Membership Transfer Considerations for Filipino Alpha Phi Omega Brothers and Sisters: On occasion our chapters will receive requests from a university student for the transfer of membership from Alpha Phi Omega of the Philippines to Alpha Phi Omega (USA). Alpha Phi Omega of the Philippines is a separate, independent organization, and we have no formal policy of transferring membership between our two national organizations. With that said, I would strongly recommend that our chapter members treat Brothers and Sisters from the Philippines with respect and in a fraternal manner. Per our National Bylaws, membership in our chapters is totally determined by the current members of those chapters. As such, it is outside the bounds of any non-chapter member to make recommendations as to specific, local chapter membership policies.
I will, however, share with you the ways that several chapters have dealt with this situation.
1. Some chapters have accepted the credentials and membership status of a member from the Philippines and merely submitting a completed membership transfer form. (Providing a complete membership transfer form may be a challenge since there will be no Alpha Phi Omega (USA) membership number to include. It that case, the appropriate submission of completed pledge and activation forms and fees would be required.)
2. Some chapters have asked the member from the Philippines to pledge their chapter, in the same manner that any other non-member student would participate. This gives the Filipino member a chance to get to know the local chapter members and the policies and culture of the chapter and of Alpha Phi Omega (USA).
3. Some chapters have decided not to extend an invitation to Filipino members to pledge or join their chapter.
4. Some chapters have decided to pursue a unique membership plan for Filipino members somewhere between the extremes listed above.
Background: Membership in Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines) is greatly valued and highly sought after in the Philippines. Because of this cultural and fraternal perspective, Filipino members may be reluctant or even offended by being asked to pledge Alpha Phi Omega again. I must emphasize again, that per our national membership policies, membership in local chapters is totally up to the members of that local chapter.
invitation of a member from the Philippines to serve as a chapter advisor
is up to the members of that chapter.
Advisory membership does not require that the prospective advisor
be an existing member of Alpha Phi Omega (USA).
Response to a request from a Filipino Member to Transfer to an Alpha Phi Omega (USA) chapter: Alpha Phi Omega of the Philippines is a separate organization from Alpha Phi Omega (USA). Both organizations are based on the ideas of Frank Reed Horton and the ideals of Leadership, Friendship and Service. In furtherance of our common goals, each national organization is a member of the International Council of Alpha Phi Omega (ICAPO). Because each national organization has separate membership policies and chapter membership requirements, we have no formal policy of transferring membership between our two national organizations. With that said, it is strongly recommended that our chapter members treat Brothers and Sisters from the Philippines with respect and in a fraternal manner. Per our National Bylaws, membership in our chapters is determined solely by the current members of individual chapters. Examples of the possible scenarios for the inclusion members from the Philippines in our chapters can be found above.
Part of the International Relations Board Report, July 2004
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