Alpha Phi Omega national conventions

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Past National President, Dr. Fred Heismeyer, lights the convention candle with the Eternal Flame of Service at the 2006 APO-USA national convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

National conventions in Alpha Phi Omega are biennial gatherings of the respective national organization of the fraternity, in which official business is conducted and brothers from the various chapters in the organization meet to share ideas, expanding leadership, friendship, and service. In the very early years, decisions of the National Fraternity were conducted by mail. The first actual assembly of delegates in a convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 1–2, 1931. Seven of the fraternity's eighteen chapters were represented at this convention by a total of 23 students and advisors.[1]

Alpha Phi Omega of the United States conducts biennial national conventions in even-numbered years, and as of 2013, forty-two conventions have been held. The last convention held was in Anaheim, California and the next will be held in Chicago, Illinois. Conventions were not held in 1942 and 1944 due to World War II, and a special Constitutional Convention was held in 1967. Alpha Phi Omega of the Philippines conducts biennial national conventions in odd-numbered years, and as of 2009, twenty-five conventions have been held.[1]

In the US, national conventions are officially called to order by an opening ceremony in which the Eternal Flame of Service is brought forth by members of the Delta Omega chapter at the University of Houston. This tradition was started after the twenty-first national convention in Dallas, Texas. In the early hours of December 30, 1970, the delegates of the Delta Omega chapter met in a ceremony in the suite of H. Roe Bartle, with the newly elected members of the National Board of Directors and National President Aubrey B. Hamilton. Bartle lit a small blue candle then he in turn used to light a hurricane lamp, which was then passed from the blue candle to each of the board members' candles. He then joined the board members to light two four foot candles. The flame was then taken to Houston and allowed to burn while awaiting the completion of the Eternal Flame site.[2]

Convention attendance has grown considerably through the years. In 1932, there were 88 members attending the convention[3] and the largest convention attendance in the US to date has been 2,316 in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2002, and the largest number of chapters represented was 235 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2000.[1]

United States[edit]

Number Location Theme Notable Events Dates Attendance (attendees/chapters) Refs
1st Mailed Ballot Dec 1926  ?/1 [4]
2nd Cornell University Held Concurrently with 5th National Training Conference for Scout Executives Sep 1928 and Dec 1928[a]  ?/6 or 7 [4]
3rd Jefferson Hotel,[5]
St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 1, 1931Mar 2, 1931 23/9 [4][6]
4th Hotel La Salle,
Chicago, Illinois
Dec 28, 1932Dec 29, 1932 88 [3][4]
5th Hotel President,
Kansas City, Missouri
Dec 28, 1934Dec 29, 1934 230/21 chapters, 14 interest groups [4][7]
6th Camp Manatoc,
Akron, Ohio
Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Sep 4, 1936Sep 6, 1936  ?/26 [4]
7th Hotel DeSoto,
St. Louis, Missouri
Dec 28, 1938Dec 29, 1938 274/51 [4]
8th Antlers Hotel,
Indianapolis, Indiana
Service: Our Contribution to Americanism on College campuses. Dec 28, 1940Dec 29, 1940 312/54 [4][8]
9th[b] President Hotel,
Kansas City, Missouri
Service: Our Contribution to a Peaceful World. Dec 28, 1946Dec 29, 1946 349/71 [4][8]
10th Hotel La Salle,
Chicago, Illinois
To Put Service to Others Ahead of Selfish Aims. Dec 28, 1948Dec 30, 1948 602/121 chapters [4][6][8]
11th Fort Des Moines Hotel,
Des Moines, Iowa
25th Anniversary: The Past, Present and Future of Alpha Phi Omega. Dec 28, 1950Dec 30, 1950 ~600/119 [4][8]
12th Deshler-Wallick Hotel,
Columbus, Ohio
Service Above Selfish Aims. Dec 28, 1952Dec 30, 1952 ~500/135 [4][8]
13th Schroeder Hotel,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Service Past, Present and Future. Dec 28, 1954Dec 30, 1954 600+/121 [4][8][9][10]
14th Wilton Hotel,[11]
Long Beach, California
Aug 28, 1956Aug 30, 1956 300+/85 [4][12]
15th Stephen F. Austin Hotel,
Austin, Texas
The Lone Star State in '58. Aug 29, 1958Sep 1, 1958 400+/97 [4]
16th Benjamin Franklin Hotel,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
35th Anniversary Dec 28, 1960Dec 30, 1960 843/156 [4]
17th University of Kansas City and Bellerive Hotel,
Kansas City, Missouri
Lead in Service. Dec 27, 1962Dec 29, 1962  ?/156+ [4][8][13]
18th Brown Palace Hotel,
Denver, Colorado
40th Anniversary Dec 27, 1964Dec 29, 1964 713/163 [4][8][9]
19th Radisson Hotel,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
In Brotherhood- Carry On. Dec 27, 1966Dec 29, 1966 1,000+/210+ [4][8][14]
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University of Oklahoma,
Norman, Oklahoma
Constitutional Convention Dec 27, 1967Dec 29, 1967 247/247 [4][8]
20th Shoreham Hotel,
Washington, D.C.
Hand in Hand In Service. Dec 27, 1968Dec 29, 1968 1,603/273 (record attendees until 1992) [4][8][15]
21st Marriott Motor Hotel,
Dallas, Texas
The Three Worlds of Alpha Phi Omega, Tell It Like It Is, Let's Be Significant. Dec 27, 1970Dec 29, 1970 [4][8]
22nd Denver Hilton,
Denver, Colorado
Extend A Helping Hand To Your Fellow Man. Dec 27, 1972Dec 29, 1972 ~1,000 [4][8]
23rd Stouffer’s Riverfront Inn,
St. Louis, Missouri
Golden Opportunities to Serve. Dec 27, 1974Dec 29, 1974 900+ [4][8][9]
24th Marriot Motor Hotel,
Atlanta, Georgia
Service - The Spirit of '76. Dec 27, 1976Dec 29, 1976 ~1,100 [4][8]
25th Opryland Hotel,
Nashville, Tennessee
A Bold Heritage - A Bright Future. Dec 27, 1978Dec 29, 1978 ~1,000 [4][8]
26th Marriott Hotel,
Los Angeles, California
Lighting the World Through Service. Dec 27, 1980Dec 29, 1980 632 [4]
27th Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Kansas City, Missouri
Show Me Service. Dec 28, 1982Dec 30, 1982 922 [4][8]
28th Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C.
A Monument to Service. Dec 28, 1984Dec 30, 1984 1,425 [4][8][9]
29th Hyatt Regency Houston,
Houston, Texas
Service - The Finest Frontier. Dec 28, 1986Dec 30, 1986 1,334/149 [4][8]
30th Denver Marriott City Center,
Denver, Colorado
Service Above All. Dec 27, 1988Dec 30, 1988 993/128 [4][8]
31st Clarion Hotel,
St. Louis, Missouri
Service - Gateway to Our Future. Dec 27, 1990Dec 30, 1990 1,430/188 [4][8]
32nd Park Plaza and Hotel,
Boston, Massachusetts
Leading the Way to Service. Dec 27, 1992Dec 30, 1992 2,000/~220 [4][8][15]
33rd Hyatt Regency DFW Airport,
Dallas/Ft. Worth
Deep in the Heart of Service. Dec 27, 1994Dec 30, 1994 1,940/222 (75th cd says ~1,600) [4][9][16]
34th Hyatt Regency,
Phoenix, Arizona
Rising to Serve. Dec 27, 1996Dec 30, 1996 1,585/~210 [4][17]
35th Hyatt Regency,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Leadership, Friendship and Service: SnowBalled Into One. Dec 27, 1998Dec 30, 1998 1,781/227 [4][18]
36th Philadelphia Marriott Downtown/Center City,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Celebrating our Heritage, Forging Our Future. Dec 27, 2000Dec 30, 2000 2,086/235 [1][4][19]
37th Sheraton New Orleans Hotel,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Brotherhood on the Bayou Dec 27, 2002Dec 30, 2002 2316 [1][20]
38th Adam's Mark,
Denver, Colorado
Service at its Peak Dec 27, 2004Dec 30, 2004 1,488 [21][22]
39th Galt House,
Louisville, Kentucky
Unbridled Service Dec 27, 2006Dec 30, 2006 1,652 [23]
40th Sheraton Boston,
Boston, Massachusetts
Revolutionary Brotherhood Dec 27, 2008Dec 30, 2008 2,075 [24]
41st Hyatt Regency Atlanta,
Atlanta, Georgia
Dream * Lead * Serve Dec 27, 2010Dec 30, 2010 [24]
42nd Anaheim Marriott Hotel,
Anaheim, California
Time to Shine[25] Dec 27, 2012Dec 30, 2012 [24][26][27][28]
43rd Hyatt Regency O'Hare,
Chicago, Illinois
Inspire, Innovate, IGNITE Dec 27, 2014Dec 30, 2014

a. ^ Convention held in September 1926 concurrently with Fifth National Training Conference of Scout Executives. This Conference was held from Sep 6, 1928Sep 12, 1928 The detailed voting occurred by Mail Ballot held in Dec 1926.[4][29]

b. ^ Conventions were not held during World War II (1942 and 1944).[1] The 1942 Convention was planned for Kansas City, Missouri[30] and changed by vote of the chapters to a mail ballot at the request of the Office of Defense Transportation (ODT).[31]

c. ^ The 1967 Constitutional Convention in Norman, OK is not considered a National Convention, as it was a special conference. Only one delegate per chapter were allowed.[1]

Philippines[edit]

National conventions for Alpha Phi Omega Philippines are biennial gatherings which are currently conducted in odd numbered years. It is where official business is conducted by the General Assembly composed of brothers and sisters from the various chapters and alumni/alumnae associations meeting to share ideas, and to expand leadership, friendship, and service.


Number Location Theme Dates Chair Host Refs
1st Philippine Normal College Auditorium, Ermita, Manila Unity for Service Sep 13, 1953 Librado I. Ureta, Alpha ’50 Beta Chapter [32][33][34][35]
2nd Boy Scouts of the Philippines Building, Ermita, Manila Dec 17, 1955Dec 18, 1955 Epsilon Chapter [34][35][36][37]
3rd Boy Scouts of the Philippines Building, Ermita, Manila and University of the Philippines, Diliman Diliman, Quezon City Dec 6, 1958Dec 7, 1958 Eta Chapter [34][35]
4th University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna Dec 18, 1960Dec 19, 1960 Theta Chapter [34][35]
5th National University, Sampaloc, Manila Revitalizing the Alpha Phi Omega Spirit December 22, 1962-December 23, 1962 Beta Chapter [34][35][38]
6th Mapúa Institute of Technology, Intramuros, Manila Humility, Integrity, Honesty for a Better Nation Mar 6, 1965Mar 7, 1965 Ignacio J. Sevilla, Sr., Alpha ’50 Delta chapter [34][35][39][40]
7th Far Eastern University, Sampaloc, Manila For God and Country December 15, 1968December 16, 1968 Alpha chapter [34][35][40]
8th UPLB, Los Baños, Laguna Alpha Phi Omega Answers the Nation’s Call December 17, 1971December 19, 1971 Rolando V. Virtucio, Theta ’62 Theta chapter [34][35][40]
9th [d] Baptist Camp, Mariveles, Bataan Alpha Phi Omega: Its Role in Contemporary Philippines March 25, 1976March 28, 1976 Librado I. Ureta, Alpha ’50 National Council [34][35][41]
10th Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu Towards the Strengthening of Organizational Leadership in the Alpha Phi Omega in the Next Decade March 30, 1979Apr 1, 1979 Manuel A. Reyes, Alpha Zeta ’66 Region VII & National Council [34][35][42]
11th Kabataang Barangay Training Center, Malasag, Cagayan de Oro City The Fraternity and Sorority: Their Relevance and Challenges in the 80’s December 27, 1981December 30, 1981 Angel A. Tuason, Eta ’71 Region X & National Council [34][35][42]
12th Bagong Lipunan Settlement Project, Bamban, Tarlac Continuing Accent on Organizational Development and Service May 27, 1983May 29, 1983 Jose V. Cutaran, Alpha Pi Region III & National Council [34][35]
13th Boy Scouts of the Philippines Camp, Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna Alpha Phi Omega Ideology: A New Dimension Towards Genuine Service and Commitment December 14, 1985December 16, 1985 Marlyn A. Pimentel-Neri, Theta ’70 National Council [33][34][35]
14th People's Center Tacloban City/Commission on Audit Training Center, Palo, Leyte Professionalism (in A PHI O) toward National Solidarity December 19, 1987December 21, 1987 Jose Antonio L. Dimaano, Pi ’74 Region VIII & National Council [34][35]
15th GSP Camp Alano, Toril, Davao City Service for Peace (Paglilingkod Para sa Kapayapaan) May 26, 1989May 28, 1989 Paul A. Balagat, Alpha Omicron ’69 Region XI & National Council [33][34][35]
16th Bulwagang Balagtas, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila, Santa Mesa, Manila Reflections: The APhiO Culture (Balik-Tanaw:Ang Kulturang APhiO) May 24, 1991May 26, 1991 Angel A. Lansi, Jr., Gamma Pi ’78 NCR & National Council [34][35][43]
17th University of the Philippines, Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo The Alpha Phi Omega and the Filipino Values May 21, 1993May 23, 1993 Marlyn A. Pimentel-Neri, Theta ’70 Region VI & National Council [34][35]
18th Feliciano and Sons Convention Center, Tetuan, Zamboanga City Think Global, Act Local May 27, 1995May 29, 1995 Ronald S. Devesa, Pi ’67 Region IX & National Council [33][34][35][44]
19th Teachers Camp, Baguio City, Benguet Brotherhood…Its True and Honorable Essence in Retrospect May 2, 1997May 4, 1997 Jose Antonio L. Dimaano, Pi Region I & National Council [33][34][35][45]
20th Greenheights Convention and Business Center, Buhangin, Davao City Towards the Golden Year: A Force to Reckon With May 7, 1999May 9, 1999 Agaton C. Labrador, Jr., Nu ’74 Region XI [33][34][35]
21st George Dewey Convention Center, Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City, Zambales Zoom! Into the 21st Century May 25, 2001May 27, 2001 Noraida P. Velarmino, Alpha Sigma ’82 Region III & National Council [33][35][46]
22nd Garden Royale Convention Center, Goldenfields Commercial Complex, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Capturing a New Generation of Leaders May 22, 2003May 25, 2003 Teddie Elson E. Rivera, Alpha Rho ’71 Region VI-B & National Council [35][44][47]
23rd Provincial Convention Center Capitol Hills and New Surigao City Government Complex, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte APO Now and Beyond: Sustaining the Gains of Leadership, Friendship and Service May 25, 2005May 28, 2005 Luzviminda F. Fopalan-Lumang, Theta ’63 Surigao City AA, Epsilon Gamma Chapter & National Council [35][46][48][49]
24th Tagaytay International Convention Center, Tagaytay City, Cavite Bridging Generations Through Service. May 3, 2007May 6, 2007 Hilda A. Sacay-Clave, Alpha Mu ’77 Kabite AA, Sigma AA & Mississauga AA [35][46][50][51]
25th Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center, Boracay Island, Aklan Great Leap Forward, Towards Excellence May 28, 2009May 31, 2009 Nobella S. Tombokon, Psi '70 APO Boracay [52]
26th Grand Caprice Convention Center, Limketkai Center, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City One Vision in The Second Decade of the Third Millennium May 26, 2011May 29, 2011 Erlinda S. Unabia, Alpha Rho '79 APO-OCA (Alpha Phi Omega Oro City Alumni Association) [53][54]
27th Legazpi City, Albay Together as one: Rooted and Grounded on Service May 23, 2013May 26, 2013 George Gerald "Donjie" Baccay Gamma Xi AA (Gamma Xi Alumni Association) [55][56]
28th Dumaguete, Negros Oriental May 21, 2015May 24, 2015 [57]

d. ^ 1973(?) Convention was temporarily suspended due to the imposition of Martial Law by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Group assembly without approval punishable by incarceration.[41]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ The Milwaukee Journal - Nov 8, 1954
  11. ^ The Sky Room Captivates - Press-Telegram
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  16. ^ Torch & Trefoil. Fall, 1994. Vol. 70, No. 1. p. 16.
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  20. ^ Torch & Trefoil. Winter, 2002. Vol. 79, No. 2. p. 14.
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  22. ^ December 30, 2004 Board Minutes
  23. ^ Torch & Trefoil. Fall, 2006. Vol. 83, No. 1. p. 13.
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  25. ^ 2012 National Convention
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  27. ^ Hotel
  28. ^ 2010 Alpha Phi Omega National Convention
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  30. ^ Torch & Trefoil. May 1942. Vol. 17, No. 5. p. 2.
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  39. ^ 6th APO convention
  40. ^ a b c APO National Sorority History
  41. ^ a b Communication from Jess Castillo
  42. ^ a b Eastern Visayas RDD listing
  43. ^ Manila Standard - May 22, 1991
  44. ^ a b ICAPO. QUO VADIS?
  45. ^ APO Australia FAQ
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  50. ^ Bro Mel AdrianoSecures APO Philippines Presidency
  51. ^ APO Phil 24th Convention Promotion Video
  52. ^ APO Boracay is host for the 25th Biennial Convention[dead link]
  53. ^ APO Philippines 26th Biennial Convention
  54. ^ Fraternity adopts no hazing policy
  55. ^ Alpha Phi Omega National Biennial Convention 2013
  56. ^ Legazpi City hosts APO midyear confab
  57. ^ Dumaguete City to host the 28th APO Philippines National Biennial Conference in 2015