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Our Founders

Founding Members

Lewis Blair Thane Cooley Ephraim Detwiler Ellsworth Dobson Donald Fritts Robert Green Herbert Heinrich
Lewis Blair Thane Cooley Ephraim Detwiler Ellsworth Dobson Donald Fritts Robert Green Herbert Heinrich
William Highberger Frank Horton Gordon Looney George Olsen Evertt Probst Donald Terwilliger William Wood
William Highberger Frank Horton Gordon Looney George Olsen Everett Probst Donald Terwilliger William Wood

Founding Advisors

Arthur Hatch

Herbert Horton

John McCracken

Donald Prentice

Harry Spengler

Ray Wyland

Arthur Hatch Herbert Horton John McCracken Donald Prentice Harry Spengler Ray Wyland

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Cardinal Principles


Realistically, leadership is a matter of development. Alpha Phi Omega 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 - which 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 practice.


Brotherhood is the spirit of friendship. It implies respect, honesty and dependability. It means that we overlook differences and emphasize similarities as we join together in unselfish service. It means listening to Brothers whose views on issues might differ from our own. It means working closely with people whom under other circumstances we might not choose as our friends.


Our Chapter service program provides 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.

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Greek Alphabet

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Upper Greek

Upper English

Lower Greek

Lower English

Alpha Α A α a
Beta Β B β b
Gamma Γ G γ g
Delta Δ D δ d
Epsilon Ε E ε e
Zeta Ζ Z ζ z
Eta Η E η e
Theta Θ TH θ th
Iota Ι I ι i
Kappa Κ K κ k
Lambda Λ L λ l
Mu Μ M μ m
Nu Ν N ν n
Xi Ξ X ξ x
Omicron Ο O ο o
Pi Π P π p
Rho Ρ R ρ r
Sigma Σ S σ s
Tau Τ T τ t
Upsilon Υ U υ u
Phi Φ PH φ ph
Chi Χ CH χ ch
Psi Ψ PS ψ ps
Omega Ω O ω o

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Be a Leader, Be a Friend, Be of Service

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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 and 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 change in the future.




The most precious of all gemstones representing brilliance, luster, always increasing in value, and an expression of the greatest gift of love when given.




A perennial flower with royal blue blossoms. It is everlasting, always remembered.




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 and Gold


Our color of blue is a royal blue color. It is elegant, a sign of pure deed and thought. A color in our nation's flag.

Our color of gold is called " old glory " gold. A color also found in the nation's flag (fringe and tassels). It represents the high value, respect, 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 traditions. They declared the golden eagle as a new Fraternity symbol. An eagle is often found as a standard or as a part of the seal of a nation. The golden eagle symbolizes strength, gracefulness, keenness of vision, and endurance.

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Toast Song

The Toast Song is the official fraternity song. It is usually sung at the end of all fraternity functions (meetings, ceremonies, conferences, etc.). It is sung to the tune of 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!

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Mu Chapter Founding

Mu Chapter, the 12th chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, was chartered on December 15, 1929 by Thornton Stone and was rechartered on October 4, 1981.

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Last Updated: November 15, 2009
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