APO Eagles is an association composed of alumni of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America to continue to promote the principles between Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).
To promote Alpha Phi Omega and it principles to the eagle scout community
On April 15, 2015, a Facebook group was created to see who in Alpha Phi Omega were also Eagle Scouts. In under a month, the group swelled to over 100 Brothers of the Fraternity. Given that the Fraternity had added a “common interest” category for alumni associations at the December 2014 biennial National Convention and significant interest to form an association of Eagle Scouts was expressed, we began work. Development of the by-laws and logos and collection of membership information occurred over the next several months. On June 18, 2015, the association’s by-laws were ratified by a 27-1 vote and officers were elected. The initial officers of APO Eagles are:
· President Howie Barnes (Iota Omega ’97, 1993 Hiawatha Council)
· Vice President Cory R Los Schumacher (Alpha Eta Eta ‘07, Greater Niagara Frontier Council)
· Secretary Dan Dixon (Iota Omega ‘03, 1998 Finger Lakes Council)
· Treasurer Ben Everette (Alpha Epsilon Eta ’04, Tidewater Council)
With the foundational pieces in place, we proceeded to the next phase of recognition. The application and documents were summitted to Alpha Phi Omega’s National Alumni committee, and their approval was granted July 20, 2015. APO Eagles became the first “common interest” association recognized by the Fraternity.
APO Eagles was recognized as a NESA Affiliate Group on October 12, 2015. APO Eagles is recognized with a front page link on NESA’s webpage, promoting the association and affiliate group.
The 2 pins signify the association’s 2 classifications of membership. It is really quite easy. to get the gold pin meet these three requirements: Be a brother, Be an Eagle Scout, Joined by paying your registration fee. If you can meet all three the blue pin is for you! I don’t have to be an Eagle scout to join? In a sense yes, if you are a parent of an Eagle, an Eagle Scout mentor a lifelong scouter you can join and be recognized for you you support of eagle scouts in the fraternity.