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Alpha Delta National Fraternity (ΑΔ) is a nationally incorporated
Incorporation (business)
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, fraternity
Fraternities and sororities
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 that was founded out of a need to help keep young men out of trouble by holding before them a standard of manhood that would withstand the test of the ages. Initially formulated by 14 men representing four universities in the Henley Park Hotel
Henley Park Hotel
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 in Washington D.C. on August 4, 2007, Alpha Delta upholds that its purpose is a fraternity of college men in recognition that service to mankind is not only an obligation, but a higher calling. Yet while Alpha Delta has a high standard in service, it maintains many academic and social opportunities for its brothers.

Alpha Delta is based on the principles of Leadership
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, Brotherhood
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, and Service
Community service
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Alpha Delta was founded on August 4, 2007, but by the end of the first stages, the fraternity would have 22 founders from three different all-male chapters of Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 350 campuses, an active membership of approximately 17,000 students, and over 350,000 alumni members...

 (University of Maine, Drexel University, Duquesne University). The fraternity also holds to the values prescribed by Alpha Phi Omega founder and first national president Frank Reed Horton
Frank Reed Horton
Frank Reed Horton , was a United States educator. He is best known as the founder and first national president of Alpha Phi Omega, an international service fraternity....

 upon the creation of Alpha Phi Omega and therefore claims him as spiritual founder. The second national president H. Roe Bartle is also claimed as a spiritual founder. Alpha Delta was founded to uphold a standard of manhood set by the founders that would withstand the test of time. They ensure that although Alpha Delta is not a service fraternity for logistical reasons, the sole purpose of Alpha Delta is to provide service to mankind in four areas: to the brotherhood, to the university, to the community, and to the nation.

2006 Alpha Phi Omega National Convention

Starting at the Alpha Phi Omega National Convention in 2006, on December 29, numerous all-male chapters of the fraternity gathered together, feeling alienated and isolated, to discuss the option of creating a new direction that would protect the truest intentions of founder Frank Reed Horton by continuing to spread his principles and standard of manhood. This new direction culminated in the formation of a new national fraternity due to an ideological split between the all-male chapters and the national fraternity. The new fraternity would continue to hold community service at the highest of its ideals, but also preserve their respective chapters rich all-male heritage.

The Washington, D.C. Convention

On August 4, 2007, at the "First Conference of the All-Male Congress," four chapters of Alpha Phi Omega gathered at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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 to discuss the beginnings of the national fraternity. Along with the name of the national fraternity, Alpha Delta, the brothers also discussed and came to a formal conclusion on the following:

We, the undersigned chapters, are committed to independence from National Alpha Phi Omega.
Under the principles set forth by Frank Reed Horton, we are committed to establishing a new national fraternity.
With recognition that service is a civic duty of college men; our fraternity shall be a social fraternity with a primary
devotion to Service and Brotherhood.
We are committed to the history, tradition, and values of individual chapters.
We are committed to following our respective college’s or university’s policies concerning social organizations.
We are committed to safeguarding all proceedings of the committee.
We welcome each of the all-male chapters to petition the committee for involvement with the new fraternity.
We are committed to the governing body as the voice and authority of the group. We are committed to fundraising for the new

This became known as the founding date of Alpha Delta National Fraternity upon their declaration of freedom from APO Nationals.

The Boston Convention

Only three months later, on November 17 and 18, 2007, the same group of brothers met again in Boston
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, Massachusetts to discuss the specific details of the new fraternity they had created. This became known as the "Voting of the Fraternity Symbols." Numerous important decisions were made during this convention, including the careful selection of the fraternity symbols, which would ultimately guide the fraternity in the proper direction of preserving Frank Reed Horton's true vision. Among the fraternity values crafted on this day were the fraternity bird (the Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
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), the fraternity jewel (onyx
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), the fraternity flower (daffodil), the fraternity tree (Giant Sequoia
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), and the fraternity colors (forest green, old gold
Gold (color)
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, and onyx black
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). The fraternity crest and pin were suggested at this time, but were created by Pi Chi Chapter at a later date. The crest was eventually redesigned by Jessica Lewis, a friend of Zeta Theta chapter.

The Philadelphia Convention

On January 25, 2008, the first brothers of the fraternity were initiated, this later became known as "The Swearing In of the First Brothers." Three chapters of Alpha Phi Omega ultimately made the commitment to join the new fraternity, they were (in order of founding), Zeta Theta, Pi Chi, and Sigma Xi. Each of these all-male chapters presented their respective presidents for the swearing in of the first brothers of Alpha Delta, they were: James Bernhardt (Zeta Theta), Derek Minto (Pi Chi), and Anthony Feldpausch (Sigma Xi).


The purpose of Alpha Delta shall be to assemble college men in a national fraternal order as envisioned by Frank Reed Horton and the Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America
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. This fraternity is dedicated to developing leadership by providing service, forging the bonds of brotherhood regardless of race, creed, or background, and developing an understanding that service to mankind is not only an obligation, but a higher calling.


Alpha Delta National Fraternity currently has three chapters: Zeta Theta at Drexel University
Drexel University
Drexel University is a private research university with the main campus located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a noted financier and philanthropist. Drexel offers 70 full-time undergraduate programs and accelerated degrees...

, Pi Chi at Duquesne University
Duquesne University
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, and Sigma Xi at University of Maine
University of Maine
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. After breaking from Alpha Phi Omega, the chapters of Alpha Delta were determined to continue their rich chapter history and decided to keep their chapter letters. The first non-founding chapter of Alpha Delta National Fraternity will be Alpha Beta chapter. Alpha Delta National Fraternity also has a colony at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a public university in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA. The university is northeast of Pittsburgh. It is the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is the commonwealth's fifth largest university...

. They are the only Alpha Delta Chapter that still has a standing Alpha Phi Omega Chapter on the same campus.