"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

SHOW AND TELL: the Greek in me

I had no idea what I was going to Show and Tell tonight so I went searching. When I was looking for something for Show and Tell tonight, I hit a gold mine of pictures. I picked these two pictures from my college days for tonight's Show and Tell. You'll get to see the rest of the pics some other day.

me (age 20) and a few fellow pledges
my APO big bro, Dave Kaelber, and me
this wonderful guy bought me a life
membership to celebrate my
becoming a *brother

When I was in college, I was in a fraternity. Yes, you read that right...a fraternity, not a sorority. I was a member of the Duke University Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega. APO is a co-ed service fraternity with an affiliation to the Boy Scouts of America. The Lambda Nu Chapter at Duke was founded in 1955 and, with the exception of 2 years at the end of the 70s, has been an active and thriving part of the community. What I love about my chapter is they actually began accepting women about 2 years before the National organization went co-ed. Lambda Nu circumvented the exclusion of women by submitting membership rosters with first initials and last names only. Unfortunately for me, I didn't discover APO until my senior year so I only had a short stint with them but I loved every minute of it...the service, the projects, and especially the fun and brotherhood.

BTW, I made the dress I am wearing in those pictures.


*all members are called brothers whether they are male or female.

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15 comments:

WiseGuy said...

Wow oh wow! Those are wonderful pictures...and what a beautiful dress... you are so talented!

battynurse said...

Great pictures. And fantastic sewing. Most of the clothing I've tried to make ended up being non wearable.

Nina said...

You guys are soooooo SWEET!!! I'm totally calling you Elle from now on! Not really. How fun! I didn't have time for that when I was in college. It was all I could do to work, have a boyfriend, sleep, and do a teeny bit of studying. And I still only graduated with like a B average. I kinda wish I'd taken the time, though, cause I've heard that they're great for networking later.

areyoukiddingme said...

My sister was in a fraternity when she was in college. I remember that part of her initiation required her to carry around a 5 foot tall pencil. Sadly, she was a commuter student with a job, so she got to look silly at many places that day.

Great dress! I wish I knew how to sew...

becomingwhole said...

Great photos!

My mom wanted to teach me to sew, but I resisted--now of course, I wish I hadn't. Your talent constantly amazes me. :)

Once A Mother said...

I really like the dress, your hair looked adorable too. I can't wait to see what other pics you share with us in the future.

Katie Cupcake said...

Here's to Alpha Phi Omega, Loyal Brothers We..Hello fellow brother! I met my husband in APO and my Aunt, Uncle and Dad were all members

Dot said...

What a beautiful dress that you made..good job !

Another Dreamer said...

That is just toooo cool- about being in a fraternity, and the dress you made! Wow.

Sheliza said...

oh wow how cool! So you mean you have been talented like forever with a needle and thread?? Great photos and great memories :-)

Rachel said...

That's is a great story! Isn't it great to look at old pics?

Kate said...

Cute pics, its always fun to travel back in time and remember

karlindaadoption said...

Being a Brit, I'm afraid I don't get the whole fraternity & sorority thing, but those are very cool photos! :D

Mrs. Gamgee said...

The whole fraternity/sorority thing was an experience I missed in college (went to a teeny tiny private college) but I like the idea of being in one that was service oriented.

And that dress is awesome... I wish I had learned how to sew.

Anonymous said...

CUTE hair !!!
Lisa