About your other point – hard to say how much an impact fraternity had on each president. Ever wonder which Presidents belonged to fraternities? Donald Trump – N/A. Former President Obama urged any Georgia voters still in line to remain there as the polls closed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Peach State’s Senate runoff elections. It may be noted that the former President is one of the closest political friends to the basketball fraternity in the country. Here is a question for you…how many of the men who have been President of the United States were actually undergraduate members of their fraternity? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Grace Goodhue Coolidge, a charter member of the Vermont Beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Vermont, was the first wife of a President to have been initiated in a women’s fraternity while in college. My Master’s thesis details the history of the fraternity system at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1948-1960. This is the first thing I’ve read from your blog, but apparently this isn’t your standard format? Unfortunately, after Johnson, the statistic becomes downright false. We do skew the stats by including honorary initiates such as Eisenhower (Pres Obama incidentally was honoraried by a BGLO prior to taking office the first time around). During Obama’s election, he was quick to sell-out all the shady characters (Ayers, Wright, Rezko) who helped him get to where he is. "I don't think this is the first time that somebody at a fraternity has done something stupid, racist, sexist. Use the search button to find the posts about your organization. Remember, fraternities are secret SOCIAL organizations. Of course, what do you expect out of a guy who wrote two memoirs and accepted a Nobel Peace prize before he accomplished anything? Barack Obama The Frat PAC: Kappas and Omegas Raise Cash for Obama. Being in a fraternity teaches you to be loyal to your closest friends. Whatever. I normally enjoy reading you perspective on the Greek experience. President Barack Obama sent the following greeting to the members of Phi Beta Sigma during their 2014 Centennial Celebration in Washington D.C. It is believed to be the precursor of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which was established at the same institution in 1776. Together they are the second couple initiated into Greek-letter organizations while college students. Love, Andy and Trina. Her husband, George W. Bush, is a member of Yale University chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Now is not one of those times. Neither Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, or Barack Obama belonged to Greek-letter organizations. Herbert Hoover was the first to break that long streak. I would rather not read posts that include your politics. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Did Barack Obama play basketball for his college team? eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'thefraternityadvisor_com-box-3','ezslot_3',103,'0','0']));Ronald Reagan was in a fraternity (TKE). You should DELETE this! I have very much enjoyed reading your blog. You own it and fix it. The last time the stars aligned this perfectly for a president was when Jimmy Carter was elected. I am sure I would have agreed with them, too. Obama refuses to release his transcript from his undergraduate years. Perspective: “only won the election’s popular vote by 7% ” It is obviously easy to question his associations with those individuals. Placeholders.enable(); 44. Whether anybody disputes that President Obama is lacking the qualities above or not, it is a fact that being leadership in a Fraternity teaches you these things. Your point is how he pushes through legislation without listening to the American people. Just knew about Taiwan, the car accident and the boyfriend. As for the political stuff, I’ll leave that to you. Furthermore, he should be leading by example. © 2014 thefraternityadviser.com. Don’t believe me? Watch it maybe?Business Inquiries: baracksdubs@gmail.comIf you like this video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! It can hurt brotherhood inside a chapter, creating strife and division where there should be unity. subscribe2] I have enjoyed many of your posts until now. For International Women’s Day, Another 10 Amazing NPC Women! Her husband, George Herbert Walker Bush, is also a member of the Yale University Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Agreed, this guy is running a business, or at least a brand, of advising fraternities. I know something about what Barack Obama believed in 1980. In the … In a fraternity, you don’t get elected president as a freshman. * The Flat Hat Club was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1750. My roommate suggested I sign up for rush (as it was then called, today it’s known as recruitment) and go through the house tour round and then drop out of rush. for those who don’t like it…. AKA the 2nd widest margin of the past 20 years. When the president of your country pulls the same stunt (Obamacare), there will be an even bigger backlash (the 2010 mid-term elections). Let’s not make short-sighted comments to win some political points before the election. *FDR was a Harvard DKE despite DKE nationals de-recognizing the chapter due to a dispute over dual membership privileges for brothers. He was one of the few to go on record and credit TKE with helping him form his leadership ideals. We think of you every day and hope you are doing great. It was justified. January 5, 1911, Kappa Alpha Psi, Indiana University, January 9, 1914, Phi Beta Sigma, Howard University, January 10, 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Illinois Wesleyan College, January 13, 1913, Delta Sigma Theta, Howard University, January 15, 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Howard University, January 16, 1920, Zeta Phi Beta, Howard University, January 17, 1847, Delta Psi (St. Anthony Hall), Columbia University, January 25, 1993, Gamma Alpha Omega, Arizona State University, January 26, 1978, Sigma Alpha, Ohio State University, January 27, 1870, Kappa Alpha Theta, DePauw University, Fraternity/Sorority Historian Fran Becque, Ph.D., shares stories connecting the past to the present and the future. see ya! I personally agree with your opinion, and it is my opinion that you shouldn’t be drawn and quartered for having one, and expressing it politely, as you have done above. On December 1, 1880, she accepted the invitation of the Rho Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Ohio Wesleyan College to become an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Fraternity Women Who Were Lawyers, 1867-1902 (When Women Could Not Vote! Taken too far (such as showing public support as a chapter for a candidate) it could imperil a chapter’s tax-exempt status. Paying your dues: “you don’t get elected president as a freshman” Mrs. Coolidge’s successor, Lou Henry Hoover, was also a Kappa Kappa Gamma. A newspaper or a book sometime. Thanks :)Check out our website! When the president isn’t strong enough to stand up and make the tough decisions, bad things always happen. No one is holding a gun to your head forcing you to read. Required fields are marked *, 7 Ways to Conduct Fraternity Recruitment During a Pandemic, The Complete Guide to Fraternity Recruitment, Fraternity Mixers – 11 Ways to Ensure Success. Both George Bushes were in fraternities (DKE). Although he graduated in 2005 with a degree in philosophy, he's an accomplished actor today thanks to hard work and his big break landing the role of President Barack Obama. Pat, is it? What Ideas Can I Propose to get Elected as Fraternity Secretary. His Vice President, Dan Quayle, is also a Delta Kappa Epsilon member. President Barack Obama shared his reactions to the video of University of Oklahoma fraternity brothers uttering a violent and racially-charged chant in … Andy is doing fine and glad to be home. Her husband became an initiated member of Phi Gamma Delta while a student at Amherst College. And I don’t just mean “ideally” – as tax-exempt organizations, they should not be appearing to support one politician or another. 10 + 2 Sorority Women with Pulitzer Prizes, 10 Authors Who Are Sorority Women (Hint – Caddie Woodlawn, Kinsey Millhone, Atticus Finch, Too), 10 Sorority Women from the Golden Age of Television, Doctors Who Wore Badges: Fraternity Women in Medicine 1867-1902, Female Senators and Their Sorority Affiliation – 2019 Edition. Chances are good you found this blog by searching for something about fraternities or sororities. If it sounds political, just stay away. In 2014, former President Barack Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK) to support the advancement of young men of color in America. While I agree with Pat in his positions and support his right to use them as a thought provoking analogy, I don’t wish to engage in that debate. While Obama wasn’t a part of Greek life, he did get involved in other groups such as activist organizations and athletic teams. The purpose of our organizations is to engage that struggle and deliver those things at a religious/philosophical level that people won’t experience elsewhere. She became a member when she was a  Stanford University student. In this manner, has any president been in fraternity? If fraternity presidents try to ignore or cover up issues, the chapter gets busted and put on probation. Check out the title. Real change—big change—takes many years and requires each generation to embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the title of Citizen. Also, it’s disgusting that you said thank god we are still in Iraq when thousands of Americans have died already. All Rights Reserved. Tom, actually most have in the fraternity era have been undergrad members of fraternities. There are a lot of chapters who need advice who might lean democrat (or even aren’t political and don’t want to be) who would be turned off by “The Fraternity Advisor’s” politically charged message here, and not seek his advice because of it, hurting his business. Invitation accepted July 17, 1944 and he was initiated on June 28, 1945 by members of the Kansas City Alumnae Association on behalf of the Gamma-Kappa chapter.) Nevertheless on MingleCity.com, a young man called Dipp stated that Obama looks like a Phi Beta Sigma man, while a responder called thatamazinque stated simply Omega Psi Phi. In 1959, Theta Kappa Phi  merged with Phi Kappa, another Catholic fraternity, and formed Phi Kappa Theta. In her post-White House years, Barbara Pierce Bush, who had attended Smith College, became an alumna initiate of Pi Beta Phi. Or which Presidential offspring belong to these organizations? The brothers will sniff out a lie faster than a pledge can say the Greek alphabet. To be fair, there may have been a grain of truth in that statistic at one time. Never heard (or re?rebemm) this story. Four Americans died in Libya because of Obama’s inaction. I say keep on keepin on. If someone in your house does something really, unjustifiably bad, and you had previously had no reason to suspect he was that kind of person (thats why he got initiated), would you rather have the guy who blackballs him, or the guy who blindly defends your brother who did something horrible? Loyalty and friendship is a two-way street, and those guys took advantage of it. Pi Beta Phi has Mrs. Coolidge’s badges and there is one in the Smithsonian’s collection. It’s also a good example of that old adage about a falsehood traveling around the world before the truth has a chance to tie its shoelaces. Also follow on twitter and instagram @GLOHistory, Pinterest www.pinterest.com/glohistory, and Facebook. Learn how your comment data is processed. Last time I checked Guantanamo was still open (thank God), those making less than $250,000 had their taxes raised, troops are still in Iraq well after March 2009 (thank God)  and there are still earmarks in bills that Obama has signed. Your email address will not be published. Rutherford B. Hayes, born in 1822, was initiated as an honorary member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Even Bill Clinton was in a fraternity (APO – I bet those were wild times). One of the first rules of polite social gatherings is stay away from religion and politics. if this were 2008, this point wouldn’t be moot. Even Bill Clinton was in a fraternity (APO – I bet those were wild times). Lyndon B. Johnson was a member of a local, Pi Sigma Chi, at Texas State University. The whole concept is those values are not easily obtainable in college and are severely lacking in the world at large. Comrade Barack Hussein Obama said in his book 'Audacity of Hope', “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction what better place for the Muslins to control our country, than in the office of the President of USA.” I argue that Obama missed out on them. Montford Point Marine; awarded Congressional Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama; former executive director and general secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Alpha Award of … Ivanka Trump A former executive vice-president of the Trump Organization, she is more famously known as the first daughter of President Donald Trump and is an official senior advisor to the president. I don’t see why you have to put your political views out there on a website like this. Should this Guy be Our Fraternity Advisor? Tom – I didn’t argue that all non-Greeks miss out on these values. I suspect someone saw it on something written in the 1960s when it was true and used it in a poster or webpage. It is probably safe to conclude Obama getting elected in 2008 was a fluke. He became a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a now co-ed service fraternity while at Georgetown University. I am quite certain you have no idea of the strategic military reasons we went to Iraq or why keeping troops there in force until we’ve withdrawn from Afghanistan is essential to guarantee the sacrifices made were not in vein. It is my opinion that we – those of us who advocate for and believe in the fraternity system when it works as it was meant to – shoot ourselves in the foot when we spout clearly false information simply because we assume that it is true, because it once was true, and/or because we want it to be true. The very people who claim that Obama is a Muslim were the ones who fumed about his relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his pastor in … That honor goes to Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of Rutherford B. Hayes. AND that candidate picked a running-mate who was vilified by the media, AND this was during a time of two unpopular wars, AND this was during the worst economic condition of our lifetime. Reagan was one. © Fran Becque, www.fraternityhistory.com, 2018. When I made my way to Syracuse University, I saw the houses with the Greek letters that edged Walnut Park, and wished I could tour them. Do a quick search and you will get pages and pages of results. 9.1K SharesShare9.1KTweet9The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma announced today that they have signed a historic letter of collaboration with Barack Obama’s My Brothers Keeper Alliance. I’ll be reading. In fact, I would argue that this is the greatest challenge to Fraternity membership today. I could explain that to you in some detail if you like, but I don’t think you’d appreciate the new world view you’d be forced to accept. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. As President Obama has said, the change we seek will take longer than one term or one presidency. Wow Nancy, We are so excited to see your progress. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Every single president makes promises before going into office and every time they end up breaking some if not all of those promises given circumstance and relationships with congress. Click to see full answer. You can’t just blindly believe Wednesday what you did Monday, without considering what happened Tuesday. The bottom line is the president is just a part of the executive branch, which means he executes legislation that is carried out by congress. This post is god awful. Please, stay in your lane to keep this very informative page accurate and enjoyable for Greeks and the interested. Humility- “When your fraternity president thinks he knows more than the people he is serving” Like passing Obamacare, a platform he ran on and believed in? I wrote a dissertation on “Coeducation and the History of Women’s Fraternities 1867-1902.″ It chronicles the growth of the system and the birth of the National Panhellenic Conference. ), Dwight D. Eisenhower, Tau Epsilon Phi, Honorary member (He was initiated into the Epsilon Eta chapter at Drexel University on May 26, 1967. Unfortunately, you can get away with it if you are the president of the free world. Like virtually every other program he tried to instill? He became a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a now co-ed service fraternity while at Georgetown University. Her husband was an honorary member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and the first fraternity man to be President. The modern F.H.C. Those are just a few of many broken campaign promises from 2008. ** Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Harvard University, also known as the “Dickey Club.” However, the national organization did not recognize the chapter because of the chapter’s stance on dual membership. Her chapter of initiation is Texas Eta at Texas A&M University. *** Bill Clinton became a member of Phi Beta Sigma in 2009, in his post White House years. ), John F. Kennedy, Phi Kappa Theta, Honorary member (On October 2, 1958, Senator Kennedy received a pledge pin from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute chapter of Theta Kappa Phi, a Catholic fraternity. Bush, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Yale University, Bill Clinton, Phi Beta Sigma, Honorary member***, George W. Bush, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Yale University. It can alienate sororities who don’t agree with your views, and even alienate your college administrators and professors, the guys who decide your grades, and most professors tend to lean left. Although I am an Obama supporter, this would be true no matter which candidate you are vilifying. Barack Obama was not; and he missed the following life lessons because he was not in a fraternity: And that I would become a member. I deeply believe in Fraternity and what it has done for me and the leaders you discuss in this post. But, most have actually been members of national or local fraternities while undergraduate students. You made a lot of logic leaps being political. That said, I feel incredibly sorry for whomever read over your application and believed that you would be-even for a second- a valuable asset to any university. Pat – well then that is a political opinion…and I would have to agree with Kelly O. I love your blog, but not to hear your political views. Doing so benefits everyone in the long run because eventually you have the experience necessary to become successful as president. Romney eventually won the 2012 Republican nomination, but was defeated by Barack Obama in the 2012 general election. That is what leaders do. He’s running a business (or at least a brand), and we’re giving feedback that politicizing that brand hurts it by potentially alienating half his target audience. Ronald Reagan was in a fraternity (TKE). jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 9) {if(typeof Placeholders != 'undefined'){ President Johnson was not initiated. Society was revived at the College of William and Mary in May, 1972. Wake Up America! Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (/ ˈ b ær ə k h uː ˈ s eɪ n oʊ ˈ b ɑː m ə /; 18 June 1934 – 24 November 1982) was a Kenyan senior governmental economist and the father of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States.He is a central figure of his son's memoir, Dreams from My Father (1995). President Obama never joined a fraternity while at any of the colleges he attended. The idea of an average Joe running this country is terrifying. The letter which highlighted support in three strategic approaches focused on its intent to support boys and young men of color. “Great alliances do great work,” the International President of […] If you have connections to one of the web-sites that is using that “all but two” information, please bring it to the webmaster’s attention. The practical skills of operating anything can be picked up through other endeavors or orgs, but those life skills are (while important) a tertiary bonus to our real (and varied) purposes. I’d like to address the commenters complaining about reading his political views (which I happen to agree with). Honestly. You probably made your way to this page because you saw tweet with this random, and thoroughly incorrect, statement  “Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825, have been members of a fraternity.”. You often give great advise and sometimes you are off the mark…this is one of those times. Yes, definitely at least one novel must come from you! and Alpha Delta Gamma, Honorary member (He was the speaker at the 1954 convention in Kansas City and was inducted as a member there. We WANT them to be better than us. There are many posts on this blog. General President Mason on behalf of the fraternity appealed to President Obama to create a "White House Council on Men and Boys" and partner with Alpha Phi Alpha to specifically address the needs of this group on a national level. It’s unclear how well he did as an undergraduate, although he was not a distinguished student. I am an active 42 year Greek, 35 year Airborne Ranger, Commanded a Brigade in Combat and former Deputy Director of Operations for US AFRICOM during the period you are making your erroneous assertions. ” When Obama was elected in 2008 he only won the election’s popular vote by 7% despite the incumbent party putting up a loser candidate in opposition. Although the chapter affiliated with Pi Kappa Alpha in 1965. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate historically African American Greek-lettered fraternity.It was initially a literary and social studies club organized in the 1905–1906 school year at Cornell University but later evolved into a fraternity with a founding date of December 4, 1906, at Cornell. She was initiated into the Colorado College chapter. At that time, the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary. It appears on countless websites as a given fact. Obama married in 1954 and had two children with his first wife, Kezia. 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