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.
The first attempt to set up a chapter in EARIST during the first semester of school year 1980. A group of students who had themselves initiated at Ortanez Univ. (GAMMA RHO) and same time PATTS School of Aeronautics (DELTA NU) are frequently the group composed of Delta Nu together with Gamma Rho who have been recognized in the board meeting held at Barrio Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon on December 12, 1982 at exactly 12:00 high noon under the greek name of ZETA KAPPA...