Pledge and Initiation Ritual
First impressions are lasting. A college student's first official contact with Alpha Phi Omega takes place during formal pledging. The Pledge Ritual is to introduce potential members to the fundamentals of our history, purpose, and principles, and our philosophy of membership extension. With this in mind, it is necessary to present the Ritual in a serious and thoughtful manner, with proper planning and procedures.
The Pledge Ritual Team is composed of five members: President, Pledgemaster, Historian, Service Chair, and Fellowship Chair. A sixth member is used to light the candles and to provide light for the Ritual Team. Also five members are used to read "The Story Behind the Founding." ALL ACTIVES AND ADVISORS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTENDTHE PLEDGE RITUALCEREMONY. They remove the blindfolds at the proper time, join in the singing of the Toast Song, and respond where appropriate in the ceremony. THE RITUAL SHOULD BE REVIEWED BEFORE IT IS PRESENTED so that all are aware of their responsibilities.
The properties for the ceremony are as follows: a table, six white candles, blindfolds (if blindfolds are being used), for those to be pledged, Pledge Pins, and a banner or other suitable representation of Alpha Phi Omega for decorative purposes. Two rooms are wed, preferably the Chapter meeting room and an adjoining room.
PRESIDENT: The meeting will come to order. Those to be pledged will please come forward and form a semi-circle. The members will stand in back of you. From this moment on Pledges will remain silent until further instructed. It is essential that you understand what Alpha Phi Omega is and why it was founded. You will therefore be blindfolded (if blindfolds are being used) at this time so that you may not be distracted while "The Story Behind the Founding of Alpha Phi Omega" is shared with you.
Members now blindfold (if blindfolds are being used) the Pledges. "The Story Behind the Founding" is read by five members stationed in 'Various parts of the room.
Member #1: THE STORY BEHIND THE FOUNDING, as told by FRANK REED HORTON, Founder, ALPHA PHI OMEGA ─ 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
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.
Member # 2: After the war, I became a student at
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.
Member #3: The summer of my junior year was spent as an Associate Camp Director at the Eastern Scout Reservation. Here I was impressed with the religious tolerance in the hearts of boys. This I had not found so easily among older people. Scouts of the Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant faiths worked together in everything at camp, and everyone had an opportunity to worship on his Sabbath in his 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.
Member # 4: As a senior at
Fourteen undergraduates signed as charter members. Scouting advisors were Dr. Ray O. Wyland and Herbert G. Horton.
Member # 5: The
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 Chapter.
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 statesmen 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 life.
At the conclusion, there is a pause.
PRESIDENT: We have shared with you "The Story Behind the Founding of Alpha Phi Omega." Apply this to your own lives. Meditate upon it. You will remain silent. The Sgt. at Arms will now take you to the room for mediation where you will remain until called for.
The Sergeant at Arms and assistants take the Pledges to a lighted room. The Pledges remain blindfolded (if blindfolds are being used) and silent. They separate them, turn out the lights, close the door and let them remain there with at least one Brother present for about five minutes.
Meanwhile, in the Chapter room, the Pledge Ritual Team makes the following arrangements: the table is placed at one end of the room, with space behind it for members of the Ritual Team, and space in front for the Pledges. Five white candles are placed on the table. The Candle Bearer holds the sixth candle, lighted, to furnish light for all readers. The Pledge Pins are given to those who are to be Pledges's ponsors. The room is dark except for the one candle held by the Candle Bearer.
The President instructs the Sgt. At Arms to bring in the Pledges, blindfolded (if blindfolds are being used) and silent, and arrange them in a semi-circle before the Ritual table. The sponsors stand immediately behind each Pledge. The other members stand behind the sponsors.
PRESIDENT: Friends, Alpha Phi Omega calls for those who have an earnest desire to render Service to others, those who are guided by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law, those who believe in and support the ideals of democracy, those who are making the most of their educational opportunities on this campus. Believing that each of you fulfill these qualifications, our Chapter has invited you to enter upon a period of probation which will prepare you for active membership in our Fraternity. Before you voluntarily assume the obligations of pledging in Alpha Phi Omega, we wish to explain to you the fundamentals of our Brotherhood. After you have gained an insight into our purpose and programs if you still wish to pledge yourself to the ideals and activities of Alpha Phi Omega, we shall welcome you. Please remove your blindfolds (if blindfolds are being used). First I present to your our Pledgemaster under whose direction all pledging activities are conducted.
The Candle Bearer lights the second candle from the first, then stands at the Pledgemaster's shoulder, holding candle # 1 to furnish light. As each Ritual member is introduced, this is
PLEDGEMASTER: One of the strong factors in the program of Alpha Phi Omega is Leadership. The world today' needs people who are fitted for positions of trust and responsibility. The members of Alpha Phi Omega have excellent opportunities for development of Leadership abilities through participation in Chapter meetings and in worthwhile Service projects on me campus and in the community.
We believe we can learn much and attain great goals through cooperation with each other in a unified program of Service. Those of you who accept your first affiliation with Alpha Phi Omega in this ceremony have equal opportunity to advance to positions of trust and leadership in the Fraternity. It has been said that "No matter how stony the path, some forge to the front, and no matter how easy the going, some lag behind." We hope that each of you will forge ahead in the work of Alpha Phi Omega and give your best Services as you prepare for active membership.
PRESIDENT: Now our Fellowship Chair will explain to you the spirit of Brotherhood which we have in Alpha Phi Omega.
Candle Bearer lights Candle #3.
FELLOWSHIP CHAIR: Our Fraternity assembles Service-oriented students on this campus and provides fellowship as an integral part of our Chapter program. Although Alpha Phi Omega is a Service Fraternity, we recognize the desirability of including a certain number of social events in our program during the year. We believe that fun and fellowship are essential parts in preparing you for Leadership and Service. In addition to fellowship activities for members and their friends, we encourage participation in regular campus social activities.
PRESIDENT: Now our Service Chair will explain to you the service program of the Fraternity.
Candle Bearer lights Candle #4.
SERVICE CHAIR: The supreme purpose of Alpha Phi Omega is Service. There are four major fields of activities conducted by our Chapter. They are:
Service to the college,
Service to the community,
Service to the members of the Fraternity, and
Service to the Nation as participating citizens.
The measure of success with which Alpha Phi Omega carries out these objectives on the campus of … college/university depends entirely upon the individual members.
Therefore, in becoming a Pledge, you accept a great responsibility.
PRESIDENT: Our Historian will give a brief history of our Fraternity.
Candle Bearer lights Candle #5.
HISTORIAN, the words in parentheses are optional at the discretion of the Chapter: Alpha Phi Omega was founded in 1925 at
All of the Chapters of Alpha Phi Omega are affiliated in our national organization. Our National Headquarters is located in
While the growth of Alpha Phi Omega has been rapid, the foundation has remained firm and dependable.
Candle Bearer lights Candle #6.
PLEDGEMASTER: Your period of pledging will be a period of training. Everything that is done for you and by you during this time is intended to be constructive and to aid you in developing the spirit of Alpha Phi Omega. All Pledge duties bear a definite relationship to this Chapter and to the National Fraternity. You will not be asked to perform personal services for the members, and you will not be involved in any form of hazing. By accepting our invitation to become a Pledge, you will affirm your desire to cooperate wholeheartedly in promoting our Service program.
PRESIDENT: Our historian will now share with you the Oath of Pledgeship.
HISTORIAN: Raise right hand, open palm. I fully accept the obligation of pledgeship in Alpha Phi Omega. I will endeavor to prove myself worthy of the confidence imposed in me.
With a sincere desire to put service to humanity ahead of selfish aims, I will strive diligently to so live that I, in due course, will be accepted as a loyal and true Brother in Alpha Phi Omega.
PRESIDENT: You have heard from our members the history of Alpha Phi Omega and the three cardinal principles which govern our activities. Having this knowledge of the Fraternity do you still desire to take the oath of pledgeship? If so, answer "I do."
CANDIDATES: I do.
PRESIDENT: Then raise your right and repeat after me, "I," give your full name one at a time--and now together repeat-- "fully accept the obligations of pledgeship in Alpha Phi Omega. --I will endeavor to prove myself worthy--of the confidence imposed in
You may lower your hands.
Brothers, who sponsors these Pledges?
MEMBERS: We sponsor these Pledges.
PRESIDENT: Pledges, face about and meet your sponsors. Each sponsor pins on the Pledge Pin, shakes the Pledge's hand, extends congratulations, then turns the Pledge to face the front again.
PRESIDENT: Pledges, you will note that your Pledge Pin bears the three Greek letters of Alpha Phi Omega, and has the letter P in the center standing for Pledge. It indicates that you are preparing for active membership. The pin is the property of this Chapter and is to be worn until your induction into active membership. Wear your Pledge Pin with honor. On behalf of all members, I welcome you as Pledges. We wish you a very enjoyable and helpful experience in your preparation for active membership.
PRESIDENT to Chapter Members: Now, my Brothers, I recommend these Pledges to you for observation and guidance that they may become true Brothers in Alpha Phi Omega. I now declare this pledging ceremony duly adjourned. Let us now form our fellowship circle and sing the Toast Song.
Initiation Ritual of Alpha Phi Omega
The Ritual of Alpha Phi Omega is the formal welcoming ceremony of new members into active, advisory, or honorary membership. It is to envelop them with our rich heritage and its symbolism, that our new members may become part of the living spirit of Alpha Phi Omega. With this in mind, it is necessary to present the Ritual in a serious and thoughtful manner, with proper planning and procedure.
The Ritual Team is composed of nine members: President, Pledgemaster, Secretary, Treasurer, Alumni Secretary, Sgt. At Arms, Historian, Service Chair and an Advisor. ALL ACTIVES AND ADVISORS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE INITIATION CEREMONIES. They remove the blindfolds at the proper time, join in the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the Toast Song, and respond where appropriate in the ceremony. THE RITUAL SHOULD BE REVIEWED EEFORE IT IS PRESENTED so that all are aware of their responsibilities.
The properties for the ceremony are as follows: 1. Table approximately six feet long and three feet wide, with a white covering. 2. Replicas of the Coat of Arms and Fraternity Pin, electric if possible, with white covering. 3. The Flag of the United Sates of
The Chapter room is arranged as follows: the long table is placed at one end of the room, with space behind it for the members of the Ritual Team. Space in front of the table is allowed for the initiates to stand. The table is covered with the white cloth. On the table are placed the lighted replicas of the Coat of Arms and Fraternity Pin, one at each end, and the eight candles are placed between them: the four small gold candles in front, then the three medium blue candles, and the tall white candle at the back. The insignia are draped with white coverings until the ceremony calls for the drapes to be removed. The flags are placed at the end of the table with the American Flag to its own right. The room is dark except for the one tall white candle on the table, the covered insignia, and the candle held by the Sgt. at Arms for reading purposes.
The initiates are assembled in the preparatory chamber. Each must have filled out prior to this time the application for membership (in duplicate). Pledges must have submitted the initiation fee. NO INITIATION IS OFFICIAL UNTIL IT IS REGISTERED WITH THE NATIONAL OFFICE.
All members and initiates who are not United States citizens should be polled prior to the ceremony to see if they have any national oath or pledge which they wish to give during the Ritual.
The Pledgemaster conducts the blindfolding (if blindfolds are being used) of the initiates, thus preparing them to begin the initiation ceremony, and then instructs them as follows while they are assembled in the outer room.
PLEDGEMASTER: It is my duty and privilege to give to you your final instructions before entering the initiation room of Alpha Phi Omega. Remember, my friends, in this room the spirit of Service prevails. There is no place here for selfishness, pride, or greed. Before you enter here you must renounce hatred, prejudice, and envy, and you must subscribe to the principles of friendliness, charity, and goodwill. You will find that everyone in this Chapter desires to be a real friend to you and to work with you in a program of unselfish Service. In the few moments that remain before you enter the initiation room, you will silently meditate upon the principles of Alpha Phi Omega-Leadership, Friendship, and Service. Prepare yourselves to accept the high principles of Alpha Phi Omega from this time on.
A few moments pause
PLEDGEMASTER: We will now proceed. You are to remain absolutely silent until asked to speak in the initiation chamber. All initiates are formed in a single file with the right hand of each Pledge on the right shoulder of the preceding Pledge. The Pledgemaster then leads the column to the door of the initiation chamber and knocks three hard knocks. The Sgt. at Arms responds to the knocks.
SGT. AT ARMS: Who comes there?
PLEDGEMASTER: A Brother of Alpha Phi Omega.
SGT. ATARMS opens the door: Welcome, my Brother. But who are those who accompany you?
PLEDGEMASTER: These are neophytes seeking membership in our Fraternity.
SGT. AT ARMS: Have they successfully demonstrated the qualities prescribed by Alpha Phi Omega for those seeking admission?
PLEDGEMASTER: It is my belief that they have.
SGT. AT ARMS: Then I bid you enter and proceed with the initiation. The column enters and the initiates are formed into a semicircle facing the Ritual Team. All other members stand behind the initiates.
PRESIDENT: Before entering the chamber of Alpha Phi Omega, you solemnly cast aside hatred, selfishness, prejudice, and envy, and you adopted friendliness, charity, and goodwill. As you entered this chamber you placed a hand on the shoulder of a fellow neophyte, signifying your dependence on others, your willingness to cooperate with your fellows --following some, leading others. Because of your demonstrated qualities you have been admitted, this night, into our chamber. Behold the light. Members assist the initiates in removing their blindfolds (if blindfolds are being used).
SGT. AT ARMS: Do you believe in the principles of Alpha Phi Omega? If so, answer "I do."
INITIATES: I do.
SGT. AT ARMS: The
Believing this about our country, we affirm this belief with the Pledge of Allegiance.
All members and initiates who are American citizens, right hand over their hearts, give the Pledge of Allegiance.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the
SGT. AT ARMS (to be said only if there are members or initiates in the room who are citizens of other countries): The principles of Alpha Phi Omega apply to the brotherhood of man. Through Leadership, Fellowship, and Service, as our founder Frank Reed Horton said:
"Alpha Phi Omega can help bring about that standard of manhood and international understanding and friendship, that will lead to a better, more peaceful world in which to make a living, and a life." In this spirit, we pause for a period of silence while our Brothers and initiates from other nations honor their individual countries.
To be added only if there are Brothers or initiates who have and wish to give their national pledge: We will now listen to those who desire to give their national pledge. Each member who has chosen to give his or her national pledge do so, one at a time, so that all may hear.
TREASURER: Friends, our Fraternity is founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. This candle symbolizes Leadership. Lights the blue candle of Leadership from the tall white candle. May each of us resolve to keep alive in our own characters the desire to be a leader and give others the example of effective personality.
This candle symbolizes Friendship. Lights the blue candle of Friendship. May each of us remember that the best way to have friends is to be one, and the true test of a friend lies in our treatment of people for whom we can expect no favors in return.
This candle symbolizes Service. Lights the blue candle of Service. May each of us devote ourselves, our energies, and our abilities in Service to others.
PRESIDENT: Our Service Chair and Advisor will now speak to you about our PURPOSE and the four-fold SERVICE PROGRAM of Alpha Phi Omega.
SERVICE CHAIR: The PURPOSE of this Fraternity shall be to assemble college students in a National Service Fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop Leadership, promote Friendship, and provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage.
Our PROGRAM includes four major fields of Service carried on by our Chapter.
Two of these relate directly to our work here on campus.
Service to the college
Lights gold candle from the tall, white candle.
Service to the members of the Fraternity
Lights gold candle.
The measure of success with which Alpha Phi Omega carries out these objectives on the campus of … name depends entirely upon the individual members of our Fraternity. Our college community looks to us continuously for Service in many areas of student life, and we must diligently continue to build Alpha Phi Omega as a constructive force on our campus.
The remaining two fields of Service relate to our activities outside of the college community. They are:
Service to the youth of our community
Lights gold candle.
Service to the Nation as participating citizens
Lights gold candle.
ADVISOR: In our younger years we received the benefits of life which enabled us to finally attend this institution of higher learning. But we must remember that many youths of today are in need of the opportunities which we so readily take for granted. In Alpha Phi Omega we, through our Service program, pass along to others some of the benefits we have gained. Herein we extend to you a splendid opportunity.
Also, we must remember the desire of our Founder to try to create a society in the world which would not have to resort to war to solve its differences. The world needs people with Leadership and compassion to help end universal human suffering. As participating citizens in
PRESIDENT: As the ceremony began there was but a little light—only the Spirit of Service. Now you can see great light, and the members of Alpha Phi Omega here assembled hope that your vision is clearer as to your responsibilities.
Having this knowledge of the aims and objectives of our fraternity, do you pledge yourself to uphold the purpose and principles of Alpha Phi Omega? If so, answer "I do."
INITIATES: I do.
PRESIDENT to members: Brothers, what is your pleasure?
MEMBERS: Proceed with the rites of the Order.
PRESIDENT: There is no place in the bonds of Alpha Phi Omega for false pride. We believe that if you are to be a true friend or a leader, you must put aside selfish and personal interests. Silently each of you should vow to yourself that you will never forget how necessary humility is to your character.
Pause for a few moments
PRESIDENT: Before you are admitted to membership in Alpha Phi Omega it will be necessary for you to take an oath of loyalty and service. Therefore our historian will now share with you our oath.
HISTORIAN, raises the right hand, open palm: I will do my best to exemplify the principles' and to advance the organization of Alpha Phi Omega by taking part in the activities of this Fraternity and by obeying the laws of this brotherhood. I furthermore promise that I will give unselfishly of my time and energy, building a program of service for my Fraternity, for my college, for the youths of all nations, for my community, and for my nation as a participating citizen. Lower hand.
PRESIDENT: Our oath is a statement indicating that we accept the obligation of membership. in our Order and make a personal commitment of action in furtherance of our obligation.
By our oath we view Alpha Phi Omega as an active method by which we can accomplish our common goals of developing Leadership in ourselves and others, promoting Friendship among all people, and through Service to mankind making our world and our lives more meaningful and enjoyable.
Having heard our oath, are you willing to take this obligation? If so, answer, "I am."
INITIATES: I am.
PRESIDENT: Raise your right hands in solemn oath and in the spirit of Leadership, Friendship, and Service repeat after me: "I," give your full name one at a time, Pause for each initiate to do so, and now together repeat-"will do my best-to exemplify the principles-and to advance the organization of this Fraternity-by taking part in the activities of this Fraternity-and by obeying the laws of this Brotherhood, -I furthermore promise-that I will give unselfishly of my time an energy,-building a program of Service for my Fraternity--for my college--for the youth of all Nations,--for my community,--and for my Nation as a participating citizen."
You may lower your hands.
PRESIDENT: Now that you have bound yourself by our Fraternity oath, you are entitled to know our Coat of Arms. We believe no Coat of Arms is more beautiful, and few are so rich in
symbolism. Note carefully the instructions:
SECRETARY unveils the Coat of Arms: In this, the twentieth century, Alpha Phi Omega carries to the college campus the true spirit of knighthood. The sword, diagonally across the center, symbolizes Leadership, a great purpose of our Fraternity, reminding us that we are to cultivate in ourselves and others Leadership of the highest type for the college, for the Nation, and for the world.
The knight's helmet at the top symbolizes courtesy, friendship, and service characteristic of the knighthood of old.
The cross in the upper left-hand corner is the cross of
The four squares about the cross, each contain three drops of blood. These twelve drops symbolize the twelve parts of the Scout Law; Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. These principles are our life's blood as we strive to make them the code of all mankind.
The three torches representing higher education, in the upper part of the shield to the right, likewise, represent the three cardinal principles of this Fraternity: Leadership, Friendship, and Service.
The three fleur-de-lis in the lower part of the shield, symbolize the world movement of Scouting, and the three points of the Scout Oath: Duty to God and country, duty to others, and duty to self. As the illuminated heavens guide us at night, the four stars above the Coat of Arms represent our four-fold program of Service:
To our Fraternity
To our college
To our community, and
To our Nation, as participating citizens.
Lastly you will note the name of our Fraternity at the bottom-Alpha Phi Omega.
ALUMNI SECRETARY, unveils the Fraternity Pin: The Symbolism of the Coat of Arms just explained to you has its counterpart in the Fraternity Pin.
The three triangular portions surrounding the center contain the three Greek letters-Alpha, Phi, Omega. These stand for Leadership, Friendship, and Service, the principles of Alpha Phi Omega.
In the center of the badge you will note the sun and its spreading rays. The sun symbolizes fraternity unity and fellowship in Alpha Phi Omega. The rays are widespread to remind us of our obligation to serve all mankind. The white background emphasizes the need of worthwhile activity on the part of Alpha Phi Omega members as we serve God and mankind.
The twelve small jewels forming the circle around the sun represent the twelve parts of the Scout Law, which our badge keeps before us and which should govern our words, actions, and deeds. The circle is perfectly formed, indicating that this Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega should be an unbroken circle of Brothers united in purpose, true in Friendship, and everlasting in the faith of our Fraternity.
SGT. AT ARMS: The sign of the Fraternity is the sign of Leadership. Its roots are in the Leadership of our Scouting heritage. Make the Fraternity sign. The three upraised fingers together represent Leadership, Friendship, and Service: our extending Leadership to worthwhile causes, our heart's warmth of Friendship, and our willingness to Serve others, extending our lives and talents to all who may be in need.
The thumb and fourth finger together represent the union of our principles-in Alpha Phi Omega.
PRESIDENT: You have meditated on the principles of Alpha Phi Omega. You have learned the aims and objectives of our Fraternity and the symbolism of our insignia. We will now all repeat the oath which we have solemnly taken. Have all make the Fraternity sign with you.
I will do my best--to exemplify the principles--and to advance the organization of Alpha Phi Omega--by taking part in the activities of this Fraternity--and by obeying the laws of this Brotherhood--I furthermore promise—that I will give unselfishly of my time and energy,--building a program of Service for my Fraternity--for my college--for the youth of all Nations--for my community--and for my Nation as a participating citizen.
Having committed yourself to these noble purposes, the task of fulfillment is yours alone. No one will prod you to observe your promises. As a guide we suggest only these few lines from the pen of Shakespeare: "To thine own self be true- .
And it must follow as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
You have taken your pledge as a member of our Fraternity, and you have received in trust the truths embodied in Alpha Phi Omega. I am happy now to declare you members of the Fraternity. On behalf of the Fraternity, I welcome you as one of us.
I now give you our Service Pin, greet you with the handclasp of our Fraternity, and give to you the Greek words which stand for the guiding principles of Alpha Phi Omega.
The President (or designated members) presents the Pin, gives the handshake and its meaning, and whispers the Greek motto and its meaning to each new member individually. Each new member repeats the handshake and its meaning and the Greek motto and its meaning.
Our Service Pin:
Pins Service Pin on new member.
Our Handclasp is:
Demonstrates handclasp: The forefinger is extended over the wrist of the member.
The other three fingers are placed together beneath the wrist. The three fingers represent the threefold purpose of Alpha Phi Omega, that of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. These are bound together by a single tie, represented by the forefinger.
The meaning is:
Leadership, Friendship, and Service, bound by a single tie--Alpha Phi Omega.
Our Greek motto is:
αργη φιλια ψφελια
Ark-he, Phi-Ii-a, Oh-phi-li-a
The meaning is:
Be a Leader, Be a Friend, Be of Service.
PRESIDENT: Our Pin should always remind you that others will judge the Fraternity by your conduct and your adherence to its know standards. You will notice that the Service Pin which has been placed on your lapel bears the three Greek letters of Alpha Phi Omega, and has a letter "S" in the center, standing for Service. This is identification to your fellow students and friends that you are actively participating in our program of unselfish Service. I trust that you will help and be helped through your membership in Alpha Phi Omega.
In the solemnity of this hour, let us form our
All members, new and old, form a circle, placing their arms around the shoulders of those on either side of them.
Our Advisor will lift our hearts in dedication.
ADVISOR: Our common God: we come to Thee at the closing of this ceremony with thankfulness for the fellowship, inspiration and idealism we have enjoyed. We ask Thy guidance and direction as we continue this program of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. We beseech Thy special blessing upon these new members who have this night entered upon a lifetime of service in Alpha Phi Omega.
We realize that a true Alpha Phi Omega member is continuously a servant of God and man, and a good Chapter lives only by its Services to humanity. Help us to carry one and make our activities ever acceptable in Thy sight. Amen.
At the close of the meditation all assembled sing the Fraternity Toast Song.
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 ofALPHA PHI OMEGA, Our Fraternity.
Brothers clasp the hands ofBrothers, 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 sign of the Fraternity is given with the closing words of the Toast Song, holding the Fraternity sign while the following is given:
RESPONSE by entire group:
PRESIDENT: Be a leader.