A colony made up of students from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts was chartered as the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Delta at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the National Council on February 27, 2020. Epsilon Omicron, our 108th Chapter, is first active Chapter in Massachusetts since our Delta Sigma Chapter (Tufts - Delta Sigma) closed in 2005. Epsilon Omicron was designated to be a chapter in our Connecticut District, along with Gamma Xi and Epsilon Lambda. Additionally, on the same day, a colony made up of students from State University of New York at Cortland was chartered as our Epsilon Pi Chapter. Our 109th Chapter, Epsilon Pi was designated as a chapter of our Upstate New York District along with Beta Iota, Delta Rho, and Epsilon Eta.
Brother Salvatore Flagiello (Gamma Rho '06) was as elected National President of Alpha Phi Delta by a unanimous vote of the National Council during its annual meeting on February 29, 2020, at St. John's University in Staten Island. Brother Flagiello is the 55th National President of Fraternity; he previous served at National Vice, Expansion Chairman, and New York City District Governor, among other. Along with Brother Flagiello, Brother Paul Zammit (Gamma Sigma '03), the current National Secretary and former North Jersey District Governor, was elected as National Vice President by unanimous vote. He is the Fraternity's 47th National Vice President. Following their elections, both of these leaders was honored by the brotherhood by the being given the Fraternity Handclap by entire membership of the National Council. Both Brother Flagiello and Zammit begin their tenure in their new roles on July 1, 2020. The brotherhood wishes them a successful term of office. Faciamus!
Feb. 16th National Council Meeting at Pace University: Beta Phi Chapter Re-chartered and Cusato and Flagiello Re-elected
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the National Council was held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 on the campus of Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, home of the members of our Gamma Iota Chapter. The meeting was held in Wilcox Hall, and found delegates present from over 90% of our Fraternity's chapters.
Among the many highlights of the meeting were:
National Secretary Paul Zammit was absent for the meeting due to the birth of his second child, but a resolution was adopted by the Council congratulating Brother Zammit on the blessed event. Fr. James Lentini (National Chaplain) stepped up to act as National Secretary for the meeting. In other Council activity: the Council voted by a near-unanimous vote to close its Gamma Omicron Chapter at Stonybrook; it adopted a series of resolutions congratulating and thanking key groups and individuals; it added Beta Phi Chapter, officially, into the Delaware Valley District; it approved National President Cusato's appointees for 2019-20; and it heard a report from National Chaplain Lentini on various items and promotional materials that will be available to Chapters (some of the items were displayed),
There were six National Presidents present: the current one (Todd Cusato), Christopher Mancusi (2014-2016), Nicholas Franki (2011-2014), Robert DeVito (2009-2011), Manuel Rodriguez (2004-2005), and Alexander Fafara (1988-1990).
On February 24, 2018, the Annual Meeting of the National Council was held at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. The brothers of our Gamma Mu Chapter served as hosts. Some of the highlights of the Council meeting were:
The Annual Meeting of the National Council was held at the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 27, 2016. The meeting boasted a near records attendance with 100% of our undergraduate chapters in attendance, over 80% of our alumni entities, 100% of our districts were represented and only one out of our 14 national officers was absent. Additionally, every one of our colonies were present as observers. There were 126 voting members of the Council present, out of a possible 140; meaning attendance was 90%.
Some happy issues and some tough issues were tackled this year; here are the highlights:
CHARTERING. The Council approved charters for four (4) new chapters. The most new chapters chartered at one time, in nearly a quarter of a century. To wit,
Epsilon Eta Chapter
Composed of students from the State University of New York at Albany
It was placed in the Upstate New York District
One of it's founders, Christopher Mazzei received the Pioneer Award for his efforts
It's project manager Anthony Galli received an Expansion for his efforts
Epsilon Theta Chapter
Composed of students from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania
It was placed in the Central Pennsylvania District
One of it's founders, Luigi Tirro received the Pioneer Award for his efforts
It's project manager David Kozak received an Expansion for his efforts
Epsilon Iota Chapter
Composed of students from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey
It was placed in the North Jersey District
One of it's founders, Keith Bassford received the Pioneer Award for his efforts
It's project manager Christopher Mancusi received an Expansion for his efforts
Epsilon Kappa Chapter
Composed of students from Dowling College, Oakdale, New York
It was placed in the Upstate New York District
One of it's founders, Bryan Nee received the Pioneer Award for his efforts
It's project manager Nicholas Marter received an Expansion for his efforts
NIC EXIT. The Fraternity voted to remove itself from membership in the North American Inter-fraternity Conference following that organizations near-quadrupling of fees, its stripping smaller fraternities from having voting privileges, its inability to assist us in any area over the years, and its moving to regulate areas of membership, administration and Ritual, which rightly belong to member fraternity. By a lopsided vote, it withdrawal from NIC membership was approved.
BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR. Our Budget was approved for the 2016-17, and it marks the fifth year without any increase in fees.
AMENDMENTS. The following amendments were passed by the National Council, all take effect immediately:
The Governance Amendment. This amendment provided governance structures for off-campus chapters that can be put in place by the District Governor; it also affirms the rights of chapters to exist and members to associate under the auspices of the First Amendment of the United State Constitution; and it makes the National President a defender of our Chapters.
The Fraternal Days of Observance Amendment. This amendment establish special days that our brother should observe in some way (for example, by wearing a white carnation or in some other appropriate way). The days of observance are:
Faciamus Pin. The Establishment of the Faciamus Pin to reward undergraduate members for activity in the Fraternity by attending the National Council meeting, the National Convention and visiting an entity more than 100 miles away from their chapter.
Alumni Association Award. The Establishment of an Outstanding Alumni Association Award. This brings to eight, the number of National Awards.
Elections. Elections were held: sitting National President, Jim Miller of Psi was elected National President for 2016-17; sitting New York City South Governor Todd Cusato of Beta Sigma was elected as National President. Matteo Vitale of Delta Theta was elected Chairman of Undergraduate Coordinating Committee and Jeffrey Breen of Gamma Sigma was re-elected as Chairman of the Alumni Coordinating Committee.
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