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History of the Fraternity . History of the Fraternity . Yes I will email this out to you all however please pay attention . Our Roots . Flat Hat Club: Was formed at the College of William and Mary By Thomas Jefferson Was the precursor to the modern fraternity Phi Beta Kappa

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History of the Fraternity


History of the Fraternity

  • Yes I will email this out to you all however please pay attention


Our Roots

  • Flat Hat Club:

    • Was formed at the College of William and Mary

    • By Thomas Jefferson

    • Was the precursor to the modern fraternity

  • Phi Beta Kappa

    • Was the first modern day fraternity

    • Started in 1776

    • Founder was John Heath

      • He was denied admission to a group similar to the one started by Thomas Jefferson

      • By adding Greek Letters, a secret grip, motto, and initiation he made it more exclusive then Thomas Jefferson's’ group

    • Motto: “Philosophy, the Guide of Life”


  • Our Roots

    • Phi Beta Kappa

      • In 1780 they opened another chapter at Yale, and then Harvard (we have one at Roanoke)

      • Only 200 schools in the nation have this honor society

      • In the 1830’s they were forced to tell their secrets due to an “anti- secret society movement”

      • Before they told their secrets other groups had already formed including Kappa Alpha Society.


    Union College

    • Union College is nicknamed “The Mother of Fraternities” because it was the first college to have them.

    • Kappa Alpha Society (don’t confuse it with Kappa Alpha Order which we have)

    • Sigma Phi

    • Delta Phi


    Enter Nu Phi

    • Now you will understand why we shouted “Can I get a Nu Phi” at Bid’s Day

    • Nu Phi is the name of the group that later evolved into Pi Kappa Phi

    • Nu Phi means “Non-fraternity”

    • This is why we always say we are not the stereotypical fraternity and some of us hate the term “Frat”


    The start of Pi Kappa Phi

    • During this time period at The College of Charleston (where we were founded by the way) one group controlled the campus in terms of influence “The Chrestomathics Literary Society”

    • Realizing that the campus needed a change in power, several guys got together and tried to oppose the officers in the next election with their own slate of officers


    The start of Pi Kappa Phi

    • At this time 3 small fraternities existed at Charleston. Each fraternity raised its own slate of officers to keep the power within the fraternities

    • Our founders were not in a fraternity and thus Nu Phi was born, a group of men running on a slate together to change the Literary Society


    The start of Pi Kappa Phi

    • They lost

    • Not to be overcome by defeat 7 of the most loyal Nu Phi’s decided to start a completely new fraternity


    The Meeting

    • On December 10, 1904 at 90 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina, the first meeting of Pi Kappa Phi took place

    • 7 Men came together to start Pi Kappa Phi

      • Andrew Alexander Kroeg Jr.

      • Simon Fogarty Jr.

      • L. Harry Mixon

      • Pelzer Wagener

      • Thomas F. Mosimann

      • Theodore Barnwell Kelly

      • James Fogarty


    4th Honorary Founder

    • Durward Owen

      • Roanoke, Xi Chapter


    Wagener

    • Was one of the best Greek and Latin scholars at the college during this time

    • It was Wagener who came up with Pi Kappa Phi and their secret meaning


    One year later

    • On December 10th 1905 Harry’s mother cooked them a huge dinner in honor of their first successful year

    • This is now known as Founder’s Day and every chapter celebrates it with a feast


    Esoteric

    • 1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions. 2. belonging to the select few. 3. private; secret; confidential. 4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.


    Ritual

    • Explanation and Debrief


    For next time…

    • Know what the Flat Hat Club is

    • Know what Phi Beta Kappa is

    • Know 3 of the 7 founding fathers

    • Know 3 of the 8 executive council members of Xi chapter (aka Us)


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