Delta Tau Delta
Delta Omicron Chapter
Founding Year: 1858
Chapter Founded: December 1, 1939
Colors: Purple, White & Gold
In September 1925, David Mode Payne and Edward Rutledge Gish entered Westminster College as freshmen. These two men founded the Lito Club in the fall of 1927. Soon thereafter, a carefully chosen group of men were added to the organization. The first meeting was held in Westminster Hall on November 15, 1928. This organization was not made known to the public until the fall of 1929.
On March 12, 1929 the Lito Club was changed to the York House. The first meeting held at the new chapter house took place on September 11, 1930. The location of the house was at 808 Court Street. It remained at this location until 1931 when it moved to the corner of 7th and Westminster Ave.
Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Epsilon, Phi Kappa Tau, and Delta Tau Delta all offered charters to the York House. Delta Tau Delta was the oldest fraternity of these. On August 26, 1937, Hugh Shields, the comptroller of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, called the president of Westminster College, saying that the Arch Chapter of Delta Tau Delta had officially approved Westminster College as a suitable place for fraternity expansion. This was very unusual because the policy of Delta Tau Delta was to only establish chapters in Universities. Delta Omicron was only the third college granted a charter. On September 26, 1937, Hugh Shields visited Westminster College and the York House. In a letter to the current president of the York House on April 28, 1939, Hugh Shields stated that the Arch Chapter of Delta Tau Delta would take action on the petition for a charter.
On the morning of May 7, 1939, a telegram from Hugh Shields arrived to the president of the York House stating that the charter had been granted. On Commencement Day, 1939, the first meal was served in the new Delt Shelter. On December 1st and 2nd, 1939, Delta Omicron Chapter of Delta Tau Delta was installed. The first meeting of Delta Omicron was at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 2, 1939. Later in the afternoon, Dr. Albert Krueger, Chapter Advisor of Delta Omicron, installed the officers of the new chapter.
Delta Tau Delta is founded upon the principles of Truth, Courage, Faith and Power. The Delta Omicron Chapter is dedicated to developing individuals into strong, focused, and experienced men. Delts also strive to live in accordance with the Fraternity’s mission: committed to lives of excellence. Since it’s founding, the Delta Omicron Chapter has become one of the most respected Chapters in the Fraternity’s history. Through hard work, the support of passionate alumni, experienced advisors, and talented active members, Delts have achieved a proven tradition of excellence. The Delts have received the Hugh Schields Award for Chapter Excellence, an award given only to the top ten chapters in the fraternity for overall excellence in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, the Delta Omicron Chapter ranked #3 among over 130 chapters internationally.
Delta Tau Delta and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) have formed a national partnership focused on philanthropic endeavors and community service. The partnership engages Delta Tau Delta's 130 chapters and colonies on college campuses nationwide to work closely with local JDRF chapters to help raise funds and awareness about type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF is the worldwide leader for research toward curing, treating, and preventing T1D and its complications.