This Chapter shall be conducted as a service fraternity under the provisions set
in the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. The purpose
of this Chapter is to develop friendship, leadership, and association among students,
and to promote service to the student body and faculty, to the youth and the community,
to the members of the fraternity, and to the nation as participating citizens.
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 area 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 overnight - today a follower, tomorrow a leader.
Since 1925 more than 200,000 students have chosen Alpha Phi Omega. Other organizations
do service, and there are social fraternties, but no one and no organization does
these things the way APO does. That is why APO is now and continues to be the nation's
largest greek letter fraternity.
The relationships which are founded and developed in the activities of APO are indescribably
lasting and indeed something to treasure. They endure long after college, long after
friends move apart, long after your career develops. The fellowship of APO is, plainly
and simply, the quality which has made us the biggest and we believe, the best collegeiate
organization in the world, whoever you are, and whereever you are.
Alpha Phi Omega seeks to develop friendship. What do we mean by this? It is not
possible to establish a meaningful relationship with the thousands of Brothers across
the nation or even with every Brother in a single Chapter. We believe it is possible,
however, for all of our Members to develop a sense of Brotherhood. Shared experiences
and an understanding of our Fraternal history and goals provide a basis for our
To be of service is a solid foundation for contentment in this world. -- Charles
As a National Service Fraternity, APO is the only national fraternity with service
as its primary mission. While there is a great diversity in the types of service
programs conducted from chapter to chapter, they all serve to make up a great national
ministry to human need, conducted exclusively by college students.
In an effort to make a nationwide impact, APO has developed two significant campaigns:
1) each APO National Convention adopts a Program of Emphasis for the two years following.
All chapters are encouraged to develop service projects which will benefit the designated
groups; and 2) we have designated the first Saturday in November as National Service
Day. All chapters are encouraged to coordinate and conduct service projects involving
other service groups and the campus and in the community. APO's program here is
directed to four areas: campus, community, nation, and members
In the early days of our Fraternity our Founders chose recognizable objects that
would be representative symbols of the spirit of our guiding principles of Leadership,
Friendship & Service. They selected items of historical and traditional value
and notability. The meaning and definitions of these symbols have not changed in
our lifetimes, and likely will not.
Diamond - The most precious of all gem stones representing brilliance, luster, always
increasing in value, and an expression of the greatest gift of love when given.
Forget-Me-Not - A perennial flower with royal blue blossoms. It is everlasting,
Oak Tree - We have all heard from a parent or mentor at least once in our lives
the story of the sturdy oak tree that grew from a small acorn. The oak is stately,
sturdy, and sheltering.
Blue - Our color of blue is a royal blue color. It is elegant, a sign of pure deed
and through. A color in our nations flag.
Gold - Our color of gold is called old glory gold. The color is also found in the
nation's flag (fringe & tassels). It represents high value, repect, royalty,
and a sign of love.
Golden Eagle - At the 1976 National Convention the delegates chose another symbol
to further this richness of our history and tradition. They declared the golden
eagle as a new Fraternity symbol. An eagle is often found as a standard aor as a
part of the seal of a nation. The golden eagle symbolizes strength, gracefulness,
keenness of vision, and endurance.
Leadership, Friendship, and Service.