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Our Founding

Early Staff Meeting 1910s

There are two versions of the story about the founding of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, but both involve one man who wanted to create a lifetime of true brotherhood– Warren Albert Cole.

54600151_692ef8d6e2_bThe first, resulting from an agreement in late 1912 between Warren Cole in Boston and Albert Cross in Philadelphia, holds that on November 2, 1909, Warren A. Cole, Percival C. Morse, and Clyde K. Nichols met at 22 Joy St., Boston, and swore allegiance to the new fraternity. The meeting had been called, by whom it is not recorded, for the purpose of considering the reorganization of the Cosmopolitan Law Club, a society of law students of Boston University, of which Cole was a member, into the Greek letter society.

Cole, Morse, and Nichols were all close friends, for all had been members of Alpha Mu Chi, a preparatory school fraternity. Cole was also a member of the legal fraternity, Gamma Eta Gamma, and the Grange or Patrons of Husbandry, a society of agriculturalists. The laws and rites of these societies are thought to have had a strong influence on Cole as he formulated the first regulations and Initiation Ritual of Lambda Chi Alpha.

The name Lambda Chi Alpha is thought to have been used from the beginning. The Greek letter name was not used in the Alpha Zeta minutes until April 27, 1910, however, and, as far as is known, this was the first time it was recorded.

The second version of our founding results from interviews with Cole and other early members in later years, and further investigation. When Cole entered Boston University in the fall of 1909, his first residence lay too far from the law school on Beacon Hill, so he and a varied group of youngsters rented a room at Pemberton Square, which they used for study between classes or work. This loosely-held group became known as the Tombs or Cosmopolitan Club, but did not lead directly to the formation of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Before the end of 1909, Cole moved to 22 Joy St., where he shared an apartment with James C. McDonald and Charles W. Proctor, both of whom later joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Cole, however, was determined to start his own fraternity. In the fall of 1911, he moved to 35 Hancock St., rooming with Ralph S. Miles and Harold W. Bridge. On November 15, 1911, the constitution of the new fraternity, largely derived from Gamma Eta Gamma’s, was signed by Cole, Miles, Bridge, and Percival C. Morse – the four founders.

YB1Over the next month, wonderful, yet mysterious, events of great significance occurred and a new fraternity was born with the appearance of our first badge and our first coat of arms, known as the Gamma Plate. Each of the four founders bought a badge. They issued themselves a charter for Alpha Zeta, back-dating it to November 15, 1911.

From this point on, Lambda Chi Alpha progressed at an incredibly rapid rate. Cole soon wrote the original Initiation Ritual, and within one year chapters at the Massachusetts Agricultural College (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), the University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State University were installed. Titles of national officers, such as Supreme Eminent Archon, were most likely borrowed from Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the overall design of our first coat of arms may have been inspired by the seal of McDonald’s prep school, the Worcester Academy.



Lambda Chi Alpha Symbols


Greek Letters

The Greek letters Lambda, Chi, and Alpha represent the name of the Fraternity. In written work, it is preferred to either spell out Lambda Chi Alpha or use the English abbreviation LCA. Greek letters are a graphical representation used primarily on logos, letterhead and T-shirts.


Coat of Arms

Coats of arms were originally family emblems. Then cities, societies, and institutions adopted them. All college fraternities have them but few institutions created their design with such faithful adherence to the laws of the ancient art of heraldry as Lambda Chi Alpha has.

Each part of the Lambda Chi Alpha coat of arms has a special meaning, the details of which are explained during the Initiation Ritual. Many of the public meanings of the symbols on the coat of arms are explained during the Associate Member Ceremony, and therefore, the coat of arms may be used and worn by all members, including associate members. It may be used on jewelry and stationery, among other items.





When a monarch signed a royal decree, he impressed his signet ring upon the warm wax that had been attached to the document, which identified his signature as official. Lambda Chi Alpha has adopted a seal design to serve the same purpose as the impression made by the signet rings of historic kings, and its purpose is to identify General Fraternity documents and publications. It should not be used for decoration, as an ornament for items such as jewelry or stationery, unless it is to be used as the official stationery of the General Fraternity. It is now properly used on charters, membership certificates, and authorized publications of the General Fraternity.

The design consists of the cross and crescent upon which is superimposed a shield bearing the letters of the Fraternity, above all of which appears a Gothic circle bearing in Greek the inscription, “Seal of the Brotherhood of Lambda Chi Alpha.” It is in the Fraternity colors of purple, green, and gold.





Brother Badge

The badge is a pearl-set crescent with horns turned toward the left, and enclosing a monogram of the Greek letters Lambda, Chi, and Alpha. The center of the crescent bears the Greek letters Delta Pi in gold on a black enamel. A variety of jewels may be selected for the Lambda.

Probably no fraternity badge has deeper meaning than that of Lambda Chi Alpha. Not only do the pearls, Greek letters, and crescent have their symbolism, but each line of the crescent and the relationship of the emblems to each other add greater significance. The meaning of the badge, of course, cannot be discussed here. It is an evidence of membership for an individual and should be used only for that purpose except as specifically authorized in the laws of the Fraternity, for example, when presented, usually in the medium or miniature size, to one’s mother, wife, sister, or fiancée.


Associate Member Pin

The associate member pin has had a most interesting history because it embodies the official badge of Theta Kappa Nu, as well as the original pin of Lambda Chi Alpha. The original Lambda Chi Alpha pin was a Gothic arch, but with the union of the two fraternities, this was superimposed upon the triangles composing the official badge of Theta Kappa Nu. Thus, all meaning of that fraternity’s symbolism was added to the Lambda Chi Alpha emblem.


Cross and Crescent

The cross & crescent is a central element of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Ritual. Symbolizing everlasting growth, the cross & crescent demonstrates every member’s continual pursuit of Christian values. The Lambda Chi Alpha creed best describes this imagery: “The crescent is our symbol – pure, high, ever growing and the cross is our guide– denoting service, sacrifice, and even suffering and humiliation before the world, bravely endured if need be, in following that ideal.”


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The ZETA Song

Warren Cole had originally assigned Zeta designations (or chapter names) in the order of anticipated petitions rather than when chapters were officially chartered and established. His original intention was to designate Zetas by the standard Greek alphabet. In April of 1913 (with seven chapters already designated), Jack Mason developed a post-hoc rationale for the haphazard order, sentences that collectively order the twenty-four Greek letters:

“A Good Energetic Zeta Is Lambda’s Boast- Strength From Delta Pi – Our Motto, To Each Through Union; Excellent Character Only, Knowing No Retreating Steps.” 

When the 25th Zeta was established, the same sequence was stipulated for the prefix or “series.” (i.e. Alpha-Alpha)

The order of Lambda Chi Alpha Zetas:


The standard Greek alphabet:



When Lambda Chi Alpha merger with Theta Kappa Nu in 1939, each former Theta Kappa Nu chapter were given a Zeta designation beginning with Theta, Kappa, or Nu. At the twenty-one (21) schools where Lambda Chi Alpha already had a chapter, these designations were still assigned but never used. A total of 55 Theta Kappa Nus made for 24 Theta-series, 24 Kappa-series, and 7 Nu-series.

Single-letter Series………………. 1909-1915

Alpha Series………………………. 1915-1918

Gamma Series……………………. 1919-1926

Epsilon Series……………………. 1926-1945

Theta, Kappa, & Nu Series

Zeta Series………………………… 1946-1951

Iota Series………………………… 1951-1963

Lambda Series……………………. 1964-1970

Beta Series………………………… 1970-1972

Sigma Series………………………. 1972-1976

Phi Series………………………….. 1977-1986

Delta Series………………………… 1987-2003

Pi Series………………………… 2004-Present

General Assembly & Leadership Seminar Timeline

Lambda Chi Alpha has celebrated a rich history. Since its inception, the loyal members of the Fraternity have gathered to take part in passing legislation that provides guidelines for the rules and regulations of Lambda Chi Alpha. These meetings occur every other year and are called General Assemblies. Leadership Seminars have also played a major role in the history of Lambda Chi Alpha in equipping the next generation of young men with the skills to lead their chapters. Below is a list of all the General Assemblies and Leadership Seminars that have occurred throughout Lambda Chi Alpha history. These events have been held all over the nation and included important legislation that have shaped our Fraternity.

Number Event Date City Location
1 GA 1912 April 13 Boston, MA Boston Chapter House
2 GA 1913 March 22 Boston, MA M.I.T. Chapter House
3 GA 1914 April 14-11 Worcester, MA Worcester Tech. Chapter House
4 GA 1914 Dec. 31-Jan. 1 Ithaca, NY Cornell Chapter House
5 GA 1915 Dec. 31-Jan. 2 Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania chapter house
6 GA 1916 Dec. 27-30 Boston, MA Hotel Westminster
7 GA 1919 Dec. 29- Jan. 3 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Union
8 GA 1920 Dec. 29-Jan. 1 Indianapolis, IN Claypool Hotel
9 GA 1921 Dec. 28-31 Dallas, TX Hotel Adolphus
10 GA 1923 Dec. 27-29 Chicago, IL Drake Hotel
11 GA 1925 Dec. 28-30 Cleveland, OH Hotel Winton
12 GA 1927 Aug. 25-28 Estes Park, CO The Stanley Park
13 GA 1929 Sept. 4-6 Alexandria Bay, NY Thousand Island House
14 GA 1931 Aug. 25-28 Asheville, NC Grove Park Inn
15 GA 1933 Aug. 16-18 Chicago, IL Edgewater Beach Hotel
16 GA 1935 Sept. 3-6 Swampscott, MA New Ocean House
17 GA 1937 Aug. 24-27 Toronto, Ontario Royal York Hotel
18 GA 1939 Aug. 29-Sept. 1 San Francisco, CA Mark Hopkins Hotel
19 GA 1941 Aug. 27-29 Excelsior Springs, MO The Elms Hotel
20 GA 1946 Aug. 19-22 Toronto, Ontario Royal York Hotel
21 GA 1948 June 21-24 Asheville, NC Grove Park Inn
LS 1949 Aug. 22-26 Springfield, OH Wittenberg College
22 GA 1950 Sept. 3-6 Chicago, IL Edgewater Beach Hotel
LS 1951 Aug. 19-24 Bloomington, IN Indiana University
23 GA 1952 Aug. 30-Sept. 3 New York, NY Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
LS 1953 Aug. 23-28 Greencastle, IN DePauw University
24 GA 1954 Aug. 29-Sept. 1 Miami Beach, FL Casablanca Hotel
LS 1955 Aug. 21-26 Greencastle, IN DePauw University
25 GA 1956 Aug. 26-29 Glenwood Springs, CO Hotel Colorado
LS 1957 Aug. 25-30 Muncie, IN Ball State University
26 GA 1958 Aug. 30-Sept. 3 Montreal, Quebec Queen Elizabeth Hotel
LS 1959 Aug. 30-Sept. 4 Greencastle, IN DePauw University
27 GA 1960 Aug. 21-24 Cincinnati, OH Netherland Hilton
LS 1961 Aug. 27-Sept. 1 Greencastle, IN DePauw University
28 GA 1962 Aug. 26-29 Pasadena, CA Huntington-Sheraton
LS 1963 Aug. 24-29 Greencastle, IN DePauw University
29 GA 1964 Aug. 29-Sept. 2 Miami Beach, FL Doral Beach Hotel
LS 1965 Aug. 21-26 Muncie, IN Ball State University
30 GA 1966 Aug. 27-30 French Lick, IN French Lick Sheraton
LS 1967 Aug. 26-31 Muncie, IN Ball State University
31 GA 1968 Aug. 24-28 Dallas, TX Statler Hilton
LS 1969 Aug. 23-28 Muncie, IN Ball State University
32 GA/LS 1970 Aug. 30-Sept. 2 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Hotel
LS 1971 Aug. 25-30 Muncie, IN Ball State University
33 GA/LS 1972 Aug. 27-30 Portland, OR Portland Hilton
34 GA/LS 1973 Aug. 22-25 Muncie, IN Ball State University
35 GA/LS 1974 Aug. 11-16 Greencastle, IN DePauw University
LS 1975 Aug. 17-21 University Park, PA Penn. State University
36 GA/LS 1976 Aug. 15-18 Roanoke, VA Hotel Roanoke
LS 1977 Aug. 14-18 Knoxville, TN University of Tennessee
37 GA/LS 1978 Aug. 13-16 Lake of the Ozarks, MO Tan-Tar-A Resort
LS 1979 Aug. 12-16 Memphis, TN Memphis State University
38 GA/LS 1980 Aug. 17-20 Denver, CO Marriot Hotel
LS 1981 Aug. 16-20 Muncie, IN Ball State University
39 GA/LS 1982 Aug. 12-15 Nashville, TN Opryland Hotel
LS/LS 1983 Aug. 17-21 Muncie, IN Ball State University
40 GA/LS 1984 Aug. 19-22 New Orleans, LA Fairmont Hotel
LS 1985 Aug. 18-22 Columbus, OH Ohio State University
41 GA/LS 1986 Aug. 14-17 St. Louis, MO Clarion Hotel
LS 1987 Aug. 16-20 Memphis, TN Memphis State University
42 GA/LS 1988 Aug. 14-17 Scottsdale, AZ Marriot’s Camelback Inn
LS 1989 Aug. 13-17 Columbus, OH Ohio State University
43 GA/LS 1990 Aug. 16-19 Memphis, TN Peabody Hotel
LS 1991 Aug. 7-11 Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University
44 GA/LS 1992 June 18-21 Orlando, FL Stouffer Orlando Resort
LS 1993 June 23-27 Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University
45 GA/LS 1994 June 23-26 Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University
LS 1995 June 21-25 Muncie, IN Ball State University
46 GA/LS 1996 June 27-30 Dallas, TX Fairmont Hotel
LS 1997 June 24-29 Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University
47 GA/LS 1998 June 20-23 Scottsdale, AZ Marriott Camelback Inn
LS 1999 Aug. 4-8 Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University
48 GA/LS 2000 July 27-30 Atlanta, GA The Renaissance Waverly Hotel
LS 2001 Aug. 1-5 Ames, IA Iowa State University
LS 2001 Aug. 1-5 Columbus, OH Ohio State University
49 GA/LS 2002 Aug. 1-4 Denver, CO Denver Marriott Tech Center
LS 2003 Aug. 12-15 Bloomington, IN Ransburg Reservation BSA
50 GA/LS 2004 July 29-Aug. 1 Indianapolis, IN Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
LS 2005 July 28-31 College Park, MD University of Maryland
51 GA/LS 2006 July 20-23 Orlando, FL Buena Vista Palace
LS 2007 July 25-29 Memphis, TN Memphis University
52 GA/LS 2008 July 17-20 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Biltmore Resort
LS/Centennial 2009 July 29-Aug. 1 Indianapolis, IN Butler University
53 GA/LS 2010 July 22-25 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Biltmore Resort
LS 2011 July 28-31 Ames, IA Iowa State University
54 GA/LS 2012 July 26-29 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Biltmore Resort
LS 2013 July 24-27 Memphis, TN University of Tennessee
55 GA/LS 2014 July 24-27 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Biltmore Resort
LS 2015 July 23-26 Ames, IA Iowa State University
56 GA/LS 2016 Aug. 4-7 Miami, FL National Doral Resort

Fraternity Timeline

1750. Flat Hat Club established at the College of William & Mary. (This is thought to have been the first American university fraternity.)
1776. Phi Beta Kappa founded at William & Mary. (This was the first Greek-letter university fraternity and is, of course, the oldest honorary fraternity.)
1780. Phi Beta Kappa installed its second chapter at Yale University.
1845. First fraternity house occupied at the University of Michigan (Delta Kappa Epsilon).
1854. First house built expressly for fraternity use was erected at Kenyon College. (This also was a log cabin.)
1864. First modern fraternity house including dormitory living quarters built at Williams College.
1867. I. C. Sorosis founded at Monmouth College. The society used the subtitle, Pi Beta Phi, in 1883, and in 1888, became known by this name alone. This was the first national sorority.
1870. Kappa Alpha Theta, first national sorority to be founded with a Greek-letter name, established at DePauw University.
1893. Interfraternity and Intersorority Congress at World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago.
1909. First Interfraternity Conference meeting in New York City.
1917. 200,000 fraternity men served in World War I. 2,000 never returned.

Lambda Chi Alpha Timeline


1905. Cosmopolitan Law Club organized at Boston University.
1909. 310439246_7cd0fb1402_oNovember 2. Warren A. Cole (Boston 1912) founded Alpha Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at Boston University. As an incoming law student at the university, it was Cole’s dream to start a college fraternity from the very beginning. After graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree, Cole set out to build Lambda Chi Alpha into an international fraternity and served as the first Grand High Alpha, or chairman, until December 1919. He also served as the administrative secretary and editor of the Purple, Green, and Gold magazine.
1910. April 27. The fraternity’s name, Lambda Chi Alpha, is written and recorded for first time in Alpha Zeta minutes and the first Zeta roll, which served as the official membership records for all chapters.  October 3. The first version of a ritualistic Initiation is held.
1911. November 15. Date of Alpha Zeta Charter. First Grand High Zeta elected.  November 23. Alpha Zeta members agreed to issue themselves a charter as the first installed chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. (The charter was dated November 15.)
1912. January 10. First expansion committee appointed. (This marked first step in expansion program.)  February 12. Fraternity’s first quarters obtained at 16 Westlake Avenue, Boston.  March 8. First petition for a charter is filed by a group of students at Massachusetts Agricultural College, known today as the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. April 13. The First General Assembly was held in Boston, which established the governance of the organization and adopted general and expansion policies for the Fraternity. May 18. First petition for a charter is approved and the group of students at Massachusetts Agricultural College becomes the second installed chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha.
1913. 151382996_52a5033111_mMarch 22. The Second General Assembly is held in Boston, where membership restrictions were adopted; moral clauses were incorporated in the Constitution; pledge instruction was first considered; Board of Publications was established, and the foundation was laid for a new initiation ritual — unable to attend, John “Jack” Mason (Pennsylvania 1913) stayed up all night and wrote a seven-page, handwritten letter about his vision of what the ideals and principles of Lambda Chi Alpha should be and how they should be expressed. This historic letter was read to the assembled body and was significant in the adoption of a new initiation ritual for the young fraternity. Today, Dr. John E. Mason is known as the spiritual founder and the chief architect of the Initiation Ritual of Lambda Chi Alpha.
1914. January. No. 1, Vol. I, of the Purple, Green, and Gold magazine appeared.


April 9. The present Initiation Ritual of Lambda Chi Alpha is adopted by the Third General Assembly in Worcester, MA.

1915. January 2. Vol. I, No. I, of Cross & Crescent handbook appeared.  February. Zeta Zephyr is the first chapter publication, published by Zeta Zeta at Penn State.

Twenty-five hundred Lambda Chis (90 percent of membership) in war service. Six Zetas wholly inactive because of enlistments.

1919. 54599852_b95e380c17_bDecember 31. Ernst J.C. Fischer (Cornell 1910) is elected the second Grand High Alpha at Ann Arbor General Assembly. Fischer was instrumental in the establishment of the general endowment fund which would prove to be critical to Lambda Chi Alpha during the Great Depression. Warren A. Cole resigned from Lambda Chi Alpha shortly after the meeting.



1920. 4310020888_75197e5f0b_oFebruary 12. Bruce McIntosh (DePauw 1916) is appointed the first full-time administrative secretary of Lambda Chi Alpha, known today as the chief executive officer, and was operating the central office out of Fischer’s home in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Bruce was instrumental in the merger with Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity. Thanks to his skillful management, creative talent, vision and dedication, the Fraternity was able to progress rapidly. Bruce is a founding member of the College Fraternity Secretaries Association, now known as the Fraternity Executive Association. December 15. The central office moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.
1924. June 9. Delegates from 11 local societies convened at Springfield, Missouri, and formed Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity.


September 1. J. Fred Speer (Pennsylvania 1922) is hired as the first traveling secretary (known today as an Educational Leadership Consultant or ELC) who devotes full time work to chapter visitation.  October 7. Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity becomes incorporated.

1926. Summer. The first edition of The Paedagogus, the official membership handbook, is published to replace the Cross & Crescent handbook.
1927. 49127180_73b52a1253_bDecember 3. Lambda Chi Alpha becomes an international fraternity with the installation of Epsilon- Epsilon Zeta at the University of Toronto in Canada. The practice of hazing is openly condemned by Bruce McIntosh at an NIC meeting.

1932. January 1. The Purple, Green, and Gold magazine changes its name to the Cross & Crescent magazine.  July. Bruce H. McIntosh becomes president of the Fraternity Executives Association. A central figure in its founding, he is the only one to have served two terms as its head.
1935. September 3. Established in 1933, the Order of Merit inducts its first members at the General Assembly. This recognition was created to recognized alumni volunteers for unusual, lengthy, and dedicated service to the Fraternity — particularly at the local chapter level.
1939. Theta_Kappa_Nu_crestOctober 11. A ceremony is held at the Howard College, now Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, to officially merger Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity with Lambda Chi Alpha. This union increased the chapter roll from 77 to 111 and membership from 20,000 to 27,500, becoming the largest merger in the fraternity world. TKN’s heritage was honored in this united fraternity by adding the Latin open motto Vir Quisque Vir, meaning “Every man a man”, and other additions to the fraternity’s coat of arms; the white tudor rose becoming the fraternity’s official flower; a new pledge pin design and ceremony (a condensed version of TKN’s ritual). 



1940. March 1. The General Fraternity purchases it’s first International Headquarters building, a remodeled home at 2029 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis. On October 15, offices moved to new building.
1943. 3078307424_381b116fbe_bCyril F. “Duke” Flad (Wittenberg 1940) succeeds Bruce McIntosh as administrative secretary of Lambda Chi Alpha. A brother from one of the former Theta Kappa Nu chapters, Duke Flad joined staff as a traveling secretary and served as office manger before he was named the new administrative secretary. For 25 years, Duke Flad served as the chief executive until his death in 1968.
1944. Leroy Wilson (Rose-Hulman 1922), former Grand Archon of Theta Kappa Nu, becomes the first  Lambda Chi Alpha brother to head the National Interfraternity Conference, known today as the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). An estimated 13,000 members serve in the armed forces during World War II; more than 400 die. Forty-nine of the 129 chapters are inactive due to military service.
1946. 151383006_4c03b218b9_oJune 1. The Dr. John E. Mason Memorial Foundation (now Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation, Inc.) is created from his bequest upon his death on May 29th. While Mason’s name is closely associated with ritualism of Lambda Chi Alpha, he also contributed extensively in many areas, such as assisting in the development of the first edition of The Paedagogus and songbook, as well as serving many years as the Fraternity’s historian and member of the Grand High Zeta, including Grand High Alpha from 1930-1933.
1949. August 22. The first Management Training Seminar (now Stead Leadership Seminar) is held at Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio.
1953. The Annual Fund campaign is established as a means for alumni to financially support the Fraternity beyond their college days.  August 31. The position of chapter services secretary (now director of chapter services) is created. George W. Spasyk (Michigan 1949) is the first to be hired in this position after serving as a traveling secretary since 1950.
1955. images-4Duke Flad oversaw the move to the second and more spacious International Headquarters building at 3434 Washington Boulevard in Indianapolis. That same year, Duke Flad is elected president of the Fraternity Executive Association and his title of administrative secretary is changed to executive director.
1957. 310439233_4e6825a20a_z-2Founding Father Warren A. Cole is reinstated as a member in good standing.
1959. October 30. Fiftieth anniversary rededication ceremonies are held in Boston.



1960. August 21. The first members are inducted into the Order of Achievement and Order of Interfraternity Service. The Order of Achievement is presented to those brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha who have distinguished themselves by outstanding accomplishment in their chosen field and serve as a role model through their success and have thereby brought honor and respect to the Fraternity. The Order of Interfraternity Service was created to recognize those men and women who have contributed outstanding service in the betterment of all college fraternal organizations.
1961. lambda_chi_1979Upsilon Zeta at Louisiana State becomes the first chapter to initiate 1,000 members.
1967. Dan Dullaghan (Butler 1970) is initiated as Lambda Chi Alpha’s 100,000th member, the fifth fraternity to do so.
1968. 4151369302_5224018f99_bAfter Duke Flad’s death, George W. Spasyk is named the third chief executive and became the new executive director of Lambda Chi Alpha. December 28. Founding Father Warren A. Cole passed away and is buried in a family plot at a cemetery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
1969. August. The concept of fraternity education was introduced in Lambda Chi Alpha with a small number of chapters implementing this concept.  August 31. The first Regional High Pi Conference is held.
1970. June 5. The first meeting of what was to become the Student Advisory Committee is held in Indianapolis.  September 1. The first undergraduate member, Brad Peabody (Sewanee 1971), is elected to the Grand High Zeta.  A Resolution is adopted by the 32nd General Assembly that condemns all forms of discrimination in all chapters. Fred W. Suggs, Jr. (Kansas State 1971), who later served as Grand High Alpha from 1994-1998, is the first recipient of the Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate award. This award was created to honor Duke Flad and recognize one outstanding undergraduate from among all student members annually.
1971. Linn C. Lightner (Franklin & Marshall 1918) retired after 50 years of service as editor of the Cross & Crescent
1972. NoPLedgesTransparentSmallerAt the 33rd General Assembly, legislation is passed for the adoption of associate membership and fraternity education throughout Lambda Chi Alpha. The term “associate member” replaces the term “pledge” when referring to a new member. Associate membership allows new members voting rights in chapter matters and the ability to run for officer positions, unlike other fraternities at the time. Lambda Chi Alpha is the first fraternity to abolish pledging to promote an anti-hazing culture in its chapters.
1973. August. The first Grand High Alpha Awards and Phoenix Awards are presented. The Grand High Alpha award recognizes chapters that have maintained a superior level of operations for at least three consecutive years. A chapter is not eligible to receive the Grand High Alpha again until three years have elapsed since previously winning the award. The Phoenix award is presented to a chapter that has made unusually positive strides in overall chapter operations for at least three consecutive years, taking into consideration improvement in membership size, enhancement of programming, and incident-free operations.
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June 15. The third International Headquarters building is dedicated in northwest Indianapolis at 8741 Founders Road.



1983. August. The Standards for Chapter Excellence Program is introduced at the Leadership Seminar at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana.
1984. tumblr_n45po7xdmR1twa8yzo1_1280Numerous Founders Day and other commemorative events are conducted in celebration of Lambda Chi Alpha’s 75th anniversary.
1985. August. The first McIntosh Awards are presented to the chapters that successfully implement the Standards for Excellence program.
1988. Mandatory Resolutions are adopted by the 42nd General Assembly that:

  • eliminates the use of alcoholic beverages during the recruitment process and prohibits chapters from purchasing or providing alcohol during events,
  • eliminates entirely any and all hazing practices and to continue to implement positive and constructive educational programs, and
  • condemns deliberate or repeated offensive comments, gestures or contact of a sexual nature, date rape, and any other form of sexual violence or harassment.
1989. Title of executive director is changed to executive vice president.
1990. June 30. George W. Spasyk (Michigan 1949) retires as executive vice president following 40 years of service on the Administrative Staff, and was designated Executive Vice President Emeritus by the Grand High Zeta. Among his accomplishments during his 22 years as chief executive was the implementation of associate membership that replaced pledgeship in Lambda Chi Alpha and promoted an anti-hazing culture in the entire fraternity and sorority community. Spasyk is succeeded by Thomas A. Helmbock (Evansville 1970) who becomes the Fraternity’s fourth full-time chief executive.  August. The position of High Iota (risk manager) is adopted by the 43rd General Assembly, the first fraternity to create a risk management officer in every chapter.
1991. August. Lambda Chi Aplha initiates its 200,000th member, the third fraternity to do so.
1993. 34310133_be5b6fcdde_oOmega Zeta at Auburn becomes the first chapter to initiate 2,000 members.  November. Lambda Chi Alpha sponsors the inagural North American Food Drive, the largest single-day fraternity philanthropic project, and raises more than 256,000 pounds of food for the hungry.The Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation of Canada is created.
1995. July. The General Fraternity is presented with the Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its 1994 Brothers Feeding Others North American Food Drive efforts, becoming the first fraternity ever to receive this honor.  November. The totals of the third annual North American Food Drive exceed 550,000 pounds of food, making it the largest single-day community service event of any student organization
1996. August. The LEAP program is introduced at Leadership Academy prior to the General Assembly in Dallas. It recognizes a commitment among our members to Lead by Example And Precept by attending one of four seminar levels designed to enhance a member’s leadership skills. The 46th General Assembly in Dallas adds two new positions to the Grand High Zeta. The ruling allows the 10 elected Board members to recruit two additional men for the newly created two-year terms, holding the director positions of Grand High Epsilon and Grand High Rho.
1997. 34308706_cadc74a994_oNovember. North American Food Drive totals reach more than one million pounds. Over the years, The North American Food Drive touches the lives of more and more community members each year.
1999. LEAP evolves into Impact Leadership, a program that supplements leadership training with interpersonal communication skills.  November. North American Food Drive totals reach more than two million pounds.


2000 to 2010:

mainribbonSeptember 11.
 When the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, nine brothers lost their lives: Donald A. Delapenha (Baldwin-Wallace), Chris M. Dincuff (Villanova), Michael E. Gould (Villanova), Robert D. W. Higley (Connecticut), Todd R. Hill (Massachusetts), Robert Hymel (Louisiana-Lafayette), Justin J. Molisani Jr. (Lycoming), Jerrold H. Paskins (Nebraska-Omaha), Christopher J. Vialonga (Susquehanna)The Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program is unveiled. The program was designed to create and provide a link for undergraduate members to their future through advice and coaching from alumni of distinction in their chosen professional career path.November. North American Food Drive totals reach more than three million pounds.
2002. The chapter office of High Theta was established at the 49th General Assembly. The Order of Interfraternity Service award was renamed “The George W. Spasyk Order of Interfraternity Service”, to honor and recognize Executive Vice President Emeritus George Spasyk for his 40 years of service and commitment to Lambda Chi Alpha, as well as the entire interfraternity world.
2003. September. The Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program becomes the fraternal world’s largest professional network, as undergraduates and alumni alike are able to utilize online resources to search for mentoring and employment opportunities.
2004. July. The Council of Presidents is officially created. The primary roles of the Council of Presidents are to help foster communication between High Alphas and coordinate the proposal of future legislation.
2005. June. William T. Farkas (Butler 1988) becomes Lambda Chi Alpha’s executive vice president after Tom Helmbock’s retirement. He is the Fraternity’s fifth full-time chief executive.  July. The comprehensive multi faceted Alumni Adviser’s College is offered at the Leadership Seminar at the University of Maryland. It marks the adoption of a training structure that intends to elevate the role of chapter adviser to a truly educated mentor and guide for the undergraduate brothers.  August. The Grand High Zeta approves the implementation of the Shine the Badge campaign, a multi-year endeavor to bring attention to the Fraternity’s Minimum Operating Standards and holding all chapters and colonies to these standards.
2006. March. Grand High Kappa Drew Hunter (Denver 1984) and Director of Chapter Services John Holloway (High Point 1993) conduct a retreat in Denver Colorado to bring to fruition a plan that addresses concerns many brothers shared about a need for a new, comprehensive development program focused on a brother’s entire journey in Lambda Chi Alpha — from recruitment to lifelong alumnus. Grand High Alpha Dr. Ed Leonard (William Jewell 1979) announces the Grand High Alpha Challenge acknowledging chapters who achieve seven goals: recruitment and retention, ritualism; scholarship; campus involvement; attendance at conferences; and implementation of the Outer Circle programming.
2007. truebrotherinitiativeJanuary. True Brother is unanimously approved by the Grand High Zeta and Executive Vice President for implementation as the comprehensive values based programming for Lambda Chi Alpha.  July. The leadership seminar is dedicated to Brother Jerre Stead and his wife, Mary Joy, for their belief in the benefit of values-based education. The True Brother Initiative is introduced to the entire brotherhood at the Stead Leadership Seminar in Memphis.
2008. July. At the 52nd General Assembly in Phoenix, Executive Vice President Bill Farkas kicks off Lambda Chi Alpha Centennial Celebration that continues through the fall of 2009. Throughout the 2008-2009 academic year, several regional events are held across North America to celebrate a century of true brotherhood.
2009. 3795177189_8f42cb7886_bApproximately 1,000 brothers and guests attend the International Centennial Celebration held on July 31, 2009, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis.





November 2. Centennial Celebration concluded with a small gathering of alumni and undergraduates in Boston to celebrate and pay respect to those involved in making Lambda Chi Alpha so great and to mark the beginning of the Fraternity’s second century.


2010.  January. Board hosts five college presidents to discuss how Lambda Chi Alpha can better partner with host institutions.  July. Lambda Chi Alpha selected to present at NASPA and ACPA, the premier conferences for senior student affairs professionals.


2011 to Present:

2011. The Educational Foundation announces a $20 Million Capital Campaign called the “Future Leaders Campaign” to assist with chapter programming, alumni outreach and many others.
2012. January. The Grand High Zeta approves a title change for the Executive Vice President to Chief Executive Officer.
2013. Feeding-America July 29.  Lambda Chi Alpha and Feeding America formally announced a new national partnership designed to improve the fraternity’s food collection programs on college campuses. Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
2014.  The Council of Presidents is officially disbanded. July. Lambda Chi Alpha launched Officer Academy (OA), an online officer training and transitioning program. This program provides officers with modules that educate them about their roles and responsibilities, as well as about Lambda Chi Alpha policies and procedures. August. The International Headquarters office relocated to Carmel, IN (north suburban city of Indianapolis)
2015.  HAJanuary. The inaugural High Alpha Summit is held in Washington DC with over 100 attendees present. The High Alpha Summit is a three-day conference where High Alphas learn the fundamentals of serving as chief executive officer for their respective chapter or colony, with emphasis on leadership, ethics, operations management, external relations and harm reduction.
2016. Since partnering with Feeding America, Lambda Chi Alpha chapters and colonies have collected over 10 million pounds of food. August. At the 56th General Assembly, amendments to the Initiation Ritual of Lambda Chi Alpha were adopted by the legislative body. This was the first time the Fraternity’s initiation ritual has been amended since 1985.







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