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PHILOSOPHY

THE NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC MET IN DALLAS, TEXAS, MARCH 1968

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., is composed of the eight affiliate organizations list above and local councils.  The local councils consist of representatives from local chapters of each of the eight affiliate organizations.  The officers of the Council consist of a chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, and a member at large.  Each of these officers must be chosen from the respective affiliate organizations and, with the exception of the member at large, should be one of the official representatives of his or her organization.

While it may appear that Pan-Hellenic is the parent organization, the reverse is true.  The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. is in fact the child of the eight affiliate organizations, for not only was it created by them, it can be effective only if they choose to make it so.  In reality it is essential that the most knowledgeable from each of the affiliate organizations be the chosen representatives, for each organization must support and require compliance by its own chapters of any policies Pan-Hellenic may adopt for these policies to be effective.

The Council meets in convention once each year, at which time such policies as are needed are agreed upon for submission to the affiliate organizations for ratification.  Once the policies are adopted by a majority of the affiliate organizations, these policies become binding on the member organizations and their local chapters.  There are notable exceptions to this latter statement and this concerns those local chapters located on college or university campuses now controlled by other Panhellenic Conferences or Interfraternity Councils.  In these instances, the member organizations encourage their local chapters to comply with those regulations.  It is the responsibility of each member organization to assist its chapters in complying with those standards and policies agreed upon by the member organizations.

The Council serves as a forum for the discussion of other common problems;  however, there is respect for the autonomy of each organization represented.

Sororities and fraternities exist on any college or university campus at the pleasure of the college or university administration.  It is important that these groups make a positive contribution to the campus life;  a contribution that students would not have the opportunity to make in any other way.  The primary purpose of any student attending a college or university is to secure an education.  The activities of sororities and fraternities should be conducted in an atmosphere that will be conducive to achieving this goal.

All fraternities and sororities maintain national offices.  Addresses of each are as follows:  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 5211 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60615;  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 4432 S. Parkway, Chicago, Ill. 60653;  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1814 M Street, N. W., Washington, D. C., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 2320 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19132;  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2714 Georgia Ave., N. W., Washington D. C.;  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, 1105 Prospect Pl., Brooklyn, N. Y. 11213;  Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 403 Wilshire, Park Forest, Ill.;  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 1734 New Hampshire Ave., N. W., Washington, D. C.

Zeta Phi Beta owns its building, a fine old mansion recently renovated which supplies housing for several young women working in the District.  A summer cottage at Idlewood, Mich., was deeded to them by Mrs. Violette Anderson.

Officers of National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., elected at the 38th annual convention, March 18-20, in New York are Walter Washington, Chairman;  Marie Fonworth, Vic Chairman;  William E. Doar, Jr., Secretary;  Mrs. Juanita Simpson, Treasurer.  The New York Inter-Greek Council served as host for the convention and 27 chapters of the eight fraternities in NPHC were represented in the host group.  Presidents of all eight fraternities were present.  Revisions in the constitution were discussed.  One of these would require a new office of second vice chairman.

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