Phi Delta Theta Celebrates 15-Years of Alcohol-Free Housing

Leading up to 2000 during a General Officers Conference in Louisville, KY, the fraternity’s volunteer corps and professional staff met to discuss a new direction for Phi Delta Theta.

Simply put, we were going to put an end to apathy, fight complacency and hold members accountable for actions not consistent with The Bond. Alcohol-free housing represented a return to our founding principles and a renewed commitment to provide a values-based experience for our members.

It was a bold and courageous move and consensus was not easily obtained. The debate was robust — and at times heated, but in the end, the vote was unanimous. Many said it couldn’t be done and that our decision would lead to our end. Fifteen years later, the results speak for themselves.

Proud to be a Phi!

Straight Outta Oxford

Long before Straight Outta Compton in 1988, there was Oxford 1848.

#Repost @nuphidelt #phidelt #phideltatheta #fraternity The founding fathers of Phi Delta Theta! #StraightOuttaOxford

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Washington, DC Phis Celebrate 2015 Founders Day & Silver Legionnaires

The Washington, DC Alumni Club celebrated Founders Day on March 26, 2015 with a gathering of over 50 area Phi Delts and guests at P.J. Clarke’s in downtown Washington.

Although Phi Delta Theta was founded on December 26, 1848, we officially celebrate Founders Day each year on March 15th in honor of Phi Delt Founding Father Robert Morrison’s birthday. This year’s event was co-organized and sponsored by Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters and the fraternity’s Washington, DC Area Alumni Club.

In addition to the networking reception, there was a brief presentation on the State of the Fraternity and a discussion of recent events in the fraternity world, as well as a Silver Legion ceremony for five of our brothers celebrating 25 years of membership. Over 30 Phi Delt chapters were represented among the undergraduates and alumni in attendance, reflecting the diverse and transient nature of the area’s population.

A few representatives from General Headquarters were also on hand for the event including Andrew Cole, Hanover Phi Delta Theta Foundation’s Director of Development, expansion consultant Andrew Carlson, Syracuse and Melanie Clayton, Director of Insurance and Safety. We appreciate all their efforts to coordinate and support this year’s event.

Thanks to all for attending and a special congratulations to the 2015 members of Phi Delta Theta’s Silver Legion.


2015 Silver Legionnaire recipients (L-R):
Robert Klause, Widener, Joe Martini, San Jose State,
James Rather, Virginia Tech, Mark Snyder, San Jose State,
Charles Fowler, Michigan
(Not pictured: William Turanchick, Akron)

Brother Harrison first to arrive at PJ Clarke's for 2015 Phi Delt alumni reception.

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Phi Delta Theta Alumni Reception & 2015 Founders Day

2015 DC Phi Delt Weekend at PJ ClarkesPhi Delta Theta is coming to Washington, DC during its fourth “Phi Delt Weekend” of 2015. In addition to educational programing for undergraduates and advisers, Phi Delta Theta will be hosting an alumni reception for Phis and guests in the area on Thursday, March 26 at P.J. Clarke’s (Sidecar).

All area Phis are invited to attend a business casual reception to reconnect with local Phi Delts and friends, facilitate brotherhood in the region and to inform our alumni about the Fraternity today. Also, in partnership with the Washington, DC Area Alumni Club, we will be celebrating Founders Day including Gold and Silver Legionnaire Ceremonies commemorating Phis with 50 years and 25 years of membership respectively.

WHERE: P.J. Clarke’s (Sidecar), 1600 K Street NW, Washington, DC
WHO: All area Phis and guests
WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Please RSVP via Eventbrite by Sunday, March 22. Registration is free.

The Fraternity will be hosting hors d’oeuvres in the Sidecar room (cash bar available).

If you have questions about the event, please e-mail Andrew Cole at the Phi Delta Theta Foundation.

We hope to see you!

Learn more about “2015 Phi Delt Weekends.”

Phi Delt DC Celebrates Founders Day 2014

On Friday, March 14, 2014, several members of Phi Delta Theta and guests gathered at Gordon Biersch in Washington, DC to celebrate Founders Day.

Although the fraternity was officially founded on December 26, 1848 on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, we celebrate Founders Day on March 15th each year in honor of Founding Father Robert Morrison’s birthday.

Phi Delta Theta DC Founders Day 2014

A variety of chapters were represented including Akron, Gettysburg, Virginia Tech, MIT, Lawrence, Maryland, Whitman, Missouri State, Shippensburg, Clemson, OIT, Cincinnati and Widener among others. Thanks to all those who attended.

Happy Birthday, Brother Morrison!

More events and opportunities to get involved are coming soon. Stay tuned!

2014 Events

Celebrate Founders Day at Gordon Biersch – March 2014
Phi Delta Theta - Immortal SixMarch 14, 2014 – Join us as we celebrate Founders Day and Robert Morrison’s birthday! Let’s get together at Gordon Biersch on Friday, March 14th at 6 PM to honor Brother Morrison. Though Founders Day is actually March 15, we thought that Friday would be a perfect time for Phis in the Washington, DC area to gather again to share stories, strengthen friendships, and meet brothers from across the country currently living and working in the Nation’s Capital.

Please RSVP and help us spread the word by forwarding this invite any local Phi Delts!

WHO: All Phi Delts & Guests
DATE: Friday, March 14, 2014
TIME: 6 PM – 8 PM
WHERE: Gordon Biersch
900 F Street NW
Washington, DC
(202) 783-5454

This event is free but please RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount!

Phi Delta Theta 80th Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
Phi Delta Theta General Convention Las Vegas 2014June 19-22, 2014 – Hundreds of Phis will gather at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 80th Biennial General Convention. The Biennial Convention offers Phis of all ages from many parts of the world a unique opportunity to meet in the true spirit of the Bond. Since 1880, the General Convention has held all supreme and legislative powers of the Fraternity.

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Phi Delta Theta Foundation Meets in Washington, DC

On October 25-27, 2013, Phi Delta Theta Foundation trustees and general headquarters staff members gathered for a foundation board meeting in Washington, DC.

Phi Delta Theta Foundation Washington DC October 2013

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Phi Delta Theta Colonizes at Delaware State University

Phi Delta Theta establishes Delaware Beta Colony at Delaware State University

In 2011, a group of men at Delaware State University gathered to discuss the proposition of bringing Phi Delta Theta to campus. On Saturday, November 10, 2012, they took one step closer toward realizing that goal. On that day, Phi Delta Theta officially welcomed the Delaware Beta Colony into the fold during a colonization ceremony at the Old State House in Dover, Delaware.

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Just steps away from the current Delaware State Capitol Building, the historic Old State House provided the perfect backdrop and added special meaning to the event. The building’s ties to early American history, dating back to 1787, was symbolic of the new journey that these men embark upon in Phi Delta Theta as they recited the oath and were invested with colony pins and fraternity manuals.

Many family members, friends, advisers, Delaware State University students and local area Phis were on hand for the event. Rob Turning, Gamma West Province President and David Almacy, Survey Commission Chairman represented the General Fraternity and officiated the formal proceedings.

During the ceremony, several offered words of advice and encouragement; including colony adviser Dr. Polly Steenhagen, Phi Delts from the Maryland Delta chapter at Johns Hopkins University and other Phi alumni.

Logan Mears, president of the Delaware Beta Colony had this to say upon receiving the Colony charter, “Colonization is more than a measurable milestone for the men of Delaware Beta, it is the beginning of our legacy. It is a revitalization and an important reminder of what is to come. For the last year we have remained steadfast in pursuing the very same Cardinal Principles our Founding Fathers have entrusted to us. We will not fail them.”

Delaware State University HornetsDelaware State University (also referred to as DSU, DESU, or Del State), originally established in 1891, is an American historically black, public university located in Dover, Delaware. With a diverse population of 4,200 undergraduate and advanced-degree students on a campus encompassing six colleges, DSU is the second-largest university in the state behind the University of Delaware.

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity was organized with three principle objectives: The cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture, and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality. These objectives, referred to as the “Cardinal Principles,” have guided over 242,000 men (including more than 165,000 living alumni) since December 26, 1848 when the Fraternity was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Phi Delta Theta now has nearly 170 active chapters in 42 states and five Canadian provinces and over 100 recognized alumni clubs across the U.S. and Canada.

For additional information about this event or to explore bringing Phi Delta Theta to your campus, please contact DeMarcko Butler, the Fraternity’s Director of Expansion at (513) 523-6345.

UPDATE 2/24/14
Unfortunately, due to small group size and lack of overall progress towards chapter installation requirements, the General Council and Survey Commission of the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity unanimously voted to remove recognition from the Delaware Beta Colony on February 24, 2014. Phi Delta Theta is hopeful that we may be able to revisit the opportunity to return to Delaware State University at some point in the future.

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2012: Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9-11Phi Delta Theta knows of nine Phis who perished at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As our nation marks the 11th anniversary of this tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen Brothers, their families and all those who lost loved ones on that fateful day.

Swede Chevalier, Cornell ’98
Thomas Clark, Richmond ’86
Terence Gazzani, Bentley ’00
Donald Jones, Richmond ’84
Mike LaForte, Syracuse ’84
Ted Luckett, Ohio Wesleyan ’84
Sean Lynch, Cornell ’87
Todd Rancke, Duke ’81
Andy Spencer, Maryland ’87

Remembering 9/11

2012 General Convention Recap

The 79th Biennial General Convention of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity took place from July 5-8, 2012 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. It was a packed few days for hundreds of Phis, their families and guests.

Phi Delta Theta GHQ staff at General Convention in Washington, DC

Current and former Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters staff members at the 79th Biennial General Convention in Washington, DC on July 7, 2012.

Highlights included dinner for General Officers with General and Mrs. Washington at their Mount Vernon Estate, the laying of a memorial wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, presenting Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals with the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award on the field at Nationals Park prior to the Colorado Rockies game with 300+ Phi Delts in the stands, tours of the United States Capitol and the Pentagon, recognizing chapters and alumni volunteers with excellence and service awards, and an entertaining and inspiring evening sponsored by the Phi Delta Theta Foundation on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Avenue featuring fraternity leaders and the comedy improv group “Capitol Steps.”

Of course, there was also fraternity business to attend to such as voting on important legislation, debating issues, and the election of the General Council for the 2012-14 biennium. Congratulations to our new president Chris Lapple, and fellow General Council members Rich Fabritius, Jeff Davis, Chris Brussalis and Moe Stephens!

Below is the slideshow that was shown during the Grand Banquet on Saturday night which is a perfect recap of the week’s activities. Thanks to Sean Wagner, Steve Good and all of the Phi Delta Theta GHQ staff, Washington, DC alumni club representatives and everyone who contributed to ensure a terrific event. Safe travels back home!


PHOTOS: 2012 General Convention in Washington DC

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