Alpha Omicron Pi Badge
Alpha Omicron Pi (ΑΟΠ, AOII) is an international women’s fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and community. ΑΟΠ was founded on January 2, 1897 at Barnard College on the campus of Columbia University in New York. Its founders were Stella George Stern Perry, Helen St. Clair Mullan, Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, and Jessie Wallace Hughan. The four founders met in the Columbia Law Library to begin their fraternity and to forever seal their friendships and the friendships of all future members. The philosophy which the founders guided their principals included membership to women who share their belief in lifelong friendship, service and love. Membership is offered to women regardless of ethnicity, religion or socio-economic background.
Today, Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women’s fraternity, with 204 collegiate chapters and 320 alumnae chapters in Canada and the U.S.A. Its international headquarters is located in Brentwood, Tennessee, and it is a member group of the National Panhellenic Conference, which is the governing council of the 26 member women’s fraternities and sororities. It is the only member to the NPC to have one official color (cardinal), as all the other members have two to four official colors.
Like many other Greek organizations for women, Alpha Omicron Pi is a fraternity, not a sorority, although both terms are often used. The term sorority was not yet in widespread use at the time of Alpha Omicron Pi’s founding, and therefore it is officially a “fraternity for women.” The fraternity is based around the values of service, scholarship, and leadership.
Alpha Omicron Pi
Flower – Rose
The Alpha chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was founded January 2, 1897, by four women: Jessie Wallace Hughan, Helen St. Clair Mullan, Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, and Stella George Stern Perry. Within one week of the founding of Alpha Omicron Pi, the four founders used their initiation Ritual for the first time, initiating Anne Richardson Hall.
National expansion of the women’s fraternity began almost immediately in 1898. The resulting chapter was Pi Chapter at New Orleans’ Sophie Newcomb College (part of Tulane University). Stella George Stern Perry, who was then the President of Alpha Omicron Pi, contacted a New Orleans classmate, Evelyn Reed, who expressed compatible ideas about fraternities. Evelyn’s sister, Katherine Reed, became the first pledge of Pi Chapter. After being initiated by Stella, she found others to initiate.
The purpose of ΑΟΠ can best be expressed through The Object of the Fraternity, its Mission Statement, and its Vision Statement.
The Object of the Fraternity
The object of the Fraternity shall be to encourage a spirit of Fraternity and love among its members; to stand at all times for character, dignity, scholarship, and college loyalty; to strive for and support the best interest of the colleges and universities in which chapters are installed, and in no way to disregard, injure, or sacrifice those interests for the sake of prestige or advancement of the Fraternity or any of its chapters
Women Enriched through Lifelong Friendship
Sisters. Living our Values. Changing the Future
Alpha Omicron Pi has only one color, cardinal (it is the only member of the National Panhellenic Conference to only have one official color).
Alpha Omicron Pi has only one jewel, the ruby. The occasional use of pearls or diamonds in special badges has no significance or special meaning.
A sheaf of wheat is a common symbol in AOII, found in the new member pin, the rings for the chapter president, alumnae chapter president, and International president. The binding together of wheat into a sheaf in the new member pin represents individuals bound by the common bond of Alpha Omicron Pi. The wheat indicates usefulness in its harvest.
The Nineteenth Century French rose, General Jacqueminot, a deep red rose, was chosen as the flower of Alpha Omicron Pi because its color is the symbol of the central and essential virtue of the Fraternity. Its choice had no connection with any legend, poem or story. This strong red rose, with its overtones of courage and vigor, was selected for its richness of color and fragrance, combined with softness and modesty of bearing. The Jacqueminot Rose is not available at most florists, so any deep red rose which is available may be used.
While not an official symbol, the Fraternity and its chapters consider the Giant Panda to be its mascot.
The Alpha Omicron Pi badge comprises the Greek letters, Α (Alpha), Ο (Omicron), and Π (Pi) superimposed on each other with a ruby at the Apex of the A (Alpha). Badges may be worn by initiated members only. If it is worn with another pin, it is to be placed above it and to the right. No other pin, badge, insignia, such as a fraternity pin, Greek letter indicating the name of a chapter or a symbol denoting an office, may be attached to the badge in any way, whether by a chain or by hanging it on the fastener.
To Dragma, translated as “the sheaf”, is the name of the fraternity’s magazine. The name was selected for three reasons: because it is a reminder of the common interest which unites all AOIIs, because it is a record of accomplishment, or harvest, and because it fittingly describes the purpose of such a publication, the uniting of members through communication. It is published three times per year, and has won numerous awards since its inception. Most recently, in 2008, To Dragma received the Fred F. Yoder Award for overall excellence.
Believing in their beginnings in Greek tradition, ΑΟΠ does not have a coat of arms, but uses a Jacqueminot rose as their symbol. A coat of arms is a medieval or masonic tradition, and therefore has no roots in the Greek tradition. ΑΟΠ is the only Greek organization without a coat of arms.
The fraternity awards an annual prize to the organization’s outstanding chapter, the Jessie Wallace Hughan Cup.
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Alpha Omicron Pi (ΑΟΠ)
- Founded On: January 2nd, 1897 – Barnard College
- Type: Social Sorority
- Colors: Cardinal Red
- Flower: Jacqueminot Rose
- Nicknames: AOP-Alpha-Omicron-Pi
- Chapters: 204 Chapters
- Website: www.alphaomicronpi.org
- Motto: Ένα σύνθημα, ένα Badge, ένας δεσμός, και εμμονή της Καρδιάς — “One Motto, One Badge, One Bond, and Singleness of Heart”