Alpha Phi Omega seeks to develop friendship. What do we mean by this?
It is not possible to establish a meaningful relationship with the thousands of Brothers across the nation or even with every Brother in a single Chapter. We believe it is possible, however, for all of our Members to develop a sense of Brotherhood. Shared experiences and an understanding of our Fraternal history and goals provide a basis for our national Brotherhood.
Brotherhood is the spirit of friendship. It implies respect, honesty and dependability. It means that we overlook differences and emphasize similarities as we join together in unselfish service. It means listening to Brothers whose views on issues might differ from our own. It means working closely with people who under other circumstances we might not choose as our friends.
Being a friend is not easy. It takes work. Everyday we must challenge ourselves to be a better friend: To be more understanding, compassionate, welcoming and trusting. A Chapter fellowship program provides opportunities for social interaction among all Brothers. The goal is to strengthen the Chapter by bringing all of the Members closer together. Fellowship activities range from structured events, such as parties and dinners, to informal gatherings after a service project. Each Chapter has developed its own way of reaching our common goal: Making friends through fellowship in the spirit of Brotherhood.
A successful fellowship program is essential to keep Brothers actively involved in Alpha Phi Omega. That success starts with each of us, for the surest way to have a friend is to be a friend.