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1909
November 2 -- Warren Albert Cole and two relatives, Percival Case Morse and Clyde Kingsley Nichols, founded the Alpha Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
1910
April 27 -- The name "Lambda Chi Alpha" recorded for the first time.
October 3 -- First ritualistic initiation.
1911
November 15-23 -- Date of the creation the first chapter, Alpha Zeta. First Grand High Zeta also elected.
1912
April 13 -- First national assembly held, Boston.
May 18 -- First installation of a chapter.
During 1912 -- Lambda Chi Alpha becomes a national fraternity with the installation of the second, third, fourth, and fifth chapters.
1913
March 22 -- Founder's Day, the second general assembly met on this day and during it John E. "Jack" Mason's ideas to change the existing ritual were presented. Because the ritual itself was effectively changed forever on that day, it is considered Founder's Day due to the spiritual rebirth of our fraternity and its ritual.
September 13 -- After the new initiation was written by Brother John E. "Jack" Mason, it was first used in the ritual for Brother Frank P. McCarthy from Sigma Zeta at Michigan. The initiation was conducted at the Breslin Hotel in New York City.
1914
April -- No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Purple, Green and Gold appeared, our first fraternity magazine.
April 9 -- Present ritual adopted at the third national assembly. Lambda Chi Alpha also joined the National Interfraternity Council.
1915
January 2 -- Vol. 1, No. 1 of Cross and Crescent appeared.
February -- Zeta Zephyr became the first chapter publication at Zeta Zeta.
1916
April 15 -- Indiana Zeta convened to make the first inter-Zeta meeting, now today's conclave.
1917
Twenty-five hundred Lambda Chis (90 percent of membership) in war service. Six Zetas wholly inactive because of enlistments.
1920
Central office opened at Kingston, Pennsylvania and later moved to Indianopolis, Indiana.
1922
December 4 -- The Colby Fire, five brothers died on this day at Colby College, Alpha-Rho Zeta, in Waterville, Maine. Four died in the fire and one died later due to exposure.
1924
June 9 -- Delegates of 11 local societies convened at Springfield, Missouri and formed Theta Kappa Nu.
September 1 -- First full-time salaried Travelling Secretary employed to devote full time to chapter visitation.
1926
Summer -- Paedagogus published for the first time.
1927
December 3 -- Epsilon-Epsilon Zeta became the first Lambda Chi Alpha chapter outside the United States of America making Lambda Chi an international fraternity.
1935
September 3 -- First members of Order of Merit elected.
1939
September 1 -- On this day Lambda Chi Alpha began the assimilation process of another Fraternity, Theta Kappa Nu. It was this day when the merger became effective.
October 11 -- Union Day, the day when the union of Lambda Chi Alpha and Theta Kappa Nu is formally recognized and the assimilation was complete. The union made the fraternity grow from 78 to 106 chapters and the membership went from 20,000 to 27,000.
1940
March 1 -- The General Fraternity acquired the title to a new headquarters, the first in Indiana. It was located at 2029 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN.
1944
Leroy A. Wilson, past Grand Archon of Theta Kappa Nu, was elected president of the National Interfraternity Conference. At this time an estimated 12,000 members were serving in the armed forces. Many chapter houses were used as dormitories in the college service training programs. Many chapters were inactive due to their membership being in the military service.
1946
June 1 -- John E. "Jack" Mason Memorial Foundation (now the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation, Inc.) was created by the General Assembly.
1947
November 4 -- First printing of the Operations Manual, a guide for chapter officers.
1949
August 22 -- First Management Training Seminar held at Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio. Grand High Zeta members, Administrative Staff, and prominent alumni conducted a five-day chapter officers' school. 104 chapters and nine colonies were represented. This is the forerunner of today's Leadership Seminars.
1955
June 27 -- A new spacious headquarters was purchased by the fraternity at 3434 Washington Blvd. in Indianapolis.
July -- Executive Director Cyril Flad elected President of Fraternity Executive Association.
1960
August 21 -- The 27th General Assembly in Cincinnati formally celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fraternity. First inductions were made for the Order of Achievement and the Order of Interfraternity Service.
1961
Upsilon at Louisiana State University becomes the first chapter to initiate 1,000 members.
1972
August -- The international fraternity decreed the dismantling of the pledge system of membership in our organization due to the demeaning conditions which go with such membership styles. Instead, the fraternity adopted the Associate Member System which allows new members all the rights of initiated brothers except that they have not yet been intiated.
1932
January 1 -- Cross and Crescent adopted as the name of our official magazine.
March 22 -- Founders' Day celebrated for the first time.
July -- Administrative Secretary Bruce Hunter McIntosh elected as President of Fraternity Executive Association. Re-elected in 1933.
1935
September 3 -- First members of Order of Merit elected.
1936
July -- Editor Linn C. Lightner elected President of the College of Fraternity Editors Association.
1939
September 1 -- On this day Lambda Chi Alpha began the assimilation process of another Fraternity, Theta Kappa Nu. It was this day when the merger became effective.
October 11 -- Union Day, the day when the union of Lambda Chi Alpha and Theta Kappa Nu is formally recognized and the assimilation was complete. The union made the fraternity grow from 78 to 106 chapters and the membership went from 20,000 to 27,000.
1940
March 1 -- The General Fraternity acquired the title to a new headquarters, the first in Indiana. It was located at 2029 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN.
1944
Leroy A. Wilson, past Grand Archon of Theta Kappa Nu, was elected president of the National Interfraternity Conference. At this time an estimated 12,000 members were serving in the armed forces. Many chapter houses were used as dormitories in the college service training programs. Many chapters were inactive due to their membership being in the military service.
1946
June 1 -- John E. "Jack" Mason Memorial Foundation (now the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation, Inc.) was created by the General Assembly.
1947
November 4 -- First printing of the Operations Manual, a guide for chapter officers.
1949
August 22 -- First Management Training Seminar held at Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio. Grand High Zeta members, Administrative Staff, and prominent alumni conducted a five-day chapter officers' school. 104 chapters and nine colonies were represented. This is the forerunner of today's Leadership Seminars.
1955
June 27 -- A new spacious headquarters was purchased by the fraternity at 3434 Washington Blvd. in Indianapolis.
July -- Executive Director Cyril Flad elected President of Fraternity Executive Association.
1960
August 21 -- The 27th General Assembly in Cincinnati formally celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fraternity. First inductions were made for the Order of Achievement and the Order of Interfraternity Service.
1961
Upsilon at Louisiana State University becomes the first chapter to initiate 1,000 members.
1967
Lambda Chi Alpha initiates its 100,000th member, the fifth fraternity to do so.
1969
August 31 -- First Regional High Pi conference held at Leadership Seminar, Ball State Univerisity.
September 1 -- Positions of Director of Chapter Services and Director of Business Affairs established by the Grand High Zeta.
December 4 -- Tozier Brown, Past Grand High Alpha, elected president of National Interfraternity Conference, Lambda Chi Alpha'a third member to hold that position.
1970
June 5 -- The first meeting of the Student Advisory Committee and first undergraduate member elected to the Grand High Zeta (the Grand High Sigma).
September 1 -- Linn C. Lightner retires after 50 years of service as editor of the Cross and Crescent, the longest held editorship in the fraternity world.
September 1 -- Term "Traveling Secretary" replaced with Chapter Consultant.
1972
August -- The international fraternity decreed the dismantling of the pledge system of membership in our organization due to the demeaning conditions which go with such membership styles. Instead, the fraternity adopted the Associate Member System which allows new members all the rights of initiated brothers except that they have not yet been intiated.
1973
The first Grand High Alpha Awards and Phoenix Awards are presented to deserving chapters.
1974
June 15 -- The dedication of the new International Headquarters building in Indianapolis was celebrated. This is the current headquarters of the International Fraternity at 8741 Founders Road.
1979
June -- Executive Vice President George W. Spasyk elected President of Fraternity Executives Association.
1982
December -- Full computerization of Internation Headquarters.
1983
August -- The Standards for Chapter Excellance Program introduced at the 19th Leadership Seminar at Ball State University.
1985
July -- The title of Chapter Consultant is again changed to Educational Leadership Consultant or ELC.
August -- The first Bruce Hunter McIntosh Chapter Excellence Awards presented at the Leadership Seminar.
1990
June 30 -- George W. Spasyk retires as the Executive Vice President after 40 years of service on the administrative staff.
July 1 -- Thomas A. Helmbock named Executive Vice President.
August 18 -- George W. Spasyk named Executive Vice President Emeritus.
Summer -- The position of High Iota (Risk Manager) was adopted by the 43rd General Assembly, making Lambda Chi Alpha the first fraternity to create a risk management officer in every chapter. The 2.25 minimum grade point average was also adopted for chapter membership standards.
1991
Lambda Chi Alpha initiates its 200,000th member, making us the third fraternity to ever do so.
1993
Lambda Chi Alpha sponsors the inaugural North American Food Drive, the largest single-day philanthropic project, and raises more than 256,000 pounds of food for the hungry. Omega Zeta at Auburn University initiated its 2,000 initiate, the first chapter to do so.
1994
The Regional Leadership Director position is created which adds five new staff members dedicated to chapter and alumni services.
1995
July -- The General Fraternity is presented with the Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its 1994 Brothers Feeding Others North American Food Drive efforts. It makes Lambda Chi Alpha the first fraternity to receive such an award. The totals of the third annual Food Drive exceed 550,000 lbs. of food, making it the largest single-day community service event of any student organization.
1996
Summer -- Two new positions are added to the Grand High Zeta at the 46th General Assembly--the Grand High Epsilon and the Grand High Rho.
1997
Summer -- The LEAP program is introduced at regional leadership conclaves and the Leadership Seminar. It introduces, develops, and recognizes a commitment among our members to Lead by Example And Precept.

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