After the War

After the War

As reported in The Lyre, July 1919: The major part of that margin of time which all of us had invested formerly in our fraternity had,

from plain necessity, to go into war service, and our interest and strength likewise were concentrated in the thousand and one calls of the nation’s needs.”

After the War Still, the national organization and its officers were optimistic about the fraternity’s future.

And the national organization had suggestions for post-war behavior. In a letter to collegiate chapters, this recommendation was made:

Now that the turmoil following the war has died down, it would be well to study the conduct of your fraternity house.

Is it a restful, quiet home, where due regard is given to the rights of each and every member? If not, what can you do to give it the atmosphere that we feel sure each chapter covets?

In her 1919 report in The Heraeum, National President Alta Allen Loud described the effects of the war upon the Fraternity.

“The period of the war has been a testing time for fraternities and they have stood the test.

The war has left none of us untouched. Many have endured personal sorrow. Besides the Bond of Fraternity many have become sisters through the Red Badge of Suffering.

But our visions are broadened, our sympathies quickened, our ideals more lofty, and our consecration to duty more devoted.”

And in 1922, National President Gladys Livingston Graff spoke to the enduring strength of Alpha Chi Omega:

The years that have passed since 1919 have not found us resting on our laurels, but have witnessed the growth of constructive idealism within the fraternity.

It is my privilege today to place before you evidence of the progress of our organization, strong now in peace as in war, equaled by but few Greek societies and surpassed by none.

After the War Not everything was positive, however. National Inspector Gretchen Groch Troster pointed out some particular areas of concern post-War:

The two years following the close of the war brought problems to chapters and Council alike, as there seemed to be a general letting down of moral standards and ideals.

As a result, it became the unpleasant duty of your Council to handle a considerable number of cases of discipline.

It was difficult to place the blame for the cause, was it the individual, the chapter, the college, or the spirit of the times?

The latter seems the most probable, as a natural reaction to war stress.

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