Re: More on Alpha Phi Omega
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Fri, 14 Jun 1991 13:14:00 EDT
>From: "SETTUMMANQUE' or 'BLACKEAGLE'..take your pick!!'" <BSAWALTON@EKU.BITNET>
>true intent of this service organization. Many APO chapters are nothing more
>than a social fraternity cloked as a service fraternity. Many APO chapters
>do NOT want to do Scouting related work because they see that as "not the
>purpose of the organziation any more" and concentrates on other youth projects
>(or not at all) to the disappointment of the the Scouting program. Finally,
Hmm.... here in Section 88-89 this is FAR from the problem. Most if not ALL
the chapters get together with their local council to do events. This fall, a
pennsylvania chapter has asked our sections to help with a HUGE scouting event
down there. Needless to say, most of the chapters have a contigent going.
>many pledges in APO chapters get disappointed when their Scouting or Exploring
>activity comes to a dead halt because of their chapter affiation (if you are
>doing a chapter project, you don't have time for the OA event or the camporee o
I really must sy this isn't the case. I have led a VERY active APO
membership and have held close ties w/ my council across the state. Also, our
chapter has attended ALL the camporees for at least 2 years. You have to
remember in many cases, it isn't APO's fault they don't have good scouting
ties. Quite a few times, it is the Council's doing. Many councils don't want
to have anything to do with a fraternity. Such was the case with Syracuse
>leadership to a Scouting event. This is the case with the three APO chapters
>in eastern kentucky (@ UK, Morehead State and Northern Kentucky) and why EKU
>will *never* have a chapter established.
Sounds pretty closed minded.
> g this up as Scott is aware, because not *all* APO chapters want or are will
> ng to work with Scouting as a ongoing project.
I do have to agree here. Even though our section doesn't have this trouble,
our chapter has thought about this. With all the (let's call it
discrimination) that has been going on, many people DON'T WANT to be a part of
it. APO is open to ALL people, regardless of sex, race, sexual orientation,
etc... ***BSA isn't***. This brings about a conflict of interest.
I'll tell ya... APO is **FUN** and ***rewarding*** in our chapter. We go to
Camporees, Hike-a-thons, Scouting for Food, repelling, camping, and we do a
hell of a lot of service. Anyone in the Greater Niagra Frontier Council could
tell you that APO has a positive impact on their program.
President; Alpha Phi Omega
Epsilon Sigma Chapter
SUNY @ Buffalo
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