We are the Gamma Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the nation's largest co-ed collegiate service fraternity. Each semester, we consistently contribute thousands of hours of service in order to help our surrounding community. There are currently over 400,000 members and 369 active chapters across the U.S. Yet despite its size, the brotherhood here is very special. You might join for the service, but you will stay for the friendship and for the brotherhood. Here in Alpha Phi Omega, we aim to have a family where everyone feels welcome. Here, we aim to do service for our community, for our friends, and for ourselves.
Our program develops the leadership skills of its members through shared leadership. Our members have the opportunity to serve as chapter officers or plan and lead volunteer projects and social programs. Members may also participate in leadership development programs.
Brotherhood is the spirit of friendship. Joining this fraternity means being openminded to meeting diverse characters and overlooking differences as we join together in unselfish service. Through numerous social bondings, members find a community to return to every semester.
A common thread of interest that ties all of us together is our commitment and passion to service. As an organization, we work with many local non-profit organizations and participate in many large-scale service events to better serve our community, campus, country, and nation.
My name is Virgil Tang, and I am excited to welcome you to Alpha Phi Omega!
When I pledged Fall 2014, I was unaware of the prospects and opportunities that this fraternity presented, but I quickly learned of the three cardinal principles by which Alpha Phi Omega lives by – Leadership, Friendship, and Service. From small events to serving on the Executive Board, Alpha Phi Omega encourages everyone to shoulder responsibilities and develop into strong leaders. Here, you will find that its members, whether within the chapter or at another college, are all welcoming and kind. We are always there when you need us – a second family that you can turn to when times are tough.
But the true value of Alpha Phi Omega lies in its dedication to service. Our chapter has been a strong presence on the UC Berkeley campus since 1939, and has since contributed to quality service for the chapter, campus, community, and country. Our service calendar covers such a diverse medley of service projects that anyone will find something they relate to and enjoy. Our brothers come from a diverse range of majors, backgrounds, and passions, yet we are all united through a common goal of fostering brotherhood through providing service to those around us.
I look forward to welcoming the Fall 2016 pledge class!