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.


To see what everyone else in class is bringing to SHOW AND TELL, take a trip to visit the Miss Mel, Goddess of the Infertility Blogosphere.

15 Responses to SHOW AND TELL: the Greek in me
  1. WiseGuy
    September 3, 2009 | 2:21 am

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

  2. battynurse
    September 3, 2009 | 2:34 am

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

  3. Nina
    September 3, 2009 | 6:54 am

    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.

  4. areyoukiddingme
    September 3, 2009 | 9:11 am

    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…

  5. becomingwhole
    September 3, 2009 | 10:30 am

    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. 🙂

  6. Once A Mother
    September 3, 2009 | 11:13 am

    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.

  7. Katie Cupcake
    September 3, 2009 | 11:31 am

    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

  8. Dot
    September 3, 2009 | 1:49 pm

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

  9. Another Dreamer
    September 3, 2009 | 2:33 pm

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

  10. Sheliza
    September 3, 2009 | 4:35 pm

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

  11. Rachel
    September 3, 2009 | 5:32 pm

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

  12. Kate
    September 3, 2009 | 5:58 pm

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

  13. karlindaadoption
    September 3, 2009 | 9:05 pm

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

  14. Mrs. Gamgee
    September 3, 2009 | 11:16 pm

    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.

  15. Anonymous
    September 4, 2009 | 12:30 am

    CUTE hair !!!

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