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Esprit de Fraternite’

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit- Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

An Alpha Phi Alpha man’s attitude should not be “how much can I derive from the Fraternity” but “how much can I do for the Fraternity?” In proportion to what he does for his Chapter and for Alpha Phi Alpha will a member receive lasting benefits from the Fraternity to himself in the way of self-development by duty well done, and the respect of the Brothers well served.

A member’s duties should be:

  1. Prompt payment of all financial obligations, the prime requisite for successful fraternal life.
  2. The doing of good scholastic work in his chosen vocation, thereby accomplishing the real end of a college course.
  3. The reasonable endeavor to participate in general college activities and social service and to excel therein.
  4. The proper consideration of all things with appropriate attention to the high moral standard of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Reactivation | National Obligation

Have you left the fold and want to become active again? There might be any number of reasons why you left, however your active participation is wanted and needed. Each brother fulfilling his financial obligation to our dear Fraternity in a consistent and timely manner is paramount to the operation of our organization. As our Fourth General President, Brother Charles Henry Garvin so eloquently stated in Esprit de Fraternite; prompt payment of all financial obligations is the prime requisite for a successful fraternal life. We need a strong fiscally vibrant organization to execute our mission:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.

So there is no need to wait any longer, GET ACTIVE TODAY!!!

  • Click here to download the national reactivation form.

Reactivation | Chapter Affiliation

Brothers, fulfilling our financial obligation to the chapter in our vicinity is equally as important as our obligations to the National organization. Chapter dues contribute to the fixed operational costs the chapter must pay to the district and region. Additionally, chapter dues provide the operating revenue which allows for chapter programming, events and community service. Pay your dues online and become financial today!

Brothers wishing to become financial with Eta Eta Lambda Chapter have multiple options:

  • Pay online: here
  • Send a money order, personal check or cashier's check in the amount of $200.00 ($5.00 Late fee if paid after November 15th) to the chapter P.O. Box shown below and be sure to include your name, mailing address and phone number.
  • Attend a chapter meeting and remit payment directly to the chapter treasurer or his designee
  • or contact the Chapter Treasurer directly to make specific arrangements

Note: All brothers previously initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha and seeking to affiliate with Eta Eta Lambda for their first time may be entitled to a dues discount for their first fraternal year of association. However, such brothers must still pay their obligation to the national organization during that year. Please contact the Chapter Treasurer to confirm your eligibility.

ΗΗΛ Alpha's at Work

"If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds worth of distance run; Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And--which is more—you'll be a Man, my Son!"


"Many are Chosen but few are Phrozen"

Are You READY?


Becoming a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity requires an investment of your personal time, talents, and money. We are not looking for candidates who are not interested in serving the communities in which they live. We are not seeking candidates who do not take academic excellence seriously. Most importantly, We are not interested in individuals whose actions will put the organization’s brand and well-being at risk. This ship does not need anchors.

An Alpha Phi Alpha member’s greatest interest is outside himself. We value those who believe that their membership the presentation of their personal commitment to time-valued words such as KNOWLEDGE, ACHIEVEMENT, SERVICE, INTEGRITY, QUALITY, HONOR, EXCELLENCE, and COMMUNITY.

Alumni Chapter Membership

Any male holder of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university may be presented as a candidate for membership in an Alumni Chapter provided that he:


Alpha Phi Alpha recognizes two types of membership, College and Alumni. An aspirant (a man seeking membership into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) may apply for membership into a College Chapter as an undergraduate student in good standing at a fully accredited four year college or university. College Aspirants can only join the Fraternity at a College or University where an active chapter is present. Aspirants may also apply for membership into an Alumni Chapter as a graduate who has earned a degree from a fully accredited four year college of university. Alumni Aspirants are encouraged to join chapters that are within a 60 mile radius of their permanent place of residence.

All Membership Intake Processes, college and alumni, shall conform to the same rules and regulations set forth by the Standing Orders, the Constitution & By-laws and elsewhere. NO intake process may contain activities barred by the laws of the Fraternity, municipalities, states, academic institutions, and the federal government. Membership in Alpha Phi Alpha does not give a member the privilege to initiate new members, nor is a chapter granted the privilege outside of its charter jurisdiction.

Requesting an Application

Alpha Phi Alpha does NOT permit the Initial Membership Development Process (IMDP) at the chapter level, and the fraternity has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing and/or pledging activities.

Before a candidate can request an application, he will need the following items:

1. A member who commits to be a Sponsor. A sponsor is a brother who guides a candidate through the Initial Membership Development Process (IMDP) from the Interested Candidate stage through his first full year of membership. He will also write a letter of support for a candidate (to be included in his completed application packet). The qualifications for a sponsor are as follows:

2. A member who commits to be a Recommender. A recommender is a brother that will write a letter of support for a candidate (to be included in his completed application packet). The qualifications for a recommender are as follows:

Hazing is strictly prohibited

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. strictly prohibits hazing in any form whether physical or mental as a term or condition of membership in the organization. Hazing is illegal and a crime in most jurisdictions. Aspirants to the organization should participate only in the sanctioned membership process of the Fraternity. Aspirants must not agree to submit to hazing in order to obtain Fraternity membership.

Pledging has been officially abolished as a means of obtaining membership in Alpha Phi Alpha and pledge "lines" have been officially abolished by the Fraternity. Aspirants must not submit themselves, or agree to submit themselves, to any membership activities that are prohibited by the Fraternity. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha are forbidden from requiring any aspirant to engage in prohibited membership activities. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha are not authorized to require any aspirant to engage in prohibited membership activities.

All official contact and correspondence to the aspirant regarding membership intake will come from the Corporate Headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. via the Director of Membership Services. The only official and sanctioned contact regarding intake is outlined for the aspirant in the Fraternity's description of the "MEMBERSHIP PROCESS". Aspirants should only participate in membership activities when the date, time and place have been established by the Corporate Headquarters. Further, no individual member or chapter of the Fraternity may require additional or different terms or conditions of membership for an aspirant or group of aspirants. Aspirants should immediately report any infraction or irregularity in membership intake to the Corporate Headquarters.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: " any action taken or situation created that involves or results in abusive physical contact or mental harassment of a prospective Fraternity member. Any such action is considered HAZING whether it occurs on or off the Fraternity premises, campus or place where chapters or prospective members meet. HAZING also is described as any action that results in excessive mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment or harassment. Such activities include, but are not limited to, paddling, creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shock, morally degrading or humiliating activities, late work sessions that interfere with scholastic activities, and any other activities inconsistent with fraternal law and the regulations and policies of the affiliated educational institution and federal, state or local law. The above described actions are expressly forbidden. Members or chapters involved in such infractions are subject to disciplinary action." -THE STANDING ORDERS of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Learn more

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