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  February Video of the Month
Calendar of Events

Chapter Officer Portal
400,000th Member Initiated

Brothers Win BTN LiveBIG Scholarship

Summer 2012 Membership Academy Dates

Membership University

2012 Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
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 Calendar of Events

02/29: Leap Day
02/29: APO IMPACT Live: Matching Volunteers with Needs

03/11: Daylight Savings Time Begins
03/08: APO IMPACT: Chapter Assesment & Planning Session
03/10-16: Girl Scout Week
03/15: Absolutely Incredible Kids Day
03/15: St. Patrick’s Day
03/19-20: Sections 91/92 Conference, Newark, Delaware
03/20: First day of spring
03/26: APO IMPACT Live: Retention
03/30-04/01: Section 41 Conference, Dallas, Texas
03/30-04/01: Section 64 Conference, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
03/30-04/01: Section 69 Conference, Auburn, Alabama
03/30-04/01: Section 79/80 Conference, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
03/30-04/01: Section 90/91/92 Conferecen, Reading, Pennsylvania

04/06: Good Friday
Section 87/88/89 Conference, Potsdam, New York
04/13-15: Section 82/83 Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
04/13-15: Section 67 Conference, Williamstown, Kentucky
04/20-22: Spring Youth Service Day
04/21: Section 70 Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
04/22: Earth Day
Chapter Officer Portal Open for Business
The Alpha Phi Omega National Office is excited to announce the launch of the Chapter Officer Portal (OP). Through the OP, chapter officers can submit new pledges and initiates, and manage chapter officers and rosters - drastically reducing the need for paper. OP access is officer specific so only chapter officers and advisors, sectional chairs, and members of the Board of Directors can access the system.

Chapter officers and advisory chairs can log in to and download a training video about the Chapter Officer Portal.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CST

Happy Leap Day! What a perfect day for me to tell you to get excited and celebrate with your brothers. There are so many exciting milestones and important news to share with the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega today! Did you know we are only 300 days away from the start of the 2012 National Convention in Anaheim, California? Did you also know that the National Office just launched the Chapter Officer Portal? Oh! And did we forget to mention that Theta Upsilon Chapter at Case Western Reserve University just initiated the Fraternity's 400,00th member? Well, it's all true and definately worth celebrating!

Check out the articles below to learn more about these exciting accomplishments!


Torch Topics Editorial Team

February Video of the Month: Delta Beta Chapter at the University of Oklahoma

Delta Beta Chapter at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, put together this great recruitment video with interviews from current chapter members and great videos of the chapter members out an about on OU's campus. Great video Delta Beta!

Is your chapter working hard to create fun, informational and educational videos for recruitment, etc.? Share your efforts with brothers across the nation by nominating your video for the March Video of the Month. Simply post your video to YouTube, then send a link to the Torch Topics Editorial Staff at

Fraternity Initiates 400,000th Member!
From left to right: Section 59 Chair Ashleigh Lawrence Stewart, Region V Director Melody Martin, Brother Melinda Ashe, and Executive Director Bob London.
The Fraternity is excited to announce that Alpha Phi Omega surpassed the 400,000 member mark this semester when Brother Melinda Ashe initiated Theta Upsilon Chapter at Case Western Reserve University!

Keep your eyes on and the March Torch Topics to get to know more about Brother Ashe.
3 Brothers Win BTN LiveBIG Scholarship
Congratulations to the three brothers who were recently awarded Big Ten Network's 2012 LiveBIG Scholarship for Outstanding Service -- Katherine Meehan from Alpha Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois, Laura Venn from Sigma Chapter at Northwestern University, and Timothy Spano from Alpha Gamma Chapter at Purdue University.

Click here to learn more about the BTN LiveBIG Scholarship and this year's recipients...
Register NOW for Membership Academy

This summer Alpha Phi Omega is excited to offer five Membership Academy weekends throughout the country. Membership Academy is a weekend-long skills training program, specifically designed to educate brothers about the basics of chapter membership operations. Participants can expect to receive hands-on training from knowledgeable volunteer staff members, have opportunities to network with brothers from other chapters as well as alumni from around the country, and develop a chapter-specific action plan that can be brought back and implemented in your home chapter.

The Membership Academy 2012 dates and sites are:

May 18-20 Pittsburgh, PA
June 8-10 Morgantown, PA
June 8-10 Iowa City, IA
June 29-July 1 Orlando, FL
July 27-29 Chicago, IL

Click here to register for Membership Academy...


The Fraternity is piloting a new program this summer-- Membership University. This program is similar to Membership Academy, however it is specifically geared toward chapters with 75 or more members. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: non-performing officers and chapter members, retention, separating personal and chapter business, communication, and succession planning. The course is primarily for chapter presidents, vice presidents of membership and fellowship, pledge trainers, and brothers who are dedicated to enhancing their chapter’s programs.

If interested in more details about this weekend event, please contact Heather Lehman at

Celebrate the 16th Annual Absolutely Incredible Kid Day - March 15, 2012

What’s so absolutely incredible?

Kids. They’re absolutely incredible. And each year on the third Thursday in March (
March 15, 2012), Camp FireUSA wants parents and adults everywhere to let kids know just how amazing and valuable they are. 

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® is a national letter-writing campaign where kids receive letters of support, love and encouragement from parents and adults. It only takes a few minutes to jot a note that will be remembered and appreciated for a lifetime. The positive impact of these letters on kids is what Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® is all about.

Click here to learn more about writing a letter to a special child in your community...

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