It's Mass. Hysteria: Fraternity Expands to Fitchburg State University; Our First Presence in Massachusetts in Over 10 years
Alpha Phi Delta is back in Massachusetts! On April 29th, 2017 Jem Morales and Clever Chavez were inducted into our newest colony at Fitchburg State University. Also in attendance was Vice President for expansion Sal Flagiello, National President Jim Miller, Connecticut District Governor Joe Ferretti, Rick Barnes, PNP, Mike Young and Franco Liberatore. This marks the Fraternity's first return to the Bay State since our Delta Sigma Chapter (Tufts) was closed in 2006. This colony joins our Epsilon Lambda Chapter (New Haven) and our Merrimack Valley Alumni Club in our New England expansion efforts of the past few years.
The officers, delegates, and observers present for our 2017 Annual Meeting of the National Council pose for this photo on the grounds of Youngstown State University. The Fraternity flag (center) and the framed charter of our new Epsilon Lambda Chapter (left from center) can be seen being displayed proudly.
It's the Fraternity's biggest business meeting of the year and the 2017 gathering of Alpha Phi Delta's National Council did not disappoint. The February 17-18 meeting was filled with serious deliberation, inspirational moments, important actions and plenty of brotherly fun. The Brothers of Beta Omicron Chapter and the Youngstown Alumni Club served as gracious hosts for the weekend. More than 160 delegates and observers convened at Youngstown State University, where they heard welcoming remarks by the city's Mayor, John McNally. Later in the day, Youngstown State Head Football Coach Bo Pellini wowed the Brothers with a rousing address on leadership.
Among the many items on the agenda, the delegates approved a new budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, divided the North Jersey District in two and amended the bylaws to assist District Governors. They unanimously re-elected National President James Miller and National Vice President Todd Cusato to new terms. Harrison Kaufmann won the post of Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs. Paul Zammit experienced his first council meeting as National Treasurer, as did Tom Mauro in a new term as General Counsel. All other national officers were re-appointed to their jobs.
The happiest moments of any National Council come with the chartering of new entities. This year, the Brotherhood welcomed Beta Xi (New Jersey Institute of Technology) as its newest chapter. Epsilon Lambda (University of New Haven) became Alpha Phi Delta's newest colony.
The Beta Omicron Brothers welcomed all delegates to a Saturday evening social gathering at their house as did Brother George Guarnieri to his local restuarant.
The gathering garnered coverage by the local NBC television station. To view the story, click here:
Brothers from Beta Lambda Chapter (St. Francis University) played host to a crowd of undergraduates and alumni at the Fraternity's Western Leadership Conference on January 28th, 2017.
The Conference, underwritten by the Alpha Phi Delta Foundation by way of the support of alumni John Hadgkiss and Michael Zerega PNP, took place on a snowy Saturday in DiSepio Hall at SFU. Topics included chapter management, the human factor in college life, social media use/misuse/addiction, chapter officer training, a Foundation informational, tour of the APD website, risk management, and much more. Bobby Anderson, the campus's Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development lead off the day's presentations.
Brothers from SFU, Youngstown State University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gannon University, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Pennsylvania State University, PSU Altoona, Misericordia University, La Salle University, Stockton University, and Wesley College were in attendance, along with many officers and alumni. The gathering started with breakfast at 9am and concluded after dinner at about 5:30pm. National President Jim Miller served as emcee for the day's activities.
The 2016 Report on New Initiates shows some great academic news for Alpha Phi Delta. Key items to note:
Congratulations, to our undergraduate brothers in making Alpha Phi Delta stronger and stronger in its academic results. Faciamus!
As part of the Fraternity's Archiving Project, various documents and items from the Fraternity's archives are being scanned for purposes of historical preservation. To get a small taste of this, we have set aside some archived documents for viewing online. Here what you can look at right now online:
The Brooklyn Alumni Club- 1986 documents (30 years ago)
The Long Island Alumni Club- 1986 documents (30 years ago)
The New York Alumni Club - 1986 documents (30 years ago)
The North Jersey Club - 1986 documents (30 years ago)
The Pittsburgh Alumni Club - 1981 documents (35years ago)
Below is a post of the 1986 New York City (3rd) District archives of minutes and other items. There will be much, much more to come from this project in the months and years ahead!
During the holiday season, we encounter a voluminous portfolio of wonderful music. National President Jim Miller came across a slection that is sure to make you smile, courtesy of Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartner and company. Buon Natale!
Did you ever wonder which surname (last name) is the most common in our Fraternity? Okay, probably not. But that won't stop us from sharing the answer to that question.
For a number of years "Russo" ruled the roost as the most common last name in all of Alpha Phi Delta. However, in the past two years, five new brothers with the last name "Smith" have been initiated, leap frogging "Smith" over "Russo" as the most common last name in all of Alpha Phi Delta. "Miller," "Caputo," and "Jones" also saw an uptick in our rankings.
The top ten APD surnames are: #1 Smith (54); #2 Russo (52); #3 Marino (30); #4 Esposito (30); #5 Miller (29); #6 Johnson (28); #7 Brown (28); #8 Caputo (26); #9 Romano (25); #10 Jones (24).
See the chart photo below for all of the details.
Brothers, I hope that all of you enjoyed a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. I offer my prayers and wishes that all of you enjoy a peaceful and joyous Christmas and a prosperous new year. Please be safe in all that you do. We pray that everyone uses the intellect and judgment that God has given us to be the best people that we can be. In 2017, let us advance the ideals of Alpha Phi Delta beyond what we have even imagined.
Brother Jim Miller
For years, one of the issues of The Kleos (the magazine of Alpha Phi Delta) has been missing: the December 1942 issue produced in limited quantities in the midst of the Second World War. Thanks to some eagle-eyed brothers and by the effort of the National Chaplain, what once was lost, now is found; what was missing, now can be seen.
The December 1942 issue has been found, and placed in the Fraternity's archive. A quality scan of that issue is available for your reading pleasure below.
Here is what appears in this amazing 1942 issue of The Kleos that is so fascinating:
You can read the issue below or view it in a more robust viewing environment by clicking here.
(Note: use the [ ] box in the bottom-right of the magazine viewer, to view the issue in full-screen mode)
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