Alpha Omicron Pi ~ AOΠ
Open Motto: “One motto, One Badge, One Bond and Singleness of Heart.”
Flower: Jacqueminot Rose
Alpha Omicron Pi is a women's fraternity founded on January 2, 1897 -- at Barnard College for women on the campus of Columbia University in New York. Alpha Omicron Pi is a known as a women's fraternity -verses a sorority - because it came into being before the term sorority was commonly used, so it is officially considered a "fraternity for women."
The four founders Stella George Stern Perry, Helen St. Clair Mullen, Elizabeth Hayward Wyman, and Jessie Wallace Hughan all met at the Columbia Law library to begin the women's fraternity. The badge was designed by Stella George Stern Perry who would later become Alpha Omicron Pi's president. Within one week of its founding, Alpha Omicron Pi initiated it's very first member, Anne Richardson Hall. These women were friendly, determined and fiercely devoted to one another and their purpose. As noted on the AOΠ website Stella Perry wrote:
“that which makes our bond is promise certain of success. Let us follow our ensign devotedly, utterly and bravely. For our purpose cannot fail.”
There are now 189 chapters and 389 alumni chapters in the United States and Canada and it is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference. One of the main priorities of Alpha Omicron Pi is to be of service to others. Their official philanthropy is arthritis, juvenile arthritis and related diseases. It was chosen because arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the nation. It's international foundation has donated over a million dollars to arthritis research and it's members have donated countless hours to local community projects that benefit children the elderly and the less fortunate.