Bro. Frank Reed Horton
During the first world war, I served as an ensign in the United States Navy aboard a minesweeper in the North Sea. Our ship and its partner exploded more than 1,000 magnetic mines. My law school background at Boston University led to my appointment to try court martial cases in our Division. When we reached ports some of the sailors ran wild. Many court martial cases resulted. I saw young boys in their teens getting into trouble.
Because of these experiences, I made a firm resolution within myself that if I returned alive, I would try to do two things and do them with all my power. First, do my best to help young people get the right start in life by holding up before them a "standard of manhood" that would withstand the test of time! Second and just as important, try to help the nations of the world settle their disputes in a more sensible and legal manner than by war.
After the war, I became a student at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. One evening, while attending an American Legion banquet during my sophomore year, I sat next to an inspiring man named Herbert G. Horton. We were not related but we became fast friends. He, too, had been a naval officer but was now serving as the local Scout Executive. He helped me to become a Deputy Scout Commissioner. One of the troops needed a leader, so I became a Scoutmaster as well.
Through these experiences, I found that the Scout Oath and Law were what I had been seeking - a standard of manhood that would withstand the test of time and a code of ideals created and accepted by some of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.
The summer of my junior year was spent as an Associate Camp Director at the Easton Scout Reservation. Here I was impressed with the religious tolerance in the hearts of the boys. This I have not found so easily among older people. Scouts of the Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant faiths worked together in everything at camp, and everyone had an opportunity to worship on his Sabbath in his own way.
My Brothers in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity house, where I lived, who were outstanding for high ideals and clean living, were all former Scouts. I felt a college organization should be formed that would strengthen men in these ideals, and give them an opportunity for Leadership experience and for Service to others.
As a senior at Lafayette College, I talked to some of the men with a Scouting background and the response was good. These men would join an organization based on the ideals of Scouting. I created the name Alpha Phi Omega, the motto and the Greek words and their meaning and wrote the Ritual. Everett W. Probst designed the pin and drew the Coat-of-Arms. Thane S. Cooley suggested the handclasp. Ellsworth S. Dobson and Gordon M. Looney helped write the Constitution and Bylaws.
Thirteen undergraduates signed as charter Members. Scouting advisors were Dr. Ray O. Wyland and Herbert G. Horton.
The Lafayette College Faculty approved the petition for recognition. On December 16, 1925, I conducted the Ritual Initiation at Brainerd Hall, second floor, and Alpha Phi Omega was born.
My purpose was to make Alpha Phi Omega an organization for college men who cooperated with all youth movements, especially Scouting. I also anticipated that our Service program would expand to help people in need everywhere and to do service on the campus of each Chapter.
As Scouting is worldwide, so should Alpha Phi Omega be worldwide, gradually in the colleges and universities of all the nations. Alpha Phi Omega can help bring about, through the future statesmen of the world, that standard of manhood and international understanding and friendship that will lead to a better, more peaceful world in which to live and in which to make a living and a life.
Bro. librado I. Ureta
By the year 1950, it already had 227 chapter from coast to coast to coast. It reached the Philippine shores and found a new home in the archipelago of 7,100 islands in the same year (1950).
The Republic of the Philippines then was only four years old. The Boy Scout Movement founded by LORD BADEN-POWELL in the Great Britain was organized in the Philippines in 1923; in 1950, as now, many Filipinos where actively participating in the movement.
One evening that year, Scouters in Manila were invited to a conference with a certain SOL LEVY from Washington State, USA.Brother Levy expressed the desire to organize Alpha Phi Omega in the Philippines. He gave a short talk and distributed some of copies of three APO publications: Questions And Answers, National Constitution and By-laws and Ritual Rites and Ceremonies.
LIBRADO I. URETA, an eagle scout and a graduate student at Far Eastern University, Manila, was among the the audience. Inspired by brother Levy's words, he read the publications and shared them with fellow scouts and students on the FEU campus. He asked their opinion about brother Levy's desire and the response was good. On March 2, 1950, Alpha Phi Omega International Service Fraternity was Founded at Nicanor Reyes Sr. Hall, Room 214, FEU.The charter members were:
LIBRADO I. URETA
IGNACIO J. SEVILLA SR.
ROMEO Y. ATIENZA
GUILLERMO R. PADOLINA
GODOFREDO P. NERIC
LEONARDO R. OSORIO
RALPH G. HAWKINS
ALFREDO DE LOS REVES
BONIFACIO V. LAZCANO
LAMBERTO T. DOMINNGUEZ
MAX M. VELASCO
After early preparations, a petiion for official status and copies of the publications were sent to the FEU administration. Few days after, the university recognized the organization.
Alpha Phi Omega grew rapidly and healthy in the philippines; in its third year when 7 chapters had been chartered on Manila and Visayan campuses, It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commision as a nonstock, non frofit and nondividend corporation.
Just exactly who was the first Alpha Phi Omega member who was a student of EARIST, and when he was enrolled here has now been last to history as there were no definite records to that effect. At any rate, there had been unofficial report of Alpha Phi Omega members initiated in other chapter later transferring to EARIST to pursue his studies as early as 70's. But there were isolated individual cases the fraternity has no active life inhere as such then.
The first attempt to setup a chapter here took place when some students were initiated during the first semester of 1980 at the Gamma Rho chapter (Ortañes University).
But the real life of Alpha Phi Omega as a group begun in earnest when at around, at the same time or shortly thereafter, another group of students, completely unaware of the work of the Gamma Rho group who were in turn, likewise totally unaware of this later group, had themselves initiated at the Delta Nu chapter (PATS School of Aeronautics). This later group, after they become members, in turn, recruited more students to join the fraternity. And in the course of doing so, the two group "discovered " each other. And having after all, the same end and purpose, agreed to merge and form a new group.
The new group composed of the Delta Nu group together with the Gamma Rho group begun quietly at first, being joined from time to time by new members initiated already in EARIST itself.
A significant milestone in the history occurred on Dec, 9 1981, when the School Administration recognized the fraternity, the first and so far the only time they ever recognized a fraternity.
The Alpha Phi Omega in EARIST was officially recognized by the National Council during the 5th National Executive Board meeting under the administration of National President, Francisco Brosas Jr. on Dec. 12, 1982, exactly 12:00 high noon in Provincial Action Center, Brgy. Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon under the greek name "ZETA KAPPA".
The Founders (in alphabetical order) were:
* Bro. Marlou P. De Castro - - - -Gamma Rho chapter
* Bro. Renato Guevarra - - - - - -Gamma Rho chapter
* Bro. Moises Javier -- - - - - - - -Epsilon Kappa
* Bro. Arnel Jamero - - - - - - - - Gamma Rho chapter
* Bro. Adolfo M. Manuevo - - - - -Delta Nu chapter
* Bro. Sonny Santos - - - - - - - -Gamma Rho chapter
The Pioneers (in alphabetical order) were:
Bro. Dionisio M. Chua - - - - -Delta Nu chapter
Bro. Michael L. Dizon - - - - - Delta Nu chapter
Bro. Carlos M. Formilleza - - -Delta Nu chapter
Bro. Gerardo I. Manuel - - - - Gamma Rho chapter
Bro. Norberto B. Perez- - - - -Gamma Rho chapter
Bro. Arthur E. Reyes - - - - - -Delta Nu chapter
Bro. Rey P. Taguimacom - - - Gamma Rho chapter
Bro. Ricardo E. Zacarias - - - -Delta Nu chapter
Sis Julie De Guzman - - - - - -Gamma Rho chapter
Sis Minerva Iyas - - - - - - - - Gamma Rho chapter
Pioneer Batch Under the Greek Name Zeta Kappa:
Bro. Emilio O. Ormita
Sis Naneth Bathan
Sis Emelyn Sahagun