APO & Brothers
Scott Begin (70334.376@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 1 Sep 1992 21:42:24 EDT
It was mentioned that George & Barbara Bush are honorary members of Alpha
Phi Omega. I know George was made an honorary member a few years ago, I
don't remember anything about Barbara (again, I don't have the proper
references at my disposal).
However, if they are both members, they can both be correctly called
brothers. Even though it is a co-ed organization, members are still called
brothers. Changes have been proposed several times (usually at the biannual
conventions) to change the language of fraternity documents, most notably
the toast song, to reflect non gender specific terms. Since most proposed
changes sound dorky, I am glad no changes have been approved.
It should also be noted that many of those strongly opposed to the changes
are females. Also, as one of our first female members was heard to say, "We
worked for a long time to become brothers and damn it that what we want to
be called." (something like that).
Between fraternity brotherhood and blood relations, there are many people
who can claim to have a sister who is a brother or other combinations that
make the song "my own grandpa" seem easy to track.
As there will be a National APO convention coming up this christmas, I
suspect there will be new genderless language proposals being debated, in
chapter meetings as well as on the APO-L list.
Scott A. Begin Epsilon Beta Alumni
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