APO Conference Host McKendree University Wins Service Award

Chapter Averages Most Service Hours per Member

Lebanon, Ill. — Members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) national coeducational service fraternity recently met at McKendree University for service and leadership workshops and fellowship events. The university’s Chi Omega chapter hosted over 165 students, alumni and advisers from 10 St. Louis area colleges and universities at the Section 49 conference, April 5-7.

The chapter received the Section 49 Service Award for providing the greatest number of service hours per member - an average of 50 - during the 2012-13 academic year.

“The sectional conference brought a lot of positive attention to McKendree, our students and our chapter,” said APO Chapter President Anthony Rhoads, a junior mathematics major from Litchfield. During the conference, students painted decorations for Lebanon’s Winter Wonderland of Lights, visited local nursing homes and cleaned up litter along Highway 50, among other service projects. Throughout the year, the 30-member Chi Omega chapter also hosts Red Cross blood drives and other service events on campus and in the community. Members volunteer at the Lebanon Visitors’ Center, Winter Wonderland, race days at McKendree, and work with the Girl Scouts and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The chapter also received the Joe Scanlon Membership Award for increasing its number of members in the chapter; and the H. Roe Bartle Chapter Award for outstanding achievement in chapter administration and program. McKendree alumna Katrina Molnar, a 2005 graduate and APO chapter adviser, received a prestigious Distinguished Service Key for Section 49.

Founded in 1925 on the principles of leadership, friendship and service, APO provides members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they volunteer on their campus and in their community. The McKendree chapter has been in existence since 1972.