Middle Aged (35-54)
North American (General)
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This is a story of fraternity, humble groups of men bound together through a common bond to create lifelong friendship, better one another and improve the world around them. In the same year our nation was born, so was a wonderful idea called the college fraternity, a small brotherhood that would eventually grow and expand to include millions of Americans. 19 U. S presidents, a majority of all Congressman and Congress, women and most modern business leaders. Fraternity began in 17 76 when a group of men sought to take advantage of personal friendships to further their education and create meaningful bonds. John he's a student at the College of William and Mary, gathered four friends and created the first modern day fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa established many of the characteristics that mark the modern fraternity use of Greek letters, a secret grip, Amato, a ritual of initiation, a distinctive membership badge and a constitution of fraternal laws. Phi Beta Kappa sparked a movement other Greek letter organizations formed, flourished and branched off to new campuses. By the mid 19th century, fraternities had spread to the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. The small municipal college, nestled in the historic coastal town, consisted of 90 male students who focused their studies on Greek Latin mathematics and religion. Though it was a small school with student body was highly competitive and prided themselves on campus involvement. One of the most influential organizations on campus was the literary Society. The Crest, Um, ethics. By participating in the activities of the society, the students could take their academic pursuits beyond the classroom. Three of those highly competitive motivated students were Andrew Alexander, crowed Simon Fogarty Junior and Lawrence Harry mixing. The three men grew up a block from the campus of the College of Charleston and quickly bonded over their shared ambitions. Though these men found a fast and meaningful friendship, they were very different. Crow, the oldest of the three, was the visionary. The leader of the group and was regarded around campus is a true gentleman, always having a good word for friend and stranger alike. Fogarty was a motivator and a standout athlete who played on the baseball, basketball and football teams mix in a childhood friend of Fogarty's and a teammate on the baseball, basketball and football teams was the youngest of the three at just 16 years old. Mixing possessed a keen attention to detail but was most well known for his fun loving, humorous attitude. In the fall of 1904 the Crest thematic literary societies leadership was controlled by a fraternity slate. Three fraternities on campus had band together and vowed to only support each other's members and agendas. The three young friends Kroger, Fogarty and Mixing decided to make the choice to lead, and we're determined to create a society that would oppose the fraternity slate. On November 1919 04 the men gather at mixing home to discuss the formation of such a society. On November 1919 04 Their men at 1 91 Where ST 13 students of the college. Charles. The objective of the meeting was the formation of a society which would restrain and limit the power now exercised by the fraternities in the college. It was formally agreed upon to form such a society. The following gentleman with the charter members J A B Board John Brown, James Fogarty, Simon Fogarty, J. J. Gary Jr. E. M. Hennes Theodore Bond Well killing Andrew Alexander Croak, E K. Marshall Jr. Lawrence Harry mixing Thomas if Mossman p. A. Murray Jr. Theodore C. Odium, J H. Taylor AP way All of these gentlemen were present, except for Mr Board and Henderson. Mr. Croak suggested that the name of the society be non fret and the members be new. Five the Greek for in. If this was accepted, the question of officers was taken up, Election was about balance, and the following was the result President A Kroger June Secretary L H Mixing Treasure Salmon, Fogarty June. Over the course of the next few weeks, the men met to discuss how to successfully gain leadership positions in order to ensure the secrecy of their meetings. The men's signal. New five meetings by drawing the outline of a hand on a classroom chalkboard inside the hand. The time of the meeting and the last name of the member hosting the meeting were written. As the election came in past, the members of the New five Society were not only disappointed to see their members lose the election, but also found that eight of their members had been disloyal and voted for the fraternity slate. However, as they work together to achieve a common goal, they recognize the value of their friendship and the opportunity to create something of lasting value. On December 10th 1904 with seven loyal new fives gathered at the Fogarty home at 90 Broad Street to create a fraternity in the original minutes, written in dark green ink and encrypted in a secret code, Andrew Alexander croak, Simon Fogarty, Harry mixing pills or Wagner See it, or Kelly Thomas Mossman and James Fogarty founded Pi Kappa Phi and determined Secret Meeting, as well as the fraternities officers. Simon Fogarty later suggested the fraternities secret grip and created the fraternities badge. After the new Fiset back, the founders were determined to recruit quality men who were not only leaders on campus but also trustworthy and of the highest moral calibre. In 1905 Pi Kappa Phi extended their first bid to H Clue Purdy, the eighth man seated in the Founders photo. As the men celebrate the growth of their fraternity and the anniversary of its founding, they gathered at the Fogarty home for a celebratory meal. The meal consisted of traditional Charleston dishes and has remained a meal of much importance to members of Pi Kappa Phi. Later in 1906 mixing and Wagner authored the fraternity ritual. Simon Fogarty then assisted with the ritual and added the Roman Catholic influence, and the ritual included the ideals of Christian manhood, although it does not exclude men of other beliefs. Soon after the ritual was created, Pi Kappa Phi rejected a charter offered from another national fraternity and instead recruited friends at Presbyterian College to found the Beta chapter. Soon after the beta chapter was formed. See it or Kelly, then attending graduate school at Cal Berkeley, granted a long distance chart to create the Gamma chapter at Berkeley. This daring solo, moved by Kelly, originally angered the other founders as too bold, too far reaching but would successfully establish Pi. Kappa Phi has a national fraternity. Shortly after the fraternity established its national presence, Croak, then studying Law College of Charleston recognized the importance of protecting Pi Kappa Phi his name and existence by securing articles of incorporation. On December 23rd 1907 Pi Kappa Phi became officially registered in the state of South Carolina. With this official status, Pi Kappa Phi officially grew from a small group of men interested in growing as leaders to campus involvement to a national fraternity with a handful of chapters spanning the country