Greetings! ,

Congratulations on a successful 2012 National Service Week! It has been great seeing all of the National Service Week reports and pictures come through the Chapter Officer Portal. You all came up with and executed some pretty amazing service projects this year!

As the fall semester comes to a close, please allow us to take this time to wish each of you the best of luck with finals. Safe travels to your post-school destinations and enjoy a lovely holiday season. Hopefully we will see each of you at the 2012 National Convention in Anaheim, California. What a great way to close out the year!!
 If you haven't registered yet, be sure to do so by December 12, as this is the last day to register online.  

This is the last e-newsletter of the semester for those of you not registered for the National Convention. Look for the next Torch Topics in late January!

Happy Holidays!

Torch Topics Editorial Team 
Navigating Registration at the 2012 National Convention

Whether this is your first time attending the Alpha Phi Omega National Convention or  you haven't been in a while, registration at the Convention can seem overwhelming.  

Use this guide to help prepare fellow chapter members, voting delegates and non-voting delegates for the registration process at the 2012 National Convention in Anaheim, California. 

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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 January Video of the Month. Simply post your video to YouTube, then send a link to the Torch Topics Editorial Staff at
APO LEADS Serve Registration Still Open - REGISTER TODAY!

Alpha Phi Omega offers many programs designed to enhance both personal and group leadership development. The APO LEADS courses are designed for all types of membership to cultivate a leadership skill set. Serve, one of the five APO LEADS courses, is a weekend-long training session designed to allow students to learn and practically apply project and meeting management and delegation in a group setting. During the weekend-long Serve course, participants will apply those skills while working in small groups to plan a chapter project. The skills taught over the course of the weekend also include delegation of tasks and developing and managing a positive image through marketing. 

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Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter at Salisbury University in Maryland and members of the SU Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) recently held a 10-hour donation drive at Wal-Mart in Salisbury to benefit Operation We Care.

Founded in 2007 by the Eastern Shore Chapter of Harley Davidson Owners, Operation We Care sends care packages to deployed military troops worldwide and provides support for local families dealing with challenges while their loved ones are deployed.

The students collected a van full of donated items and sold 100 military-themed rubber ducks to help defer the cost of overseas postage. SU’s New Student Reader Program donated some 150 books for the cause, while the Education Specialties and Social Work departments also made financial contributions. In all, APO raised more than $680 to help offset postage costs. The fraternity also assisted with Operation We Care’s November packing event.

The fraternity is planning another drive for Operation We Care in May. For more information about Operation We Care, visit




Emily Lowndes, Chapter Consultant
The Alpha Phi Omega National Convention has arrived once again! The Facebook statuses are everywhere and brothers across the country are reminiscing about Atlanta 2010 while they speculate about Anaheim 2012. The anecdotes of previous National Conventions usually include tales of banquets and napkin tying, midnight gatherings to sing the toast song, and real life examples of the diversity of APO. As you may have already experienced, all of these accounts are completely true! The National Convention will supply fond memories, and the chapter and personal skills you learn during workshops will prove beneficial for years to come. 

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Want to be on TV? Radio? How about funding your latest & greatest idea for community leadership? Share your chapter's community service story and your ideas for peace. Your chapter's idea might even get funded. The publicist for is looking for local chapters to participate in 320Reality so she can pitch your chapter to your local media. If you have interest in working with this publicist, please contact her at or call her at 828.749.3200 

320Reality is "Who's Got Talent" combined with "Shark Tank" in an online pitch fest. Think 'crowdsourcing peace solutions.' Winners will be fully funded by global thought leaders at a meeting in California in 2013. In addition to getting service credit, your chapter's idea could literally change the world - especially if it gets funded. Learn more at
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
14901 E. 42nd St. S., Independence, MO
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