Below is an overview of the process. The course should take no more than 10 minutes. Note: In order to log into the course, you will need to use the same email address you have on file with Delta Chi International Headquarters. Step 2: Outgoing Officers prepare to train incoming officers All outgoing officers should complete the Outgoing Officer Guide. This will help the outgoing officer gather their thoughts and prepare for the meeting with the Incoming Officer.

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He will follow your development closely as you prepare to accept the responsibilities of full membership. The Cornerstone is intended to be your Delta Chi handbook and to serve as a handy resource today and in the future. It should not be committed to memory and it cannot be used as a text book where testing is a presumed or actual condition of membership and initiation. There are no words to quantify or qualify the significance and impact of the Fraternity on its members. The list includes every function of being a student or concerned alumnus.

The tasks are sometimes difficult, and disappointments occur frequently. But strangely enough, those who persevere are those who express the greatest satisfaction. They are Delta Chis. How do you build the type of commitment necessary to make Delta Chi a lifetime brotherhood? As an associate member, consider serving as an officer of your class. Working with your fellow associate members will further your understanding of people and the guidelines of the Fraternity.

When you attain full membership, a new vista of opportunities will open for you, such as serving as an officer or committee chairman for your chapter. Try to visit nearby chapters to witness how they work and the type of people who run them.

Meeting and interacting with brothers from across North America is rewarding and builds friendships for life. Then, as your graduation draws near, you will appreciate how much Delta Chi has influenced your growth. More opportunities become available. Service on a number of committees of the general fraternity is possible.

Involvement means financial support as well. Many members, undergraduate and alumni alike, give in a myriad of fashions, from wills and bequests to one-time and recurring cash donations to The Fraternity or the Delta Chi Educational Foundation. This financial support is vital to the programs of Delta Chi. Then, there is the legacy of Delta Chi — a male relation in your family i. Imagine the pride of placing the badge of Delta Chi on your relative, sharing with him the same opportunities to learn and grow in an environment conducive to sound education and lifetime brotherhood.

That brings us again to your commitment. There is much you can do in Delta Chi. The Fraternity needs your commitment, not only for the immediate future, but also for the long term as well. For Delta Chi to continue to exist and flourish, we need each new member, like yourself, to use the enthusiasm and energy of today, tomorrow and beyond. You and they are the lifeblood of Delta Chi.

The commitments of thousands of brothers before you have created a great heritage. Your commitment and that of hundreds of other associate members today will shape the future of Delta Chi. Make your experience in Delta Chi, the Brotherhood of a Lifetime, a family heritage. T h e A m e r i c a n c o l l e g e f ra t e r n i t y i s a n American institution and the chapter in the form it ideally exists on the college campus is a miniature of the larger American democracy.

The fraternity group is formed by mutual selection, based on congeniality and common purpose. Here the young member learns, perhaps for the first time, to submit to the will of the majority and to shape his own conduct by the interests and standards of the others with whom he lives.

In assuming his share of work in the group, he develops a sense of responsibility for the well-being of something outside himself. He is merged with the group; must work with and for it; must fight to emerge as a leader who will direct it. He learns the great lesson of subordinating self and selfish desires for the good of others.

He thus learns to lend his strength to those who have less, thus fulfilling an educational goal of which there is no higher. They arose in response to a need for close personal relationships among students, and they have provided an opportunity for supplemental education beyond the formal curriculum of the college. In the early days, studies centered around Greek and Latin. Electives were unknown, and classics rather than current events dominated discussion.

It was a trying time, especially for teen-aged young men, as most were, having been sent to college by parents to acquire discipline as much as book learning. And a harsh discipline it was. Dress and deportment were strictly defined. Travel was difficult. Athletic and social events were few and far between. It was indeed all work and no play, but students, then as now, found a way where there was a need.

In Williamsburg, Virginia, in , the way was gathering of College of William and Mary classmates in an upper room of the Raleigh Tavern. Over a bowl of punch, a small group of students talked and laughed and called themselves the Flat Hat Club.

Good things are soon copied, but old habits are hard to break. Other groups appeared, but they were social only to a limited extent. They were concerned with faculty approval 7 and the need to act more like a literary society — meeting to deflate or critique compositions, staging an oratorical contest, or engaging in a form of early campus politics with rival groups.

The climate of the times was reflected in their names: Ciceronian, Calliopian, and Philopeuthion. One group, PDA, ejected a student who was a superior Greek scholar. That rejected student, John Health, took three Greek letters, gathered four friends, and held the first secret meeting of Phi Beta Kappa, the first Greek-letter society or fraternity, on December 5, It was secret because it had to be.

The secret grip and mottos and ritual, distinctive badge, code of laws and use of Greek letters all were used by Phi Beta Kappa and later adopted by subsequent fraternities. But the important legacies of Phi Beta Kappa are these: high moral ideas, scholastic advancement, and the friendship of one brother with another.

In , the Alpha of Connecticut was planted at Yale, in , the Alpha of Massachusetts at Harvard, and more followed. Unfortunately, it would not survive the Civil War. To the north, on the campus of Union College, Schenectady, New York, the decline of a military marching club left a void in student life in the fall of Remaining conservative throughout its existence with only nine chapters and a total alumni base of fewer than 10,, Kappa Alpha Society enjoys the distinction of being the first Greek-letter general college fraternity with continuous existence to date.

Due to its secrecy, some students and faculty opposed Kappa Alpha Society, but other students admired the concept of the organization and formed Sigma Phi on March 4, , and Delta Phi on November 17, Alexis de Tocqueville, a much-traveled Frenchman, wrote Democracy in America following a trip to America in the s.

They are the most fraternal people in the world. Seeking an alternative to two bitterly fighting literary societies, some Hamilton students took inspiration from the local Sigma Phi Chapter and founded another Greek-letter society, Alpha Delta Phi, in Fraternities were on the move.

Then in , members of both organizations were found to have participated in a student revolt against an unpopular Miami University administration. Both fraternities went inactive until In Phi Delta Theta was founded to fill the void, and, in , six men who split from the Delta Kappa Epsilon Chapter, which had been started in , formed Sigma Chi.

The Miami Triad was complete. The Adelphean Society was organized May 15, , and followed a year later by the Philomathean Society. They remained strictly local sororities for more than 50 years before adopting Greek names and expanding as Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu, respectively. By the fraternity system was firmly established, with 22 of the present-day general fraternities having been already founded. The Civil War, pitting brothers against brothers in a familial and fraternal sense, resulted in the closing of many colleges and the temporary interruption in the development of new fraternities.

The only fraternity founded during the War was Theta Xi at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, the first professional fraternity later becoming a general fraternity.

It was not uncommon for whole fraternity chapters in the South to enlist as a body to defend the Confederacy. In a few cases, chapters tried to hold together in military units.

Afterwards the persistence of bitter sectional feeling worked to keep open the wounds that needed healing. To promote the healing process was a task particularly suited to fraternities. The nation and its campuses would not be the same after the Civil War. One significant change was the increased enrollment of women in The Greek Tradition colleges. Noting the advantages of fraternity group living, I. In the early days, most educational institutions existed primarily to prepare young men for the learned professions and the clergy.

Emphasis was placed on the classical studies, especially Greek and Latin. When fraternities came along, it was natural for them to draw on those teachings.

Literacy exercises were a common part of all chapter meetings, where the presentation of essays and debates was customary. At first, meetings were held in rented rooms but soon the chapters acquired halls that they furnished as clubrooms. Eventually, chapter houses became common. Gradually, more and more men began to enter college.

The curriculum expanded. Many colleges became universities. The church affiliations of many schools weakened and, in many cases, was dropped altogether. New institutions and the state-supported institutions grew to fill the need for mass education. Several states in the late s adopted anti-fraternity legislation.

As the chapters grew larger, they found it possible and desirable to provide living quarters. Soon the fraternity house became a common sight in college towns. Those organizations which lacked sufficient leadership soon passed out of existence; those that had it expanded at a rapid rate and encouraged the formation of many new fraternities.

Into such an environment Delta Chi was born on October 13, Quite the contrary, it was a roller-coaster ride of bottom-of-the-barrel-depths and exhilarating heights.



When an order is submitted, all information will be varied by Delta Chi Staff prior to filling the order. Supplies that can be ordered from IHQ include the basic items for operations Cornerstones, AM pins, badges, thank you notes , regalia flags, graduation stoles, commemorative coins , and ceremony supplies Ritual supplies, AM Ceremony Manuals, Alumni Rededication Ceremony kits. Expenses of orders will automatically be invoiced to chapter officers and applied to its international chapter account which can be found through Vault. Please contact Delta Chi Staff if you have questions or concerns about this process. While we outsource apparel and other popular items, we still hold a stock of inventory at Headquarters that we are happy to sell and distribute.

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About Us Friendship Delta Chi exists to promote friendship in its members. The friendships formed during your undergraduate years are relationships that will last far beyond graduation. Character In Delta Chi, character is a core value and the cornerstone of the Fraternity. Challenging yourself to take a leadership role, to chair a committee, to be the point guard for the intramural basketball team, to tutor a younger member in Calculus, or to simply be a member who lives according to the values of the Ritual and the Eleven Basic Expectations all work to help develop your individual character.





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