|Founded||April 15, 1905
University of Missouri
|Motto||"Builder of Men"|
|Colors||Green Gold White|
|Symbol||Sickle and Sheaf|
|Flower||Red and White Roses|
|Central attributes||Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship |
|Headquarters||7306 NW Tiffany Spring Parkway, Suite 210
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. is a social fraternity founded at the University of Missouri on April 15, 1905. It became a nationally recognized fraternity in 1921. Today FarmHouse has 34 chapters/colonies/interest groups in the United States and Canada.
FarmHouse was founded as a professional agriculture fraternity on April 15, 1905 by seven men at the University of Missouri, when they had met at a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) bible study and had decided that they wanted to form a club. A second chapter, founded independently of the Missouri chapter but sharing the same ideals, was founded at the University of Nebraska in 1911. After communication between the two groups, a third chapter was founded at the University of Illinois in 1918.
FarmHouse became a national organization in 1921 by approval of each of active houses.
FarmHouse joined the North-American Interfraternity Conference as a junior member in 1944. Because of its size at the time, eight chapters, it was not considered eligible for full membership. With twelve chapters and three colonies, FarmHouse became a full-fledged member on March 25, 1953. FarmHouse dropped out of the NIC from 1971 to 1981, as did many other national and international fraternities.
The motto of FarmHouse is "Builders of Men". The fraternity seeks to build men with Fourfold Development, encouraging growth in the Intellectual, Physical, Social/Moral and Spiritual aspects of their lives.
Most Farmhouse chapters are typically within the top 40% of Greek chapters' average GPA on their respective campuses.
Participation in intramurals, tournaments and other competitions is a regular theme between chapters on different campuses. On the belief that a healthy body is important for a well-rounded man, FarmHouse places emphasis on physical activity.
FarmHouse chapters are active within the Greek communities on their respective campuses. The International fraternity recommends hosting an event with each sorority on campus at least once per academic year.
Many of the rituals in the pledging and activation ceremony cite Christian Scripture. The Founders had deep faith and sought to build their faith as they built other bonds. The fraternity is certainly open to members of other faiths, but encourages a belief in 'something greater than oneself'.
The Central Attributes
The central attributes to the Fraternity are leadership, scholarship and fellowship.
The Object, recited by members at every meeting, is:
The object of our fraternity is to promote good fellowship, to encourage studiousness, and to inspire its members in seeking the best in their chosen lines of study as well as in life. Progress shall mark our every step; the spirit of congeniality shall reign at all times; and every member shall be honest with himself as with his brothers. Men elected to our membership are considered to be of good moral character, to be high in scholarship, to have the capacity for meeting and making friends, and to give promise of service to their fellowmen and to the world. To be and become such may at times require a sacrifice of time, pleasures and comforts.
- Don Stenberg; Nebr State Treasurer, 3 term Attorney General at Nebraska, Harvard JD & MBA University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Don Faurot; former head football coach (1935–1956) and athletic director of the University of Missouri. Inventor of the Split-T formation. The University of Missouri named its football field after the famous coach.
- George W. Beadle; Nobel Prize Winner and President, University of Chicago
- Rick Berg U.S. Representative for North Dakota's At-large congressional district.
- Cory Gardner U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th congressional district.
- Orville Vogel; Instrumental in the development of wheat varieties that led to the Green Revolution.
- John W. Carlin; former Governor of Kansas, 1979-1987 and Archivist of the United States, 1995-2005
- Kenny Hulshof; U.S. Representative (MO-9)
- William L. Giles; President, Mississippi State University 1966-1976
- M. Peter McPherson; President, Michigan State University
- W. Robert Parks; President, Iowa State University 1965-1986
- Leroy Van Dyke; Singer/Songwriter, Wrote "The Auctioneer"
- Clayton Yeutter; former United States Secretary of Agriculture 1989-1991, former Republican National Committee chairman 1991-1992
- Bill Northey; Iowa Secretary of Agriculture 2007-present
- Gus Kohntopp; identified as one of two 190th Fighter Squadron pilots involved in the 190th Fighter Squadron, Blues and Royals friendly fire incident - March 28, 2003.
- Dale E. Wolf; former Governor of Delaware
- Pat Green; Country Music Artist Texas Tech University
List of chapters
- FarmHouse Fraternity New Membership Education Manual, published by FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc.
- "1905-1914 A Humble Beginning". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
- "1915-1924 Shaping the Future". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
- "1935-1944 from Depression to World War II". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
- "1965-1974 Overcoming Conflict". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
- "FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc.". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
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- "Friendly fire pilot 'experienced'". BBC News. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2010-05-02.