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Old 03-13-2002, 08:48 PM
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Question # of Founders?

Hey, I'm curious how many founders each GLO has.

Alpha Gamma Delta has 11 founders. I've always thought this was more than other GLO's from the ones I've heard about.

Marguerite Shepard: Marguerite was our "first" Founder, since she was the first to pledge herself to forming the new Fraternity. Marguerite was conservative, dedicated, conscientious and highly intelligent --- our first Phi Beta Kappa.

Estelle Shepard Beswick: Estelle was the first Editor of the Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly, as well as the first Extension Chairman. She, like her sister, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She had much enthusiasm for every project she undertook and possessed a great sense of humor.

Jennie Titus Smith Morris: Jennie was the first president of Alpha Chapter and the first Grand President of the Fraternity. She was the author of a considerable part of the Ritual and contributed to the organization of nine Alpha Gamma Delta chapters. Jennie wore the first Badge and treasured it always. A woman of pioneering spirit, she had a warm personality and a helpful and sincere manner.

Georgia A Dickover:A dedicated worker who gave of her time quietly and continuously, Georgia served as the Editor of the Quarterly for two years and as Historian of the Fraternity for eighteen years. Her service in these offices culminated in the preparation of the HISTORY published in 1931. She, together with Edith MacConnell Hickok, compiled some of our Ritual. Georgia was a wearer of the Circle of Epsilon Pi.

Ethel Brown Distin:Ethel was the second president of Alpha Chapter, 1905-1906. She was instrumental in developing and installing Beta Chapter. Among her greatest contributions to Alpha Gamma Delta were her loving interest, her close friendships, her loyalty, and the manner in which she imparted those feelings to younger members. She was a natural leader with a charming personality.

Edith MacConnell Hickok: Edith wrote several of the early Fraternity songs, including "Initiation Song" and "Autumn Tints." She also worked with Georgia Dickover on the beginning of the Initiation ceremony. Edith led an active life and had a deep interest in social work and religion. She was the mother of the first Alpha Gamma Delta baby.

Flora Knight Mayer:Flora had a great musical talent and was the chapter pianist in the early years. She contributed her knowledge and love of music to the development of early Fraternity songs and the importance of music in the Ritual. Flora was a pretty, shy, quiet young woman and only her close friends were aware of her droll sense of humor.

Mary Louise Snider:Mary, a deeply compassionate woman, was Alpha Gamma Delta's first missionary, going out under the Board of the Methodist Church to Concepcion College, Concepcion, Chile. She served there for thirteen years, part of which time she was principal of the college. While there, she originated and helped to organize the first summer institute of Epworth Leagues ever held in South America.

Grace Mosher Harter:"Midge" was energetic and vivacious. Throughout her college days her home in near-by Parish, New York, was the scene of many happy Alpha Gamma Delta weekend house parties. She helped install Gamma Chapter. Grace's daughter, Margaret Harter Sanders and granddaughter, Susan Dee Sanders, were initiated at the 1964 Convention.

Georgia Otis Chipman:Georgia was capable, attractive, and witty. Following her graduation from college she taught in Chatham Episcopal Institute in Virginia. She was the first Business Manager of the Quarterly.

Emily Helen Butterfield: Brilliant and filled with vitality, Emily was Michigan's first woman architect. She designed Alpha's chapter house and the buildings for the Alpha Gamma Delta Summer Camp in Jackson, Michigan. Emily designed and wrote the symbolism for our Amorial Bearings. She also designed Amorial Bearings for several other fraternities and was recognized as the foremost authority on fraternity heraldry. The PURPOSE of Alpha Gamma Delta, with its illuminated border, is another of Emily's gifts to the Fraternity. A wearer of the Circle of Epsilon Pi, Emily was the Editor of the Quarterly for seven years.

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Old 03-13-2002, 09:05 PM
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TKE has five founders.

Joseph Lorenzo Settles was born November 2, 1871, in the little town of Lexington, seventeen miles northeast of Bloominton, Illinois. He entered Illinois Wesleyan Academy in the fall of 1896, and was known as "Dad" Settles; he was nearly 25 years old at the time. He completed the Academy coursework and enrolled in college coursework, graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1902. After graduation, he served as a minister for the Methodist Episcopal Church for over 18 years. He then served as Assistant Treasurer of teh Methodist Centenary Fund and later moved to Los Angeles as the Executive Secretary for the Los Angeles Rotary Club. Founder Settles remained in Los Angeles until his death on February 15, 1943.

James Carson McNutt was born on June 13, 1878, in Herrick, Illinois. McNutt was the first person whom Frater Settles approached with his plan for a new fraternal organization. After graduation in 1901, Frater McNutt taught school in Southern Illinois for a while, and then entered Washington University School of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1905. Dr. McNutt engaged in the general practice of medicine, and in 1955, he received the Illinois Medical Society's gold pin for fifty years of active practice. He was a well respected physician who helped to found two nursing schools. McNutt kept an avid interest in the fraternity he helped found, as manifested by attendance at Conclaves, by speaking frequently at Founders' Day and other Teke banquets, and by joining with the other Founders in addressing the Fraternity at large. On May 19, 1962, this last of the Founders joined those who had gone before, dying at the age of 83.

Clarence Arthur Mayer, Frater McNutt's roommate, was born on May 18, 1879 at Mt. Pulaski, Logan County, Illinois. Frater Mayer graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1902. Mayer was the most colorful of the Founders. He was a musician of great natural ability and exceptional training. His field was the piano and pipe organ. In 1916, he and his wife and Wallace Grieves founded the Springfield College of Music and Allied Arts, of which he continued to be the director until 1926. Frater Mayer never ceased to be an active Teke and along with Founder McNutt, laid down the eight criteria by which a real Teke will always be recognized, and these epitomize the actual creed of the Founders. When Clarence A. Mayer died on August 8, 1960, Tau Kappa Epsilon lost not only a Founder, but an inspiring leader.

Owen Ison Truitt was born at Spring Bay, Woodford County, Illinois, a tiny village a few miles north of Peoria, on the east side of the Illinois River, on November 20, 1868. He was therefore thirty years old at the time of the founding. His secondary education was also gained at the Wesleyan Academy. As he and Settles graduated in the same class on June 19, 1902, they must have become well acquainted both in the Academy and as fellow freshman in college, whose life and experience at Wesleyan paralleled. Both were in training for, and after graduation entered the ministry of the Methodist Church, and both held student pastorates. Frater Truitt subsequently served four pastorates all in the Central Illinois Conference. On July 13, 1929, both he and his wife were killed in a automobile accident. He was the first of the Founders of "the Miracle Fraternity" to pass into the Chapter Eternal.

C. Roy Atkinson who was always called by his middle name, was born in Bloomington, October 17, 1877, and resided in that city all his life. He entered Illinois Wesleyan in 1896, and graduated in 1900. He was therefore a junior at the time of the founding, and scholastically two years in advance of his fellow Founders. He was a quiet young many, but a fine singer, music being the great accomplishment of his whole life. He had a leading place in many church choirs of Bloomington, and at the time of his death was director of music in the Sunday School of the First Christian Church. He was official organist for the Order of the Eastern Star, and he played for the various functions of the Masonic Lodge. He was also chairman of the music committee of the Kiwanis Club, of which he was a Past President and Charter Member. Frater Atkinson met his death in an automobile accident on September 14, 1930. A peculiarity of his funeral was the absence of vocal music, for the reason that none of the many persons with whom he had sung could trust themselves not to break down during the service.
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Old 03-13-2002, 09:38 PM
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AEPhi has seven founders:

Ida Beck
Stella Strauss
Lee Riess
Tina Hess
Helen Phillips
Rose Gerstein
Rose Salmowitz

Will post details when I can scare up my pledge manual...
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Old 03-13-2002, 09:46 PM
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The 6 founders of Delta Zeta: Julia Bishop, Anne Simmons, Anna Keen, Alfa Lloyd, Mabelle Minton, and Mary Collins

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Old 03-13-2002, 10:33 PM
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Zeta Tau Alpha has nine founders:
Alice Coleman
Ethel Coleman
Helen Crafford
Mary Jones
Maud Jones
Della Lewis
Ruby Leigh Orgain
Frances Yancey Smith
Alice Welsh
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Old 03-13-2002, 10:47 PM
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SAE has eight founders. Click here for a little info about the history of the Fraternity from the headquarters website. The eight founders were:

Noble Leslie DeVotie (Chief Founder, author of the Ritual)
Nathan Elams Cockrell
John Barratt Rudulph (designed the badge)
John Webb Kerr
Samuel Marion Dennis
Wade Foster
Abner Edwin Patton
Thomas Chappell Cook
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Old 03-13-2002, 11:00 PM
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Iota Beta Chi has 1 founding mother and 3 founding sisters:
Mother: Gwen-Elizabeth Butler
Sisters: Lorraine Wasson
Jessica Maddison
Kristy Childs

L-R: Kristy Childs, Jessica Maddison, Lorraine Wasson and Gwen-Elizabeth Butler at our sorority ball 2000
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Old 03-13-2002, 11:17 PM
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Phi Mu only has 3: Mary Dupont-Lines, Mary Meirick-Daniel, and Martha Hardaway-Redding.
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Old 03-13-2002, 11:26 PM
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AOII has four founders
Stela George Stern Perry
Helen St. Claire Mullins
Jessie Wallace Hughan
and Elizabeth Heywood Wyman

You can read more about them at

We were founded on diversity because three of our four founders were extended bids to a sorority and the fourth was not because of her religous beliefs. They didn't agree with that so they decided to form their own group where people are accepted for who they are!!!

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Old 03-13-2002, 11:34 PM
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Those wonderful 14 men.........

These are the 14 men who gave the world Alpha Phi Omega on a cold December 16, 1925 on the campus of Lafayette College at Easton, Pennsylvania. Click on each name to get a history on each.

Lewis Blair
Thane Cooley (created handclasp)
Ephraim Detwiler
Ellsworth Dobson (co-wrote Constitution and By-laws)
Donald Fritts
Robert Green
Herbert Heinrich
William Highberger
Frank Reed "The Lightbearer" Horton (Main Founder, wrote motto and Ritual)
Gordon Looney (co-wrote Constitution and By-laws)
George Olsen
Everett Probst (designed pin, drew Coat-of-Arms)
Donald Terwilliger (still alive!!!)
William Wood

"In founding Alpha Phi Omega, not only was a new fraternity formed, but also an entirely new type of fraternity was formed ... dedicated to serving others ..."

Donald Terwilliger, Founding member, APO

"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."

--Frank Reed Horton, Founder of APO

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Old 03-13-2002, 11:38 PM
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Re: Those wonderful 14 men.........

Originally posted by pirate00
Alpha Phi Omega had 14 founders....
... 8 of whom were members of the Pennsylvania Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, if memory serves...
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Old 03-13-2002, 11:45 PM
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Pi Beta Phi has 12 founders:

Jennie Nicol
Rosa Moore
Fanny Whitenack Libbey
Emma Brownlee Kilgore
Clara Brownlee Hutchinson
Libbie Brook Gaddis
Fannie Ann Thompson
Nancy Black Wallace
Margaret E. Campbell
Inez Smith Soule
Ada Bruen Grier
Jennie Horne Turnbull

If you want to learn more about each you can go to . We had to learn all of them plus spelling for our pledge test! They are out of order from the song we learned but if you ever want to learn the founders sing their names to Frere Jaques!

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Old 03-13-2002, 11:53 PM
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Re: Re: Those wonderful 14 men.........

Originally posted by SAEactive

... 8 of whom were members of the Pennsylvania Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, if memory serves...
That's correct! I know Frank Reed Horton was an SAE, but wasn't sure which of the other Founders were as well. SAE is credited in "The Story Behind the Founding", by Frank Reed Horton. Quote:

"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."
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Old 03-13-2002, 11:59 PM
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Ready for a big list??

Delta Upsilon has 30 founders, hopefully I don't mess up:

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Old 03-14-2002, 12:30 AM
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Arrow Alpha Phi has 10 founders

The "Original Ten" of Alpha Phi are listed below. Alpha Phi was founded at Syracuse University in 1872.
[list=1][*]Clara Bradley Wheeler Baker Burdette[*]Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens[*]Martha Emily Foote Crow[*]Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton[*]Jane Sara Higham[*]Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert[*]Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults[*]Rena A. Michaels Atchison [*]Louise Viola Shepard Hancock[*]Clara Sittser Williams [/list=1]
In her "Old Girl and Days of '72," written for Alpha Phi's 40th reunion, Clara Burdette wrote: "We thought it would be a fine idea socially to form a circle of sympathetic friends whom we would know personally. We had as our aim the mutual improvement of each other, ever trying to do our best in college work, always keeping a high ideal before us. Never under any circumstances were we to speak disparagingly of a sister. We were to be ever loyal to one another, in joys or sorrows, success or failure, and ever extend a helping hand to our sisters who needed our aid; truly we planned to be a 'Union hand in hand.' "

For more information about Alpha Phi's founders see:

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