|Founded||April 15, 1905|
University of Missouri
|Motto||"Builder of Men"|
|Symbol||Sickle and Sheaf|
|Flower||Red and White Rose|
|Headquarters||7306 NW Tiffany Spring Parkway, Suite 310|
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
FarmHouse (FH) is a social fraternity founded at the University of Missouri on April 15, 1905. It became a national organization 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, who 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 the 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.
In 1974, the Fraternity re-affirmed its alcohol free housing stance by passing the stance in the bylaws at the Conclave of that year. in 1998, the NIC awarded FarmHouse the NIC Laurel Wreath for leading the path in alcohol free housing.
Mission and ritual
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.
The name FarmHouse is an acronym standing for Faith, Ambition, Reverence, Morality, Honesty, Obedience, Unity, Service and Excellence.
The ritual of FarmHouse is open and non-secretive. Families of members are often encouraged to attend initiations. In addition to being non-secretive, the Fraternity has a discipline and policy of having dry chapter housing. The 1974 Conclave passed bylaws affirming alcohol free housing, a stance that was commonplace for the Fraternity prior to 1974.
Nebraska alcohol death
In 2014 the FarmHouse chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was suspended indefinitely after the alcohol related death of an 18-year-old freshman. Four FarmHouse members, including the chapter vice president, were brought up on felony procurement charges. The death prompted State Senator Adam Morfeld to introduce a Good Samaritan law providing limited immunity to underage students who call for help in alcohol related emergencies.
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.
- Dunker, Chris (July 15, 2015). "UNL suspends fraternity for two years". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
- Pilger, Lori (March 31, 2015). "Judge OKs sending felony cases to trial in fraternity death". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
- Robertson, Ryan (October 2, 2015). "New Nebraska Law aims to prevent under-age drinking/drug deaths". KVNO News. Retrieved December 11, 2015.