Alpha Phi Omega - Created in December, 1925 at Lafayette College in
Pennsylvania by Frank Reed Horton. It has three guiding principles:
Leadership, Friendship and Service. The Scouting fraternity grew to 18
chapters on different college campuses by 1930 with Horton as the National
President. Everett Probst was responsible for creating the insignia, pin,
key, and coat of arms. At the 1931 APO convention legendary Scout Executive
H. Roe Bartle was elected National President (His position was "Supreme
Grand Master" from 1931-1934, when the title was changed to "National
President") and was re-elected through 1946 when he asked to step down. Dr.
Bartle, affectionately known as "Chief," became affiliated with Alpha Phi
Omega in 1929, as Founder and Scout Advisor of Iota Chapter at Park College,
Parkville, Missouri. He was then Scout Executive of the Kansas City Area
Council. The Chief led the Fraternity to 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, an
achievement all the more significant in view of the Depression and World War
II years. The organization still thrives today.
-Information derived from various sources about APO and from Michael Brown.
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