section

College/University Greek Name

Region I:

Section 94

University of New Hampshire, Durham Theta Zeta

University of Maine Sigma Xi

Maine Maritime Academy Phi Epsilon

University of Maine-Machias Psi Delta

University of Vermont, Burlington Alpha Gamma Eta

University of Maine-Farmington Alpha Gamma Pi

Section 96

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alpha Chi

University of Connecticut, Storrs Delta Sigma

Central Connecticut State Epsilon Delta

Boston University Zeta Upsilon

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Kappa Omicron

Suffolk University Omicron Eta

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Omicron Iota

Clark University Alpha Gamma Beta

Section 97

New York University Beta Iota

Polytechnic University Kappa Beta

CUNY-Hunter College Alpha Gamma Gamma

Section 98

University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Upsilon Mu

Section 99

Rutgers University Delta Rho

Rowan College of New Jersey Nu Theta

Montclair State College Nu Psi

Monmouth College Omicron Theta

Rider College Pi Rho

Saint Peters College (eves) Pi Tau

William Patterson College Alpha Gamma Mu

Jersey City State College Alpha Gamma Sigma

Region II:

Section 88

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Epsilon Zeta

Utica College of Syracuse University Eta Mu

Saint Lawrence University Kappa Phi

Clarkson University Mu Omicron

SUNY College at Oneonta Xi Rho

SUNY College at Plattsburgh Alpha Beta Chi

SUNY College at New Paltz Alpha Gamma Delta

Section 89

Cornell University Gamma

Syracuse University Phi

Alfred University Epsilon Gamma

SUNY College at Oswego Epsilon Nu

SUNY College at Buffalo Epsilon Sigma

University of Rochester Mu Lambda

Rochester Institute of Technology Xi Zeta

SUNY College at Fredonia Chi Pi

Saint Bonaventure University Alpha Beta Beta

SUNY College at Geneseo Alpha Beta Xi

Section 90

Penn State University Alpha Beta

Millersville University Eta Iota

Bucknell University Iota Kappa

Gettysburg College Iota Omicron

Shippensburg University Lambda Lambda

Lebanon Valley College Nu Delta

Bloomsburg University Xi Lambda

Dickinson College Alpha Gamma Alpha

Section 91

Lehigh University Alpha Psi

East Stroudsburg University Delta Upsilon

Moravian College Nu Lambda

Muhlenberg College Xi Alpha

Section 92

University of Pennsylvania Delta Zeta

Drexel University Zeta Theta

University of Delaware Zeta Sigma

Ursinus College Lambda Upsilon

Albright College Mu Eta

West Chester University Omicron Upsilon

Villanova University Sigma Eta

Delaware Valley College Sigma Nu

Widener University Alpha Beta Delta

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

& Science Alpha Gamma Iota

Region III:

Section 79

Johnson C. Smith University Delta Phi

Wake Forest University Kappa Theta

North Carolina A & T State University Kappa Psi

High Point University Mu Xi

Belmont Abbey College Rho Mu

Mars Hill College Sigma Zeta

University of North Carolina-Charlotte Sigma Upsilon

Appalachian State University Tau Beta

University of North Carolina-

Greensboro Phi Kappa

Section 80

University of North Carolina-

Chapel Hill Rho

North Carolina State University-

Raleigh Iota Lambda

East Carolina University Kappa Upsilon

Duke University Lambda Nu



Campbell University Nu Kappa

University of North Carolina-

Wilmington Upsilon Nu

Section 82

University of Virginia,

Charlottesville Theta

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

and State University Zeta Beta

College of William & Mary Nu Rho

University of Richmond Omicron Phi

Emory & Henry College Pi Omicron

James Madison University Chi Gamma

Longwood College Alpha Alpha Omicron

Radford University Alpha Beta Zeta

Washington & Lee University Alpha Beta Tau

Roanoke College Alpha Beta Psi

Old Dominion University Alpha Beta Omega

Section 84

University of Maryland-College Park Epsilon Mu

Catholic University of America Zeta Mu

Howard University Zeta Phi

George Washington University Theta Chi

Georgetown University Mu Alpha

Morgan State University Mu Gamma

Frostburg State University Alpha Gamma Chi

Region IV:

Section 68

Carson-Newman College Xi Sigma

Section 69

Auburn University Delta

Samford University Gamma Chi

Birmingham-Southern College Nu Xi

Tuskegee University Pi Zeta

Jacksonville State University Omega Chi

Section 70

Vanderbilt University Theta Mu

Western Kentucky University Xi Psi

Murray State University Xi Omega

Tennessee Technological University Tau Epsilon

University of Tennessee-Martin Chi Zeta

Section 72

Georgia Institute of Technology Gamma Zeta

Emory University Delta Kappa

Oglethorpe University Mu Mu

Georgia Southern University Nu Epsilon

Savannah State College Rho Epsilon

Clark - Atlanta University Upsilon Chi

Fort Valley State College Phi Zeta

DeVry Institute of Technology Alpha Gamma Epsilon

Section 74

University of Florida-Gainesville Tau

Florida State University Iota Rho

Florida A & M University Kappa Delta

University of Tampa Mu Omega

Miami-Dade Community College Sigma Chi

Florida Memorial College Phi Phi

University of Central Florida Psi Omega

Tallahassee Community College Alpha Alpha Tau

Broward Community College Alpha Beta Upsilon

Florida Institute of Technology Alpha Gamma Rho

Section 77

Clemson University Gamma Lambda

University of South Carolina, Columbia Iota Mu

The Citadel Kappa Tau

Wofford College Pi Iota

Charleston southern University Upsilon Rho

Benedict College Psi Nu

College of Charleston Alpha Alpha Epsilon

Morris College Alpha Beta Theta

Region V:

Section 57

Ohio State University Alpha Iota

University of Cincinnati Delta Alpha

Ohio University Delta Gamma

Kent State University Epsilon Psi

Miami University Zeta Delta

Bowling Green State University Zeta Kappa

University of Toledo Zeta Lambda

Case-Western Reserve University Theta Upsilon

Capital University Rho Theta

Wright State University Alpha Beta Lambda

Columbus State Community College Alpha Gamma Theta

University of Dayton Alpha Gamma Xi

Heidelberg College Alpha Gamma Omicron

Section 61

Marshall University Eta Upsilon

West Virginia University Lambda Omicron

Salem - Teikyo University Lambda Tau

West Virginia Institute of Technology Mu Tau

Davis & Elkins College Tau Alpha

Section 62

University of Pittsburgh Beta

Carnegie-Mellon University Kappa

Waynesburg College Theta Delta

California University of Pennsylvania Lambda Omega

Washington & Jefferson College Mu Upsilon

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Mu Chi

Duquesne University Pi Chi

Saint Francis College Upsilon Beta

Robert Morris College Alpha Beta Sigma

Carlow College Alpha Gamma Upsilon

Section 64

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Iota Xi

Slippery Rock University of

Pennsylvania Iota Upsilon

Gannon University Rho Chi



Allegheny College Chi Sigma

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Omega Mu

Westminister College Alpha Alpha Pi

Grove City College Alpha Beta Mu

Pennsylvania State University-

Behrend College Alpha Beta Nu

University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Alpha Gamma Psi

Section 67

University of Louisville Delta Theta

Northern Kentucky University Alpha Gamma Phi

Region VI:

Section 48

Northern Illinois University Eta

Northwestern University Sigma

University of Illinois at Urbana Alpha Alpha

Eastern Illinois University Delta Psi

Bradley University Zeta Alpha

Southern Illinois University at

Carbondale Zeta Nu

Milikin University Eta Epsilon

Illinois College Eta Sigma

Illinois State University Theta Epsilon

Augustana College Lambda Rho

Western Illinois University Mu Nu

University of Illinois-Chicago Sigma Sigma

Illinois Wesleyan University Omega Epsilon

Knox College Alpha Beta Gamma

Section 52

Indiana University Mu

Purdue University Alpha Gamma

Butler University Alpha Tau

Ball State University Delta Xi

Wabash College Delta Omicron

Valparaiso University Zeta Gamma

Hanover College Kappa Iota

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Tau Lambda

Indiana U-Purdue U at Indianapolis Tau Omicron

Section 54

Michigan State University Beta Beta

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Gamma Pi

Central Michigan University Epsilon Beta

Michigan Technological University Epsilon Lambda

Northern Michigan University Iota Chi

Eastern Michigan University Lambda Phi

Hope College Nu Beta

Ferris State University Xi Theta

Lake Michigan College Upsilon Gamma

Henry Ford Community College Chi Mu

Albion College Alpha Gamma Lambda

Region VII:

Section 40

Texas Tech University Beta Sigma

University of New Mexico Delta Tau

Hardin-Simmons University Eta Chi

Abilene Christian University Nu Zeta

Eastern New Mexico University Nu Nu

McMurry University Omicron Delta

Angelo State University Omega Gamma

Section 41

Southern Methodist University Alpha Omicron

East Texas State University Beta Delta

Texas Christian University Gamma Kappa

University of North Texas Gamma Rho

University of Texas-Arlington Theta Tau

Texas Wesleyan University Xi Nu

Tarleton State University Xi Omicron

Austin College Phi Xi

Eastfield College Alpha Alpha Psi

Section 43

University of Texas-Austin Alpha Rho

Trinity University Delta Pi

Baylor University Zeta Omega

Texas Lutheran College Phi Gamma

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Psi Mu

Saint Mary's University Alpha Alpha Zeta

Incarnate Word College Alpha Alpha Rho

Concordia Lutheran College Alpha Beta Phi

Southwestern University Alpha Gamma Kappa

University of Texas-San Antonio Alpha Gamma Omega

Section 44

University of Houston Delta Omega

Lamar University Kappa Alpha

Stephen F. Austin State University Nu Sigma

Texas A & M University Xi Delta

Prairie View A & M University Sigma Pi

Texas Southern University Tau Zeta

Houston Baptist University Alpha Gamma Zeta

Section 45

Louisiana State University Alpha Epsilon

Grambling State University Chi Nu

Dillard University Chi Upsilon

Rust College Psi Lambda

Northeast Louisiana University Alpha Alpha Sigma

Region VII:

Section 26

Creighton University Kappa Chi

University of Nebraska-Kearney Xi Beta

Section 30

University of Colorado at Boulder Gamma Theta

Colorado State University Epsilon Xi

Colorado School of Mines Mu Pi



Section 32

University of Oklahoma, Norman Delta Beta

Section 33

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Beta Rho

Arkansas Tech University Phi Theta

Henderson State University Alpha Sigma Sigma

Section 34

Kansas State University Pi

Section 35

University of Missouri-Kansas City Alpha Eta

William Jewell College Alpha Mu

University of Missouri-Columbia Beta Eta

Southwest Missouri State University Beta Mu

Rockhurst College Gamma Xi

Missouri Valley College Epsilon Epsilon

Central Methodist University Zeta Tau

University of Health Sciences Theta Eta

Wentworth Military Academy Psi Gamma

Columbia College Alpha Alpha Phi

Stephen's College Alpha Gamma Tau

Section 49

Northeast Missouri State University Epsilon

Washington University Alpha Phi

Kirksville College of

Osteopathic Medicine Alpha Omega

University of Missouri-Rolla Beta Omicron

Southeast Missouri State University Beta Psi

Saint Louis University Delta Delta

Parks College of Saint Louis

University Theta Xi

McKendree College Chi Omega

Region IX:

Section 21

University of Iowa Omicron

Drake University Omega

Iowa State University Xi

University of Northern Iowa Beta Epsilon

Simpson College Eta Beta

Loras College Lambda Kappa

Luther College Mu Theta

University of Dubuque Pi Beta

Cornell College Omega Xi

Saint Ambrose University Alpha Alpha Theta

Section 23

University of North Dakota Epsilon Theta

Saint Olaf College Iota Tau

University of Minnesota-Duluth Nu Mu

Saint Mary's College Sigma Theta

Bemidji State University Chi Iota

Section 27

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eta Lambda

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Tau Upsilon

Region X:

Section 1

University of Southern California Alpha Kappa

California Polytechnic State

University-San Luis Obispo Zeta Omicron

California State University-

Los Angeles Lambda Mu

California State University-Long Beach Rho Gamma

Section 2

Arizona State University Eta Eta

California State Polytechnic U-Pomona Phi Delta

Section 4

Stanford University Zeta

San Jos State University Gamma Beta

University of California-Berkeley Gamma Gamma

California State University-Chico Eta Psi

University of California-Davis Iota Phi

California State University-Sacramento Kappa Sigma

San Francisco State University Mu Zeta

California State University-Hayward Omicron Zeta

University of the Pacific Alpha Alpha Xi

University of California-Santa Cruz Alpha Gamma Nu

Section 7

University of Idaho, Moscow Gamma Nu

Section 8

University of Washington, Seattle Gamma Alpha

Section 14

Snow College Alpha Alpha Kappa



[On the back of the pledge manual is a photograph of the brass plaque

that is installed on Brainard Hall, now Hogg Hall at LaFayette College

where Alpha Phi Omega was born. It has the crest at the top and reads:]

On December 16, 1925 at Lafayette College Alpha Phi Omega National

Service Fraternity was founded by

Frank R. Horton

Everett W. Probst

Thane S. Cooley

William T. Wood

E. M. Detwiler

Lewis B. Blair

Gordon M. Looney

Wm. W. Highberger

Ray O. Wyland

Donald H. Fritts

George A. Olsen

Robert J. Green

Ellsworth S. Dobson

Herbert Heinrich

John H. MacCraken

Donald B. Prentice

D. Arthur Hatch

Harry T. Spengler

Herbert G. Horton

Donald L. Terwilliger



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