Delta Chi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Delta Chi
ΔΧ
Delta Chi Coat of Arms.png
Founded October 13, 1890; 126 years ago (1890-10-13)
Cornell University
Type Social
Scope United States, Canada
Slogan Leges (Law)
Colors      Red      Buff
Symbol The Knight, Martlets
Flag Us dchi.gif
Flower White Carnation
Publication Delta Chi Quarterly
Philanthropy V Foundation for Cancer Research
Chapters 137 undergraduate, 29 alumni
Members Over 112,000 [1] collegiate
Nickname D-Chis, Deltas
Headquarters Iowa City, Iowa 52244
USA
Homepage www.deltachi.org

Delta Chi (ΔΧ) (del-ta kai) or D-Chi is an international Greek letter college social fraternity formed on October 13, 1890, at Cornell University, initially as a professional fraternity for law students. On April 30, 1922, Delta Chi became a general membership social fraternity, eliminating the requirement for men to be studying law, and opening membership to all areas of study. Delta Chi became one of the first international fraternities to abolish "hell week", when it did so on April 22, 1929. Delta Chi is a charter member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The Fraternity is headquartered at 314 Church Street in Iowa City, Iowa 52244.[2] As of Spring 2011, Delta Chi has initiated over 107,000 members.

History of Delta Chi[edit]

Founding[edit]

According to Frederick Moore Whitney, there were two or three groups working on the idea of a new law fraternity during the spring of 1889. After the class election, there were meetings held in Myron Mckee Crandall's apartment as well as in Monroe Marsh Sweetland's law office. It is not clear how these two groups came together, though there seem to have been some individuals who had attended both groups.

Over the summer of 1890, many of the details of the organization were worked out by Myron Mckee Crandall, who had stayed in Ithaca until after school opened. In regard to the adoption of the constitution, Albert Sullard Barnes wrote the following in his 1907 Quarterly article:

"As I recall it, after refreshing my recollection from the original minutes now in my possession, on the evening of October 13, 1890, six students in the Law School, Brothers John M. Gorham, Thomas J. Sullivan, F.K. Stephens, A.D. Stillman and the writer, together with Myron Crandall and O.L. Potter, graduate students, and Monroe Sweetland, a former Student in the Law School, met in a brother's room and adopted the constitution and by-laws, and organized the Delta Chi Fraternity."

The minutes from that meeting state, “Charter granted to Cornell Chapter,” indicating from the beginning the intent to start a national fraternity.

The emblem[edit]

The emblem of the Fraternity is a secret symbol for the fraternity, only initiated members can learn about the different aspects that make up the current emblem.

Delta Chi goes single membership[edit]

In 1909 in Ithaca, New York, the 15th Convention of Delta Chi adopted an amendment to the Constitution prohibiting dual-membership (i.e. initiating members of other fraternities, and prohibiting Delta Chi members from joining other fraternities). As a professional law fraternity, Delta Chi had originally allowed members from other general fraternities to join. The change in policy led to the loss of chapters in New York Law, West Virginia, Northwestern and Washington University in St. Louis.[3]

Delta Chi becomes a general fraternity[edit]

During World War I, a majority of the members of the active chapters dropping their college courses and enlisting in the armed forces. Chapter houses became almost deserted, and a convention in August 1917 was skipped. At the end of the war, members returned to the universities to complete their courses. The chapter finances were generally in bad condition as were the houses. Attempting to rebuild, many chapters stretched the recruiting restrictions by initiating men who had no intention of studying law.

Starting in 1919 in Minneapolis at the 20th Convention, the issue of becoming a general fraternity was debated. In 1921 in Columbus, Ohio at the 21st Convention, two amendments were proposed, for and against general membership respectively. For three days votes were held, until (on a swing vote by the Buffalo Alumni Chapter representative), the Wadsworth amendment was adopted. Ratified in 1922, the amendment made Delta Chi a general fraternity, no longer requiring its members to be law students at their respective universities and colleges.[citation needed]

Organizational goals[edit]

Delta Chi's stated mission is to "promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education"[4]

Founding fathers[edit]

The founders of the Delta Chi Fraternity
  • Albert Sullard Barnes
  • Myron McKee Crandall
  • John Milton Gorham, (First "BB")
  • Peter Schermerhorn Johnson
  • Edward Richard O'Malley
  • Owen Lincoln Potter, (First "AA")
  • Alphonse Derwin Stillman
  • Thomas Allen Joseph Sullivan
  • Monroe Marsh Sweetland
  • Thomas David Watkins
  • Frederick Moore Whitney

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2006, the fraternity named the V Foundation as the its official philanthropic organization. As of July 2016, Delta Chi has raised $950,000 for the foundation and has donated four grants.[5]

Organization of the fraternity[edit]

Undergraduate officer positions[edit]

Delta Chi chapters and colonies have six permanent officer positions. While each position has strict definitions of responsibility, their duties may vary slightly from group to group.

  • A – The "A" is the president of the chapter or colony. He serves as presiding officer at chapter meetings and chapter events.[6]
  • B – The "B" is the vice president of the chapter or colony. He schedules and chairs executive committee meetings, and oversees all committees.[7]
  • C – The "C" is the secretary of the chapter or colony. He keeps record of chapter or colony meetings, and is responsible for completing necessary paperwork and online forms.[8]
  • D – The "D" is the treasurer of the chapter or colony. He is responsible for tracking chapter financial records and files, as well as collecting dues and creating a budget.[9]
  • E – The "E" is the alumni secretary. He is responsible for contacting and communicating with alumni. He also works on chapter or colony newsletters and other publications.[10]
  • F – The "F" is the Sergeant at Arms. The "F" works on developing and implementing safety precautions for chapter or colony events.[11]

Committee positions[edit]

Each chapter and colony is encouraged to have a functioning committee system. Each committee chairman has duties designated by Delta Chi. Committees include subjects such as recruitment,[12] educating new recruits,[13] philanthropy, scholarship, social events, housing, and others.

Support alumni positions[edit]

  • BB – The role of the "BB" is to mentor, advise and service as a liaison between student members and alumni. This position is required by Delta Chi Law to be a two-year term and served by a Delta Chi alumnus.[14]
  • Alumni Board of Trustees – The purpose of The Alumni Board of Trustees (ABT) is to lead, supervise and advise the chapter.[15]
  • Housing Corporation – The role of the Housing Corporation is to manage the chapter or colony housing facilities and all legal responsibilities of such management. Since a Housing Corporation is a separate, incorporated legal entity, it has no requirements set forth by Delta Chi Law.[16]

Chapters, colonies, and alumni chapters[edit]

For a listing of all Delta Chi chapters, colonies, and alumni chapters see List of Delta Chi chapters.

Delta Chi chapters are unique in naming. Most college fraternities and sororities are named in an alphabetical Greek system. This is not so with Delta Chi chapters and colonies, who are named by institution, and sometimes by self-naming. Therefore, the first 'Alpha' chapter was the Cornell Chapter.

Notable Delta Chis[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://deltachi.org/
  2. ^ http://deltachi.org/delta-chi-history/
  3. ^ http://deltachi.org/delta-chi-history/
  4. ^ "Preamble of Delta Chi". The Values of Delta Chi. Delta Chi Fraternity. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.jimmyv.org/partners/delta-chi/
  6. ^ ""A" (President)". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ ""B" (Vice President)". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ ""C" (Secretary)". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ ""D" (Treasurer)". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ ""E" (Alumni Secretary)". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ ""F" (Risk Management Officer)". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Recruitment Chairman". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ "AMC (Associate member Counselor". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  14. ^ "BB". Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Alumni Board of Trustees". Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ "House Corporation". Retrieved July 26, 2011.